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1st Dursley Scout

September 2010


Parents to read this news letter as it contains

important information about our Scout Group
and our future!
Up to much Monday evenings?
Fancy 28 million new friends?
One of our Assistant Scout Leaders, Oliver has now returned to university and will
no longer be able to give all of his time to the Scout section, so I need a Assistant
Scout Leader to help the section and any other help for the Scout section or the
other sections is always welcome.
Even if you can only spare an hour a month it will all help and provide a diverse
programme for our Scouts.
Please... when you decide you want to know more then email me Mark Morton
GSL@1stdursleyscouts.org.uk or speak to any section leader and we can arrange
an informal chat over a drink.
We don't just climb mountains—we move them !
Important Group NEWS
At a recent committee meeting we were faced with
some stark facts about our Scout Hut and its general
state of repair both seen and unseen.
We have been advised by a local building surveyor of
the work required and timescale of when that work is
required to be done by. In light of the work load of the
committee it was decided to set up a steering group to
progress the refurbishment. (this does not entail doing
the work but any help would be appreciated).
The steering group will have the full backing and
support of the Group Executive Committee
We need some people, be that parent, carer,
aunty, uncle or grandparents or anyone who feels
they can help in the steering group.
The post we need to fill are:
Chair person
Publicity Officer
Fund Raising Co-ordinator
We also need a new Secretary for our Group Exec
Committee as Kath Munday who, due to work has had
to resign as our secretary.
She will however still be involved with the committee,
attending as and when she can. Big thanks to Kath for
the work she has done.
Anyone interested in these important posts should contact either
Steve Cullis
Chairperson email stephenjcullis@yahoo.co.uk
Mark Morton
Group Scout Leader email GSL@1stdursleyscouts.org.uk
Or speak to any of the section leaders.
A recent purchase (donation to Alzheimer's) has been a working
Personal Computer, while not cutting edge it will assist our Leaders
with badge work and training
Well done on that Tati


Huge thanks goes to David Pillow (Quartermaster) and John Fleck (Scout
Leader) for the thankless task of sorting out all of our camping gear, repair-
ing it and cataloguing it all. It’s their aim to get the lists on to our web site so
fellow leaders can “book” equipment for camps etc.

Talking about our website, anyone who has tried over the summer to visit the
Group site will no doubt be aware it disappeared in the great void of the
internet. Basically we were lucky enough to have the site hosted by Escouts
for free, however they had two servers fail on them and have now decided
not to offer hosting, this meant we lost all of the hard work our Webmaster
(in training) Mike Sweeting had put into the site. But as the saying goes
every cloud has a silver lining, thanks to a parent Hugh Waters who made us
an offer of free hosting and to assist with the website.
At the moment we still have a temporary website but I have seen part of the
new site and it’s clear that our Webmaster and his helpers have been very
busy and are in the process of producing a fantastic clean up-to-date web-
site that we can all be very proud of. Keep going to the site to check it out.
Great going Mike and Hugh and big thanks from the Group.

A big thanks to Peter Dunn, a parent committee member for organising two
HQ clean ups which helped identify other problems and I am sure we found
stuff we had forgotten about or lost....

Why Scout Movement?

Baden-Powell said:
"Scouting is a movement because it keeps on moving forward.
If it stops moving it becomes an organisation and is no longer Scouting!"

Day to Remember and reflect

14th November 2010 will be the Dursley annual remembrance day parade.
This year its our intention to lay a wreath in honour of the thousands who
gave their life so that we may have a good life.
Times and start point will be advised as soon as I am made aware of them
but I do ask that as many people as possible turn up, those on parade, be
smart, clean and respectful of the occasion as you never know who is
watching or where our next donation will come from. Mums and Dads
please take as many photos of the parade as you can and send them to
admin@1stdursleyscouts.org.uk for possible inclusion into the web site
Up and coming fundraising Events
The following events are going to take place shortly, any assistance you can give is
always appreciated.

Car Wash—9th October Slimbridge

Bonfire night—6th November Dursley
Rednock Tombola– 19th November (Donations of goods required for tombola please)
Group Christmas party—11th December

All dates and times etc will be confirmed nearer the time but should you have any queries
or offer of help or goods please contact
Peter Tootell email marnee@jtootell.freeserve.co.uk
A big thank you is due to Peter Tootell who quietly beavers away in the background
organising fundraising events. Thanks Peter

Also Jane Waters a parent on the committee has agreed to co-ordinate the Webb Ivory
order this year so watch out for the catalogue arriving shortly. Thanks for that Jane.

During the summer holidays, one parent, Lois Edmunds spent time and energy making
the group some new neckers as we had run out, all concerned with 1st Dursley Group
would like to say a huge thanks for your time and effort.

Christmas cards
A reminder to parents that the Group is running a competition for a Christmas card design
and the winning cards will be professionally produced for us to sell and raise funds for the
day to day running of the Group, so please hold off buying from the shops and buy our
quality cards and help the Group funds.

Section Leaders contact information

Group Scout Leader:

Mark Morton, Hillcroft, Hamshill, Coaley, Dursley, Glos GL11 5EH
Mobile. 07956 399213 E-mail: GSL@1stdursleyscouts.org.uk

Scouts meet Mondays 7-9pm

Scout Leader:
Mr John Fleck, 44 The Slade, Dursley, Gloucestershire GL11 4JY
Tel. 01453 547947 Mobile. 07903 079 563 E-mail: Scouts@1stdursleyscouts.org.uk

Cubs meet Wednesdays 6:30-8pm

Cub Scout Leader: Akela
Ruthie Stennett, 51 Larkrise, Cam, Dursley, Glos, GL11 5EZ
Tel. 01453 548795 Mobile. 07896685981 E-mail: Cubs@1stdursleyscouts.org.uk

Beavers meet Thursdays 6:15-7:15

Beaver Scout Leader:
Maggie Sweeting, 9 Warren Croft, North Nibley, GL11 6EN
Tel. 01453 548468 Mobile. 07810 272350 E-mail: Beavers@1stdursleyscouts.org.uk

Executive Committee Chairperson:

Steve Cullis, 3 Ashmead Green, Dursley, Glos, GL11 5EW
Tel. 01453 519122 Mobile.07970852796 E-mail: stephenjcullis@yahoo.co.uk