Subscriptions and capitation

In 2017 we will combine termly subs and annual capitation to make a combined termly fee of £47/term (Scouts and Cubs) and £42/term (Beavers). The annual fee of £35-£40/head of the past will no longer be charged but is combined with subscriptions. Subscriptions should be paid by MyDonate – not by cheque or bank transfer.

Payments for one-off activities (camps, nights away, special adventure activities etc) can be made on-line directly. We need to reduce massively the number of cheques handled by the leaders and the treasurer.

Further information will be available in due course.

Group AGM

Group AGM and drinks: 7.30pm, Wednesday 21st September, Crown Inn, Old Oxted. At this evening and before we will look at the year behind us and lay out to parents how it will be over the next year. As we grow stronger and more organised, we need to make some changes.

District Commissioner East Surrey

East Surrey District Scouts are starting a search for a new District Commissioner.  The DC “manages and supports the Scout District to ensure it runs effectively and that Scouting within the District develops in accordance with the rules and policies of The Scout Association, so that that the District provides good quality Scouting for young people and proactively supports and manages adults in the District”

The DC is the person to whom the Group Scout Leader is responsible.

Further information is available here:

Richard Moore: electronics and robotics

If there is a Scout or a Cub with a serious and genuine interest in electronics and robotics, some materials for the continuance of a hobby in this area, can be made available. These materials were the property of our late colleague Richard Moore, and are available to the right candidate at the request of Richard’s parents.

Richard Moore – funeral

Our dear colleague Richard Moore will be laid to rest after a service at Surrey and Sussex Crematorium, St Richard’s Chapel, Balcombe Road, Crawley, RH10 3NQ.
Time: 3.45pm
Date: Tuesday 5th April

No Flowers but donations to The Royal Marsden Hospital and St Catherine’s Hospice Crawley in Richard’s memory.

After the service everyone is invited (including those who could not make the service) back to 1st Oxted HQ starting 5pm onwards until later.

Uniformed leaders attending are asked to wear FULL UNIFORM including awards, Non-uniformed mourners are asked to wear BLUE (not black) in honour of the Royal Navy, in which RIchard served.

All Scouts and Explorers are welcome to attend in uniform accompanied by their parents. Certain of the Scouts may have a greater role to play in this funeral of a beloved leader; their parents will be contacted separately.

Richard Moore, 1988-2016: RIP

It is my sad duty to announce that our great friend and fellow Scout leader Mr Richard Moore passed away in hospital yesterday, aged 27. He had been ill for some years and soldiered on regardless, with great zest for life. Richard was an outstanding example to young people and adults, and was always present when there was hard work to be done. He made a tremendous contribution to the life and work of both our Troops, to us as a Group and to the 1st Tatsfield Scouts, and also to East Surrey District. Only in recent weeks he received a citation from the Scout Association for meritorious conduct in the face of great adversity. Richard was himself a former 1st Oxted Scout and was also a holder of the Queen’s Scout Award – the highest award a uniformed Scout can earn. He served in the Royal Navy, and until only recently was working full time as an air-conditioning engineer. We will all sorely miss our dear friend Richard Moore.

Works in Scout hut car park, 9th – 30th March

From Weds 9th March until after Easter, contractors will be conducting works on behalf of Network Rail. During that time they will use the Scout hut car park continuously.
As a result, parking at the Scout Hut will be be restricted. Please be aware of this when picking up and dropping off your youngsters. If you can park in Gordons Way, please do so. Parking on the bend outside the hut car park is to be avoided.

Network Rail’s contractors have the right to access and use the Scout hut car park at all times. Nevertheless, the contractor will be making a donation to the Group for the inconvenience.

Come and join us!!

The 1st Oxted Scout Group continues to grow and provides safe and fun youth activities in the local community for over 150 young people. But demand for Scouting remains high, and in order to ensure that our safe and fun programme can continue, the Group needs help from still more people.

We welcome volunteer assistance in any area, but in the following areas, for the continuance of our work into next year and beyond, we need to identify people who can assist us in the following areas:

1) treasury – handling funds and monies, subscriptions and accounting

2) administration – dealing with rotas, training records, DBS checks etc, and a Group Secretary.

3) Beavers – at least two or three persons to work with beavers in uniform – 1730-1830 Tuesdays and Thursdays

4) Scouts – at least two or three persons to work with Scouts in uniform – 1915-2100 Mondays and Thursdays

5) General assistance anywhere and everywhere – from being a groundsman, to helping out with youth activities as a parent helper

Training and appropriate ID checks are provided at no cost to you. Commitment can be time-limited, and it is on your terms – according to the requirements of your health, your family and your work.

As for every single one of us, we can honestly say that it has been tremendous fun and we have got a great deal of satisfaction out of Scouting. Yes, there is hard work; yes, there are challenges, but at the end of the day, helping out with Scouting is worth it if even just one youngster gets to do something they might never have done otherwise, as a result of your help or ours.

Nick Hough (Group Scout Leader) & Adrienne Seaman (Chairman and chairman@1stoxtedscouts.com)