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A day to remember!
On Wednesday 29 October 1st Milford Beavers colony visited the poppies at the Tower of London, an opportunity that we, as leaders
felt could not be missed.
The dreary, wet, grey day dampened everything except our spirits and we joined the thousands that flocked to see the installation entitled 'Blood swept lands and Seas of red' and we are so glad we did.
With remembrance day just around the corner, and the 100 year celebration of WW1 this year, we took 16 Beavers to London to be part of this
We were so lucky to be supported by 6 parent helpers which was fantastic.
The crowds were huge, the queue's were long and the trains were packed but it was worth every minute.
One Beaver even said "It was one of the best trips of his life!"
We safely delivered all 16 of them back to their parents before rush hour - all in a days work as Beaver Leaders.
They did our colony, the District and Scouting proud with their behavior and enthusiasm for the trip.
Photo's to follow.
Scouting Skills in the Sunshine
On a perfect autumn afternoon at White Beeches three Cub Scout teams, 1st Witley, 1st Farncombe, and Saints Peter & Paul took part in the scouting skills challenge for the Jim Short Shield.
Godalming Adult Support Unit organised the event and were impressed by the range of skills shown by each team. WELL DONE ALL !!
For that reason the results were very close:
Joint winners - 1st Farncombe and Saints Peter & St Paul
Third - 1st Witley, only two points behind.
James Austin, St Peter and St Paul Scouts and James Cook, Aquila Explorer Unit have gained their Chief's Scout Gold Awards - an achievement that will be recognised at a County Presentation later in the year.
Town Council grant improves Scout Headquarters
A grant from Godalming Town Council has been used to replace a section of the weather boarding on the SS Peter and Paul Scout hut. Group Scout Leader, Julie Talman, said "I would like thank the town council for this grant, and also Group Chairman, Steve Mitchell, for his tireless efforts in helping to maintain this magnificant building".
Were you part of 2nd Godalming Scout Group - or know of leaders/helpers/scouts/cubs that were?
In December this year 2nd Godalming Scout Group celebrate their centenary - the first group in Godalming District to do so. If you have been involved, or know people that were please get in touch through our "Contact Us" link or join us on Facebook (2nd Godalming Scout Group) - we would love to hear your stories/memories. We are also going to organise a reunion in January next year - more information to follow soon.
District AGM highlights succeses
The District AGM was held recently, attended by the County Commissioner Roxanna Bostock, Deputy County Commissioner Fthr Jonathan How, Assistant County Commissioner for Scouts Paul Iversen, Mayor of Godalming Cllr Andrew Wilson, Mayor of Waverley Cllr Liz Wheatley. Despite a small drop in numbers over the year this is expected to be reversed in the 2015 census. The full report AGM Report 2014- including a Duck Race, over £755 donated to Shelterbox, many leaders recognised for their contribution to Scouting, scouts selected for the World Scout Jamboree and Godalming Cubs joining cubs from over Surrey at SCRAM. It was also highlighted that without more adults coming forward to help it would not be possible to clear the very long waiting lists for all sections.
Scout Community Week
AS part of Scout Community week 1st Milford Beavers chose a project to present four hanging baskets for their local school, The Chandler. These were gratefully received by the headmaster Mr Burgess.
Godalming Scouts Celebrate St George's Day - and more awards
Godalming District Scouts celebrated the traditional annual St George's day service and renewal of promises. Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Leaders and helpers all joined together at SS Peter and Paul Church (the weather meant we did not gather at the Bandstand as we had hoped!). Godalming Mayor, Cllr Tom Martin with his Mayoress Jess Martin and Mayorling Tamsim and Cllr Liz Wheatley and Mike Wheatley attended the service, and Fthr Jonathan How, Deputy County Commissioner. The gathering was led by District Commissioner, John Richardson. Long Service awards were presented to Wendy Drage (40 years), Bryan Roberts (40 years), Mike Mandeville (20 years), Rodney Goodship (20 years) and Vicky Musk (15 years). In the annual St George's Awards the following were honoured for their service to scouting by Chief Scout Bear Grylls. Ken Willard received the Bar to the Silver Acorn "in recognition of further specially distinguished service to scouting"; Bryan Roberts and Dave Musk received the Silver Acorn "in recognition of specially distinguished service to scouting". Beavers from SS Peter and Paul received their badges and certificates for gaining the top award within the Beaver section - their Bronze Chief Scout's Challenge.
The service end with a Duck Race - which took place in the church with the Mayor scooping up the winning ducks!
Pictured below the award recipients - along with Terry Read who was presented his 40 Year Service award before the St John's fete.