Little 1’s rated OUTSTANDING

Little 1’s Pre-School at 1st Place have been rated as OUTSTANDING by Ofsted this week.  This is excellent as this sort of news helps improve the profile of a great pre-school that is hidden off the beaten track.  1st Winchester Scouts directly benefit from the rent of the pre-school as it helps off-set our loan re-payments.  We have a loan with the Scout Association as part of our building re-development in 2014.  Please spread the word.

Annual Reports and AGM

1st Winchester Scout AGM is on the 14th July at 8pm at 1st Place.  It will be a quick an minimalist AGM which will cover only the key requirements under the governance process of the Scout Association.  However, it makes it no less important for parents and leaders to pay attention to our reports and ensure that we in the Executive Committee are doing our job to help run the Group successfully.  The following documents will be presented for agreement at the AGM.  Questions can be raised before or during the AGM.

1st Winchester Scout Group Accounts

1st Winchester Scout Group Trustee Report 2017

AGM Agenda 14th July 2017

Folding partition wall

We have now fitted a folding partition wall inside 1st Place that will allow flexible use for the hall space – different activities running simultaneously.  Half the cost was the donation we received from the Mayor’s Charity in 2015, the other half, of course, was down to donations and fundraising that our parents have all been involved in.

1st Place main hall with folding doors

1st Place both halls showing folding wallBefore it can be properly used we need to fill in the gap between it and the ceiling.  This will happen during early Autumn Term.  Please look out for dates when work takes place at 1st Place.

 

 

Thanks to everyone for helping us to develop the building and make it a safe and adventurous place to do Scouting in.

 

Sparsholt Car Parking 21st May

This year’s major Fundraiser for 1st Winchester Scout Group is on 21st May with our annual mammoth Car Parking effort in support of Sparsholt College Countryside Day.  It’s a vital day for us, so please get the date in your diaries.  If you plan ahead you can get a family ticket to enter the Countryside Day for FREE whilst parents take it in turns to help out.  We need about 20 adults in the morning and the same in the afternoon.  We also need people to help during a few evenings before the day and we are looking for a person to help Tristan directly in supporting his efforts to coordinate activities.  Could you do this?  If so, put your name and time in our doodle scheduler by following this link

Subs and Direct Debits

Thanks everyone for a really great response to our efforts to get our Subscriptions right.  As you will appreciate, subs are a critical income for us as they pay for vital things such as:

  • Membership of the Scout Association
  • Insurance (against accidents and other things)
  • Badges
  • Pinsent
  • Services at District, County and National levels
  • Leader Training
  • Badges

We pay this out for every child, whether or not they have paid their subs.  So when we get 95% of subs in, it really gives us some spare cash to pay for other things like replacement equipment, new equipment, courses to run new activities, etc.

So thanks again.  We all appreciate your efforts.

Family Fun Day – Pinsent 11th June 1300-1600

We’re trying something a little different this year.  All Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, families, siblings and friends are invited to our Family Fun Day at Pinsent Campsite on Saturday 11th June from 1300-1600.  Please put this date in your diary.  More details to follow.

Working Day – 16th April

There are loads of small jobs to do inside and outside 1st Place this Spring.  Please add your name (email) to our Doodle schedule to help us organise.

Things that need doing include:

  • Painting the sound insulation boards
  • Putting more sound insulation up
  • Completing the Retaining wall
  • Cutting the grass
  • Painting the skirting boards and general patching up of paint
  • TLC to the hedging plants put in last year
  • Clearing of the wood behind the garages (chainsaws needed)
  • A few locks need sorting in doors
  • A bit of vacuuming and potentially a mop of the floor too!
  • Toilet seat re-fixed
  • etc, etc.

Please sign up early.