Archive | October, 2016

1st Nov – No scouts

28 Oct

No scouts this week because of half term.

Please note bonfire night and remembrance sunday are coming up (info below). We do expect all scouts to attend remeberance sunday and if you can’t make it PLEASE tell us!

Dear Parents,


Our annual Bonfire & Fireworks night will be held on Saturday 5th November on the field to the south of the Lych Gate for St Helens Church (access past “Molly Mop”). The bonfire will be lit at 6.30 p.m. and the fireworks will be set off starting at 7.00 p.m. The “gates” will be open from 6.00 p.m.This year we will be selling light-sticks, sweets, some refreshments and mulled wine.

Entrance fee is £5.00 per adult, £2.50 per child (age 2 to 16) and free for explorers/scouts/cubs/beavers who help us to prepare the bonfire.

WE NEED YOUR HELP! We would be very grateful if parents and/or explorers/scouts/cubs could help us build the bonfire, put up the marquee, etc. on Saturday morning 9.00 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and/or make good the field on the following Sunday 2.00 p.m. to 3.00 p.m. Many hands make light work. Old clothes, a spade (and a rake on the Sunday) and gloves are a must. If you have a wheel-barrow then please bring it along!



Explorers, Scouts and Cubs should turn up at the St Helens Church Lych Gate at 10.15 a.m. If you are driving it is probably best if you drop explorers, scouts and cubs off at the main church entrance and move smartly on. They can walk through the church grounds to where we will all be waiting. Otherwise I suggest you park in one of the local car parks and walk from there.Arrangements for Beavers will be a little different and parents of Beavers will be advised

Arrangements for Beavers will be a little different and parents of Beavers will be advised separately by Matt Wesson. Explorers, scouts, cubs and beavers should be dressed in smart, full uniform. Black school shoes, black/grey school trousers and a poppy should be worn. A small sum of money for the collection is advisable. Always difficult to predict precisely but proceedings should be over by noon at the Lych Gate.

Attendance by cubs, scouts and explorers is regarded as obligatory but if your son / daughter is unable to take part, for good reason, then please let the relevant section leader know.



Unfortunately Liverpool One has stopped its sponsorship for travel on a permanent basis.

Therefore this trip is no longer viable and we have had to concede that we won’t be able to run this event any more.


Once again the excellent Crofters will be entertaining us for a rowdy evening of Scottish dancing (well, attempt at dancing), music, food and drink at the Community Centre. Keep this date in your diaries. Watch this space for more details.


The village is getting bigger and our waiting list is getting longer. The waiting list for beavers (6 to 8 years old) is around 50, it is quite common for those waiting to have turned 7 years old before getting in; later applicants won’t get in at all. Both cub packs and the scout troop have waiting lists too. We need the following help in order to thrive (or indeed survive):

Beaver Leaders:

Matt Wesson runs a very active beaver colony supported by Dave Walker and two or three willing helpers. Matt needs more warranted leader support to help run the colony. Ideally we would like to set up a second colony so that we could reduce our waiting list and give more young ‘uns the chance to have two years in beavers. If you or anyone you know feel that you could help out in any way then please contact me. We’ll be delighted for you to give it a go.

Cub Leaders:

We are at full stretch with cub leaders at present, with both cub packs bursting at the seams. Yes, we are coping as those involved in running the packs are very experienced and dedicated but more help would be very much appreciated. Again, if you can help then please get in touch with me.

Scout and Explorer Leaders:

The same goes for both these sections. Explorers in particular are struggling as there is only Steven Allen regularly attending as a warranted leader. Working with this sort of age group is very different from working with cubs and beavers but the rewards are just the same (purely moral, not financial!). Again, if you can help then please get in touch with me.

Brum (01829 733439)

25th Oct – Halloween party

19 Oct

Normal night at the hut 7-9pm.

Not in uniform! This week is FANCY DRESS!

Prizes for the best fancy dress.

If you’ve not paid your subs please bring it this week.

18th Oct – Selfie trail

17 Oct

Normal night at the hut 7-9pm.

We will be out and about around Tarporley so bring a coat if it’s cold or wet (we will be out anyway).

The challenge will involve taking selfies around Tarporley so bring your phone along with you. Don’t worry if you don’t have a phone we just need one per patrol to work.

Selfie stick optional 🙂

11th Oct – bowling in Crewe.

9 Oct

Not at the hut this week, we are bowling in Crewe.

Please drop your scouts off at the address below:

Lakeside superbowl, Phoenix Leisure Park, Dunwoody Way, Crewe CW1 3AJ

Drop off at 7pm and pick up at 9pm. Please be there for 7 as we have to pay for lanes etc and your scout doesn’t want to miss out. The troop will pay for the bowling but your scout may bring sum change for a drink or sweets.

Scouts are to be in uniform but wear a T-shirt or similar underneath so they can take uniform off to bowl.

4th Oct – pl’s night

3 Oct

Normal night at hut 7-9pm.

Pl’s were given their instructions last week, so don’t forget.

Please see another note from our GSL bellow:

Dear Parents,

You are probably aware that the Co-op at Tarporley has offered us a charitable deal that they will give three charities in Tarporley 1% of the revenue from the sale of branded goods and plastic bags. At present we are vying with the Done Room and the Community Centre for our share of the 1% so if you have a Co-op membership card could you go on line ( and register it so that donations go to our group?

If you don’t have a Co-op card you can apply for one on the web-site address above and select our group for charity donations too (it will cost you £1.00 but also give you in store discounts).

So far we have made £788 from this charity. In recognition of this we have decided to give both our group and the Co-op some publicity. We will be attending the shop on Saturday, 15th October between 09.00 and 12.00 to collect money in aid of Tarporley War Memorial Hospital. We would like 4 cubs from Wednesday Pack to attend between 09.00 and 10.00, 4 cubs from Monday Pack to attend between 10.00 and 11.00 and 4 scouts to attend between 11.00 and 12.00. All need to be in smart uniform and will be asked to help carry people’s shopping / hold out collection buckets. We will be taking photographs (no names) and need your permission for these to be displayed in local newspapers and publications. Leaders will be present throughout. If your son / daughter can assist that would be very much appreciated. Please let your section leader know.

Thank you,


01829 733439