A light breeze, calm waters and a warming sun. What more could you wish for out dinghy sailing? Over 20 scouts took to the River Test opposite Southampton Container Terminal on a Sunday morning in October, to be assessed for their RYA dinghy sailing qualifications; and the conditions were perfect. Despite the lack of sailing practice this summer because of the algae problem at Testwood Lakes the Scouts were soon showing what they could do to the assessors and a small group of parents and friends on the shore.
Thanks to the assessors, leaders and parents who make these events possible, and congratulations to all the Scouts who passed their assessment.
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Unfortunately, not real beavers, just our Beaver Scouts taking advantage of the dry weather to explore the area around Testwood Lakes. With around a dozen butterfly species, numerous other insects and birds such as Little Egrets to spot there was plenty for them to discover during the evening.
Robin hands over the Group at the 2018 AGM
As Marcus, our new GSL, takes over from Robin we take a brief look back at the previous twelve months in the Group. What a successful year it has been! Our fantastic volunteer leaders continue to deliver a packed, varied and challenging programme to all the sections. From the Frisby Golf and Murder Mystery evenings of the Explorers, the Cub’s Summer Camp at Weymouth, orienteering and trampolining evenings, to the Scout RN Swimming gala at HMS Raleigh and trying the shipping simulators at the Warsash Maritime Academy, our young members have enjoyed a wonderful year. If you want to see more about their experiences check out our section pages.
Anna steps forward to take up the role of Croup Chair. L-R Dot – Secretary, Ann, Peter – Treasurer, Marcus – GSL, Mark – outgoing Chair, Robin – outgoing GSL
Almost seventy people attended the AGM, whilst out on Testwood Lakes the Cubs and Scouts continued with their 24 hour “Boat” to raise money for the Group. The meeting was held outdoors, with the smells from the conveniently placed BBQ ensuring the briefest of meetings. The Treasurer’s report highlighted the sound financial footing of the Group, with significant investment in boating equipment, whilst maintaining the Aquativity building, thanks in part to another successful Donkey Derby. The New Forest North District Commissioner and Chair were on hand to thank Robin and also our outgoing Chairman, Mark, who hands over to our new Chair, Anna.
Awaiting the start of the 2018 AGM
Our Cubs have been having learning new skills for life this week – some have been out on the lake in rafts they have made themselves, whilst others have been learning fire-lighting skills and toasting marshmallows.
Our Cub Pack had a double celebration this week. The theme for the week was US Independence Day – looking at 242 years of American History. Not quite so long, but sometimes feeling like it, Cub leader Darren had his 25 years of Scouting service recognised with the presentation of the Chief Scout’s 25 Years Service Award by New Forest North District Commissioner Kerie in front of the Cubs. Well done, Darren, here’s to the next 25 years.
Phil the Bag is coming back. We are now collecting unwanted adult and children’s clothing, hats, shoes, belts, handbags, and household textiles including sheets, pillow cases, duvet covers, curtains and towels – so please fill a bag, or two or more and bring back to the HQ by Thursday 5th July **WE NEED AT LEAST 40 SACKS**.. For alternative collection/drop off arrangements if you cannot bring to the HQ, please contact email@example.com, All clothing must be in weareable condition.
Netley Marsh Steam and Craft Show Litter Pick
We are looking for volunteers to help with our annual litter pick at the two day event-
Each year we help the organisers of the Netley Marsh Steam and Craft Show by litter picking early morning on Saturday and Sunday and also a final clear up which will be on Tuesday evening . For this we receive a donation from the profits of the event.
Last year we received a donation of just under £500 from the Show committee in return, so this is a really important fundraising event for us. All morning helpers will receive wristbands to allow entry to the rally for the whole weekend
We are looking for volunteers to help on:-
Saturday 21st July 7am will be finished before 9am.
Sunday 22nd July 7am will be finished before 9am
We also need a volunteer for each morning to bring the equipment and co ordinate those helping .
Tuesday 24th July (evening) Time to be confirmed but usually from around 6.30pm – as many helpers as possible to help with the final litter pick of the whole site. Volunteer also needed to bring equipment and co-ordinate
Please let us know as soon as possible if you can help on any of the days – all ages welcome. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Testwood’s resident herd of cows watch the sponsored “Boat” kayaks – Damon Kennard
Anyone walking around Testwood Lakes after dusk on Friday 22 June would have been surprised to see kayaks and dinghies still out on the lake. The 24 hour sponsored “Boat” starting at 6 pm on Friday, aimed to raise money for the Group as well as giving young people from all the sections the opportunity to get out on the water and learn new skills.
Leaders and young people splashed, paddled, rowed and tacked their way around the lake in relays. A few managed to grab some sleep whilst others were out on the lake.
On Saturday Cubs and Beavers also took to the water in the perfect conditions, with brilliant sunshine and light winds, watched by parents and friends of the Group who enjoyed a BBQ in front of Aquativity.
Many thanks to the Leaders and Instructors who made this possible.
The Group’s AGM was also held outside during the event against a backdrop of coloured sails and kayaks.
Robin leading the Group at the Remembrance Day Parade
Today at the Group’s AGM, Robin Clarkson, thanked all the Leaders, Executive members and supporters of the Group for their sustained hard work over the last 5 years as he stood down as Group Scout Leader (GSL).
“It is a huge tribute to them, that today, we have a successful, thriving Sea Scout Group, one of the largest in the Scout District.”
Robin commended the new GSL, Marcus Sly to the Group. Marcus, who has been a Scout leader with the Group for 4 years will bring a different style of Leadership and take the Group forward to even more success.
“I wish the Group every success in the future and will watch from the side lines as the Group continues to thrive.
TODAY Our Annual General Meeting will be held at Aquativity, Testwood Lakes on Saturday 23 June 2018 at 12.30.
All parents, leaders and helpers of the Group are very welcome. Please come along and show your support for the Group.
BBQ food and refreshments available to purchase. Watch the 24 boating on the lake.
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