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End of year treats for Little Stoke Beavers

Posted on Thursday 9th January 2020 at 10:02 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Beaver Scouts ready to board the Santa Express.

On Sunday 8th December, ten excitable Beavers from the 1st Little Stoke Scout Group met at Bitton Station, as part of a district organised event to meet Santa on the Santa Express. As the Beavers boarded the train, for many a first experience of riding a steam train, they were thinking carefully about all the things they were thankful for and what they would like to ask Santa for. Once seated on the train, the train pulled out from the station with a puff of smoke and the journey began. Santa visited each carriage speaking with the Beavers and handing them gifts. The children then got to enjoy tasty star cookies or mince pies.

As the train returned to the station, the Beavers from across the district set off on the next part of their adventure, a short walk along the cycle path to a local church hall, where they enjoyed playing games, before they settled down to enjoy the Christmas story.

This term both the Cub and Beaver sections have been busy making the most of their amazing outdoor area. Both sections have been focusing on the importance of thinking about animals at this time of year and have been making their own bird feeders to hang either at home or in the grounds of the Scout hut.

The Cubs have celebrated a fantastic end of the year with a Christmas-themed Flip Out Party. Flip Out is a giant inflatable adventure zone, with neon and UV lighting. All the Cubs and leaders had an amazing time, jumping, climbing, bouncing and exploring. Team spirit and support was demonstrated by all, as some of the areas are pretty high and challenging. The evening was finished off with hot dogs and pizzas. Martina and the leaders would like to express their thanks to all the adults who supported in the planning and running of this event.

Looking ahead to 2020, the Scouts are busy planning their next camping adventure, while May sees the Avon Jamboree.

If you would like any more information on getting involved with 1st Little Stoke Scout Group, please contact Group Scout Leader Tony Edmonds on 07957 880503 or email

Photo: Beavers at Bitton Railway Station, where they boarded the Santa Express.

This article originally appeared in the January 2020 issue of the Stoke Gifford Journal magazine (on page 24). The magazine is delivered FREE, nine times a year, to over 5,000 homes in Stoke Gifford, Little Stoke and Harry Stoke. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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Busy times at Stoke Gifford Army Cadet unit

Posted on Thursday 19th December 2019 at 12:06 am by SH (Editor)

Photo of Cadets kayaking on annual camp.

The Stoke Gifford detachment of the Bristol Army Cadet Force (ACF) has been busy over the last few months, taking part in numerous camps, sporting events and receiving numerous awards in the process, writes Sergeant Instructor Paul Clark.


In June the cadets went off to Rollestone Training Camp on Salisbury Plain to take part in their annual fieldcraft weekend camp. The Cadets received further training in their fieldcraft skills and were tested as part of the ACF Star Level syllabus. The fieldcraft part of the syllabus is probably one of the most exciting and demanding training that a Cadet has to undergo. Fieldcraft encompasses various skills including patrolling, cooking in the field, administration in the field, leadership skills and various battle scenarios. This helps teach the Cadets to be more independent and gives them confidence, especially when tasked to lead others. Other subjects covered on this weekend were skill at arms, navigation, first aid, drill and turnout.

Annual camp

Annual camp is the highlight of the year for all Cadets and adults. This year we were in Altcar, Liverpool. Annual camp is The Cadet Force’s main training and testing camp of the year as they spend 10-12 days on camp. All syllabus subjects are covered on this camp. Activities also included mountain biking, archery, orienteering, STEM kits and a day out to a local sailing centre where the Cadets took part in numerous activities including kayaking, sailing, sail boarding and raft building.

It is also a great opportunity for Cadets and adults to meet up with members of other detachments from around Bristol whom they would not normally see.
Stoke Gifford Cadets were well represented with 14 Cadets (from 18 eligible to go) attending camp – a very high turnout.

The Stoke Gifford detachment had two promotions on camp, so well done to Cadet Shannon O’Callaghan, promoted to Lance Corporal, and Lance Corporal Zachary Blatchford for his promotion to Corporal – both very well deserved. Well done also to Cadet Sergeant Gurr on her appointment as The Lord Lieutenant’s Cadet – a huge honour, as there is only one Cadet in the county awarded this role.

More: Drill competition; Sports; Poppy Appeal; Recruitment »

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Beavers go global on overnight camp weekend

Posted on Wednesday 13th November 2019 at 8:10 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of the Beavers on camp at Woodhouse Park.

On the first weekend of October, 1st Little Stoke Beavers attended an amazing event, the Beaveree, at Woodhouse Park, near Almondsbury. This is a Jamboree for Beavers, organised by the Brunel Scout district and themed this year around the Beavers’ Global badge.

During the day, seven different Beaver groups from across the Brunel district took part in a range of global-based activities. There were seven different stations for the Beavers to explore and enjoy. The activities ranged from creating masks of endangered animals, learning about the importance of recycling and the impact not recycling can have on the environment, to the teamwork activities of building a water filter and making a catapult to transport goods.

The daytime activities were concluded with a large wide game, which saw the 80 plus Beavers taking part in an exciting game which helped explain the importance of fair trade. Everyone then moved to the campfire area where the leaders taught them songs from around the world, finishing with a rousing chorus of ‘Campfire’s Burning’.

Two Beaver groups, including 1st Little Stoke, elected to enjoy an overnight stay at Woodhouse – all the other groups decided it was too cold! While the Whitehall pack enjoyed the pre-erected ready-made tented glamping-style village, 1st Little Stoke enjoyed the real camping of the pack tents their leaders had set up the previous evening.
Before a dinner of hot dogs, the Beavers all enjoyed exploring Woodhouse on a treasure trail, working as a team to find the clues to solve the mystery. After dinner was tidied away, the Beavers enjoyed playing parachute games before joining the other Beaver pack for more songs around the campfire and, of course, hot chocolate and s’mores.

Then it was off to bed in the newly bought blackout tents. Woodhouse was filled with excitable giggles as the Beavers snuggled into their sleeping bags, told stories and looked after each other. This camp was a first for five of the Beavers, with three of them only being with the pack for just over a month. All the Beavers enjoyed a lovely night’s sleep despite the noisy owl waking some of them at 2am!

More: Next adventure could be an outdoor camp at Slimbridge »

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UWE scientists give Scouts a helping hand

Posted on Thursday 7th November 2019 at 5:02 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Stoke Gifford Scouts taking part in a science activity at UWE.

Stoke Gifford’s Old School Room (OSR) Scouts have been busy again since returning from the summer break. A new Scientist Activity Badge being introduced into the system of 69 activity badges has given the Scouts something to get their teeth into and the University of the West of England (UWE) have been more than happy to help out.

The troop attended the science department where Paul and Heather took them through four experiments with research, observations and overall results being recorded.

The troop has also registered the fingerprinting experiment towards a Bronze CREST Award, a science, technology engineering and mathematics (STEM) qualification.

The 30 Scouts had a fabulous time at the university and couldn’t thank the lecturers enough for giving up their time to get them through this new badge.

One of the Scouts commented that she had already had a science lesson at school that day but the UWE session had really been fun and made her enjoy science!

Troop leader Andrew Phelps said

“It’s great when Scouting joins forces with other community organisations to provide our young people with such a great experience. We would like to say a massive thank you to UWE and especially Paul and Heather.”

This article originally appeared in the November/December 2019 issue of the Stoke Gifford Journal magazine (on page 28). The magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to over 5,000 homes in Stoke Gifford, Little Stoke and Harry Stoke. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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