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Best Unit Award


                                                      

                                       

                                                  

                                                

                                                             




Individual Award

          






                                   


Well done to all the teams that entered a very good standard and a very close competition and a new name on the trophy.

The Winning Unit will receive the District Shield and paint balling tickets for 10 people for their Unit.  The Individual Winner will receive a trophy.  


1st

1st/2nd Horley


68 points

2nd 

9th Horley  


66 points

3rd

6th Reigate 


64 points

4th 

2nd Reigate


54 points

5th

30th Reigate 


25 points

1st

Will    

9th Horley  

39 points

2nd 

Liam 

2nd Reigate 

32 points

3rd

Monty

&nb sp; 1st/2nd Horley

30 points

4th 

Dan

6th Reigate 

29 points

A Message from Scouts UK about Cyclone Pam














Colleagues,

               

You will have seen on the news the dreadful scenes from the Asia Pacific Region over the weekend. Cyclone Pam caused widespread devastation across Vanuatu and it’s sixty five islands, with Tuvalu hit to a lesser extent.


Our Scouting colleagues in the Vanuatu and Tuvalu Branches of the UK Scout Association are assessing the damage.


Vanuatu Scouts said “We lived a very storm cyclone. It destroyed lot of house. We try to do something for the rescue but the organisation of it is difficult because we lost contact with other island. With the scouts, we offer help to the authorities.” (15 March 2015)

 

Tuvalu Scouts said “On the four islands to the north especially Nui, the wave came from the west and onto almost the whole island, breaking some houses near to the beach. Vaitupu too is badly affected. On Nui the water level is up to the knees on all of the settlement area. Boats are used for transporting goods around on roads and in between the houses (neighbourhood), by means of pushing boats around. When this is over, all vegetation will be totally destroyed I do not know for how long. We are lucky on the capital as the lagoon is to a certain extent, helps reducing the waves from the open sea.” (15 March 2015)


Cyclone Pam gives us the opportunity to talk with young people about the impact this has on the people of Vanuatu and Tuvalu. Related resources are available at scouts.org.uk/pol. A programme crib sheet and a scouts.org.uk blog are available to share.


A number of agencies are working in the region including former partners Shelterbox and Save the Children to provide aid to those in need in the region.  


If you have any questions, please contact international@scouts.org.uk

 

With best wishes,

         

Yours sincerely,


Dan Wood

UK International Commissioner

Godstone Centenary



















East Surrey District Scouts celebrating 100 years of Scouting at the headquarters of Godstone Scouts.


Members of the Scout Groups of East Surrey attended Centenary tea celebration and special guest were Cllr Liz Parker Chairman of Tandridge District Council and escort Mr Robin Parker.

 

Cutting of the centenary cake by Cllr Liz Parker, Ken Bush Chairman of East Surrey District Scouts and Phil Hands District Commissioner East Surrey District.



1st Hinchley Wood Triumph in Four Inns Walk















1st Hinchley Scout Group entered six teams (20 members) in the 2015 Four Inns Walk and also this year an additional two teams from 2nd Molesey also took part from Esher District. The 1st Hinchley Wood under 25 team team won the National Trophy for the second year running for the fastest time.


The Four Inns Walk comprises either a 66 km walk or the new  shorter route 35K, introduced last year on a trial basis to encourage entries from 14- 18 . It crosses some of England’s most rugged and beautiful terrain in Peak District  and is a tough challenge.


The walk starts in Holmbridge - not far from Holmfirth, which is famous as the village in 'Last of the Summer Wine'. You are immediately into a long climb up to the first checkpoint at the site of the old Isle of Skye Inn (now long gone). From there we turned off onto the Pennine Way - in this section it is made of great slabs of stone, so is usually a good surface and also hard on the feet. The first really big climb is up to Black Hill - a featureless moorland and peat bog, very hard going as we soon depart the track and progress across open terrain. This is one of the hardest sections, because the bogs make it a slow trudge and the frozen hummocks turn your ankles and make you alter your stride every step. But this is also the first truly awesome part of the walk – steep climbs, lovely valleys, high hills all around.


Through the walk-through checkpoint at Hey Moss then down to the youth hostel at Crowden .From Crowden we walk along the reservoir before starting a long climb up to Bleaklow. Bleaklow is bleak: high open moorland, almost trackless, with deep peat 'groughs' lined with the most soft and yielding peat: like walking on garden compost. Bleaklow is more bleak, and much, much bigger. This year however we encountered fantastic sunny weather. .


Finally the checkpoint at Doctor’s Gate and then down to the Snake Pass Inn checkpoint  ( start of 35km route), and fording a little river to start the arduous ascent of Kinder. By the time we start upwards we have done 30 km and crossed two of the highest peat moorlands in England, so are pretty much exhausted. The path leads up the side of a steep slope, and then sort of turns to attack a slope gets steeper - a sort of exponential, curving up and up so it looks vertical near the top. Kinder is 300 m ascent in 1 km: continuous climbing, often along narrow paths on the side of steep valleys. Then the steep descent to Edale


 Although Edale is only half way, it is nice to think that from here on there are no more really difficult moorlands or peat bogs to cross, only hills. Up and over the hill to Chapel en le Frith and from there, some more or less level walking for 6 km, and then up the smaller but by now equally wearying hill to Whitehall (450 m). and then to the Cat and Fiddle (England's second highest pub).

Once you get to the Cat and Fiddle, Buxton the finish a distance of about 6 km. much of this is on the very stony Roman Road.

The most important thing with the Four Inns, though, is not the walk itself. It is the people you are walking with, the organisation that makes it possible, the people you talk to before and after – with whom you share your horror stories of last year and marvel at theirs, and who enquire after you at the finish and hobble with you to breakfast. The Four Inns is a challenge: but because it is a scouting challenge, it is one where you are part of an organisation and a team that supports you and through which you support others. It’s all about the people – it’s about Scouting.


More details can be found on the event by clicking on the link below and also by contacting Chris Beaney AGSL 1st Hinchley Wood Scout Group (chris.beaney@uk.ibm.com)


It would be great to see more teams from Surrey taking part in this event.

http://www.derbyshirescouts.org/fourinns/

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