Autumn 2014 Newsletter

Lloyds Bank Community Fund – vote for us!

We are delighted that we have been shortlisted for a Community Fund award from Lloyds Bank, Westbury on Trym. With your help we could be awarded up to £3000. You can vote by:


1. Text   VOTE VXH to 61119

2. Vote online, you’ll get an email response which you need to click the link to confirm your vote.

3. Visit Lloyds Bank, Westbury and ask for a token at the counter and put it in our box in the middle of the branch

4. Via your twitter account create a new message containing CommFundVXH. Your followers can then retweet the message and vote.


The award would make a huge difference to us so please ask as many as your friends and family to vote. Voting is open until 10 Oct. One vote per channel is allowed. Email/mobile no’s will only be used for the administration of the voting.



This term we will be thinking of others in our community and working for the Promise Challenge badge as well as earning a number of other activity badges. Look out for our annual Christmas sleepover later in the term. There are 7 new badges that are now available to Beavers and we will try to fit as many of these as possible into our programme. Some are suited to doing at home and we will give you details about how the Beavers can earn these. Please make a note of you allocated dates on the parental rota and swap with other parents if necessary.



Cubs from both packs are attending the District Cub Camp in September at Woodhouse Park. The camp has a pirate theme and Cubs will have the opportunity to take part in many different adventurous activities. Cubs are working towards many badges this term and finish with the infamous reindeer walk in Blaise on 15 Dec.



During the school holidays we camped at a new site in Brecon and we were delighted to welcome Scouts from Troop 39, North Carolina. Over 50 Scouts had a tremendous activity camp in fantastic weather. We are now planning our winter camp for late January.


Ten Tors training will start soon and there is an introductory evening for parents and young people on 2 October at the 169th HQ in Brentry.


Nepal Fundraising Quiz Sat 20 Sept 7.30pm

Pit your wits at one of our famous Quiz Night’s on Sat 20 Sept at 7.30pm at Northcote. All the funds will go to the Scouts Nepal Meghauli Jamboree in October this year. The quiz is £5 per person, max 6 people per team. Please email for tickets.


New Tenant for Northcote

We are still searching for a new tenant for the building during the day on Mon, Tues & Wed. If you know of anyone who may be interested please get them to email us via the ‘venue hire’ section on our website.


26th Annual General Meeting 18 Sept 8.15pm

Please join us at this year’s AGM on Thurs 18 Sept at 8.15pm at Northcote where we reflect on the previous year’s activities and how the finances are looking. This is also a chance for you to meet the leaders outside of the usual weekly meeting and to let us know if you can lend a hand in any way.


Remembrance Service 9 Nov 11am

The Scout Group has been invited to join many other local groups to take part in a Remembrance Service on Sunday 9 Nov at 11am. More details nearer the time.



This term’s subs of £35 are due. Please pay your section leader within the first couple of weeks. Most sections are now accepting direct bank payments. For more information, please talk to you child’s section leader.

Second hand uniform

If you have any uniform that you no longer need, please hand it to you leader so we can reuse it. You can also swap sizes (particularly useful for Scout Trousers) in the second hand uniform box in the Cub Leaders Room.


Opening of a new Beaver Colony

We are going to try and open a new Beaver Colony on a Friday evening as we currently have 60 children who are beaver age on our waiting list. If you know of anyone who would be interested in helping us open this please email Andy Hobbs


Future Diary Dates


18 Sept

AGM 8.15pm Northcote

Whole Group

19-21 Sept

Cub Camp Woodhouse Park


20 Sept

Quiz 7.30pm at Northcote

Whole Group

2 Oct

Ten Tors Intro Meeting, 169th HQ


10 Oct

Voting closes for Lloyds Bank Community Fund

Whole Group

9 Nov

Remembrance Service 11am

Whole Group

28 Nov

Beaver Sleepover


15 Dec

Reindeer Walk, Blaise




Hall letting
We currently have a long term let of the building during the day (8-3pm) on Mon, Tues & Wed. Also available at weekends for children's parties. Please email us for more information.