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Charity Head-Shave

This is why I shaved off all my hair!

Well the simple reason for shaving off my hair is because I wanted to do something to help others who find themselves in my Grandmother's situation, dying or ill and those who need help and care.

What Cransley Hospice did for my Oma (Grandmother in Dutch) was incredible and they went out of their way to keep her safe and happy.This is what they do for all their patients.

We were able to visit her whenever we wanted to and could stay over at the Hospice.

As it would have been a waste to discard my hair, I donated it to the Little Princess Charity to make wigs for children who lose their hair through Cancer.

All my hair was gone in one hour of cutting and trimming.........

My sister cut off the first locks of my hair - very worrying!

In memory of Ann Hoogervorst, a wonderful person, daughter, sister, wife, mother and grandmother.

Special thanks to Helen Wainwright and Clare Kearns-Gray for their time and expertise in preparation, cutting and the final wet-shave.

Thank you for the £300 raised so far......


If you want to give, then go to "JUST GIVING" at 'arends losing the doo' page

WORLD WAR 1 - Town Remembrance

The Scout Group was proud to take part in the Remembrance Ceremony held on August 2nd at Parsons Green, by the Cross.

We provided the large Mess Tents for the Historical Society and St.Peter's Choir as well as serving teas and coffee, raising £75.00 for the Royal British Legion.

After the 'Call to Arms' was read out from the Cross, exactly as in 1914, the Explorer Scouts headed the Parade with the Union Flag re-enacting the march to the station when many of our Young Men joined-up and too many made the Supreme Sacrifice.

Scouts and local Townspeople sported braces and flat caps in the Parade, the fashion items of 1914........

As a more personal memory, the Scouts erected the 1910 Bell Tent on the Green and also displayed our 1914 Trek Cart, which had been pushed along by many of the Scouts who gave their lives for King and Country.

Despite being interrupted by heavy rain, many Townspeople turned out to see the Parade and to look at the historical exhibits.

Irthlingborough Scouts lost 12 members in this terrible war and we respectfully remembered each one of them with individual Crosses bearing their names and Service Numbers.

Our founder Scouts collected waste paper during the First World War and gave the money to the local War Widows.............

The Last Post was sounded by our own Cub Leader Fred Harris, from the top of St.Peter's Church as a final Act of Remembrance.

GRIZZLY PAW - County Scout Camp

In July the Scouts joined others from Northamptonshire for the adventure camp - known as 'Grizzly Paw' - held at the John Lowther Scout Centre at Kettering.

Success was the order for the weekend with the Scouts winning the Tractor Pull  Tug-o-War and you can see the Trophy proudly displayed at the Group Headquarters. The Scouts won the  District heat of the County Backwoods Cooking Competition and are soon to enter for the County Competition.

Scouts passed out on some tests for their Electrical Badge,shortly to be completed.

This very successful weekend event was organised by our own Andy Hunt (Scout Assistant County Commissioner) and our Leader Team ably led by Lisa.


Scouts Splash Weekend Camp

Scouts enjoyed their Annual Splash Weekend at Thrapston Sailing Club despite the worst summer weekend this year - rain and more rain!

Nevertehless, the Scouts had a try at Body Boarding,Sailing and Raft Making.

Rafting proved very popular with the Scouts and the Scouts versus Leaders race across the lake and soon the Leaders went into the lead and the Scouts had to be rescued - wet but happy!

All this was professionally supervised by experienced Club Members and the local Sea Cadet Officers.

The Scouts took part in a Night Walk around the lake and had an eventual safe and dry haven at the Clubhouse, to make up for the poor weather conditions.

Very wet tents and belongings were taken home but everyone enjoyed a great weekend, the Scouts gaining their Natucal Badge,

Once again our Leader Team provided another safe and adventurous activity


Irthlingborough Scout Group made International connections in July!

AUSTRALIA - the Cubs were pleased to welcome Reuben and his Mum Rachel Abbott-Lee from 1st Eaglemont Cubs in Victoria,Australia.

Reuben gave a short presentataion about his Cub Pack and then joined both with the Tuesday and Thursday Packs for Cub Meetings specially arranged to feature Australia.

Australian food - vegemite,a look at their Flag and making Surfboards all formed part of the special evenings.

Irthlingborough Cubs will shortly be 'twinned' with 1st Eaglemont - and looking forward to twinning our Scouts with their Scout Troop as well.



Alex and Catherine Hill came along to Scouts to meet up with the Irthlingborough Troop.Before moving to Florida,they were both part of Guides and Scouts in Earls Barton.Even their Dad,Gavin,has been recruited as a Scout Leader in the USA!

The Young People were in UK for a family wedding and were accompanied by their Mum, Lib Hill (nee Harris) who was our former Scout Treasurer.

Plans are afoot to make another 'twinning' for the Troops.

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