News 2014

December - Bushtucker Challenge

It’s December and the end of another year. But at 1st Lindfield we’ve not signed the year out quite yet. If you were at the Late Night this year you may have seen us serving refreshments to hungry shoppers or providing games for the children to play. The Scouts also held a Mini Christmas Fair and raised over £100 for Shelterbox.  But it’s not all been about fundraising, with the Beavers, Cubs and Scouts enjoying parties at the hut, Apollo Lasertag and at the Dolphin Leisure Centre too. Not quite enough for you? Our ever adventurous Cubs have also been getting a taste for a very different kind of Christmas food - a Bushtucker Trail with Mark from Bedelands who fed them mealworms, Crickets and Squirrel... A suitable end to a fantastic year!


November - Gang Show!

Some said we were mad; some went mad in the process! But this November 1st Lindfield attempted its first ever Gang Show. What a night! Preparations started way back in the Spring term with some filming of the weekly activities, researching and then planning the performances for over 100 young easy task. For much of October and November our young people practised hard until, at the end of November, we were ready...almost! Everyone did so well and we were immensely proud of them all, putting on a great evening of entertainment at Lindfield School. In fact, although this was not a fundraising event, refreshment and ticket sales brought in over £800 towards the Hut development project. Thank you Lindfield School for bravely hosting us. For everyone who came along to support this evening, your lives will never be the same again and we thank you for that!


October - Getting Creative

This October we were very honoured to be visited over a couple of evenings by none other than the Mid Sussex District Commissioner, Robin Springer. Cubs and Leaders alike were on tenterhooks, everyone was turned out in their smartest and best uniforms, and all waited nervously for the arrival of our guest. But this was no ordinary inspection as the evening quickly spiralled into a balloon animal-making fest, with some of the weirdest and most wonderfully coloured inflatable elephants ever seen in Lindfield emerging from the Scout Hut! Our immense thanks to Robin for taking time out to make such an enjoyable evening for everyone…come back soon!


September - We're Growing Again!

As summer holidays come to a close, it’s a new term for everyone. At 1st Lindfield we are particularly excited about some changes happening in Cubs this term as we open up a new Wednesday night Cub pack to complement our existing Friday night pack, such is the demand for places in the group. Our Friday night pack are now ‘Wolves’, while the Wednesday night pack will be ‘Hyenas’. Cub leader Anne Pieckielon says “Everyone has worked so hard to get to this point and we are tremendously excited to be able to offer scouting activities to more young people. The commitment and enthusiasm shown by our new leaders in their training and planning for this has been immense and we’re all looking forward to a great term ahead.” This is probably also a good time to say a big ‘thank you’ to all of our leaders who regularly commit their time and give so much to enrich the lives of our young people. Perhaps you have some time and would be interested in joining us? Find out how you could be part of this growing group.


August - A New Roof

August is always an important time for us as, with the various sections all out for summer, we take the opportunity to work to improve our facilities. This August even more so, thanks to all of your fantastic fundraising efforts, as we have been able to carry out some much needed repairs to the Scout Hut and finally replace the roof. This has been a mammoth task, the centrepiece of our ‘Raise the Roof’ campaign, and we are extremely grateful to have arrived at this point so early on. But this is just the beginning. With a better and more efficient structure, we can now focus on improving the heating system and upgrading the kitchen and bathroom facilities in the hut. With much still to be done the campaign continues as we look to provide a home for scouting in Lindfield for the next generation. Thank you all for your continued support and for getting us this far. We look forward to seeing you at some of the events planned for the remainder of this year.


July - District Fun Day

July is here and we’re all starting to think about the end of term and quietening down a little for the summer. But not until after the annual District Fun Day, of course, which this year was once again held at Broadstone Warren. Beavers, Cubs and Scouts all gathered together as one, joining over 500 young people and 120 adults from across the district for an incredible full day of activities, including crate stacking, abseiling, a climbing wall, Go Karts, archery and shooting. It’s a fantastic end to a wonderful year and this year’s was no exception: an amazing day, brilliantly behaved children and the weather stayed good for us. Who could ask for more? Have a wonderful summer everyone: See you back for more fun and games in September!


June - Bike Ride

Now something of a regular event for us, mid-June brings the BHF London to Brighton Bike Ride through our village – some 30,000 riders, navigating the 54 mile journey from Clapham Common down to the south coast. This year we were once again well-represented, selling filled rolls and home-made cakes to the many hungry riders who stop off for sustenance on their journey, ahead of the ascent of Ditchling Beacon. It was a great day and so many people gave generously of their time and talents to help us in our fundraising efforts to ‘Raise the Roof’ as part of our hut renewal project. For all who helped selling on the day, for all who prepared the food, for all who visited our stall and supported us by buying, and for all who tidied up at the end of the day, a massive ‘thank you’! We really appreciate the part you play in keeping us going each year.


May - Village Day

May is traditionally the month when the whole of Lindfield gets together for Village Day and this year was no exception. So, naturally, 1st Lindfield were out and about with a stall on the Common to entertain and sustain all of our visitors. With a drink and a ‘Raise the Roof’ biscuit inside them, our local residents took part in the various games on offer from guessing the number of Lego bricks in the jar to our now famous Giant Angry Birds game and much fun was had by all. So thank you to all who came along to support us and to all who helped out. A special thank you, too, for all of those who showed interest in getting more involved in our work and being part of the 1st Lindfield Family – we look forward to getting to know you all better over the coming months.


May - Jamboree On The Trail

 Saturday 10th May saw 1st Lindfield for the first time taking part in the worldwide ‘Jamboree on the Trail’ (JOTT) event – a day for the World Scout Movement to hike together. Open to all sections, around 60 of our Beavers, Cubs and Scouts got involved and brought their parents, walking 8 miles along the Ouse Valley Way and ending back at the Scout Hut for drinks and a hot dog! Ever resourceful, many of our number also took this as an opportunity for sponsorship and managed to raise over £1,000 towards our ‘Raise the Roof’ campaign. A truly fantastic effort, this brings us even closer towards getting a new roof for the Scout Hut. All in all this was a great family event which we hope to repeat next year. Well done everyone!


April - St. George's Day Parade

The St. George’s Day parade is one of the key regular events on our calendar and provides a wonderful opportunity to raise awareness of scouting and the opportunities it offers to young people. So it was with much pride this year that we were able to welcome Scout groups from all over Mid Sussex district to Victoria Park in Haywards Heath for this annual event. A good turn-out from across all of our sections meant 1st Lindfield was well represented as usual. There was even a proud moment for the Beavers when our very own Ben Brennan was chosen to go on stage to give out certificates. Well done to you all for a smart turn-out and a grand parade!


March - At the...Car Wash

It’s March at last and the winter months are finally behind us. If you were looking to make your garden beautiful visiting South Downs Garden Centre this month you may have seen 1st Lindfield eagerly drumming up support for our ‘Raise the Roof’ campaign. From the youngest to the oldest our Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and also Explorers made themselves busy washing cars, shaking buckets and manning our stall. A great day was had by all and we just wanted to say a massive Thank You to everyone to came along: for those who helped out, all who gave such wonderful donations to our raffle, for those who bravely allowed their cars to be washed by our willing teams and to all at South Downs Garden Centre who made us so welcome and donated a fantastic 1st Prize. But beyond the chance to raise some additional funds this was, above all, a wonderful opportunity for our young people to develop in confidence, working in the community. And, as usual, they did 1st Lindfield proud.


February - Busy Beavers!

Another wet month and still indoors. But have we let this put us off? Absolutely not! And certainly not if you’re a 1st Lindfield Beaver, where all the action has been this month. February saw our Beavers learning all about the fine tradition of Cheese Rolling: technique, accuracy, speed and distance, all were suitably covered in this educational topic, with a good hands-on session to boot. Needless to say Cheese Rolling can be a dangerous activity, for which reason the colony had to complete its safety badge work first and this was where the month started. But suitably trained and suitably aware of the dangers, it was ‘Game On’ and a sterling effort from everyone. Even their leaders were caught getting some crafty extra practice in. Great work Beavers: next stop Cooper’s Hill!


January - Construction and Destruction

What with all the recent wet weather, for many sections January has seen them start off the year indoors. Undeterred by this, however, the Cubs have been having a lot of fun this month with a focus on construction and destruction. At the beginning of the month they learnt how to build bridges and shelters to provide suitable protection when out, skills which will likely prove useful as the year progresses. This was then followed up destroying everything in sight with a massive game of ‘Angry Birds’ which left no part of their target standing and no leader without fear! Wrap around this their cultural bridge-building, learning about other parts of the world through their ‘Global’ term theme and the New Year has started off as both educational and fun for all. Well done Cubs: keep up the good work!



Catch up on last year's news to find out more about what we get up to at 1st Lindfield.