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November 2012 Newsletter

Editorial

It is with sadness that we learnt that Chris Sallows, formerly 8th Hanwell was called to higher service on 29th October.

Steve Douglas writes:-

I first met Chris as a Patrol Leader in the old 8th Hanwell (Saxon) Scout Troop that met in the Hanwell Community Centre, back in 1957.  Our families stayed in touch for some time, but as things go, offspring marrying and moving on we drifted apart.  Back in 2007, I became the Appointment Secretary only to find the Chris had been working away for a number of years with the group of people that met with perspective Leaders in the District with the likes of Brian Shepherd, our previous Appointment Secretary.  Chris was an active member of the Adults Advisory Committee over the last five years, turning out on request to come and chat with people thinking of becoming Leaders in the District.

He always has a tale from his Scouting past that was relevant to the conversation at the informal chats that we had with the potential Leaders.  He had a genial demeanour that always put people at ease and was easy to talk to and as ever a good listener.

Chris will be missed from the group of people that work importantly in the background of scouting to vet people that look after our Scouts in Ealing & Hanwell.

John’s Jottings

District News

Madeline Secombe will be stepping down as the Jack Petchy coordinator from January.  I’m looking to find someone to step into this role.  Or perhaps we’ve grown tired of the Jack Petchy funding and should move on.  Let me know what you think.

By the time this is published Paul and Jocelyn will be on their nuptial cruise to the Caribbean where they will also honeymoon.  So please change all your various databases, phone lists etc and delete Doyle and add another Phillips, popular district name!  I’m sure you’ll all want to join me in wishing all the very best for their future lives together.

Also it’s virtually certain that 9th Ealing will be moving to Leighton Hall after the council priced them out of the new building at the Log Cabin.  Please feel free to make your views known about this to any council representatives you come across. I do!

We have the District Fireworks at Stoke on Saturday 10th November.  Brigantia Explorers will be selling tea/coffee/hot chocolate and cake to raise funds for the upcoming Kandersteg trip.  Please do come along and support your district, tickets are now available from me, Adults £6, children £4, includes a burger.

This is followed the next day by the civic Remembrance Day parade, details already circulated.

The Kandersteg applications are now all in and we’ve exceeded our previous numbers for the district contingent and with the 1st Ealing North going in their own right, we’ll have over a hundred on this expedition.  This is really great, as it really is a most wonderful experience.  However although the list for young people is now closed, with reserve spaces only (a couple do normally have to drop out due to unforeseen circumstances) we could use a couple more leaders/adults.  On the other hand you’ll see that the county team also have spaces for a couple of “staff caterers”.  If either of these positions is of interest, then please speak to me. Remember there are support funds available for both adults and young people if required.  Again please feel free to speak to me – in total confidence.

Our training manager has been forwarding lists to all GSL’s regarding outstanding leader training; often it’s just a case of training completed but validation missing.  Speak to your GSLs about this.

Repeated from last month I pointed out that I’ve now completed my 4th  (and 1 month) of my 5-year term as DC and am now actively looking to recruit my replacement.  Please have a chat with me if you’d like to take up the baton for this one!

That’s about it from me, more than I thought!  See you at the fireworks or at any other time by appointment, I’m always happy to come and see YOU.

Cheers

John

 

DISTRICT SWIMMING GALA ON 6TH OCTOBER 2012

 AT GURNELL BATHS

The Gala was well supported with entries from 10 Cub Packs and 8 Scout Troops.  Once again the pool staff rules require them to assess all competitors on their swimming ability before being allowed to compete.  The rivalry between the Packs and Troops was very intense, with all the swimmers being encouraged and urged on by their leaders, parents and friends.

The Beaver Splash About had reduced numbers this year, with only 6 Colonies taking part, but all those who attended, including Leaders and Parents, thoroughly enjoyed themselves judging by the noise they created.

The main results for the Gala are as follows –

Cub Aggregate Points

 

 

Inter Troop Relay

 

1st

25th Ealing

16 points

1st

25th Ealing

2nd

1st Ealing North St. Peters

14 points

2nd

7th Hanwell

3rd

6th Ealing

12 points

3rd

16th Ealing

Inter Pack Relay

 

Inter Group Relay

 

1st

1st Ealing North St. Peters

1st

25th Ealing

2nd

25th Ealing

2nd

6th  Ealing

3rd

16th Ealing

3rd

16th Ealing

Scout Aggregate Points           

 

 

Leaders Challenge Relay

 

1st

25th Ealing

20 points

1st

1st Hanwell

2nd

16th Ealing

14 points

2nd

7th Hanwell

3rd

1st Hanwell

10 points

3rd

25th Ealing

CUB SCOUT EVENTS

 

 

SCOUT EVENTS                      

 

 

Freestyle – 1 with under 9

 

 

Freestyle 1 length under 12

 

 

1st

Callam Lakam

1ENSP

1st

Matteo Rosso

25E

2nd

Sophie laxton           

25E     

2nd

Michael
Raleigh

16E

3rd

Rosie Melly

1ENSP

3rd

Ryan
McPartlin

 6E

 

 

 

 

 

 

Freestyle 1 length over 9

 

 

Freestyle 2 lengths over 12

 

 

1st

Radford Pilgrim 

1ENSP

1st

Harry Lovell

25E

2nd

Alasaki Aoki           

1ENSP

2nd

Marco Langsten 

16E

3rd

Alex Blaney           

7H       

3rd        

Nicholas
Dove 

25E

 

 

 

 

 

 

Breaststroke 1 width under 9

 

 

Breaststroke 1 length under 12

 

 

1st

Amy Carey

1H       

1st

Matteo Rosso  

25E

2nd

Katrina Bicknell

25E                 

2nd

Theophila
El-Manwiy

1H           

3rd

Rhodri Darwent           

25E                 

3rd

Finlay Hogg  

 7H

 

 

 

 

 

 

Breaststroke 1 length over 9

 

 

Breaststroke 2 lengths over 12

 

 

1st

Liam Chan-Singh

6E

1st

Harry Lovell 


25E

2nd

Milo Choudhry           

16E     

2nd

Marco Langsten 

16E

3rd

Amrik Grover

9E       

3rd

Saul Gilbert  

7H

 

 

 

 

 

 

Backstroke 1 width under 9

 

 

Backstroke 1 length under 12

 

 

1st

Sophie Claxton

25E                 

1st

Abigail Bean       

1H

2nd

Oliver Gilbert           

1H       

2nd

Finlay Hogg    

7H

3rd

Katy Buchan           

5H       

3rd

Jamie Hulme   

16E

 

 

 

 

 

 

Backstroke 1 length over 9

 

 

Backstroke 2 lengths over 12

 

 

1st

Rory O’Donnell           

6E       

1st

Susannah Cliff  

1H

2nd

Jessica Marsh           

5H       

2nd

Nicholas Dove


25E

3rd

Ljilja
Umcic           

6E       

3rd

Ted
Raine    

7H

I would like to thank all the competitors and their leaders for their continued support in  making this a great District event.

I must thank all my teams for their hard work, under great pressure at times, especially Mary Power for organising the Beaver Splash About and Sam Wright for once again providing the sound system.

As well as Beaver numbers being down , there were fewer spectators this year, so next year can we aim for all sections from all Groups competing, as well as Explorer Scouts, Network and Leaders, to encourage many many more supporters to come along.

John Sear

ADC SCOUTS

 CROSS COUNTRY NOVEMBER 18TH 2012

 

The rearranged 2012 District Cross Country are to be held at Churchfields, Hanwell.   The start will be near St Mary’s Church as in previous years.  There are no changing facilities available at the course, but toilets are available in the nearby Bunny Park.

 

Date and Time: Sunday 18th November 2012

Beaver Race will start at 2.0pm

Cub Scout race will start at 2.15pm

Under 12 race, Over 12 and explorer races will follow after the Cub Scout race has finished.Age & Distance:-Beavers                               Approx 800m

Cubs                                    Less than   1,500m

Under 12 yrs                        Approx 1,500m

Over 12 yrs                          Approx 3,000m

Explorers & Leaders            Approx 5,000m

All ages are on the day of the race.

Note that a Scout can run in an age group older than his own, but can only run in one race. Cub Scouts are allowed to run in the under 12 Race. Beavers may only run in the Beaver Race.

Entries:-50p each competitor (includes tea) on the day of the Race. All names must be submitted by team managers by 1.45pm for Beavers and Cubs, 2pm for all others at the latest.Awards:-First three in each race and first three teams (3 to score in all races and any number can run).  Also there is a trophy for the best troop over all the age groups, calculated on the lowest aggregate team positions over the 2 Races, in the event of a tie the lowest total points score over the 2 Races will be used.

My thanks once again for the 1st Hanwell for providing the teas.  As usual any help on the day with marking the course will be much appreciated.

Any queries please contact me Paul Oppe, 6 Church Walk, Brentford, TW8 8DB or tel 020 8568 1624 mob 07941 311 726

EXPLORER NEWS

LINK CAMP 2012

 

Friday 7th September arrived and although it felt like Summer Camp 2012 had only finished a week before it had actually been a whole three weeks and it was time for LinkCamp2012.

New to LinkCamp?

This is an annual event run by Explorers with the aim of introducing the older Scouts to the section and hopefully ‘sell’ them on the idea of Moving On.  Since we started LinkCamp in 2010 it has gone from strength to strength and we were expecting record numbers this year.  In fact, several records were being broken as we had applicants sign up earlier than normal; we were expecting external ‘Scouts’ to attend and we had more Explorers attending.  In total there were 10 Scouts, 10 Explorers and 3.5 Leaders.  The final record to be broken was that it was our first completely rain free camp of 2012

How Did It Go?

The whole weekend was a great success.  We played some games, ran some challenges, chillaxed a bit, got messy on the water slide, Freddie flirted lots, and the Scouts enjoyed their new found freedom by staying up really late and falling asleep in front of the fire.  We also had a really successful outcome with 9 of the 10 Scouts Moving On to Explorers straightaway.

Numbers

The Wednesday meeting of Brigantia has been seeing huge growth in the last 9 months with its numbers rising from 5 on the books to 30-35 with there being a few weeks where 3-4 new members arrived in one night.  Monday has also been maintaining its current numbers of 25+, with new members arriving to replace those that have now moved onto Scorpions, Ealing & Hanwell’s Network unit.  This success does, however, mean that we are considering closing the doors to Wednesday as we are approaching capacity.  Please email joinin@ealingandhanwellexplorers.org.uk if you have older Scouts that are Moving On.  Planning the next phase of Brigantia’s development is already underway.

Leaders

The Explorer section has leader vacancies for our Brigantia unit on a Monday and Wednesday to join the existing team.  We have a particular need for a more experienced person to join the Wednesday team in a more senior role.

Some of you will be aware that Robin and Lezlie Shackell are leaving the District as Robin is moving overseas with work, so we also need an Explorer Scout Leader (Young Leader) to replace Lezlie.  What do you have to do?  Train and support Explorer Scouts that wish to work as Young Leaders within a Beaver, Cub or Scout section.  It’s preferable, but not essential, to be currently unattached to a group as part of the role is to visit the Young Leaders whilst they are in their section.  This is a perfect role for someone that is unable to volunteer their time on a regular basis as the training is normally delivered on a monthly basis.

Please contact Ben Pearson, Acting District Explorer Scout Commissioner, via email at ben@ealingandhanwellexplorers.org.uk or phone on 07967059703 if you have an interest or would like to recommend anyone.

Finally, the Explorer pages of the District website have started to be developed.  Thanks to Simon K for the cracking job.

Ben Pearson

Acting District Explorer Scout Commissioner

 

LEADERS’ AND NETWORK DRINKS

 

The next Leaders’ & Network drinks will be Sunday 2nd December at The Grove, Ealing Broadway – just next to 25th Ealing.  Arrive any time from 8pm.  Come along for a pint or a coke and catch up with some fellow Scouters.  It’s informal so no uniform or meeting agenda.

BADGE SECRETARY

 

I will endeavour to make badge delivery to the Ealing & Hanwell area, generally on Wednesdays, although callers to my home are welcome – just check beforehand to ensure I am in. Delivery starts at 4pm (note earlier time).

Badge deliveries also when I am in the area for meetings or other District activities.

Cheques made out to “Ealing and Hanwell DSC Badge A/C”.(please do not make cheques out to me). Prompt payment will be appreciated.

I will also get items, other than badges, from Scout Shops Ltd as this saves your Group postage costs.  The most popular items are woggles, record cards, posters, books and Group scarves.

If you have any queries,contact me -Roy Gosling 74, The Avenue, Pinner, Middlesex, HA5 5BJ Tel. (020) 88667975.  Between 9am and 9pm.  If no answer leave your details and I will get back to you;  or e-mail.  rgosling@talktalk.net

COUNTY SNIPPETS

Duke of Edinburgh Awards in GLMW

We are changing the way we organise our DofE programme in GLMW. From 15th November 2013 we will be introducing a new team of County DofE Advisors. This will bring the Advisor support much closer to you in your districts and which we hope will speed up and improve the process of getting the work that your young people are doing on their DofE Awards monitored and approved. Each district will have an Advisor providing support and approvals for the work that they do. We will be announcing the new Advisor team and the districts that they will cover over the next two weeks once their formal induction training and set up has been completed.

At the same time as we introduce the new County DofE Advisor team, we will be changing the way in which your young people register for the DofE programme. From today, all new registrations for DofE will be processed by Jan Vanderplank in the County Office. Jan will organise for each new participant, who completes and sends in an application form and a cheque for the fees, to have an account set up in the on-line eDofE system where they will be able to manage and monitor their Award work.  I’ve attached a copy of the new application form for you to use. Any applications that are currently in progress will run as before so as not to disrupt their progress.

GLMW goes Scottish

In June 2013, the GLMW Hill Walking Team will be organising the first GLMW Hill Walking Leader Training weekend to Scotland. If you want to get involved, get in touch with the GLMW Hill Walking Team on getinthehills@glmwscouts.org.uk or contact Ben Pearson.

Kandersteg 2013

Volunteers are wanted to join the staff catering team for the Kandersteg 2013 expedition. If you are interested in this opportunity and would like more details, please see the attachments to the original message.

Phil Power, ACC International & Activities phil@philpower.org.uk

County Friendship Week

County Friendship Week is taking place 5th to 9th November. Programmes that Beaver & Cub Leaders, please see the attachments to the original message.

Alison Oakley, ACC Cub Scouts cubs@glmwscouts.org.uk

 Opening New Sections Grant

Are you about to launch a new Group or Section? If so, a £100 grant may be available from Headquarters, providing you meet a few simple criteria. For more information and an application form please see the attachments to the original message

Terry Kingham, County Commissioner terrykingham@glmwscouts.org.uk

 

If you are not receiving the original notes as above please contact jan.vanderplank@glmwscouts.org.uk and ask for your name to be included in the distribution list