Northcote Newsletter Dec 15

A warm welcome to those new members who have recently joined the Scout Group. Our new Blaise Beaver Colony has settled in now and in January we are opening our 3rd Cub Pack. Also, thanks to everyone who attended the Remembrance Service on 8 November in Westbury Village, it was a terrific turnout from all sections.

Avon Jamboree 27-30 May 2016

Every four years, Avon County Scouts organises a Jamboree, which is a packed activity weekend where thousands of scouts get together for a bucket load of fun.

Next May this event will be held at Westerleigh, S Glos at the County Showground. The weekend will include a range of activities across four ‘activity zones’ (Outdoor, Adventure, Skills and World) as well as live stage performances. Activities include climbing towers, segways, a bake off tent, a 100m water slide, an assault course and the famous craft tent.

The cost of the camp for scouts & cubs is £75. A non-refundable deposit of £20 is payable on booking and the remainder by 31 March. The camping fee includes all activities, food, T Shirt, badges, scarf and coach transportation.

Beavers will be attending as Day Visitors on Saturday 28 May, the cost will be £20 for activities and coach. £10 deposit on booking and the remainder at the end of March.

We will be sending invites shortly via online scout manager (OSM) and asking for deposits to be paid by internet banking in the coming weeks. More details about the event an the activities can be found at

Parking safety

A child was recently knocked over by a car on Great Brockeridge, please can you remind your child to take great care when crossing the road when dropping off/picking up. Whilst it was not one of our scouts, PLEASE do not park over the white line outside the gates at Northcote when dropping off and picking up. It is for the safety of everyone that we keep that area clear to be able to see clearly to cross the road.

Work day at Northcote 20 March 2016

There are a few simple maintenance, cleaning and gardening jobs that we need to do around Northcote so we will be having a parents work day on Sunday 20 March, please put this in your diary now to help us for a few hours to maintain the building.

Do you know a Gardener?

For the past few years we have paid a gardener to cut the grass and the hedge for us a few times a year at Northcote but sadly she is moving away. If anyone knows of a gardener who would be interested in taking this on please contact Andy Hobbs.

Beavers Children in Need Fundraising

On 13 November on Children in Need night, the beavers had a dance-athon fundraise for Children In Need raised £700!

Bank payments

Last April we moved to online banking across the whole Group. This has made it a lot easier for our leaders to focus on running their meetings rather being an accountant each week. We are still receiving a few cheques and cash. Please can you pay for all activities by sending your payments to the 26 Scouts bank account, as quoted by your leader for activities.

Termly Subs increase from Sept 2016

Subs will increase to £37 from Sept 2016 due to an increase in national & Avon county costs (for insurance etc).

Second hand uniform

If you have any uniform you no longer need, please hand it back to your leader so we can re use it. You can also swap sizes (particularly useful for Scout trousers) in the second hand uniform boxes in the Cub Leaders room.

Keeping the building warm

In the winter months please can you try to help keep everyone warm by closing the front door when you come in and out.

Future diary dates





9 Dec


Ice Skating at Cribbs Causeway


11 Dec


DoE Awards Eve

DoE Bronze/Silver

14 Dec


Rudolph Christmas Walk in Blaise


9/10 Jan

Midday sat to 3pm Sun

Scout Winter Camp, Woodhouse Park


23 Jan


Cub Badge Day at Northcote


29 Jan


DoE monthly meeting

DoE participants

30 Jan


Beaver Badge Day at Reedley Road


5 Mar


Cub Swimming Gala


20 Mar


Northcote parents work maintenance day

Parents & Young people

27-30 May

All weekend

Avon Jamboree, Westerleigh

Cubs, Scouts, Explorer

28 May


Beavers attend Avon Jamboree


23 July – 2 Aug

Summer Scout Camp, Hawkchurch , Dorset