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Report: Cubs100 Promise Party

On 16 December 2016 the District held a Promise Party to celebrate the end of the Cubs Centenary year. We were pleased that 12 of our Cubs were able to join the party.

Our evening started with a camp fire although some Cubs were a bit concerned that Joe worked in a dial factory and not a button factory as he does when we sing about him.

Cubs started in 1916 and so at 19:16 (7.16pm) we joined Cubs from across the country renewing our Promise. We even had a special birthday cake shaped like a camp fire.


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We’re grateful to the District team for organising the evening, especially the Easbourne leaders.


Welcome back to the Autumn Term

Hello everyone and welcome back after the half term break.

So as the big countdown to Christmas begins, we’ve got lots to tell you and so here’s some important information for the coming weeks ahead.

Christmas Activities
A bit of a strange one but can all of our cubs please bring in the cardboard tubes from 4 toilet rolls please. We don’t need them until Nov 22nd when our christmas activities begin and they make great Christmas crackers!

Remembrance Sunday parade
On 13 November we’ll be joining the rest of the group in the British Legion’s Remembrance Sunday parade and service. We hope that all our Cubs will be able to attend this important village event. We’ve sent you a message from OSM so that you can let us know if you can come. All the details that we have about the parade are on the website.

On the following Tuesday, 15 November, we’ll be helping the British Legion by opening the poppy collection boxes and counting the money. It is always a very busy evening and so we’d welcome a few extra adults to help supervise.

Group bag packing
On Saturday 19 November the group will be bag packing at Pulborough Tesco. We’ve not been given any particular slot so if you are available please come along for an hour or so. We expect to have more details nearer the time.

Christmas Fayre
On Saturday 26 November the group is holding its Christmas Fayre in the hall from 10-12. In preparation for this we are sending each Cub home with some raffle tickets this week. We hope that you will be able to sell them. Please return counterfoils, money and any unsold tickets to us by Tuesday 22 November at the latest.

District Promise Party
The Cubs centenary year is drawing to a close but there is still one national event left. Cubs was started on 16 December 1916 and so the District is holding a Promise Party on 16 December. We’ll be meeting Cubs from all the groups for a fun packed evening at Rother College, Midhurst. All the details are online at https://parbrook.wordpress.com/2 016/10/29/event-promise-party/. At 19:16 (7:16pm) all Cubs across the UK will re-make their Promise but there will also be camp fire songs and hopefully birthday cake. You can register on OSM if you’d like to come – either reply to the e-mail we sent or log onto your My Scout account and find the Promise Party under “events”.

Put your stamp on Christmas
The group is again running its stamp design competition for the Christmas Post service. There will be 4 stamp designs and one will be from designs submitted by the Cubs and Brownies. We don’t have long for you to come up with a design as they must be in to us by Tuesday 15 November. Stamps will be on sale at the Christmas Fayre and the Billifest and first day covers will be available.

We know that we have some good artists amongst the Cubs so would like to get one of our stamps into the selection this year as it is Cubs centenary. It has been several years since a Parbrook design has been chosen so we hope that you can come up with some good ones for the judges to pick. The entry form is online at http://www.1stbillingshurst.org. uk/christmaspost.pdf – remember that your design will be quite small when on a stamp so bold and colourful designs work best.

Thanks to everybody for paying your subs by half term. It is a great relief for us to have the money in without having to do too much chasing. We’re trying to move to online payments to avoid having cash or cheques lying around that have to then be taken to the bank. We’re grateful to everybody that already pays us this way.

Painless fundraising
While the group sticks to its traditional methods of fundraising, e.g. raffle tickets, we’re grateful to those that support our painless fundraising when you shop online. For just a few extra clicks you can earn us money on your purchase. It doesn’t cost you any extra but has already earned us £295 this year. This money stays with Parbrook Cubs and can be used to keep the costs of our camps and expeditions down. See https://parbrook.wordpress.com/fundraising/ for more information and tell your friends and family so that they can support us when they shop online in the run up to Christmas. We’ve already earned £40 in the October to December quarter but hope to see this number increase as more shopping is done online at this time of year.

Thanks for your contuniued support and we look forward to seeing you all back at cubs on Tuesday evening.

Kind regards,


Event: Cubs100 Promise Party

The Cubs centenary year is drawing to a close so we wanted to give it a good send off by getting all the Cubs in the District together. The official birthday of Cubs is widely seen as 16 December as this was the day in 1916 when the section was launched.

Where: Midhurst Rother College, North Street, Midhurst, GU29 9DT. There should be plenty of car parking available but if full there is a public car park across the road behind the bus station.

When: Friday 16 December, starting at 1830 and ending at 2030.

What: We expect the evening to start with camp fire songs. At 1916 (7.16pm) all the Cubs will join Cubs across the country by remaking their Promise. We’ll then end the evening with some cake and drink and a disco.

Transport: You will need to make your own way to and from Midhurst

Who: This event is open to all our Cubs – we have 16 Cubs on the guest list

Cost: There is a £1 per person charge but we paid that for you using our Parbrook Cashback.

Paperwork: Please complete our online health form so that we have up to date emergency contact information for that evening. We know that it is a busy evening for Christmas parties and so your contact information may be different to usual. We don’t usually ask for transport information but if you are car sharing please give us details so that we know who is travelling with whom.

Wear: You should wear your uniform. If possible leave coats in the car so that we don’t have a pile to look after.

Bring: Nothing

Arrivals and departures: With a whole district of Cubs moving about there is likely to be a certain amount of chaos. Please follow the instructions of the car park marshalls. You’ll need to check in with Jacala or Raksha. Please don’t leave without making sure that one of us knows that you have gone.

This is a District event organised by the Petworth & Pulborough Sussex100 team.

Report: Sailing taster

West Sussex Scouts runs sailing taster mornings each year but they get booked up very quickly. Back in April we saw them advertised and managed to book 14 places.

On Saturday 16 July 2016 we went to Weir Wood sailing club. Once changed we went off to find the boats which were hiding in the long grass under the trees. After a bit of coaching on land the boats took to the water with 2 cubs in each (most of the time).

We don’t get the chance to do water activities very often and each of the Cubs gained a time on the water badge and those who didn’t have it already also gained a nautical skills stage 1 badge. We were pleased to see everybody having a go and working together to sail their boats.

Guest list, 14 Cubs: Abi, Aiden, Ellie, Emily, Finley W, Isabella, Joshua, Kinley, Max, Poppy, Robin, Thomas and William.

Click here to see our photos from the event
Google has changed the way it displays our photos so click on the first one and then the white “i” in the top corner to see our captions in the info window on the right of the screen.

As usual we were able to keep people at home updated with pictures on our Instagram feed.

Want more sailing?
The session was intended to be a taster. If after the session the Cub Scouts wish to continue sailing, Weir Wood Sailing Club is open to new members and offers a range of training and sailing opportunities for all ages. More details can be found at http://www.wwsc.org.uk

Report: Sussex100 centenary camp

2016 is a special year for Cubs as we celebrate our centenary. At the end of July 16 of our Cubs joined those from 1st Billingshurst’s Dauxwood pack at Sussex100, the centenary camp.

There were around 2500 Cubs on site from both East and West Sussex scout counties. Each District from West Sussex was paired with one from East Sussex in a Jungle Book themed sub camp. Our district, Petworth & Pulborough, was paired with cubs from Seaford and Newhaven who made up Seahaven District. Together we were the Rikki Tikki Tavi sub camp.

  • Rama, the buffalos – Lewes and Worthing Districts
  • Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, the mongooses – Seahaven and Petworth & Pulborough Districts
  • Kaa, the pythons – Senlac and Crawley Districts
  • Jacala – the crocodiles – Brighton & Hove and Chichester Districts
  • Baloo, the bears – Horsham District
  • Tabaqui, the jackals – Hailsham & Heathfield and Bognor Districts
  • Mao, the peacocks – Mid Sussex District
  • Hathi, the elephants – Ashdown and Arundel & Littlehampton Districts
  • Baghera, the panthers – Eastbourne and East Grinstead Districts
  • Chil, the kites – Hastings & Rye and Adur Districts

There was a great mix of activities from abseiling to zip wires with other events such as crafts, balloon rockets, fire lighting and the inflatables proving popular.  We were pleased to see everybody have a go and try to overcome their fears whether that was of fire or heights. Some of the Cubs got to meet UK Commissioner Wayne Bulpitt who popped in during a rather wet Saturday morning.

One of the events that ran through the weekend was “Cubs got talent”. Over 70 acts were auditioned during the camp. We entered our campfire singers but the yellow bird song didn’t find favour from the judges. However, Robin also entered with his baritone horn and was one of 12 acts in the final so very well done to him.

The soundtrack to the weekend was Coldplay “Adventure of a lifetime” which seemed to sum things up nicely.

Google has changed the way it displays our photos so click on the first one and then the white “i” in the top corner to see our captions in the info window on the right of the screen.

Camps like this take a lot of organising so we thank Dave Grimwood and his team for all their hard work. We’re also grateful to the group for paying for our seats on the coach. It was certainly easier to all arrive at camp and leave together.

As usual we were able to keep people at home updated with pictures on our Instagram feed. There was also a report in the County Times and you can look back on the official tweets from the media team at https://twitter.com/CubsSussex100

campbadgeEach of the Cubs received a Sussex100 badge (designed by Kagan from 3rd Bexhill). Unusually, this can be worn on your uniform. If you aren’t already wearing a Cubs 100th birhday badge then it goes above your joining in (year star) badges in the space marked “occasional badges” on the diagram. If that space is already full then it goes at the cuff end of the arm that has your District & County badges on it. In either case the badge must be removed at the end of the year.