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Joining: Amberley Museum

Our trip to Amberley is on Saturday 24 May and we can now confirm the arrangements.

Meet: At Billingshurst railway station, Tesco side, at 9.30am. We will be catching the 0945 train to Amberley. Don’t be late as the train won’t wait.
We’ll return on the 1717 from Amberley, due in to Billingshurst at 1729.

Wear: You must wear your uniform but also bring other clothes appropriate to the weather on the day. We hoped this might mean a sun hat but it increasingly looks as if it might mean a waterproof. There is a lot of walking during the day so make sure you have comfy, stout shoes.

Extras: There is a chance that we may be able to do some wood turning. This will cost 50p extra (please put exact money in) but will be a limited activity on the day as they won’t be able to get through 500 cubs.
We’ll also be meeting visiting author Helen Dennis, author of the “Secret Breakers” books. You might even be able to buy her new 5th book in the series for £6 – a 15% discount.

Bring: You will need to bring a packed lunch and drink plus a water bottle to keep you refreshed during the day. Pack it all in a day sack that you can carry. You should also bring a pen/pencil to allow you to complete the worksheets and challenges during the day.

Pocket money: We will get a chance to visit the shop but this will be for souvenirs rather than sweets. We suggest that you limit pocket money to £3, plus a spare 50p coin if you want to try the wood turning.

Timetable: We will be able to make our own way to most of the activities during the day. We will stay together as a group all day (except Jacala who has some duties at the station). Our ticket includes one trip on the steam train and one trip on the bus.

  • 0957: Arrive Amberley and book in
  • 1335: Go to Humphrey’s Barn to meet Helen Dennis
  • 1445: Time to visit the shop
  • 1700: Museum closes
  • 1717: Train departs Amberley

Watch out for “Jimmy Bond” who will be wandering the site, asking questions about Scouting and giving some codes to solve for special prizes.

Badges: Those that have completed all the tasks will be presented with their communicators badges before leaving the site. You will also get a special (non-uniform) souvenir badge of the day.

Guest list: We paid the organisers before Easter which seems ages ago so here is a reminder of the 11 Cubs and 3 adults who are on our Guest List to accompany Jacala and Raksha:

  • Alex plus Nova and Steve
  • Josh GE
  • Craig plus John
  • Lily
  • Ollie
  • Gareth
  • Olivia
  • James
  • Harry

Unfortunately 2 Cubs have dropped out since we sent our names to the organisers so we now only have 9 in our party

Paperwork: As usual we need to have a completed health form for each Cub on our trip. We can now accept these online so please complete the online health form. On the day Jacala will collect mobile numbers from the adults so that we can all keep in touch.

Hopefully that will give you all the information that you need but if not do use the comments facility to let us know your question.


Report: Bee survey

We’d received some resources from @wildaboutplants. The charity Plantlife is asking for people to survey their local area to look for flowers that are bee friendly so that is what we did in our pack meeting on 13 May 2014.

We didn’t have the printed sheets to use so Jacala wrote the questions on the blackboard and the Cubs copied them out.

We started off on the recreation ground but apart from the area by the stream it was rather lacking in flowers – except dandelions. Down by the stream we managed to find some white deadnettle, bramble and thistle so that was not too bad.

We went up the road to Station Road Gardens. The new planting includes a wild flower meadow and we found a number of bees already busily in residence – especially on the cranesbill. We also added red and white campion to our list.

The hardest to find was red clover. However, in the roadside grass verges there was plenty out in flower – it just hadn’t made it into our meadows.

Resources to download

For more pictures please see our bee survey gallery

Report: Jamboree on the trail 2014

Each year on the second Saturday in May, Scouts from across the world are invited to take part in a hike as part of the international Jamboree on the trail. This was our second year of taking part and 7 Cubs were part of our group of 22 that returned to the South Downs. It was great that so many family members were able to join us for our hike. Despite strong winds and sometimes grey skies it stayed dry all afternoon.

We were pleased to bump into Scouts from 1st Barnham and 1st Rustington who were also walking along part of the Monarch’s Way for JOTT.

Each Cub that attended gets an extra hike added to their Hikes Away badge score and all our walkers will receive a JOTT17 souvenir badge.

For more pictures see our Jamboree on the trail gallery

We’re pleased to record that our story was published in the County Times.

Report: St George’s Day Parade

This year it was the turn of 1st Easebourne to host the Petworth & Pulborough District St George’s Day Parade so we headed over to Midhurst on Sunday 27 April.

Along with the rest of 1st Billingshurst and groups from across the District we paraded to the Cowdray Ruins. Unfortunately the afternoon was rather wet and the service itself was affected by microphone issues. However, it was still great to see the whole District on parade.

We had 11 Cubs on the parade and our flag was carried by Adam M this year. He was escorted by James W and Josh.

St George's Day Parade 2014

For more pictures see our St George’s Day Parade gallery

Tallest sunflower competition

We’ve started off our tallest sunflower competition by planting our seeds. Over the next few months we want you to keep us posted with progress in growing your sunflowers. When we get to the summer we can start to see who has grown the tallest flower. No sponsors or any funny business – this is just for fun although it will be nice to wander round the village and see all the sunflowers.

We sent each Cub home with a pot, some soil, two seeds and a plastic bag. Hopefully the soil was still in the pot and the seeds are buried in the soil.

You now need to moisten the soil (don’t flood it) and put the pot back into the plastic bag. Tie up the top so that it is sealed and put the pot onto a bright windowsill. Over the next few days you should see the bag gradually steam up as it acts like a little greenhouse. There should be plenty of moisture in there to allow the seed to germinate.

When you see green shoots let us know. Then you can take your pot out of the bag and let the seeds grow. Eventually your plants should be big enough to plant outside where they can really get growing.

You won’t have to bring them back to Cubs – we’ll accept photos as your plants grow taller.