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Report: Remembrance 2018

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 11 November.

We selected Cubs to do the following jobs:

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

After an unhelpful but thankfully brief shower just before most Cubs arrived it was a lovely sunny day for a parade and everybody looked very smart as we marched through the village.

After the wreath laying service at the war memorial we would normally go in to the church for the main service. However, an unfortunate person tripped in the church and had to wait for an ambulance. As a result we regrouped back at the memorial for the main service. Although we tried hard it is a lot more tricky to sing the hymns with no accompaniment. With no flags to be presented we zoomed through the service and so set off for the final leg of the parade rather earlier than usual, arriving at the Village Hall about 20 minutes early. This turned out to be a good thing as while people were inside getting a cup of tea the heavens opened.

On Tuesday 13 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 and a great turnout of extra adults too. At the end of the evening the Cubs reported that some of the pots had contained more than £200 with one of them having more than £260 inside.

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

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Photos from the parade

Thanks to Jacala, Hathi (Sarah Wilson), Chris Evans and Caroline Kavanagh for providing the photos from Remembrance Sunday.

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Event: Billingshurst Show, Sun 24 Jun

This year the Billingshurst Show takes place on Sunday 24 June. It is the main fundraising event for the group and a great part of village life and so we are keen that everybody takes part.

The main show information is available on the Billingshurst Show website but there are lots of ways to get involved:

Badge competition now closed
Each year all the Scouts and Guides that help on the stalls or behind the scenes with the show get presented with a souvenir badge. The badge for this year was designed last year so now it is time to design the 2019 badge. Just download the form and draw your design in the box. Completed forms should be posted in the box in the hall. We hear that there has not been a single entry so far so that increases your chance of winning – but only if you post your form before the closing date of Thursday 21 June.

SETTING UP THE SHOW

Please complete our show helpers form and return it to Cubs, Nat Evans or Zoe Jenkins to let us know what time you can help set up or take down.

Friday
There is a lot of fetching and carrying to be done to get all the necessary tables, chairs, fencing and equipment into position. Help is wanted from 3pm to 5pm.

Saturday team
As you can imagine, there is a lot to do to get the field ready for the show. There are tents to put up, stalls to organise, tables to distribute and countless other tasks. The group is asking for parents who can help with this task. You don’t have to volunteer all day but even an hour would be useful. There are slots from 9.30am to 5.30pm

ON THE DAY

Parade
We asked for a team of parents to run our entry in the parade but sadly did not get any interest. As a result we will not be taking part. It gets harder every year to find a vehicle to use  and walking in the parade never gets the same attention from the judges. However, if you want to see the parade then the route is available on the show website.

Bake off
The bake off competition has been expanded this year with new categories. Simply take your baked goods to the Bake Off tent (opposite the food court) before 2pm on the day of the show. See the show website for bake off categories.

Our stall
Once we get to the field we will be running two stalls in the Scout area. We have a world cup sweepstake game where you can buy a country for £1 and potentially win £10 if yours is the country we have chosen. (No football knowledge required).
We also have a paper aeroplane target game. For 50p you can have a piece of paper which you can then fashion into a plane. We have a book of designs to give inspiration. Once built and decorated you can then fly your plane to see if you can hit the target.
We are grateful to Nat Evans for organising our stalls and have invited the Cubs to staff it in slots throughout the afternoon. You can do any slot but we have notionally allocated Reds from 1300 to 1345, Yellows from 1345 to 1430, Greens from 1430 to 1515 and Blues from 1515 to 1600 (when its a knockout starts). You can let us know what time slot you can do by registering on My Scout.

Scouts and Guides knock out
At 4pm the Scouts and Guides will be taking their turn in the arena for an “it’s a knockout” event. The first category will be rainbows v beavers. This will be followed by our competition of brownies v Parbrook v Dauxwood Cubs. Thanks to everybody that has volunteered to be on our team. We hope that the other Cubs will be there to cheer us on.
Further categories will then pitch the Guides against the Scouts. We hope that there will still be plenty of people around the arena to cheer us on. See our 2009 gallery below for the last time we beat the Brownies!

Donations
At short notice we have been reminded that the Beavers are running a cake stall and would welcome donations brought along on the day. Not sure if you can combine that with the bake off. Also the Guides are running their usual chocolate tombola which may be a bit tricky with the weather looking so warm. They are also looking for donations.

TAKING DOWN THE SHOW

Sunday deconstruction team
When everybody goes home the real work starts. Volunteers are wanted between 5pm and 8pm to take things down and load up the lorry.

Monday morning distribution
The final task is to return everything to where it came from. Allan and Chris will be sorting things out but need extra help between 9am and 12 noon.


Visit our past events page for a reminder of our Billingshurst Show entries for 2015 (vive la France), 2014 (Brazil),  2013 (Summer Holiday), 2012 (Mr Benn),  2011 (Lion King), 2010 (Kung Fu Panda) or 2009 (In the Jungle Book).

Report: Jamboree on the trail 2018

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 sixth year of taking part and nine brave Cubs were part of our group of friends and family (and dogs) that returned to a rather soggy South Downs. It was great that so many family members and friends of the pack were able to join us for our hike.

You are never guaranteed good weather at this time of year and after several sunny hikes in recent years it seemed that our luck with the weather had run out. Although the morning was dry, the afternoon was wet although thankfully not windy otherwise the exposed sections of route would have been very unpleasant. The low cloud and reduced visibility meant that we didn’t see the spectacular South Downs views that this walk is known for.

We were pleased to meet walkers from 1st Barnham and 2nd Felpham who were doing a similar route to us but in the other direction. Together their group had 100 walkers which is quite impressive.

We published the map of the route online so suggest that families head back to Whiteways on a drier day and try the walk again.

Each Cub that attended gets an extra hike added to their Hikes Away badge score and all our walkers will receive a JOTT21 souvenir badge. (Hikes Away badges are awarded at levels 1, 2, 5 and 10 so not everybody will get a badge this time but their participation has been recorded).

Click the album to see more pictures from the event

Once in the photo album remember to click on the picture and then the white “i” in the top corner to see our captions. Thanks to Jacala for the pictures.

You can see what some other groups have been up to for JOTT by looking for #JOTT posts on Twitter. Just remember that we cannot be responsible for posts from other groups

Scroll down this page for the links to our JOTT reports from previous years

Report: St George’s Day 2018

In 2018 the annual District parade was replaced by an activity afternoon and service in the park at Parham House near Pulborough.

We started off with a short service and the renewal of Promises plus a few awards for leaders. Then we had the rest of the afternoon to explore the various activities put on by the district team and groups. These included icing biscuits and spacehopper jousting plus go-karts and grass sledges. In addition the Jamboree contingent were raising money to fund their trip.

Only 12 Parbrook Cubs attended which wasn’t great but matched numbers from other sections. Well done to Poppy for carrying the flag and having to stand in front of everybody holding it for the duration of the service. Everybody got +10 points towards our monthly points competition.

Thanks to Jacala for providing the photos. We’re sorry that they aren’t the greatest quality but were taken on his phone. If you would like to add to our gallery please e-mail your photos to Jacala.


Baden-Powell & St George
Lord Baden-Powell chose Saint George to be the Patron Saint of the Scout Association. He felt that the Saint George of legend set a good example of faith, courage and perseverance. St George’s day is on 23 April and most Districts hold some form of celebration. In ‘Scouting for Boys’, Baden-Powell referred to the Knights of the Round Table in the Arthurian Legend and to St. George who was their Patron Saint.
He then went on: “He is also the Patron Saint of Scouts everywhere. Therefore all Scouts should know his story. St. George was typical of what a Scout should be.
When he was faced by a difficulty or danger, however great it appeared, even in the shape of a dragon – he did not avoid it or fear it, but went at it with all the power he could. That is exactly the way a Scout should face a difficulty or danger, no matter how great or how terrifying it may appear. He should go at it boldly and confidently, using every power that he can to try and overcome it and the probability is that he will succeed.
“St. George’s Day is April 23, and on that day, Scouts remind themselves of their Promise and Scout Law. Not that a Scout ever forgets either, but on St. George’s Day, he makes a special point of thinking about them.”

Welcome to the summer term 2018

After such a long period of wet and cold weather we are hoping that things will improve as we start the Summer Term. As usual we have a packed programme of activities to enjoy on a Tuesday evening. You can download your copy from http://www.1stbillingshurst.org.uk/parbrook/prog.pdf. We are hoping to be outside on the field as much as we can so don’t forget to bring your water bottles if you think that you might need them. Do make sure that they have a name on and try to remember to take them home again at the end of the evening as we always seem to have some left.

St Georges Day Parade

With St George being the patron saint of Scouting we always celebrate his day which is of course 23 April. This year the District has decided to do something a bit different so we have been invited to attend an event at Parham House near Storrington. After a short service and the important renewal of the Promises there will be an afternoon of activities to try out. Pop along to the website for more details – https://parbrook.wordpress.com/2018/04/02/event-stg18/ and don’t forget to let us know if you plan to attend by registering through My Scout.

Jamboree on the trail

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 will be the sixth year that we have taken part and our event will follow the usual format. We invite Cubs and their families (and well behaved dogs) to join us for a walk in the South Downs on Saturday 12 May. We will start from Whiteways Car Park and then follow the Monarch’s Way and the South Downs Way on a circular walk. We will have more details online shortly and you will can register through My Scout. There is no charge for taking part and everybody can earn a commemorative Jamboree on the Trail 2018 blanket badge

Spider camp

Our camp this term will be at Nowhurst which is near Broadbridge Heath. We will be sleeping in tents on the weekend of 9-11 June. Despite just being 15 minutes away it is a secluded spot that we always enjoy visiting. We already have 13 names on our guest list but there is plenty of room for more. You can find details at https://parbrook.wordpress.com/2018/02/04/nowhurst18/ and register through My Scout. Don’t forget that the camp fees are due before camp.

Summer camp

We have been delighted with the response to Summer Camp at Downe which takes place from Sunday 12 to Saturday 18 August. The number of campers we can take is restricted by the size of groups that the campsite will take for activities. We have now filled the 12 places that we have available. Details are on the website at https://parbrook.wordpress.com/2018/02/11/event-downe18/ and camp fees should be paid before camp.

Weekend camp at Stedham

Our final tent camp of the year will be at Stedham near Midhurst in the South Downs. We will have more information about this camp online nearer the time but you can register via My Scout if you would like to reserve a place. Camp will take place over the weekend of 21-23 September

Come and help us at our camps

We are always looking for more adult helpers at our camps – to transport gear, help with the tent pitching, help in the kitchen or with activities. We now ask you what you can do to help us when you book your Cub a place – so be prepared to give an answer. If you have access to a van that can transport our gear or are a demon camp fire builder then we want to have you along. We are particularly short of helpers to assist Marian in the kitchen. Even an extra pair of hands on the last day to help clear up the site is welcome. We have jobs to suit all time commitments – you don’t even have to camp as you can visit for the day. Have a look at https://parbrook.wordpress.com/join-us/#adults for a bit more detail and have a chat with a leader if you would like to know more or have any questions.

Billingshurst Show

The annual parade and show takes place on Sunday 24 June. With some of our leaders away that weekend we are looking for a couple of parents to volunteer to coordinate our involvement. We have a place in the parade if we want it but, as we have seen in recent years, it is very hard to find anybody that has a vehicle that we can use. This means that if we are going to take part at all then we will be walking which reduces options. We also need to run a stall on the field in the afternoon and have been given a target of raising at least £50. If you would be able to help us run our part of the show or have any ideas please let me know. Without parent help we will not be able to take part in the parade.

Easyfundraising

We are grateful to all of you that support our Easyfundraising when you shop online. With the donation reminder toolbar all you have to do is click to confirm that you’d like us to receive a donation when you shop at a participating site. We have now received the final payment for 2017 and raised just over £250. This is a bit down when compared to last year but still allows us to subsidise our camps and trips. If you don’t already support us then pop along to https://parbrook.wordpress.com/fundraising/ to find out more and sign up at https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/parbrookcubs/. So easy, why not?

Don’t forget to let us know if you can help with our camps or the Billingshurst Show

Nick Wainewright, Akela