For the second time in three years, our Assistant Scout Leader, Charlotte has donated her long and lustrous locks to the Little Princess Trust, a charity which makes wigs for children living with cancer. She is also raising sponsorship for Shine, the charity which works with people living with Hydrocephalus and Spina Bifida.
Charlotte acted quickly when she saw a poster in our HQ advertising that Lee Stafford, celebrity hairstylist, would be in Nottingham to promote the September ’13 opening of the Stephenson College Lee Stafford Hair Academy on Maid Marian Way. She contacted Georgina Hunter at Stephenson College to enquire whether Lee might help her.
Lee was happy to oblige and on Saturday 13 July Charlotte took centre stage for Lee’s final styling of the day. Lee cut off her long tresses and held them aloft like a warrior displaying a battle trophy before handing them over for careful wrapping and mailing. He then quietly restyled the remainder of Charlotte’s hair into a very sassy inverted bob.
Charlotte is no stranger to the stage. She was part of the Nottinghamshire Gang Shows, 2002-2008 and following a stay in hospital, worked Front-of-House in 2010. Charlotte also performed in the O2 for the Centenary Festival of Scouting.
Charlotte has grown up with 6th Beeston, joining her parents and older brother and sister on Cub Camps when she was barely a toddler. She has been a Young Leader with both Beavers and Scouts and now enjoys working with the Troop.
Charlotte is looking forward to studying Costume Design at Nottingham Trent University in September modelling her brand new look.
Thank you to everyone who brought all those lovely goodies for our Baked Goods Sale at the AGM.
Thank you to everyone who bought so many great cakes and biscuits. We raised over £90 (Figures to be confirmed by Treasurer) which is a great launch to our ShelterBox Appeal.
To find out more about why we think ShelterBox is important please go to shelterbox.org and if you would like to share this information with your children, please visit Young Shelterbox. This site provides age-appropriate information about disasters and their aftermath.
The Group has once again had a very busy year. Many of our leaders have been involved in organising and running District and County events as well as continuing to deliver high quality Scouting week in week out in the Group.
Some of the highlights have been:
The year started off with a well-attended St George’s Day parade and service, where I’m sure that 6th Beeston were the best turned-out Group!
The Mayday bank holiday found us all in endless traffic queues through Southwell attempting toget to the BIG Weekend, which turned out to be the MUDDIEST camp EVER! Well done to everyone who survived it!
In June, we had an extra bank holiday and some jubilations at Hemlock to celebrate the Queen’s diamond jubilee, kicking off a great summer which included the Olympic Torch celebrations and of course the Olympics themselves and the Paralympics in London.
We had our Group AGM right at the end of September and formed a dynamic new committee who quickly got to grips with their new responsibilities.
We held a very successful Jamboree on the Internet (JOTI) event at our HQ in October, when we contacted scouts on every continent.
The District Bonfire and Fireworks Display (held at the end of October for a change) once again saw Leaders from the 6th heavily involved in the setting up the event. We truly have an amazing team of Leaders at 6th Beeston! Thanks also to those who manned the Group’s stall selling food and hot drinks to the hungry public, raising funds for the group in the process.
The annual Carol Service was very well attended, and went well despite the lack of Peace Light due to unforeseen events.
The NESST challenge walk in January was postponed due to snowy weather.
February saw a great sleepover at the HQ for some of our Beavers.
The Group was represented on every night at the Nottingham Gangshow in March.
Alongside this Leaders have invested even more of their own time by attending training courses to improve their skills and as a result, the safety and quality of the Scouting experience provided for the young members. Congratulations to three cub leaders who were awarded their Wood Badges on completion of their training – several other leaders are hot on their heels…
The Group saw several changes in the leadership team during the year. As well as saying “goodbye” to some long-standing support (thank you for everything you’ve done!), we welcomed some new volunteers (thank you!) while others took on different roles (thank you again!).
My thanks especially to the Executive Committee for all their support behind the scenes to maintain and manage the Group’s wonderful building. Looking after such an important community asset is a huge responsibility to shoulder, but the team members work well together to meet the challenges involved.
On a personal note, I’d like to record my thanks to my wife, Carmel, for her continued support and encouragement.
This year has been a good one for the Scout Section. Numbers have once again remained fairly consistent and we are pleased that the members we have attend regularly and are committed to extra events. The Section has also been fortunate to welcome two new leaders to the leadership team, who have settled in very quickly and are a great asset to the Section. We have had a few members moving on to bigger and better things at Explorers and therefore have promoted new PL’s and APL’s who are relishing their extra responsibility. The section has welcomed many new Scouts from Cubs as well as outside the group and with our re-structured Patrols the Section is looking as strong as ever.
Throughout the year we have been involved in a lot of interesting activities, such as climbing, walking, pioneering, laser tag and of course lots of camping too. The Scouts have represented 6th Beeston in the district at events including winning the district quiz for the second year in a row! We also took part in the annual St. George’s Day and Remembrance Sunday parades.
This year the Scout Section has had a renewed focus on the community at large by attending community events such as litter picks and learning about different cultures from around the world through JOTI, the annual event held every year in October. This year’s JOTI was an outstanding success, we even had Scouts from around the district take part.
While we had no summer camp this year we have had other great opportunities, including the sub-zero winter camp in December and the equally frosty adventure challenge camp in at Easter! I would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate the Scouts who took part in the NESST Challenge Hike as they all did very well and raised some much needed funds for this year’s summer camp. Expect even bigger and better things next year!
Overall the Scout Section has had a busy year and has achieved a lot and had a lot of fun along the way. The Scout Section is now looking forward to another exciting year of Scouting at 6th Beeston, especially our summer camp at Poacher 2013!
As always the cub section has had another productive and fun filled year. Most notable for the number of new leaders and helpers we now are fortunate to have.
I feel we have a great leadership team now and intend to use them to the full in the coming months.
Not that we haven’t been busy since last year’s report, making model planes from lollipop sticks, finding out about recycling, watching the stars, played new sports for the fitness challenge and of course passing badges and camping!
Two more Chief Scouts Silver Awards have been awarded – congratulations to both cubs.
This year’s cub camp was held at Fox Coverts Scout campsite, set in a wood the cubs enjoyed building shelters, lighting a fire then cooking their evening meal on it, backwoods style using only foil and sticks. For many the highlights were our wide games which had them all running though the woods for many a happy hour. The cubs also had fun with a quiz and a many small ball bearing puzzles which was the only rest before another wide game and a great sing song round the campfire to end the busy day.
We welcome new leaders and helpers to our team Sarah Watson, Drew Allen, Aimee Gamble and returning as a young leader Issie McElhone. Who join myself, Terry, Dave, Haley, Katherine and Nuttavee. Sorry to report our wonderful compére of the Carol service and cub helper Jonny Green has had to step down very gently due to a very serious back injury, we all wish you a full recovery Jonny.