All posts by Malcolm Murray

Malcolm is the Group Scout Leader. He also manages the group website. He has been involved with Scouts since joining cubs in Edinburgh in the 1970s.

A New Start

The foundations for the new hut are now in place, giving you a good idea of the size of the completed project. Fund-raising continues so that we can add the basic wooden structure and make it water-tight.

In the interim, Beavers, Cubs and Scouts are either meeting outside or using other venues across the village. Check out My.SCOUT or the section pages for more details of the interim arrangements.

Sunshine

We had a great Group Family Day – helped in part by amazing weather. 1st Stocksfield Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, family and friends spent the day at Broomley Grange. Activities ranged from traditional outdoor adventure activities –  crate-stacking, scaling the climbing wall, running the assault course – to classic camp games – welly hurling – to the quite frankly bizarre – playing hungry hippo using washing up basins and skateboards. There was no doubt which was the favourite though – I think we could have spent the whole day on the waterslide!

There was also a healthy turnout for the AGM – thanks to those who volunteers to help on the Group Executive Committee – you make it happen.

We’re Off

Although it is very sad to see the end of this phase of Scouting at Stocksfield, it is also very exciting to see the building work begin. Today the old hut was demolished and work started to clear the site. Two new wasps nests were no match for the JCB!

Group Fun Day – 16th July

All Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, their parents and siblings are invited to the 1st Stocksfield Group Fun Day. This year it will be held at Broomley Grange (NE43 7RX) – [map].

Come along and join in the fun – try out the zip wire, assault course, etc. and see what everyone has got up to this year. There will be presentations from each section and the annual awards ceremony. Food will be provided. All welcome.

Progress!

We are delighted to announce that we plan to begin phase 1 of the work on our new hut shortly. We will be sharing photos as the work progresses.

This phase will begin with demolition of the old hut and clearance of the site. After that the new foundations will be constructed, ready to receive the new basic wooden hut, roof, windows and doors.

Phase 2 (when funds allow) will see us fit out the inside of the hut and the extra parts used for storing equipment, providing a separate kitchen, etc.

Lighting up the Night

At Scouts tonight patrols built small signal beacons out of bamboo before moving on to a monster beacon that towered into the night. A great way to celebrate the Queen’s 90th Birthday (though to be honest I doubt it was visible from Windsor)!