1ST BRABOURNE & SMEETH SCOUTS & GUIDES

PLEASE RECYCLE YOUR ‘HOUSEHOLD WASTE PAPER’ WITH US – DOOR to DOOR COLLECTIONS  by our SCOUT & GUIDING VOLUNTEERS –

on the 2nd Saturday of each month.

To help ensure we do take away your papers, please consider;

  • Placing them in a prominent place so that they are visible. (Some of our helpers do not live in the village and so may not know all of our local roads).
  • Placing the papers at the roadside so that we definitely can’t miss them, even better to place them with someone else’s papers to make a bigger pile to see.
  • If you have any difficulty in getting the papers put out please let me (Ian Plowright – 01303812251) know and I can ensure we come right up to your house or even knock on the door.
  • Please ensure the papers are out by 09:00 hrs on collection days (always the second Saturday of every month)

Please remember we take birthday wrapping paper, birthday cards and any other paper based products and card (hard card preferably like the card used for cereal boxes) as well as any TV Guides, newspapers, magazines, books, directories etc. We don’t have much room for large corrugated cardboard boxes, whether they have been flattened or not. Please use small cardboard boxes (like the ones that take reams of photocopier / printer paper) to put your newspapers in as these are the most efficient way of collecting your papers, are just about the right weight for a Guide or Scout to lift and can go straight from collection vehicle to skip.

For those in outlying parts that bring paper to our skip in the playing field car park, please do so BEFORE 10.15 a.m. after which the skip is locked and we’ve all packed up.  On NO ACCOUNT must paper be left beside our skip after that time.   Thank you to all the Villagers who donated their papers in April!

WE CAN ALWAYS FIT IN MORE PAPER BASED WASTE SO PLEASE CONSIDER GIVING YOUR PAPERS TO US. THANKS TO ALL OUR SUPPORTERS FOR YOUR MONTHLY DONATIONS TO OUR WORTHY CAUSE

 


HQ HIRE – SCOUTS AND GUIDES HEADQUARTERS.

Our well-appointed premises are available for hire, when not in use by our own units. The headquarters is particularly suitable for those special occasions: children’s birthday parties, christening receptions or for local association meetings in comfortable surroundings. Please contact our Letting Officer: Anne Mapley on 01303 812769 for further information.


We currently have the following Unit meetings at our HQ. If you wish to find out more about any particular Unit please contact the Leader as shown below. We are always looking for more people to help with the running of the Units, so if you would like to talk about becoming a Leader or Assistant Leader or simply helping at any of our meetings please talk to Julia Adams or Jon Rose.

    

 Leader: Jean Hodgkin 01303 812747
Meetings: Wednesdays in term time 5.00pm to 6.30pm – Girls aged 7 to 10 years.

 

        Leader: Julia Adams

Meetings Wednesdays in term time, 6.45pm to 8.30pm – Girls aged 10 to 14 years.

 

 

   Sadly the Ashford District Senior Section no longer runs from our HQ. Any girls aged 14 to 25 wishing to join the Girl Guide Movement should register their interest via the Guide Association webpages.

 

       Leader: Andrea Poynter 01303 812119

Meetings: Thursdays in term time 5.30 pm to 6.30 pm and is for boys and girls aged 6 to 8

 

       Leader: Katherine Davenport 01303 812265

Meetings Fridays in term time 5.30pm to 7.00pm – Boys and Girls aged 8 to 10 years.
 

         Group Leader: Jon Rose 01303 814742 Meetings Fridays in term time 7.30pm to 9.15pm – Boys and Girls 10 to 14 years.

 

        B&S Mountbatten Explorer Unit

Leader: Heather Hale 01233 631416  and Matt Hedges 07743 452740. Meetings are normally held on Fridays from 7.30 / 8.00pm onwards but sometimes meetings are during the week in association with Ashford District Explorers.    Youth, male and female aged 14 to 18 yrs.

 


In other news from the Scouts and Guides:

1st Brabourne & Smeeth Scout Group is 50 years old in 2017!!

There was a really special visitor at our AGM on Friday 12th May. The original Cub Scout Leader who started 1st Brabourne and Smeeth Cub Scout troop back in 1967. In fact he was so pleased to see what had been achieved since his initial work to set the group up and now he will be joining the whole Scouts section of the Group at their Group camp at the end of May. The whole Group would like to put on record our thanks for everything ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­he did to sow the seeds of our fantastic facility and membership.

Brownies.

 Since January we have had a busy time with lots of craft, cooking, shelter building, fire lighting and even our own crèmes night.

This term we are kayaking at Hythe, going on a cycle ride as part of our road safety badge, having a two night pack holiday at Greatstone as well as enjoying more crafts, cooking and fire lighting.

Girl Guiding is the leading charity for girls and young women in the U.K. We build girls’ confidence and raise their aspirations. We give them the chance to discover their full potential and encourage them to be a powerful force for good. We give them space to have fun.

If you were a Brownie or Guide and feel you could come along and help run the Brownie unit please call me on 07910363176 or email me on juliabsguides@yahoo.co.uk.  I would love to hear from you. If your daughter is wanting to join Brownies when she is 7 years old please do call to register her as we are only able to have 16 girls with our present leaders and would prefer to offer these places to local girls first.

Scouts

Sadly, we are looking at the prospect of having to close down the Beaver Colony as the Leaders and Helpers are stepping down after many years of fantastic fun. If we can’t find any new Leaders and Helpers after July 2017 then the Beavers will not be able to re-open in September. If anyone has offers of help from new volunteers of all ages to come and join in the fun please contact Jon Rose on 07517 566003 or at jonrose@tinyworld.co.uk

 

 

 

 

Brownies

If your daughter is aged 7-10 years old and would like to come along to Brownies please call Julia Adams (Brown Owl) on 07910363176. If you can volunteer to help us at Brownies (and have some fun) Julia would love to speak to you about that too. Even an hour of your time here and there would help us grow the group.

Guides.

If you know your daughter is interested in attending Guides either now or in the future please do let me know as we want to offer places to local girls first.

Julia Adams. Guide Leader.

Telephone Number. 07910363176.  e-mail :  juliabsguides@yahoo.co.uk     

 

Scouts

Sadly, we are looking at the prospect of having to close down the Beaver Colony as the Leaders and Helpers are stepping down after many years of fantastic fun. If we can’t find any new Leaders and Helpers after July 2017 then the Beavers will not be able to re-open in September. If anyone has offers of help from new volunteers of all ages to come and join in the fun please contact Jon Rose on 07517 566003 or at jonrose@tinyworld.co.uk

HELP!!

To add voice to the following pleas, if as an adult, you’ve always wanted to learn more about the world around us as well as what fun you can have come and join in as a helper. Information from the Scout Association website says:  “As well as gaining externally recognised skills and having a brilliant time, Scouting (and Guiding) also offers the chance to build on personal skills, like teamwork, confidence and leadership. A study found that over 90% of volunteers believe that the skills and experiences they have gained through Scouting have been of relevance to their working or personal lives.  Volunteers can find out more at www.scouts.org.uk/get-involved/.

 

1st Brabourne & Smeeth Scout Group is 50 years old in 2017!!

And to celebrate this momentous occasion the Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers are all going camping at the end of May.

If you or someone you know has been involved in our Scout Group at some point over the last 50 years do get in touch with us. We hope to plan a great celebration and would like to involve as many members, former members and supporters as we can.

Sadly, we are looking at the prospect of having to close down the Beaver Colony as the Leaders and Helpers are stepping down after many years of fantastic fun. If we can’t find any new Leaders and Helpers after July 2017 then the Beavers will not be able to re-open in September. If anyone has offers of help from new volunteers of all ages to come and join in the fun please contact Jon Rose on 07517 566003 or at jonrose@tinyworld.co.uk

To illustrate how much fun one Scout Group can have…1st Brabourne and Smeeth Scouts and Explorers have linked up with Wye Scouts and Explorers to host a visiting Scout and Explorer troop from Switzerland at the end of July. Once together there will be 90 Scouts, Explorers, Leaders and Helpers and they will all go to the Kent International Jamboree (KIJ 2017) in Detling and then stay with host families around our local area and visit places in Kent and London.