Spring term news 2019

Spring Clean of the Hall – Weekend of 6/7 April

Our Winnall HQ is looking a little tired and shabby after many years of intensive use. It needs some TLC. It needs YOU !

We’re organising a Spring Clean weekend on 6 and 7 April.  We’d like as many volunteers as possible (adults and accompanied children) to turn up and lend a hand. There’ll be sweeping and cleaning, painting and general DIY, a little light gardening, and a myriad of other jobs to suit all ages and preferences.

Whether you have an hour to spare or a whole day, we’ll welcome you with open arms (and biscuits). Please put the date in your diary and come along to support your child’s Scout Group.  If you have any gardening gloves or tools you think might be useful, chuck them in the car in case they come in handy !

St George’s Day Parade – 28th April 2019

This is an important annual event for all of Winchester’s Scout groups and one that we expect all our young people to attend. Flags aloft, we march through the city centre to the Cathedral, where the event culminates with a short service. If you haven’t seen it before, it’s an impressive spectacle to watch and catch on camera.

Your leaders will give you more details closer to the time, but keep the middle part of that day free !

AGM and BBQ at the Scout Hall – Saturday 18th May 2019

The 12th Winchester Scout Group is a charity. This means we have a legal obligation to hold an Annual General Meeting (AGM) to provide information to you as our members on the financial running of the group and to elect volunteers onto the Executive Committee to act as trustees for the charity.  If you think you might be interested in helping out in one of our committee roles, then do reply to this email before the meeting.

While we really want as many of you as possible to attend, we know that attending the AGM doesn’t always fill everyone’s hearts with gladness. As a result, we usually try to sweeten the occasion with a barbeque, a few drinks and some cake. (Also, we quite like a party.)

Family Camp – 8th June 2019

Fancy a night under canvas?

Before you shudder, huddle under your duvet and close this email, don’t worry – we don’t mean now. We’ll at least wait for the frosts to pass and the heating has been turned off for the Summer !  Please do read on to find out more.

We’re planning another overnight family camp for 2019 – and this year we’d like even more of you to straighten your tent poles, dig out your sleeping bags and join us.  Siblings are welcome too, but all children must bring along a parent or carer to stay with them for this camp, so you’ll need to have completed a DBS check with us but, as the camp isn’t until June, you have plenty of time. Please email us at info@12thwinchesterscouts.org.uk  about organising your DBS check if you haven’t already done so.

Needless to say, the food last year was excellent, the beer (from the local Red Cat brewery) flowed freely, the camp fire burned well and everyone had a great evening. Around 18 of us stayed overnight to enjoy a night under canvas and, courtesy of Ladybird, a breakfast of eggs and bacon.

We have arranged First Bite to cater the event again this year.

** Unfortunately June is a very busy month, and we know that our Scouts will be away on District Camp that weekend, but we couldn’t find a weekend to suit everyone this year – so it will just be Beavers and Cubs on the Family Camp this year !

Christmas Carol Service 2017

We will be holding our Carol Service on Tuesday 19th December at 7pm. 

All parents, guardians and families are invited to attend this special event.

Christine Smith the Curate, has kindly invited us to join her at the St John The Baptist Church of England Church, which is in St Johns Street near the Scout Hall.




Remembrance Sunday 2017

Beavers, Cubs and Scouts, we will be joining the veterans again this year at the Kings Royal Rifle’s Company memorial outside the Cathedral on Sunday 12th November.  We will be parading with our flags at 8.45am, and at 9am there will be a short prayer by the army chaplain, followed by a two minutes silence and then an army bugler will play the last post.20161020_121000

A representative from our Beavers, Cubs and Scouts sections will lay a wreath alongside the veterans.  It is a small and moving ceremony, and we are the only Scout Group invited to attend.

As you may be aware, our Scout Group has had a long association with the Green Jackets, going back to the Second World War, when our Scout Troop raised money for the Regimental Prisoners of War Fund.

In recognition of the efforts of our Scouts, towards the end of 1943 our Group was granted an honorary affiliation with the Rifle Depot, and we changed our necker colours and insignia to model those of the Rifle Brigade.   We still use those colours and insignia today, and have continued to proudly turn out to lay a wreath at the war memorial every year since then.

This means a lot to the young people who attend, and the veterans, and it is really important that as many of us attend this as possible to show our respect and to keep this tradition alive, and we look forward to seeing you there.

green jackets scout badge

Pinsent: your help needed!

Most of us know how much our Scouts, Cubs and Beavers value the time they are able to spend up at Pinsent camp. Whether it’s crate-stacking, fire lighting, hiking, camping or some other activity, Pinsent is a marvellous resource. However, like all marvellous resources, it doesn’t run itself.

Winchester District regularly runs working weekends to help maintain the site and ensure it is safe and enjoyable for all its users. The next such weekend is scheduled for the 14th-15th October 2017. The 12th Winchester Scout Group has been allocated the 10am-12 noon slot on Sunday 15th October. We need a minimum of ten adult volunteers to help refurbish the individual camp sites. The work will include removing sycamore seedlings and saplings, clearing logs and returning them to the woodpile, spreading bark chippings over footpaths, and fencing. Children are also welcome, and can be found appropriate tasks to assist…..

Please, please, please don’t leave it up to the leaders! Find some boots, a thick pair of gardening gloves and come and join us for a couple of hours. If you can help, please let your child’s leader know or post on the FB page.

Look forward to seeing you there on the 15th!

Beaver autumn sleepover at the Scout hut

The autumn term programme of events got underway with a swing for our Beavers on Saturday 23rd September. On a day when Winchester was gridlocked, a dozen of the 12th’s youngest members were busy running a sweet stall at the St Bartholomew’s church fete (and, no, they didn’t eat all the produce), visiting the Royal Greenjackets’ museum, enjoying games on St Giles’ Hill and an evening bat watch at Winnall Moors with the Hants Wildlife Trust, before turning in for the night in the Scout hut.

Huge thanks, as ever, to Ladybird and her team of helpers for making the weekend possible.

Ladybird’s advice on how to iron a necker

It’s the Remembrance Day service this Sunday (the 13th) at Winchester Cathedral. We often say how it’s the highlight of our Scouting calendar – and it is. It is a real privilege to stand at the memorial with the Green Jackets and, as such, we need to look the part. This means full uniform for all Beavers, Cubs and Scouts, with ironed neckers.

Here, for avoidance of doubt, is Ladybird’s guide to ironing your necker:

  1. Iron flat
  2. Place triangle on board with point at bottom
  3. Fold over top by 1cm and iron
  4. Continue to fold and iron a 1cm strip until the badge is reached

Properly done, it will take around 15 minutes but should keep the necker in immaculate condition for two years!

On Sunday, please meet outside the West Door of the Cathedral at 8.45am. The ceremony will start at 9am and finish by 9.20am. 

Winchester Network Scouts Need a District Commissioner !

Winchester has a small but thriving Network Scout section (18 to 25 year olds).

They need someone to help co-ordinate their programme of activities and to help grow Network Scouts within our District, so our young people can continue Scouting after they leave Explorers at 18.

If you think that you might be interested in this, then please do let us know, using the contact page !

Summer 2016 Cub camp

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The sea off Brownsea Island looks Mediterranean blue in the photos. General consensus was that the Cubs’ summer 2016 camp was “scorchio”. The Pack made the most of all that beautiful weather with a hike along the Clarendon Way, their visit to Brownsea Island, crate stacking, cub-dunking (don’t ask), plenty of campfires and, for brief respite from the heat, if not the noise, a trip to Oxygen freejumping in Southampton.

Huge thanks to all the leaders for making the week happen. The Cubs are still talking about it.

What a Cub Mum said…..

‘Everything started, “Mum, the best thing was…..”’

What the Cubs said….

‘I had a plaster but it’s much better and everything was so much fun!’

‘The fish and chips were amazing!’

Beavers’ 30th anniversary camp at Pinsent

Several of our Beavers were among over 100 local Beavers who participated in the anniversary District camp at Pinsent in September 2016. The Beavers followed Ladybird’s kit list to the letter and arrived with their teddies and onesies, tea towels and torches. Much fun was had sorting out sleeping arrangements, laying out carry mats and sleeping bags (query – are any of them ever so keen on bedtime at home?) and learning the importance of the “shoes off” rule in the tent. Then came lunch and an impressive variety of activities including archery, an obstacle course, cake decorating and, of course, songs and marshmallows around the campfire…… Everyone slept well, achieving a new and impressive morning lie-in record of 6.45am, and was thoroughly and happily grubby by noon on Sunday when it was time to go home.

Many, many thanks to Ladybird, Slug and Chick – and congratulations to Tyler for his award for “most helpful camper”.

What the Beavers said…..

‘It was SO much fun!’

‘Mummy, you’d be so pleased. I ate the biggest lunch!’

‘We didn’t go to sleep ALL night.’ [They did; I checked with Ladybird and Slug – Ed]
What one of our new Cubs said….

‘Can’t I be a Beaver again for the weekend?’