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SW Notts District Scouts Blog

Vacancy: District Stores Quartermaster

We are seeking to appoint a volunteer Quartermaster to take responsibility for our District’s equipment store based in Toton

A knowledge of caring for tents and other camping equipment is essential.

If you are interested in this role please contact Simon Clark via this link


The District’s Trustees are delighted to announce that, after many years’ discussion and negotiation, a new 10-year Licence Agreement has been reached with the University of Nottingham Estates Department which allows SW Notts Scouts and, for special events, Nottinghamshire Scouts, to use Hemlock Camp Site (also known as Bramcote Woods) for all activities permitted by the Scout Association.

Maintenance of the site, which is accessed from Common Lane in Bramcote and comprises 68000 sq. metres (16.8 acres) of woodland and grassland, will remain the responsibility of the Estates Department at the University. The day-to-day use of the site will be managed by SW Notts District Scout Council with responsibility for ensuring that only permitted activities are undertaken being vested in the “District Commissioner”.

The site will remain a “Green Field” site, and can be used for evening and weekend activities, camps and community events – not least being our annual Fireworks Extravaganza.

Simon Clark (District Commissioner for SW Notts) said “We ae delighted that we have been able to secure the use of this site for Scout Groups and Explorer / Network Units in the District. As in all negotiations of this complexity, there have some compromises on both sides, and we are particularly grateful to the University for recognising the issues we raised relating to child protection. This 10-year Agreement, in the form of a Licence to use the site, means we can provide a fantastic range outdoor adventure activities to our Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers and Network members. It is good news for Scouting.”

Weekend Triumph for 2nd Beeston Sea Scouts

18664708_1824727894522891_4270058019197205384_nBeavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers from the 2nd Beeston Sea Scout Group, along with their parents and supporters, have just celebrated an amazing weekend


Certificates Awarded

The entire Group (including present and past members) were in action on the Beeston cut / Nottingham canal on 21st May for a sponsored paddle & walk from Beeston to Castle Marina – and back. Approximately 50 people of all ages were on the water with another 30 walking along the towpath or following in “Conway”.

14 “Paddlepower” Start certificates were awarded,  7 “Paddlepower” record books were awarded with sections 1 to 5 completed and 6 Bursaries from the BCU  for further qualification training were awarded

AGM Success – with more Awards18622400_10155501447262176_1267936246841200187_n

Over 75 members, parents and Group supporters attended the Group’s AGM at their HQ on Lilac Grove, Beeston. “Divisions” at 19:00hrs (hoisting the Colours for a RN recognised Group – a defaced Red Ensign surmounted by the Sea Scout pennant) with the sounding of the ship’s bell and a Boatswains Call brought the meeting to order!

Group Scout Leader Paul Boss thanked Fred Robinson, who was standing down as Group Chairman after 12 years’ distinguished service to the Group, for his huge contribution to the Group Executive Committee. He nominated Peter Treagus as the new Group Chairman. New members of the Committee, including parent representatives from the youth sections were elected, with others nominated and co-opted. The 2016 accounts were approved.

Activity and Challenge badges were awarded to members of all sections, followed by a further 20 British Canoeing Starter Session certificates. In addition seven “Paddlepower” start certificates, (including two for potential canoeist parents) were awarded from a previous water activity weekend.

Explorer Scouts’ mouth-watering BBQ!

Discovery Explorer Scout Unit prepared a BBQ accompanied by mushy peas whilst the Scouts prepared some examples of expedition meals on open fires. Marshmallow and spaghetti pioneering challenges became overshadowed by the draw of toasting the marshmallows on the embers of the fires. Candyfloss machines provided another challenge, with candyfloss ending up everywhere except wound nicely on the stick, but in true scouting style they tried and tried again – quietly eating the results inbetween!!

Paul Boss commented “The Group’s ‘aim’ is to offer water activities to all sections, as well as traditional Scouting activities. It is hoped this will attract new members for all our youth sections”.

For more information contact Paul Boss here