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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: Remembrance 2016

At 1st Billingshurst we are proud of our links with the Royal British Legion and were pleased to be part of the village Remembrance Sunday parade on Sunday 13 November.

We selected Cubs to do the following jobs:

  • Colour bearer (to carry our flag). Our eldest Cub: Max
  • Colour party (2 Cubs to escort our flag on the parade): Ethan and William
  • Wreath bearer (to lay our wreath at the war memorial). Our Cub of the month for October: Aiden (and our new Cub Harry laid the wreath for Dauxwood Cubs)

It was a lovely sunny day for a parade and everybody looked very smart as we marched through the village.

On Tuesday 15 November we used our pack meeting to help out the British Legion by opening the collection pots from around the village. The money inside had to be counted, bagged and most importantly noted down so that the people knew how much they had collected. It was a busy evening with everybody involved. At the end of the evening we confirmed that the total counted was over £1800.

We do this every year so can compare the totals that we counted.

  • In 2007 we counted £766 which we thought was pretty good going.
  • In 2008 we counted an amazing £1766 including over £400 in notes
  • In 2009 we counted £784.22 although being 10 November some of the tins were still collecting and so it is not a complete total for the area.
  • In 2010 we counted a staggering £1538, much to the delight of Stan from the British Legion.
  • In 2011 we counted a fantastic £2206.47, possibly helped by it being 90 years of the British Legion.
  • In 2012 we counted £1619.70. An amazing total donated by the people of Billingshurst and the surrounding area.
  • We don’t have a figure for 2013
  • In 2014 out total came to £2222 – our highest ever
  • In 2015 we counted just over £2000 but being 10 November some of the tins were still collecting and so it is not a complete total for the area
  • In 2016 the total came to £1862 which is less than recent years. However, the British Legion told us that they had already banked £3500 which makes this year’s collection a very healthy total
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Photos from the parade

Thanks to Jacala for providing the photos from Remembrance Sunday. Being at the back of our group rather limited the photos so if you have any photos of us in the parade that we can use please e-mail them to Jacala.

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.

Subs
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,

Akela.

Event: Remembrance Sunday Parade 2016

Remembrance Sunday is on 13 November this year and we will again be joining in the village Remembrance Day Parade.
We hope that all our Cubs will be able to attend.

As usual the parade is being organised by the Billingshurst branch of the Royal British Legion. They have now provided details of timings and the route.

  • You should assemble at Frenches Mead Green by 10am in full smart uniform (no trainers) and with a poppy. You will not be allowed to wear coats (unless it is pouring with rain in which case you will be advised of alternate arrangements) so will need to put warm clothes on underneath your uniform.
  • The parade is due to leave Frenches Mead at 10.15am. Although it seldom does we still need to be ready. We will walk the traditional route via West Street, the High Street and East Street where we’ll drop off our colour and wreath bearers as we pass the church. While they go to stand by the war memorial, the rest of the parade will continue into Silver Lane and Gratwicke Close. After being dismissed we will move down the narrow path to the war memorial outside the church where we will squeeze into the tight space with the rest of the village.
  • Once we are joined by the church officials there will be a ceremony at the war memorial. It includes the reading of the names on the memorial, the last post, two minutes silence (ideally at 11am if we are on time) and laying of the wreaths. We have a wreath from Parbrook Cubs.
  • We will then enter the church for the service. We hope that the Cubs will be able to sit together and have the necessary orders of service as this has worked well in recent years. There will be a collection during the service.
  • After the service the parade will re-assemble in Gratwicke Close and then march to the Village Hall, passing the saluting base which will be outside Truffles. The parade will be dismissed at the Village Hall at about 12.40pm. The British Legion will then invite all those attending the parade to pop inside for tea and biscuits.

We will need to select Cubs to do the following jobs:

  • Colour bearer (to carry our flag). Our eldest Cub: Max
  • Colour party (2 Cubs to escort our flag on the parade): Will be selected on the day
  • Wreath bearer (to lay our wreath at the war memorial). Our Cub of the month for October: Aiden

The colour bearer will need to attend a practice on Friday evening. This will be held between 6.30pm and 7.30pm at St Mary’s Church.

Collection
A collection for a local charity will be taken during the service.

Booking
We hope that all our Cubs will attend this event so there is no need to book a place.

Photos
It is always hard for leaders who should be in the parade to get photos of the parade itself. If you are coming to watch please bring your camera and let Jacala have your best pictures for us to use on the website.


Scouting and Remembrance Sunday

Since 1922, there has been an Honour Guard of Queen’s Scouts (and formerly King’s Scouts) flanking the door from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office to the Cenotaph. There are no remaining written records in The Scout Association archives to tell us precisely the history of the first Honour Guard, but it is probable that the King’s Scouts were there at the request of King George V himself.

So, what exactly did Scouts do in the First and Second World Wars that qualifies them to mount an Honour Guard at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office to this day, and to stand to attention in front of the Queen, the Prime Minister, Cabinet Ministers and all the representatives of Commonwealth countries as they file past? Well, for a start, an enormous number of Scouts served in the armed forces, police force and fire service since 1908, and have been highly valued by their regiments and squadrons for their prior knowledge and training. Many Scouts served in ambulance units, air raid patrols, and other civilian services.

By the end of the World War 2 more than 60,000 Scouts had been awarded the National Service Badge for their work at home. They had worked as First Aid orderlies, signallers, telephonists, Air Raid Precaution (ARP) messengers, stretcher-bearers, Coast Watch, Home Guard instructors and Rest Centre assistants. They had made camouflage nets, helped evacuate thousands of younger children from bombed city centres, harvested millions of tonnes of food and animal fodder, chopped wood on a massive scale (around 600,000 hours), and salvaged glass, metal and rubber for re-use.

However, it was the service performed by Scouts during air raids and the Blitz on London that showed outstanding courage and application of the words of the Scout Promise and Law. 80 young Scouts were given Scouting gallantry medals, and in London, Coventry and Liverpool the Silver Cross (Scouting) was awarded to entire Troops. Individual Scouts were awarded the George Medal and George Cross. Fifteen Scouts just old enough to serve in the forces were awarded the Victoria Cross. One particular service Scouts gave to London was guiding fire engines in from the outskirts of the city by the quickest routes to blazing buildings. When they couldn’t get any closer to the fires because of the danger, the Scouts provided First Aid treatment and a barricade to stop others getting too close. In an air raid on Manchester, Scouts rushed burned and wounded firemen to hospital and returned to the scene to carry on their First Aid work. In many cases, older Scouts took over from Leaders who had joined up or been killed, in order to keep Troops together.

That’s just a small indication of the support and service given by Scouts at a time when their skills, training and team-spiritedness were called upon constantly. The uniform made them instantly recognisable as individuals who could be trusted to give directions or provide a focus in a crisis, such as an air raid. So, on the eleventh day of the eleventh month every year, Scouts march at the tail of the procession of veterans, alongside Guides and members of the Boys’ Brigade who have also provided civilian services to the public. From the 1930s until the late 1950s, London’s Rover Scouts had their own service and procession past the Cenotaph, and thousands came from all over the country to march.

Remembrance Sunday for Scouts isn’t about marching like soldiers or glorifying war. It’s about representing fellow Scouts who ‘did their best’ in frightening and dangerous circumstances for the sake of their community and their country.

Report: Remembrance 2015

At 1st Billingshurst we are proud of our links with the Royal British Legion and were pleased to be part of the village Remembrance Sunday parade on Sunday 8 November.

We selected Cubs to do the following jobs:

  • Colour bearer (to carry our flag). Our eldest Cub: Olivia
  • Colour party (2 Cubs to escort our flag on the parade): Isabella and Lily
  • Wreath bearer (to lay our wreath at the war memorial). Our Cub of the month for October: Max

On Tuesday 10 November we used our pack meeting to help out the British Legion by opening the collection pots from around the village. The money inside had to be counted, bagged and most importantly noted down so that the people knew how much they had collected. It was a busy evening with everybody involved. At the end of the evening we confirmed that the total counted was just over £2000.

We do this every year so can compare the totals that we counted.

  • In 2007 we counted £766 which we thought was pretty good going.
  • In 2008 we counted an amazing £1766 including over £400 in notes
  • In 2009 we counted £784.22 although being 10 November some of the tins were still collecting and so it is not a complete total for the area.
  • In 2010 we counted a staggering £1538, much to the delight of Stan from the British Legion.
  • In 2011 we counted a fantastic £2206.47, possibly helped by it being 90 years of the British Legion.
  • In 2012 we counted £1619.70. An amazing total donated by the people of Billingshurst and the surrounding area.
  • We don’t have a figure for 2013
  • In 2014 out total came to £2222 – our highest ever
  • In 2015 we counted just over £2000 but being 10 November some of the tins were still collecting and so it is not a complete total for the area
For more pictures please see our Remembrance 2015 gallery

Thanks to Lara and Jacala for providing the photos from Remembrance Sunday