News 2013

December – Party!

My word, it’s the end of the year already.  Where did that go to?  The Beavers closed out the term with a party to end all parties.  There were games, party tea, general mayhem ensued.  And for those who just wanted to carry on partying, this then morphed seamlessly into the Beavers sleepover. More games, a film was watched, more food and finally the survivors collapsed into their sleeping bags and silence…for a couple of hours at least before morning and breakfast and packing up all ready for collection at 8:00.  I feel tired just thinking about it!

So well done to all our Beavers who took part.  You were very brave and polite and all the leaders are proud of you.  You deserved every bit the Nights Away badge that you earned.


November – Marching Season

It’s November and 1st Lindfield have been marching all over the village.  At the beginning of the month our Cubs and Scouts took part in the annual Bonfire Night parade ahead of the fireworks.  The scouts made lanterns to carry and we received a number of comments from those around about how great these looked.   This was topped off with a truly fantastic burger from our stall on the Common…and if you had one you’ll know what I mean!

Remembrance Day followed hot on the heels of this and unusually this year our parade was actually held in Lindfield.  All of our sections took part and made a spectacular sight on the High Street with banners unfurled.  It looks like all that marching practice really paid off.  Well done 1st Lindfield!


October - Success Galore!

October has been a great month for successes at 1st Lindfield and we’d like to share a couple of them with you. The month started with our Quiz Night in aid of the ‘Raise the Roof’ campaign to repair the Scout Hut. This was a huge success with around 65 people attending, pitting their knowledge against each other in teams of 4-6. Dave Turner did a sterling job as our quiz master for the evening and, mid-challenge, we took a quick breather to enjoy some fantastic fish and chips. Great work from Kate Quickfall and the Fundraising committee, and the support of so many of our parents and friends helped us to raise over £1,000 towards our goal.

Success also came later in the month as 1st Lindfield put 3 teams into the Mid Sussex Distinct Escape and Evasion competition – a giant game of hiking in the dark with map and compass, picking up clues across Stanmer Park in the South Downs whilst avoiding the chasing Explorer Scouts. Our A team actually won the competition out of 23 team from across the district, earning us a lovely shield to cherish for the year. Great fun was had by all and we can be very proud of all our scouts who took part.


September - We're Back!

It’s September, it’s a new term and 1st Lindfield is back with a bang! We have 15 new Beavers joining us this term and, with many others amongst our ranks moving on to Cubs and Scouts, that’s a lot of fun and learning about to happen!

The start of the year is a good time for all of us to consider how we can play a greater role in what goes on here. Are you a budding leader or helper who would like to get more involved at our weekly meetings? Do you have a special skill you could teach us about, or use to help with running the group? Or perhaps you would like to help out with fundraising? Speak to one of our leaders about how you can get involved, or contact us for more information. You could also come along to our AGM on 26th September to find out more.

We’ve a big year ahead of us. Why not come and be a part of it!


August - Lazy Summer?

Everyone needs a holiday and 1st Lindfield is no exception. It’s been a busy year but while our leaders are taking a well-earned break, activity doesn’t stop back at base camp. In addition to the scouting activities that go on there throughout the year, the scout hut is also a home to many other organisations on a regular basis, such as exercise and dance classes. It is also available to hire for private parties or other one-off events and, because of its close proximity to the Common and the High Street, has become quite the popular venue for many. This said, we always welcome new requests to hire it out and have a dedicated bookings secretary who manages it all to ensure that everything runs smoothly. It’s just another side to the role we play within the local community, and another area in which we value support. So if you have a party to plan this year, why not get in touch and see what we can offer you?


July - Fun, Fun, Fun!

It’s July, the summer has finally arrived and at 1st Lindfield we’ve all been having a lot of fun! Our Beavers, Cubs and Scouts took part in the District Fun Day at Broadstone Warren and spent the day potholing, rock climbing, abseiling,… in fact too much to mention in this short space.

And our leaders have been at it too! Five leaders from across the group took part in a Backwoods Cooking Course at Broadstone Warren this month. They built and lit enormous fires to cook on the embers and got to try out some amazing dishes for use at camp, with egg in beans, stuffed fruit loaf and orange cakes amongst the favourites. All delicious and a great day was had by all.

We also sent a small group to spend the day at Ardingly Reservoir, kayaking, building a raft before taking part in a raft race. Some more raft building practice is required but they got a lot of practice with their knot tying!


June - Fundraising

BHF Bike RideJune has been pretty busy for 1st Lindfield, this being a key opportunity for us to raise funds ahead of the summer break. The month started (or rather May ended) with the Village Run and Village Day, which saw us selling drinks and sweets to the good people of Lindfield - you may have seen our stalls on the Common and Hickman's Lane, dutifully minded by our Cubs. Our Beavers, Cubs and Scouts also took part in the Village Day parade dressed as Robin Hood, complete with bows and arrows and marched brilliantly down the High Street.

Mid-June, of course, brings the BHF London to Brighton Bike Ride through our village and we were well represented there too, selling filled rolls, home-made cakes and flapjack which tasted absolutely awesome! All in all it's a lot of work, but every bit helps towards our hut renewal project and enables us to continue offering scouting activities there. So a massive thank you to everyone who helped out on the stalls, who made the wonderful food for us to sell, who tidied it all away at the end of the day, and to all of you who visited and supported us by buying. We hope you all enjoyed it as much as we did!


May - Cub Camp and Local Press

May is only just upon us and already 1st Lindfield has been busy!  The month began with our annual Cub Camp over the Bank Holiday, which saw 25 of our Cubs heading off to Blackland Farm near East Grinstead for a weekend of fun, food and a fantastic experience.  Ali Garwood, one of our Cub Leaders, has written an account of what they all got up to, so the rest of us can enjoy it too.

Many of you will also have seen us featured in Lindfield Life this month.  A reporter came to visit us back in March to find out more about our plans for renewing the hut and expanding the size of the group.  Their article has just been published.  If you’ve not read it yet we have archived a copy on this site.


April - St. George's Day Parade

On Sunday 21st April, 1st Lindfield joined up with scout groups from all over the Mid Sussex district for the annual St. George’s Day parade at St. John’s Park in Burgess Hill. We had a fantastic turn-out from all of our sections, and our Beavers did particularly well leading the singing of ‘Puff the Magic Dragon’ and teaching everyone the actions! To top off a great day, three of our leaders – Zoe Richardson (Beavers), Anne Pieckielon (Cubs) and Sharon Coulbeck (Scouts) – were presented with their ‘Wood Badges’, the culmination of two years of training through the Scout Association. Well done to you all and thank you for all the hard work you put in each week to make scouting so much fun for our young people.


March - Hut maintenance day

1st Lindfield has embarked on an ambitious plan to get the scout hut back to its best over the next three years.  This month we held a hut maintenance day to help us tidy up the surroundings and to get a bit better organised inside.  Despite the weather, we had a great turn out for this.  We came armed with a long list of jobs to be done and achieved the lot!  So a big thank you to Ali and Pete Garwood for organising this and to everyone who came along to take part:  to our kitchen team, who provided awesome bacon butties and left the kitchen looking sparkling; to the heroes who spent most of the day outside in the pouring rain, making a fantastic impact; and to everyone else who tidied, cleaned, sorted, threw away, organised, and did it all with a smile.  We are so lucky to have such a great team of volunteers.  Thank you all again.


March - New Beaver leaders invested

In January, we started a new Beaver Colony to accommodate children on our waiting list.  Nearly a term has passed since, and this is going from strength to strength.  Our two new Assistant Beaver Scout Leaders were recently invested by Denise Turner, Assistant District Commissioner for Beaver Scouts.  The Beavers were very excited to see their leaders making the Beaver Scout Promise, just as they did during their own investiture into the group.  As Leaders, Rowena Cook and Adrian Mullen will undertake two years of training through the Scouts Association.  Their commitment means that we are able to offer more Beaver Scout places to the children of Lindfield.  If your child is 5½ and would like to find out more about joining Beaver Scouts at 6, please contact us through our online form.


February - New floor for the scout hut 

The scout hut in Lindfield has quite a history, dating back to the second world war.  It is used almost daily and needs constant upkeep to enable us to offer the range of scouting activities that we regularly put on.  Thanks to everyone’s hard fundraising efforts, this month we have been able to install a brand new floor for the hut.  You can read all about it in our Spring / Summer Newsletter.  For a few weeks Beavers, Cubs and Scouts have all decamped while this was laid, but we will all be back in and enjoying the benefits of this from the beginning of March.


January - 1st Lindfield opens new Beaver colony

For a while now 1st Lindfield scouts has been over-subscribed and we have had to operate a waiting list for new joiners.  Recently we have been fortunate to welcome some new volunteers, freeing up time from our busy leaders and enabling us to start a second Beaver colony.  From January, we can now offer the scouting experience to 30 6-8yr olds split over two evenings each week and hope to increase this still further in time.  Going forward we hope to add another Cub pack as well.  All this is only possible because of those who give up their time to volunteer as leaders.  If you are interested in getting involved and being a part of this, why not contact us?