Rolleston Scout Group News 2000

Scouts are given a new look

Rolleston Scout Group

The scouts are to adopt a new logo, replacing one which had remained unchanged for 25 years. The new logo retains the distinctive emblem, and also reintroduces the famous 'Be Prepared' motto. This will be followed by the introduction of a new uniform to be phased in over the next two years.

Winter 2000

Bonfire Night - What can we say? - a big thank you to all those who supported us in such appalling weather conditions and which was marred by an unfortunate incident. It was, we believe, due to one multi-shot firework being defective, which was unbeknown to us at the time, causing injury to a boy. We had taken all the proper precautions, the Health and Safety people had been down, prior to, and after the event, and checked that everything that should have been in place was in place and yet this accident still occurred.

We have been monitoring the injured boyís progress through his parents who are quite satisfied that this was an accident and that it was unforeseeable. The offending firework is now in the hands of the Health and Safety people who are asking the Trading Standards to inspect it.

We do very much regret what happened and once again thank you for your support.

Thanks to the Rollestonian we now have a new Treasurer, Helen Barnett and we welcome her to the Group, itís not an easy task being our Treasurer, but we wonít tell her!

Since the last Rollestonian was published the Car Boot Sales have recommenced and still seem to be popular. We also held our Autumn Rummage Sale which was very successful.

The Scouts are going to a camp at the South London Scout Centre at Dulwich which should be very exciting. Also the Cubs are going to Cadbury World and Sea Life shortly which they are looking forward to. Congratulations are due to the Cubs who came 4th in the District Cubsí Cup for Scouting Activities. The district also held a Beaversí Camp Fire at the HQ which they all enjoyed.

Again, if there is anyone who would like to become a leader, or just help for a few hours a week, please come forward, we would love to hear from you.

It now just remains for me to say, on behalf of Rolleston Scout Group, we wish everyone a Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.

Margaret Smedley, Chairman

Autumn 2000

We are now in our summer recess having had a successful term. Our Scout Group is flourishing with both Beavers and Cubs full, with waiting lists and the scouts are getting their numbers up. However, it is the same old story, we are desperate for leaders. With a full quota of boys it is very necessary to have the leaders to teach and help them.

The boys had a good Millennium Camp at the Washlands with all the District, but the weather was absolutely appalling, mud everywhere. However, a good time was had by all.

The Scouts are going camping in Yorkshire and I am sure they will have a good time.

The Carnival was our best yet, thanks to all of you who supported us. As usual the boys and girls did a marvellous job decorating the floats and dressing up. Archie Gentles and the Rev. Ian Whitehead had a hard job judging the parade. The weather was good considering all the rain we had had.

Our Car Boot Sales will recommence at the end of September through to November, with a Rummage Sale also in October 2000. Bonfire Night, even though it is on a Sunday this year will be held on November 5th as always, and we hope you will give us your support as you usually do.

We had a very successful A.G.M. but it would be nice if more parents attended. Unfortunately our Treasurer has had to resign due to pressure of work and we thank him for all his hard work over the past years, not just for being Treasurer but for all the work round the Headquarters and helping to pitch marquees. So, a very sincere thank you, Michael, from the Group. This, of course means we are looking for a new Treasurer. If anyone feels they would like to take the job then please contact either myself, Michael Shardlow or Graham Jacks, please don't be shy!

Margaret Smedley, Chairman

Summer 2000

Carnival time is here again and we are all busy getting ready for it, particularly as it is at the start of Rolleston Arts Festival. I hope you will have come to support us.

The boys are getting ready for their Millennium Camp 2000 on the Washlands at the end of May when they join the rest of the District. They will of course have their own camps later in the year.

The cubs were very successful at their Swimming Gala earlier in the year and won a few medals.

The Car Boot Sales are going well, so if anyone wants to book a table they should do so early! They are held on the last Sunday morning in the month except for August and December.

We are still very short of leaders and helpers and if there is anyone who would like to come along and see what we get up to, please do.

M. Smedley, Chairman

Spring 2000

The new millennium year began well for the Scout Group with the Parade through the village and the Commemoration Service in the church. Thanks to all who arranged it and also to Rolleston Club for playing host to the village for the day.

Our fund raising year began with a Car Boot Sale on the last Sunday in January which went very well, and these will be held on the last Sunday in the month, 10am - 12noon, every month, with the exception of August and December 2000.

Our Carnival this year heralds the beginning of Rollestonís Millennium Arts Festival, the theme is "Into the Future with Rolleston Scout Group". We hope you will all support us and have a fun afternoon. As usual it begins with a Fancy Dress Parade through the village and everyone can enter. The date is Sunday May 14th 2000 and the Parade sets off from the junction of Hall Road and Hall Road at 1.30pm.

During the last weekend in May there will be "Scout Camps" all over the country when every Scout and Cub will be under canvas. Our Scouts will be joining the Burton and District Scout Millennium Camp on Bass Meadows and the Cubs and Beavers will be day visiting.

Our Scouts are also going to Hawkhurst, a Water Sport based Camp for five days and attending a Railway Camp where they ride and walk between stations - it certainly sounds different.

Our Cubs have won the Burton & District Table Tennis Team Comp. Congratulations, well done.

As you can see we are a very active Scout Group. However, we are always looking for new Leaders and helpers, so if you think you could spare some time helping or becoming a Leader, please come along - you will be made very welcome.

 (Margaret Smedley - Chairman).

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