The Woggle

The Newsletter of the 3rd Hayling Scout Group
January 2007

GSL's Update

Firstly may I wish all readers of our monthly newsletter a very happy and successful 2007.

Book Sale 2nd December 2006.
Our last book sale was visited by more than 350 people and raised over £700 for the Group. This was the last sale to be organised by Mark Standing. Philip Blosse our Chairman presented Mark with an engraved goblet to thank Mark for organising 25 sales, sorting in excess of 75,000 books and raising over £14,000 in the past 13 years. Thank You Mark!

Top Award for Aspen Beavers
Four Beavers from Aspen Colony received their top award, the Chief Scout's Bronze Award from Nigel Vallette the District Commissioner for Scouting in Havant. To complete this award Luke Wells, Philip Graves, Alex Clapp and Owen Cranstone all completed various Challenge Badges and also a personal project.


100 Club Results
The winners for the December draw of our 100 Club were Sam Mill, Linda Hunter and John Scarff. The winners for January 2007 were Jan Allgood, Mandy Hawke and B.Holt. Congratulations to you all.

Gillian Scarff and Phil Ford
We were very saddened to hear of the passing away of Gillian Scarff and Phil Ford, both of whom made a significant contribution to Hayling Scouts.

Gillian's long association with Hayling Scouts, started when she was just 6 months old, camping with her father, Major Gunnell who was the Founder of Hayling Scouts in 1929 and later as a leader with Jupiter Cub Pack. After stepping down as an active leader, Gillian and husband John always remained strong supporters of the Group and would often be found at our events and activities.

Phil Ford spent most of his Scouting time in Leigh Park until the early 70's when he agreed to start the Venture Scout Unit on Hayling Island. He continued in this role until joining the Forces a few years later. Phil's contribution to Scouting is best seen by the number of former Venture Scouts who are or have been Leaders in Scouting or taking an active supporting role, for example as members of Executive Committees.

Our thoughts and prayers are with John Scarff, Jane Ford and their respective families.

New Windows for the HQ
The last major step in our safety and security project was completed in December with the installation of new windows in the HQ.


Xmas Post

Many thanks to everyone who helped us to deliver over 6,000 cards and raise nearly £1,000.

Our Explorers worked super fast to complete the sorting in about 5 hours.

The money raised has been put towards the special Centenary neckerchiefs which are being given to every member of the Group this term.

Successful Bag Pack

Over 20 Scouts and Explorers took part in a 3 hour session of Bag Packing at ASDA before Xmas and raised £700 towards their participation in the Centenary activities later in 2007.

What was really nice was the number of positive comments about their politeness, good humour and smartness.

Alistair & Jorden at Somerfields

In the past few weeks Alistair Harris and Jorden Reed have also been packing bags at Somerfields on Hayling. All donations are being put towards not only the cost of attending the World Scout Jamboree for themselves but also to help Scouts from third world Countries to take part.

We really appreciate the support from ASDA and Somerfields to our Group and of course everyone who made a donation.


Busy Sections

The month of December was full of events and activities for the Group.

Aspen Beavers held a sleepover at the HQ including films, archery, games and of course food - but not a lot of sleep!!. A week later the colony had a visit from a Harris Hawk, a surprise guest from an evening on the hobbies badge. The bird with a 6 ft wingspan then gave a flying demonstration in the HQ.

A day later the Beavers of Redwood Colony visited Cheybassa Lodge where they gave presents and then sang for the elderly residents. Everyone had a great time and all of the residents really enjoyed the visit.

Jupiter Pack joined in the District Christingle Service in Havant and had another great winter BBQ evening and presented lots of badges during their last meeting of the term.

Saturn Pack had a visit to Krazy Kaves in Portsmouth before joining the Beavers for a Christingle Service at St Peters Church on Hayling.

Both Scout Troops ran a Casino evening and held a "party with a difference" while the Explorers continued to spend time out and about, as well as the Xmas Post sort and an unusual games evening..

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Second Hand Uniform

We are very keen to develop our stock of second hand uniform. If you have any, or know of anyone with previous involvement in the group who may still have some uniform then we would appreciate any donations to our stock. I will be asking for the same in the Islander.

MBE for Stan Pike

Stan Pike, a long term supporter of the Hayling Scouts was awarded the MBE in the New Year Honours for services to Education.

Stan recently retired as Deputy Head at Bosmere School, was involved with the Friends of Hayling Trees over many years and was a member of our Executive Committee in the 1980s. Although stepping down from the Executive (when his wife Mary took over as our Treasurer!), Stan has continued to support us in many different ways. For example last November you would have seen him building the bonfire for our Fireworks Display!!

Stan, on behalf of all of us many congratulations on this well deserved recognition of your contribution to society.

Diary Dates

22nd Leaders Mtg Bacon Lane
31st Group Development Mtg HQ

12th Leaders Mtg Bacon Lane

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