Thanks to all who helped with the post-fireworks litter pick at River Park!

Many thanks to the 70+ people who helped pick up litter at River Park on Sunday November 4th following the Round Table fireworks the previous evening. The whole job was complete within an hour, which was a fantastic effort; and in return for your work the Winchester Round Table will donate £500 to the group – a very valuable slice of additional income. And of course your work also meant that the community were able to use the sports fields again almost immediately after a huge event had been held there the previous night. Well done everyone – many thanks again!

Please help! Let’s finish off the Stores building…

Those of you who attended our Family Fun Day/AGM will have seen that the Stores building itself is finished, but there is some more work still to do inside before we can use it to its full potential. The next thing we’d like to do this term is to build some new shelves for the building. Ideally, we’d like to find a couple of people who are happy to work together over the next few weeks to ease the burden on those people who are currently doing most of the work.

If you think you can help, please email chairman@firstwinchester.org.uk. Thank you!

Please help! New leaders and volunteers needed

Everything the 1st Winchester Group does depends on our volunteers. Many of you already do a lot to help, but we are still looking for some more new volunteers. In particular, we are looking for Beaver leaders on Monday evenings (Normans) and Scouts on Thursday evenings (Greeks). We are also still looking for a new Assistant Group Scout Leader, for some new Executive Committee members and an Active Support Unit lead. We also always need Occasional Helpers at beavers, cubs and scouts: a little bit of help can go a very long way!

To find out more about any of these opportunities, please contact gsl@firstwinchester.org.uk or chairman@firstwinchester.org.uk

Little 1’s rated OUTSTANDING – spread the word!

Little 1’s Pre-School at 1st Place has 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 about the great service the pre-school provides!

To find out more about Little 1’s see https://www.little1nursery.co.uk/weeke

We have a new GSL – but we still need more help!

We are delighted to announce that Mike Wilson is our new Group Scout Leader (GSL)! Mike is a very experienced Scout leader who has been in charge of the Greeks (Thursday evening scouts) for many years. Mark Weston-Smith has now taken over as the new leader of the Greeks, but that means we need another new leader to help on Thursday evenings. If you’d like to help, or to find out a bit more about what would be involved, please contact Dave Kesby, Mike or Mark.

We’re also very pleased to say that Gill Bowyer is now our Group Admin Assistant, a new role created to assist the GSL and to take control of important administrative tasks including DBS processing. But we are also still looking for a new Assistant GSL to help both Mike and Gill with their duties. Again, if you’re interested, please do get in touch.

Scouts support Boaz Project Family Fun Day

On Saturday 30th September 1st Winchester Scouts travelled to the Boaz Project Hampshire to help with the Billy Boaz Family Fun Day. We helped to set up stalls and to serve refreshments. We were also asked to run an outdoor garden games section, which included chess, archery and a more unusual game called Cub.

It was great fun and lovely to see all the participants taking part in the sponsored walk and run. We were all given a medal at the end of the day as a thank-you for our help.

Izzy Webb Adams (Romans)

To find out more about Boaz Project Hampshire visit www.boazproject.co.uk

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