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!
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.
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.
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.
An innovative project by 1st Winchester won 3rd place in the national Scouting for All awards last weekend at Warwick University. See the video below to see what the Scouting Plus project is all about.
Subs will increase by £1 per term in May to £49. Direct Debits will automatically change to this new figure. If you have any concerns about payments, please raise it with one of your leaders. We never wish problems with finance to exclude any young person attending 1st Winchester Scout Group. A full explanation of where this money is spent will be shared at our AGM in June.
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.
Before 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.