Saturday 22 June 2019 at 13.00
4th New Forest North (Eling) Aquativity Scout HQ
With Testwood Lakes as the background and the smell of a BBQ in the air, what better setting could you have for our AGM? Held in the open air with an audience of leaders, helpers and families with their children, the Charity’s formalities were quickly and efficiently completed by Anna, Marcus and the Executive members. Marcus reported on the success that the Group continued to enjoy, with about 150 young people taking part in activities, supported by about 100 adults.
The recent Donkey Derby had been another good fundraiser, thanks to some incredible hard work by supporters. Both Anna and Marcus stressed the need for parents to get involved, and that we particularly need help with fundraising, to ensure the Group can continue to provide the excellent facilities at Testwood and the wide range of activities the Members take part in.
The Cubs were out on the lake in the morning. Following the meeting, the Beavers were taken out on the water, giving both Sections the chance to have a go at kayaking or sailing, in perfect weather conditions. Thanks to everyone who helped organise the event, and the leaders and boating instructors.
A big “Thank You!” to the Barker-Mill Foundation whose generosity has helped us make our building more secure. With their help we can continue providing fantastic experiences and new skills for life for our Scouting members and assisting Testwood Sailability with their great work. Read the full details here.
A great chance to get fit and help our Group at the same time. Interested? – click here for the entry form or email TestwoodFunRun@gmail.com Book in advance and save money.
With the warmer weather, our youth members have been enjoying some outdoor activities. The Cubs spent a recent evening at Eling Creek, catching crabs. The conditions were perfect and they had a great haul of the snappy creatures, who were all safely returned to the water.
Our Beavers have been practicing their ball skills, with some great talent on show.
The Scouts have now returned to their boating programme and are out and about on Testwood Lakes a couple of times a week. Good to see the enthusiasm as they got kitted up in wetsuits and got their craft ready for the water.
As part of their World Challenge and World Faiths badges the Cubs recently had a look behind the scenes of the 1000 year old Romsey Abbey. Volunteers were on hand to explain the long and fascinating history of the church – the largest Parish Church in Hampshire – and they were able to visit the bell tower. Read the rest of the article …