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Scouts give Stoke Gifford parks a spring clean

Posted on Tuesday 14th May 2019 at 10:03 pm by Laura Mortimore

Photo of Scouts gathered outside The Old Schools Rooms prior to the start of their litter-picking walk.

Sunday 31st March saw 14 members of the local Scout Group and five adults giving up part of their weekend to help tidy up some of the parks in Stoke Gifford. With equipment such as bags and litter pickers provided by South Gloucestershire Council, they made their way around the village, making it a cleaner and nicer place to live and visit.

Starting at The Old School Rooms, they walked up to the Poplar Rooms park, where they collected three large bin bags full of litter as well as a car wheel with tyre. The rubbish was then left tied up at the car park entrance, ready to be collected by the StreetCare department.

As soon as the Poplar Rooms park was looking clean and tidy, the Scouts made their way down to Meade Park, picking up litter en route. Once at the park, they filled a further six large bags with rubbish and even found a large carpet!

After a short break for lunch, the Scouts continued their hard work by planting 78 saplings in the park with help from Jenny James, chair of the Friends of Meade Park group, who showed them where they needed to go.

Scout troop leader Andrew Phelps said:

“We would like to thank the Woodland Trust who provided us with the saplings. They are going to make such a difference in the park.”

The Scouts still have more saplings which will be planted at a later date in Forty Acres, with help from their conservation group at a later date. After a day of hard work, the Scouts headed back to The Old School Rooms at about 2pm to spend the rest of Mothering Sunday with their families.

Describing the day, Andrew said:

“The Scouts had fun litter picking and received several lovely comments from dog walkers and park users saying we were doing a great job. It is always good to give back to our community and the Old School Rooms troop regularly give up their time to do this.”

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Gold awards for OSR troop quintet

Posted on Wednesday 31st October 2018 at 6:37 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Chief Scouts's Gold Award winners (l-r) Matthew, Dan, Dylan, Josh and Jack.

On 18th July, the Old School Rooms (OSR) troop of 1st Stoke Gifford Scout Group attended the Pirate Bay Golf Centre in Hambrook to celebrate the end of the summer term and invited the Avon county commissioner Graham Brant along to make the presentations of five Chief Scout’s Gold Awards.

Dan White, Matthew Coggan, Josh Nicholson-Warn, Dylan Harrison and Jack Dobie have spent the last four years working hard on the requirements of the top award for the scout section, completing the nine challenge awards in Adventure, Outdoors, Expedition, Skills, Creative, Teamwork, Team Leader, Promise and World, plus attending camps and earning activity badges in some of the 72 available categories.

After the presentation and congratulations from leaders and the county commissioner, the troop joined in with the celebrations with cake and drinks.

Photo: Award winners (l-r) Matthew, Dan, Dylan, Josh and Jack pictured following the presentations.

This article originally appeared in the October 2018 issue of the Stoke Gifford Journal news magazine (on page 5). 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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Scouts go back to their roots for group camp

Posted on Tuesday 16th October 2018 at 9:33 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of members of 1st Stoke Gifford Scout Group on Brownsea Island.

Eighty members of 1st Stoke Gifford Scouts are back from their group summer camp to Brownsea Island (the place Lord Baden-Powell held the first scout camp), writes Andrew Phelps.

The history behind this island and the beginning of UK Scouting is a massive draw for Scouts throughout the world and we met troops from Liechtenstein, Australia, Italy and several from UK Scout Groups.

The travelling down from Bristol took about four hours on Saturday, then a quick ferry ride and a short walk saw the Cubs and both Scout troops on the very site of the first camp.

The weather was fantastic and with no natural predators, the abundance of ducks, peacocks, pheasants, deer and, of course, red squirrels, which were all well used to human close contact, made for a great experience.

We slept under canvas and took part in many activities run by the island volunteers, like red squirrel ‘talk & walk’, the nature reserve and environmental conservation sessions. There were also section leader-led activities such as pioneering, orienteering, crabbing, island orientation hike, swimming and shelter building, to name but a few.

This camp was great fun and although all were tired out on our return home on Wednesday, with the picturesque location, hot weather and great camaraderie, it was a fantastic success and we would all go back tomorrow if given half a chance.

The staff and wardens on the island were always helpful, the ferry staff, well practised in taking large groups across, made transfers run like clockwork and Tesco’s ‘click and collect’ all made life easier for the adult leaders and minimised any time the Scouts and Cubs were waiting around.

We had fish and chips for lunch on Poole Quay and then it was back on to the coach to travel home. Four hours later and we arrived on The Green to waiting parents, who were all thankful to have their children home. They all must have had a great night’s sleep – I know I did!

Lastly, a massive thank you to all the leaders who give up their time freely to make Scouting so exciting and interesting for our young people in Stoke Gifford.

If you would like to join the group as an adult leader, Beaver, Cub or Scout, please visit our website and complete a ‘contact us’ form.

This article originally appeared in the October 2018 issue of the Stoke Gifford Journal news magazine (on page 15). 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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Local Scout troop fundraise for trip to Cyprus

Posted on Friday 19th January 2018 at 10:54 pm by Laura Mortimore

Members of the 1st Stoke Gifford Scout Group.

The 1st Stoke Gifford Scouts have been working hard in recent weeks, trying to raise money for their 2018 camp to Dhekelia, Cyprus.

The camp, which is set to take place during October half term 2018, has been arranged with the 48th Dhekelia Scout troop in Cyprus and is going to provide the local Scouts with a great opportunity to make new friends and learn about a different culture. Andrew Phelps, troop leader of the 1st Stoke Gifford Scouts, is planning on taking 20 children and 10 adults to Cyprus where they will camp with the Cypriot Scouts. Talking to me at their last troop meeting, Andrew stated that:

“The trip is going to be an amazing experience for the kids and hopefully some of them will become pen pals with the Cypriot Scouts. Fundraising for the camp is also a great way of demonstrating to the children that they have to work hard to get what they want”.

The Stoke Gifford Scouts have been in touch with the Dhekelia Scouts for many years now, developing a close relationship with the Cypriot troop and have even visited them before, in October 2013. The same activities are being planned for next year’s trip, which include scuba diving, sea kayaking, sailing, rafting, swimming, fishing, hiking and pioneering. They are also planning a cultural visit to a monastery in the Trudos Mountains, stopping for lunch on the top of Mount Olympus and a trip to the buffer zone which is controlled by the United Nations, crossing the green line into Northern Cyprus. This will give the children the opportunity to experience first-hand the differences between Turkish Cyprus and Greek Cyprus.

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