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Autumn term update

As usual we have a lot going so here are some updates

October pack meetings

  • There will be no Cubs on 24 October. Although we normally meet in Half Term we are giving it a miss this year. With the current forecast it will probably be wet and windy anyway so maybe not the best time to go to the woods.
  • Our planned visit to Pets at Home that was due to take place on 31 October has been postponed until the new year. We needed additional adult helpers to make up for a number of leaders that were unavailable but sadly only one parent came forward. We won’t be meeting at all that week

Help wanted
There have been a number of evenings this term where we have identified that we need additional adults. We had hoped that by just targetting the weeks where help is most needed and making it easy to sign up using My Scout we would get the helpers that we needed. At the moment we still have gaps for the poppy cash counting evening on 14 November. Don’t leave it to the usual faces – just pop along to My Scout, click on the programme tab and click on the red “I can help” button to sign up.

Home safety badge
Last week we did most of the work required to complete the home safety badge. We sent everybody home with a “useful numbers” form that needs to be completed and returned to us. We have already had a number returned so well done if that includes yours.

Parbrook numbers
Last week we invested 4 new members who all did very well saying their Law and Promise. This has now taken our numbers above 30 and very close to our maximum number which is 32. Although we lose two of our eldest members in December we have another 2 Beavers to come up after half term and more after Christmas. As you’ll have noticed, the hall seems very full and it can get quite noisy. We are fortunate this term to have our three young leaders who have each been managing one of the sixes. However, with 2 of them on D of E work it is likely that we will lose them after Chistmas. This leaves us in a difficult position.
We have decided that until Easter 2018 we will restrict new joiners to just those Beavers that we have already offered a place (because they have a brother or sister already with us). All other Beavers and any new starters will be directed to the Wednesday night Dauxwood pack as they currently have about 15 members.

Activities to do at home
With us about to have a 2 week break from Cubs there are still things that you can do at home.

Other reminders
We still have a few Subs outstanding for the Autumn Term. Those that were invested last week only need to pay us a half term but for everybody else the full £35 is due. Remember to pay us via online banking – our bank details can be found in the “notices” tab of “My Scout”.
We now have 16 Cubs on the list for our night at the museum and then activity day at the hall on 1 & 2 December. We have to confirm final numbers to the museum shortly so if you are still thinking about coming please get your reply in quickly. Again the booking can be made on “My Scout” and everybody who has not yet confirmed will have had an automated chaser message with a link to the event which was sent out on 14 October.

Group fundraising

There are a number of fundraising events that are coming up to raise money for Billinsghurst Scout and Guide group funds

Billingshurst Fireworks – Saturday 21 October
The group will again be doing the teas at the fireworks. Fortunately they are fully staffed with Guide parents but donations of cakes to sell on the night would still be welcome. These can either be delivered to Sally MacPherson or to our GSL, Zoe Jenkins, at the hall on Friday evening during the Downlands Scout meeting (6.30pm to 8pm)

Bag packing at Tesco – Saturday 18 November
The Scouts and Guides will be bag packing at Tesco in Pulborough all day on 18 November. Although no Parbrook leaders are available, Cubs are welcome to join Dauxwood Cubs between 1300 and 1500 although there will be leaders there throughout the day. Cubs should be in uniform.

Billifest – Saturday 2 December
The weekend of our night at the museum camp sees the Billifest taking place in the High Street and Jengers Mead. The group is again running the refreshment stall. While this is under the watchful eye of Helen Pullen, she has asked for additional helpers to drop in and give her a break from time to time. In addition to selling refreshments the Billifest is also a useful showcase for the group and we hope that we might even find a few new leaders at the same time.

Monthly fun draw
The Group Exec is again running its monthly fun draw as a fundraiser for Scouts and Guides. Subscriptions of £10 per number must be paid by 22 October so that the first draw can take place at the Exec meeting at the end of the month. The monthly prize is £10 although there are two months with a £25 prize. More details and an entry form can be downloaded from http ://www . 1stbillingshurst . org . uk/fundraw2017 . pdf

Used postage stamps
The Guides continue to collect used postage stamps. There is a box in the kitchen where you can leave your donations. 

 

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Report: Pack meeting at the fire station

On 17 October 2017 we held our pack meeting at Billingshurst fire station.

The fire fighters welcomed us to the briefing room. We discussed the sort of incidents that the fire brigade attend, the importance of smoke alarms, tips for making a 999 call and the importance of a regularly checked smoke detector and knowing your escape route.

Then it was into smaller groups for a tour of the fire engine and a chance to try on the protective gear. We has a chance to try out the hose before returning to the briefing room where the BEAT responders were meeting. They gave us a demonstration of the defibrillator and the chance to practice resuscitation.

As you will see from the pictures, Cubs is not just kids stuff – we’re always pleased to have more helpers so do ask if you would like to get involved next time.

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Click to see more photos from the fire station

Remember to click on the first picture and then the white “i” in the top corner to see our captions in the info window on the right of the screen.

Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram to see photos from our meetings while we are there.

We’re grateful to Station 49 and the BEAT Responders for making it such a great evening. Photos provided by Jacala and Tabaqui

Welcome to the Autumn Term 2017

Hello everyone and we hope that you had a great Summer break. As those of you that came to Summer Camp will remember, we had the best week of the holidays in terms of weather. We’re hoping that it is saving itself for a fine and settled weekend when we go to camp at the end of the month as it has certainly been pretty poor recently.

Contents

  1. New term, new programme
  2. Nights away this term
  3. Easyfundraising
  4. News from 1st Billingshurst

1. New term, new programme

 As usual we have planned a packed programme of activities between now and Christmas. So what have we got planned?

  • badgework – we will be working towards the home safety, animal carer and communicator badges
  • visits – we will be taking our pack meeting to the fire station and pets at home – and all our meetings are on our usual night this term
  • nights away – in addition to our tent camp at Stedham we have not one but two museum sleepovers. More details below
  • seasonal items – being the autumn term we have also got the usual activities around Remembrance Sunday and that will be followed by our Christmas 4-pack

You can download your own copy of the programme to pin on your fridge from http://www.1stbillingshurst.org.uk/parbrook/prog.pdf. You will find a more detailed version in My Scout. Everybody should have had an e-mail about camps recently which includes the My Scout link to that event. Don’t forget to create yourself an account so that you can log in to see badge progress, the programme and to book on our events.

You can also add the programme details to your online calendar – google, outlook, etc. Just use the links to add the .ics file – http://tiny.cc/parbrookprog and http://tiny.cc/parbrookcal

Parents meeting
We will be having a short meeting for parents at the end of our meeting on 19 September. Please do try to come along at 1950 if you can.

Leaders this term
We are hoping to have three young leaders helping us this term. This will allow us to give more priority to working in sixes and to allow them to develop more as a team. There are some events in the programme where we will need extra help – you’ll find them marked in the programme on My Scout so do please take your turn, rather than just leaving it to our familiar faces who might like the chance not to be called on every time.

What is Scouting all about?
If you wanted to explain to somebody why they ought to join us then you could do worse than show them this picture from our end of term evening at Nowhurst. It has it all – outdoors, fires, songs, family, smiles, together. You can see our other photos from that great evening online via our reports page.

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2. Nights away this term

If you came to all our nights away this year so far then you could have already been away for 10 nights. This term we have the chance to add a further 4, making an amazing 14 nights in total this year.

While we have a regular team that we can call on for our camps, it has been noted that Marian, Kaa, Hathi, Rama, Shere Khan and Hawkeye are all parents of Cubs that left some time ago (or the Cubs themselves). Although it is great to have them along it does mean that some of our current parents (with the exception of Rann and Chil of course) are not taking the opportunity to come to camp too. We are always on the look out for more helpers so do ask if you fancy it.

All of our nights away are open for booking via My Scout for all our members that have been invested – just go to the events tab and see what is available to book. Our new starters this term cannot come to camp until invested so will be able to come to our Chichester museum trip.

Space race weekend at Stedham
Our first night away this term is only a few weeks away at the end of September so we need to move fast on the arrangements. We will be returning to one of our favourite camp sites in the South Downs. This year the site will be home to our rocket lab as teams of scientists work to design and fly their rockets. But who will fly highest and will they all make it to the launch pad? It should be a fun weekend of activities and those that came to the full summer camp can’t wait to share the new songs that we learned at Blackland Farm when we have our Saturday night camp fire.

Submarine museum sleepover
Jacala has been looking at this venue for a while but they need a high number of campers so we were delighted when the Beavers asked if we would like to come on their trip in October. We will leave Billingshurst by coach on Friday evening and have a tour of HMS Alliance (submarine) before settling down for the night in the museum. On Saturday after breakfast we will cross Portsmouth Harbour on the ferry and climb the Spinnaker Tower before picking up the coach for the trip back home. Note that this trip may be cancelled if the organisers do not get enough interest to fill the required number of places.

Night at the museum
We had already planned our own museum sleepover at the start of December. This time we will leave Billingshurst by train as we head for Chichester. We’ll have time in the museum once it is closed to the public and then settle down to sleep amongst the exhibits. On Saturday morning we will catch the train back to Billingshurst where we will then go to the Scout Hut for a day of activities, finishing at 5pm.

We hope that all our Cubs will be able to attend at least one of our nights away events this term. More information about each one, including timings and costs, is on My Scout so do have a look at the entry on the events tab.

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3. Easyfundraising

Our Easyfundraising statement for Apr-Jun17 is now in. Thanks to all our online shoppers that remember to click through from https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/parbrookcubs/ when you shop online and helped us raise £74 in the quarter. That takes our total for the year so far up to a nice £167. However, it looks as if our Jul-Sep quarter is a little low so don’t forget to click through when you shop online.

It really is easy to raise money for us when you shop online – that’s why we call it painless fundraising. See https://parbrook.wordpress.com/fundraising/for more details and remember that the money we raise is kept by Parbrook Cubs and used to reduce the costs of camps and expeditions – just look for “Parbrook Cashback” to see where it has saved you money.

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4. News from 1st Billingshurst

Those that came to our end of term evening at Nowhurst back in July may remember that things have changed in the District and our group during the summer. We were able to present Kath Bridger with flowers to thank her for her time as District Commissioner and for the support she has given us, not least by regular visits to present Chief Scout’s Silver Awards.

She has now been replaced in that role by Glyn Pullen. As a result the Group Scout Leader in our group has changed to Zoe Jenkins who was previously the leader of Dauxwood Cubs. Tracy Evans has now stepped into that role athough Zoe is still helping too. If you need to contact Zoe then the gsl at 1stbillinghurst.org.uk e-mail address is the best way to get in touch.

A lack of leaders and helpers is badly affecting our Beaver colonies with both Monday and Tuesday unable to take new members until their leader situation is resolved. This explains why some of you have younger children that are stuck on the waiting list and have been unable to join Beavers. if you know anybody that would be able to help with Beavers do please get in touch with Zoe.

We are pleased to see that things are rather more stable in the Scouts where Allan Smith has taken over as Scout Leader at the Friday (Downlands) troop. Allan is also group quartermaster and looks after us really well when  we need equipment for camp so we are sure he will make a great Scout Leader too.

Closer to home you will spot that we start the term with almost 30 in the pack. It is great to be so popular but it does make taking new starters from the waiting list a bit of a challenge as we have to give priority to transfers from other groups and then Beavers who need to swim up. This term we will welcome 1 Beaver, 2 transfers and 3 from the waiting list. Unfortunately it does not look as if we will be able to take any more from the waiting list in the near future. However, Dauxwood Cubs starts with around 15 members so should have capacity.

Those of you with children in Beavers have already been asked if you want them to come to Parbrook when they are 8. This has allowed us to “book” their places to guarantee that they get in. Over the next few weeks we will be asking those who will be 10.5 this year or next to give an indication of which scout troop they might like to attend. This is to allow the troops to start considering their availability.

Finally, the group has asked us to remind you about gift aid. We can claim it on the Subs that you pay each term and the money raised goes into Billingshurst Scout and Guide funds. Registration can be done via My Scout and many of you are already signed up. We’ll send an invitation e-mail to others in the next few weeks.

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Report: pack meeting – rafting

On 14 June 2017 we took our pack meeting to Ashington so that we could do some rafting. On what was a very warm evening we had a great turnout and built 3 rafts with help from the Ashington scout leaders.

We started by working on building the rafts themselves. Because of our numbers we had three teams, each working with the Ashington leaders. After a few clove hitches and lashings to make the frame the blue plastic barrels were fixed on.

Before the Cubs could head to the water there was the all important safety briefing during which they were fitted with their buoyancy aids. Then it was time to get the rafts in the water. At first all was well as the Cubs paddled their way around the island but then a few slipped off the rafts into the water. By the end of the evening the rafts were forgotten and all the Cubs were in the water – with their buoyancy aids of course.

 

We’re very grateful to the leaders from Ashington for providing us with such an enjoyable evening.

Those that follow us on Instagram were able to keep up to date with photos during the evening.

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Click the album to see our pictures from our rafting evening

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.

Thanks to Jacala for providing the photos

Report: pack meeting at Slinfold Aerodrome

On 25 May 2017 we took our pack meeting to Slinfold Aerodrome, a privately owned grass aerodrome tucked away near Broadbridge Heath.

We had been rather worried that moving our meeting to a Thursday would reduce our numbers but in fact 24 Cubs attended on a gloriously warm evening.

We started with a safety briefing including the dangers posed by propellers and the fact that the runway was “live” for planes to land (even though none were expected). We then divided into sixes to see the planes. With Chris and Laurie on hand we were able to look into two of the planes while the other sixes walked up the runway to the wind sock.

After a refreshing drink of squash under the trees we swapped over the groups. All the Cubs got the chance to sit in the cockpit of one of the planes and ask whatever questions came to mind.

The visit was arranged by Keego who said “we were looking for somewhere to visit to complete that part of the air activities badge. I just happened to walk my dog down the path that crosses the airfield and saw Laurie maintaining his plane. I’d no idea the airfield was there “.

We’re very grateful to Chris and Laurie and the Slinfold team for allowing us to visit and for making us so welcome.

Those that follow us on Instagram were able to keep up to date with photos during the evening.

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Click the album to see our pictures from the airfield

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.

Thanks to Jacala for providing the photos