Group News
Group Camp - July 2016

Over 60 Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorer Scouts enjoyed a very fine and sunny weekend at the Overstone Scout Activity Centre. They were ably led by more than 15 Leaders,Helpers and Members of our own Scout Active Support Unit.

Archery,Target Shooting,Backwoods Cooking,Shelter Making and Handcrafts featured in the packed programme.

Liam Marriott was invested as a Beaver Scout Leader and Certificates were presented to the Beavers and Cubs for attendance, for many of the Beavers,being their first night away from home!

Lisa Swainston (Group Scout Leader) celebrated her birthday and received a Special Chocolate Cake to share amongst the Young People.

All the campers returned home very tired and certainly needing a bath!

A super achievment for the Leader Team who gave of their time to provide a well-supervised and active weekend.

The Group will make this event an Annual Highlight........

Somme Battle Remembered

On Saturday 2nd July the Scout Group joined the Royal British Legion to honour and remember those young men who died at the Battle of the Somme which commenced 100 years ago.

Group Members carried our Colours and Fred Harris sounded the Last Post.

Scouts Samuel Butler, Walter Haddon and Ralph Tyler from 1st Irthlingborough gave their lives for King and Country and are commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial in France, each having no known grave.

Group Annual Meeting 2016

May 19th 2016 was the date for our 107th Annual Meeting - yes that long ago!

Guests, Leaders and Parents came along to visit us especially as we now have a new footpath and even vehicle access to our Headquarters - having been at this site since 1947 and always needing to carry all our equipment along a 2m wide footpath.

The progress of our Young People's sections was highlighted with a clear and professional video and slide show much apprecaited by all our visitors.

Best Beaver,Cub and Scout Awards were presented by the Leaders - Beavers to Connor and Jamie, Cubs to Daniel and Daniel and Scouts to Naomi. Well done for all your hard work this past year!

Tony Knott (Leader Trainer) awarded the Woodbadge Training Award to Cub Scout Leader Karen Hutchinson and acknowledged that Jay Darge had gained his Hill Walking Qualification.

We especially welcomed Cllr.Marika Hillson recent past Chair of East Northants Council, Cllr.Sylvia Hughes (County Councillor) and our own Town Mayor Cllr.Allan Short.

Thanks Badges were given to the District and Town Councils for their superb support in giving us our improved access. Former Councillor Bob Nightingale received a Thanks Badge for his kind efforts in supporting our application to modify the plans to allow this new access.

David Maddock, our long-serving Secretary was given a engraved glass for his 80th Birthday and for his great contribution in securing planning meetings with the local authorities and promoting the name of the new road to commemmorate our Founder as " Baden Powell Way"

Nicholas Powell was presented with an Engraved Plaque acknowledgeing with sincere thanks his work as Group Scout Leader. He retired after 10 action-packed years of great Leadership.

Acknlowledgements were made concerning the support from Mr.Stewart Laokes for allowing access for our building maintenance, Cyndy Phillips for running our very successful Tote, Paul Hudson for looking after and towing our trailer ,Robert Marriott for his work in looking after our valuable equipment and to our Leaders and Scout Active Support Unit for their continued contributions..

Refreshments followed, ably served by the Scouts and Explorer Scouts.


Scout Hike at Edale,Derbyshire

Scouts arrived at Coopers Farm after a two-and- a half hour drive.

With good teamwork the tents were put up quickly and then off to have a well-earned sandwich ay the local cafe.

The Scouts explored the area and then checked their kit as instructed.

Saturday Dinner was provided by a trip to the local public house for a hearty meal whilst looking out the window to see a hail-storm!

Early to bed for the hike ahead but waking up to ice on the tents and white-covered hills around.

Breakfast was a 12 inch breakfast roll - to set the Scouts up for the day ahead.

After a long and steep walk we reached 'Ringing Roger', then on to high flat ground for Lunch.

The Scouts continued into the mountains under the watchful eyes of Jay and Andy.

Jay contacted Base-Camp and the Scouts gave a Mexican Wave to Lisa and Lance down below!

Using their refreshment packs prepared earlier, the Scouts rested for a while before returning to Base-Camp.

Lance and Lisa had already struck camp and we all returned via the local cafe where the Scouts were treated to a hot drink with lots of cream snd chocolate.

After warming-up we returned home safely.


Thanks must go to Jay, Lance, Lisa and especially Andy who supervised the actrivity as part of Jay's Hill Walking Qualification






St.George's Day 2016


The Group attended the special St.George's Day Service at St.Peter's to renew their promises and take part in the Service.

Five new Explorer Scouts were invested at the Service and Fr.John blessed the New Explorer Scout Flag.

After the Service, everyone made their way to Stanwick Lakes and supported by a good number of Parents, joined the Scout Active Support Unit for a Bar - B - Q  at the open-air theatre.

Hot dogs and hamburgers were quickly consumed and we were pleased to record that the rain stayed away despite threats!

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