Rolleston Scout Group News 2003

Winter 2003 News

A new year has begun in the Scouting Calendar and all the Sections are busy doing various activities. The cubs had a very successful camp down at the Headquarters and were joined by members from the District. The Scouts are doing a winter camp in the New Year and this month the Leaders and members of the Committee are holding a weekend camp in Pembrokeshire – that should be fun!!! We have three new Beaver Leaders, Peter Wildsmith, Dawn and Graham Ashton and assistant Jackie Fails. They are busy getting the Beavers through their badges, fourteen Faith badges have been issued, they have been on a visit to Whitepost Farm which was very enjoyable and had a pre-Halloween party with a visit from Vera Eaton, puppeteer.

Talking of Leaders, we are always short of them, and in particular, at the moment, Cub Leaders. If we do not get anyone soon the Cub Pack is in fear of closing. So, please, anyone out there who thinks they could help, do come forward and ring June Webb on 814582.

Fund Raising this year has been very good, as reported earlier the Carnival was very successful and we thank you for your support. The Car Boot Sales are going well and will resume in the last Sunday of January 2004 through until June and restart again in September.

During the next six months we are going to improve the HQ by installing a new disabled toilet. We have wanted to do this for some time, but were turned down by the Lottery Commission three years ago. However we are now in a position to do this, so please bear with us while this work is being carried out.

Now don’t forget, if you need a Marquee, or require a Hall for a special occasion please get in touch. The number to ring for Marquees is 543194 and for the HQ it is 814582.

Now, all it remains for me to say, on behalf of Rolleston Scout Group I would like to thank you for the support you have given us over the year and wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

Margaret Smedley

Autumn 2003 News

Thank you to all of you who supported our Carnival. The weather wasn’t too bad and we had a successful day. The boys, girls, leaders and parents worked very hard on the floats for the Fancy Dress Parade, they were exceptional, the judges had a hard time choosing the winners.

At the moment we are on our summer break, getting ready to commence another scouting year full of fun, activities and adventures for the boys. The Scouts this month (August) are going to Kielder, Northumberland, for their summer camp, based at the National Water Sports Centre, so I am sure they will all have a great time and if the weather holds for the rest of August I am sure there will be a lot of splashing around being done.

All sections have had an eventful year and fund raising events have been well attended. The Car Boot will start again at the end of September through until November and we are holding a Rummage Sale on Saturday 27th September. A Barn Dance has been organised for Saturday October 4th and so get your glad rags on and your feet tapping!

We would like to start up an Explorer Section (Venture) in Rolleston in September, ages 14 – 18 years, so if there are any old Venture scouts out there who would like to come along and be a leader we would very much like to hear from you. Please contact Graham Jacks on 543194 if you are interested.

Now don’t forget, if you need a Marquee or require a Hall for a special occasion please get in touch. The number for Marquees is 543194 and for the HQ it is 814582. Also if you fancy being a Leader or helper just let us know, you will be very welcome

Margaret Smedley

Summer 2003 News

At the time of writing we are busy getting ready for our biggest fund raiser of the year, the Carnival, and I know that you will give us all your support. As usual we hope the weather will be kind to us, I am sure we will have a very enjoyable afternoon, and I would like to thank everyone who helped and supported us. I would also like to thank members of RODSEC for giving their time in manning the Elizabeth Avenue Playing Field which we were granted permission to use by the Parish council for use as a Car Park since we have lost the Forest Car Park. Also I would like to thank the residents of The Lawns and Hall Road for allowing us to disrupt their Sunday afternoon with our floats.

I am pleased to say that the Beavers, Cubs and Scouts are all enjoying their various activities. The Scouts are holding a camp in Hawkhurst on Kielderwater, Northumberland in August. We are sorry to see Margaret and Wally Hodson Walker leave us, they have been with us for over 21 years, and we wish them well. The new Beaver Leaders are Peter Wildsmith and Graham Ashton and we give them a warm welcome to the Group. As usual I would stress that we do need Leaders and helpers in all sections.

Whilst writing this I would say that this is my last report for the Rollestonian in my capacity as Chairman of the Group. I am resigning as Chairman having been 25 years on the Committee and I think it is time to let someone else “have a go”. However, they are appointing me “President” of the Group, so no doubt you will be hearing from me at a later date. I would, however, like to welcome our new Chairman, Mrs Marilyn Marrison and I wish her well for the future.

I am sorry to report that we have had to cancel “Proms in the Park” in conjunction with the Tutbury Band due to ESBC’s council fees.

Now, don’t forget if you wish to hire the Headquarters for that special party, please phone June Webb on 814582, or if you require a marquee, please phone Graham Jacks on 543194.

Margaret Smedley

Spring 2003 News

Another year has begun and the Scout Group has a very busy agenda. The fund raising has started with the Car Boot Sales, there are Rummage Sales planned, catering for Burton’s Tulip Festival early in April and, of course, our big fund raiser of the year “The Carnival”. This is being held on Sunday May 11th and I know you will all give us your support. As usual, it will begin with the Fancy Dress Parade through the village and I apologise now, on behalf of the Scout Group, to the residents of Hall Road and The Lawns for disturbing their thoroughfare for an hour or so. All the usual attractions will be there and we hope you will all come along and enjoy yourselves and don’t forget to buy your raffle tickets.

Also this year, for the first time, we are holding “Proms in the Park” on Saturday June 28th 2003, in conjunction with Tutbury Band, and I’m sure you will agree, this should be an excellent evening of entertainment. We are keeping our fingers crossed that the weather will be kind to us.

Now, I know I write this in every Rollestonian – but we are desperate for Leaders. In July 2003 Margaret and Wally Hodson-Walker are retiring; they have been Beaver Leaders for 21 years and we shall miss them very much. They have been there from the beginning of the Beavers in Rolleston, and if we cannot find replacements it could mean that a Beaver Pack in the Rolleston Scout Group could come to an end, which would be a very sad thing for all the young boys in Rolleston, so please think seriously about how you could help to keep the Beavers going. Thank you to Margaret and Wally for all that you have done for the Rolleston Scout Group and we wish you well for the future. Also Cubs and Scouts always need Leaders and Helpers and we would welcome anyone who would come forward to help.

The Cubs are entering a District Table Tennis Tournament shortly and we wish them well. Also the Scouts will be holding a camp on Cannock Chase this month and their summer camp in Kent.

Don’t forget if you wish to hire the Scout HQ for that special occasion please ring June Webb on 814582 and if you require a Marquee please get in touch with Graham Jacks on 543194.

Margaret Smedley

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