May 2013 Newsletter


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May 2013 Newsletter


May 2013



What a great month for the District. St George’s day parade, service and renewal of promises was a showcase for the District. We had more uniformed members on parade than for a normal parade, the only larger attendances have been for the centenary and millennium parades. However the parents and friends were appreciably smaller. Many thanks to those who attended and to all who contributed to the collection for Comic Relief.

It is rumoured that spring is on its way, a little later than usual, and it is hoped that all tents have been taken out of store, equipment checked and all are raring to get out into the countryside and do what Scouting does best.

Good luck to all the entrants for Totem Camp. We hope that the weather will be kind to you.

In the news is a final report from Madeline Secombe who has been the Jack Petchey award coordinator, I believe, since its inception.  Sadly she has decided to step down and we take this opportunity to say a big ‘thank you’ for the sterling work over the years.  You have done us proud.



St George’s Day


Thank you all for turning out for our annual parade, we estimated that there were some 450 uniformed members and about 150 parents and other family members.

£557.50 was collected for Comic Relief, our chosen charity this year. (Which charity should we support next year, we prefer local and children orientated but all options considered).

We (you) put on a magnificent show of the thriving scouting family in Ealing and Hanwell and I’ve received, on your behalf, many complimentary comments.  I hope you liked the format which was devised by our St George’s committee and am sure that you appreciated the hard work that was put in by each section’s presentation.

The committee welcomes your feedback so that next year we can put on another great show which is in keeping with what you want – it’s your parade, I just stand at the front looking sheepish!

District events


Talking of feedback, at the last GSL’s meeting we debated attendance at District events. There was a feeling, in some quarters, that we as a district put undue pressure on sections to attend these.  Of course we would like the maximum attendance at all events but at the end of the day it’s down to each section and group to decide which, if any, events they attend.  Again we welcome your views on what works and what doesn’t, so when you attend the various section meetings please let us know what you like and what you don’t, but please try to be positive as adverse comments tend to hurt those that put in their time and efforts to organise them.  I can’t stress enough that the district only exists to support you and we’ll try our best to do exactly this.

Recruitment – Never stops


As a district we have one of the largest waiting lists in the county and we all know that we could offer more places if we had more leaders.  As a district we have set up a small, dedicated recruitment team which will try to be at every district event.  We also probably all know that it is the parents of our members that are the most fertile area from which to recruit leaders.  Most of you reading this are or were parents of a member.  So keep plugging away, more leaders = more members = more fun for everyone.

Well, the summer season is well under way, I’m sure you’ll all get out and about in what is now looking like half decent weather. Don’t forget to risk assess your outings and camps.

Keep up all your great work and be safe


Jack Petchey Awards Ceremony 2013


On 19th April at the Kensington Great Hall GLMW scouts celebrated the Jack Petchey young achievers from 2012.  Colm Ryan 16E, Rayan Chihab 6E, Dylan Keene 9E, Josephine Elliot  Brigantia ESU, Tristan Thompson 7H and Jordan Hajian 1EN and leader award Ronan Mitchell  are pictured here with DC John Foxwell and the Mayor of Ealing, Mohammad Aslam.  Congratulations to all the above winners and Jazzmin Arundell, Brigantia, Karl Raines, 5H, and Francis Curran, 1EN, who were unable to attend the medal ceremony.  The evening had a welcome from the Mayor of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, entertainment from Adam King, speeches from the County Commissioner and his deputy and a powerful DVD  promoting  scouting and MC Philip Allinson and grants officer Rowena Clewlow from the Jack Petchey Foundation.  Our hands are still sore from clapping all the winners from all the districts.


Scouts who have been nominated this year are as follows:- Abigail Bean, 1H, James Fuggle, 9E, Scarlett Keene, 8E, Brendan Gann, Brigantia ESU, Logan Stewart, 16E, Wassim Dia, 8H.  So over the next few months as the camping season gets into full swing please look out for 3 more young achievers especially nominated by the scouts themselves and include them in decisions on spending £200. A new coordinator will be waiting to send these nominations onto Jan Vanderplank, County Coordinator, watch this space for news.

After joining Ealing and Hanwell in 1977 as a cub helper at 1st Hanwell with Helen Cosstick then becoming a warranted leader and finally Akela of the pack, helping David Hawkins as district leader and finally being persuaded by Alan Rayner and John Foxwell to be Jack Petchey coordinator I have decided to step down.  I have many very happy memories of scouting life and many lovely friends.  The years spent at 1st Hanwell were wonderful; I enjoyed the fellowship and fun of Camporee; many great district and county events; and even the torrential rain at Millennium camp or hurricane force winds at the centenary camp have only enhanced friendships so thank you to everyone I have met through scouting and long may it flourish in Ealing and Hanwell.

Madeline Secombe

St George’s Day Parade

MaySTG1This year’s parade was held on Sunday 21st April. All gathered in St Stephen’s Road under the watchful eye of Ealing Police Specials. The parade to the Abbey was led by ADC John Sear and a colour party from the 1st Ealing North and District Officers.  Then we had the Hendon and Denham Brass who played suitable music and were followed by members of Brigantia Explorer Scout Unit and all of the groups.  A guard of honour of all the colours was formed on the steps of the Abbey.  After the District Commissioner John Foxwell and Chairman Geoff Mules with guests entered the Abbey and took their seats, all colours processed to the front for the presentation of the colours, and then the colours formed a backdrop for the service, during which the rousing song ‘ O When The saints go marching in’ with suitable alterations was sung.

The District President Anthony Phillips on behalf of the Abbot and Parish welcomed all with particular MaySTG2mention of The Mayor and Mayoress Cllr Mohammed and Mrs Aslam, deputy Lieutenant Robert and Mrs Leader, Stephen Pound MP, and Vice Presidents.  The theme for this year was ‘service’ and it was mentioned that service was an important part of life, from olden times when most large families had servants to the present day when most of us provide a service in some way or the other.

Each section then did a role play on how service is a vital part of Scouting.



16th Ealing Beavers, Service to People, followed by their renewal of promises led by ADC Mary Power



1st Ealing North St Peters Pack, ‘Service to God’ followed by their renewal of promises led by ADC Jocelyn Phillips.

During the song, ‘When I needed a neighbour’, the collection for Comic relief was taken. Last year’s collection for Shelter box raised over £300 and ‘our box’ was used in the beginning of the year in Nigeria



1st Ealing North Troop, Service to Queen, followed by a remembrance of those in the District who had been called to ‘Higher Service’ Chris Sallows and Harold Burgess, and their renewal of promises led by DC John Foxwell.



This was followed by Brigantia Explorer Scout Unit and ‘Service to Scouting’ DC John Foxwell then presented some wood badges and service certificates.  Our thanks to Dominic Figon who played the organ.


After another song and the National Anthem all departed the Abbey for the final part of the parade to Montpelier Park for review and dismissal.  Thanks to the 1st Ealing North for the teas etc.

The Service this year with its new format was led by Heather Jones, Jocelyn Phillips, Malcolm Turner and Ben Pearson.



Thanks to Anthony Lee for the various photographs.





We are trialling a new email system for District communications.  This will hopefully ensure all members are on the mailing list as it will be managed centrally rather than relying on an individual updating their mailing lists.


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37th National Scouts Rifle Championships

The information and entry packs for the 37th National Scout Rifle Championships (18-20th October 2013) are now available to download from

Matthew Young, ACC Scouts