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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-
The walk starts in Holmbridge -
Through the walk-
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 -
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 (email@example.com)
It would be great to see more teams from Surrey taking part in this event.
1st Walton on the Hill Troop Quiz MP
On 13th March, Crispin Blunt MP for Reigate and Banstead, visited the 1st Walton on the Hill troop. As part of the Writers Badge the Scouts all posed a question to form a complete interview of Crispin. There were three main areas of questioning – what does an MP do; what does Crispin do; general questions about the local community. They wrote up their interview as part of the badge requirements.
Everyone agreed it was interesting and useful to understand what an MP does and how parliament works.
A new story sharing tool has launched to help you gather content from across your District. Please encourage members to visit stories.scouts.org.uk and submit details of their adventures. The content will then be shared with MDMs and teams at UKHQ. The site is mobile friendly so volunteers can upload stories on the go.
Stories are checked to see if they are appropriate and relevant. Stories can be sent in by youth members, leaders or other adults.
Try it here.
A Family Celebration!
Woking’s District Commissioner, Liz Pocknell, had to take a backseat and just be mum as Oliver Pocknell made his Queens’ Scout presentation.
Oli talked about his journey through scouting and the people he met on the way . His preparations included training hikes in very wet parts of the UK not helping with the blazing sun in the south of France!
For the international part of the badge requirements, Oli went to Kandersteg as an assistant leader but had to step up to troop leader when the leader had to fly home for the birth of his daughter.
Liz “baked” a cake for Oli and the Network leaders bought a bottle of Champagne.