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Hinchley Wood Scout Christmas Post for 2018

The Scout Christmas Post will be in operation again from Saturday 8 December until the last collection on Friday 21 December.

christmas-postThe bright yellow boxes are strategically placed around the area. Postage is a bargain at a suggested 30p per item, more than a 50% discount on Royal Mail’s second class post. Simply post your Christmas mail in one of our boxes together with coins (loose) to cover the postage. Please remember to put the full address and postcode!

Post boxes are located at:

  • The Butcher in the Wood, Station Approach
  • 5 Hillcrest Gardens
  • 38 Greenways
  • 37 Medina Avenue
  • 26 Montgomery Avenue
  • 149 Manor Road
  • 77 Claygate Lane
  • St Christopher’s Church

Our delivery area includes all of Hinchley Wood and much of Thames Ditton, Long Ditton and Esher and the whole of Claygate – see the roads list below, and attached here.

The service is being operated by Scouts and Explorers who are also working towards their Fundraising Activity Badges.

All proceeds from the Post will go equally to RNLI, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution the charity that saves lives at sea, and to support our three scouts selected to travel to the World Jamboree in the USA in 2019.

Mail can be delivered to all addresses in the following roads

Hinchley Wood

Avondale Avenue, Chesterfield Drive, Claygate Lane, Cotswold Close, Couchmore Avenue, Cumberland Drive, Dorchester Close, Eastmont Road, Greenways, Harefield, Heathside, Heathside Close, Hengest Avenue, Hill Rise, Hillcrest Gardens, Hillmont Road, Hinchley Close, Hinchley Drive, Hinchley Way, Macaulay Avenue, Manor Drive, Manor Road North, Manor Road South, Meadow Close, Medina Avenue, Montgomery Avenue, Poplar Road, Priors Wood, Rosewood, Severn Drive, Soprano Way, Southmont Road, Southwood Gardens, Station Approach, Westmont Road

Thames Ditton & Long Ditton

Angel Road, Bankside Drive, Bourne Close, Brooklands Road, Claygate Lane, Dene Gardens, Ditton Lawn, Effingham Road, Ewell Road, Giggs Hill Gardens, Gloucester Place, Greenwood Close, Greenwood Road, Lynwood Road, Manor Road North, Manordene Close, Mayfield Road, Oakdene Avenue, Orchard Avenue, Orchard Close, Paget Place, Quinton Road, Rushett Road, Rythe Court, St Andrews Close, Scott Farm Close, Southville Road, Sugden Road, Thorkhill Gardens, Thorkhill Road, Wessex Close, Westville Road, Woodfield Road


Alma Road, Carleton Close, Chestnut Avenue, Cranbrook Drive, Cranleigh Road, The Drive, Elm Tree Avenue, Ember Gardens, Ember Lane, Gainsborough Cl, Grove End Lane, Grove Way, Houston Place, Imber Close, Imber Grove, Imber Park Road, Lime Tree Avenue, Oaklands Avenue, Orchard Gate, Parkwood Avenue, Sandon Close, Woodend, The Woodlands, Woodside Avenue


Albany Crescent, Applegarth, Arbrook Lane, Aston Road, Athlone, Beaconsfield Gdns, Beaconsfield Rd, Berkeley Gardens, Blakeden Drive, Bridle Road, Brookfield Gardens, Caerleon Close, Cavendish Drive, Cedar Walk, Chadworth Way, Church Road, Claremont, Claremont Road, Claygate Lodge Cl, Common Lane, Common Road, Cornwall Avenue, Coverts Road, Crediton Way, Dalmore Avenue, Denman Drive, Derwent Close, Elm Gardens, Elm Road, Fairlawn Close, Fawcus Close, Fee Farm Road, Firs Close & The Firs, Fishersdene, Fitzalan Road, Foley Road, Forge Drive, Foxwarren, Glebelands, Glenavon Close, Gordon Road, Hare Lane, Hermitage Close, High Foleys, High Street, Hillview Road, Holroyd Road, Homestead Gardens, Hurstbourne, Judge Walk, Kilnside, Kingsmead Park, Lane Gardens, Langbourne Way, Loseberry Road, Lower Wood Road, Meadow Road, Melbury Close, Merrilyn Close, Mountview Road, Norfolk Road, Oaken Drive, Oaken Lane, Oakhill, Old Claygate Lane, Queen Anne Drive, Raleigh Drive, Raymond Way, Red Lane, Redruth Gardens, Rose Cottages, Rosehill, Ruxley Crescent, Ruxley Grange, Ruxley Ridge, Rythe Close, Rythe Road, Sim’S Cottage, Simmil Road, St Leonard’S Road, Station Road, Station Way, Stevens Lane, Stockfield Road, Sydney Cottage, Sydney Terrace, Telegraph Lane, The Avenue, The Causeway, The Elms, The Firs, The Green, The Parade, The Roundway, The Willows, Thorne Close, Torrington Close, Torrington Road, Tower Gardens, Trystings Close, Vale Croft, Vale Road, Westbury Avenue, Woodbourne Drive, Woodlands Close

Order your Christmas Trees and Wreaths through Hinchley Wood Scouts!

christmas_treeWe are again delivering top-quality premium grade Christmas Trees, as we have for the last 35 years. Our most popular tree is the needle holding ‘Non-Drop’ Nordman Fir, and we also supply the traditional Norway Spruce. We also sell 10” undecorated Fir Wreaths for only £12.

Unfortunately, online ordering has now closed. We may still be able to help, so please contact us here at .

Many thanks for supporting our biggest fundraiser of the year, without which we would not be able to provide the huge range of activities for our Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorer Scouts.

Disposing of your tree after Christmas

If you want your tree collected after Christmas, please try, a service provided by our neighbours 1st Weston Green Scouts.

Coming soon: Christmas Trees and Christmas Post

We will once again be delivering top-quality premium grade Christmas Trees and Wreaths, as we have for the last 34 years.

Look out for the order form through your letterbox or order online on this website when the ordering opens in early November.

Many thanks for supporting our biggest fundraiser of the year, without which we would not be able to provide the huge range of activities for our Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorer Scouts.

Our local Christmas Post system will once again swing into action – look out for the yellow postboxes in December.

If you want your tree collected after Christmas, please try Collect My Tree, a service provided by our neighbours at 1st Weston Green Scouts.

Review 2017-18: Chairman’s Note

Andrew Sturmer

One of the things I have had reinforced from being involved with 1st Hinchley Wood Scouts is that “things don’t just happen”. In order for our children to enjoy all the activities that they do in Scouts takes a lot of effort, planning and support. We are very fortunate at 1st Hinchley Wood we have a great set of Leaders and a great set of parents to support them. Over the last few years the Executive have put a lot of effort into identifying the activities we need to run to support the Group. This ranges from all our fundraising activities, help at camps and scouting events and supporting our weekly meetings. We have developed a strong Parent Rep structure which has really benefited the group in communication and organisation. We have improved the identification of the tasks we require help with and significantly improved the planning of them all including the ability to sign-up to activities on-line. Over the course of the year we have so far identified approximately 1500 man hours of activity that is required from Parents in order to run all of our events. This works out to be between 20 and 30 hours per family per year. This is not much for each family per year when you consider all the fantastic activities that the Leaders arrange for our children.

This year I would like to make a particular mention of our May Fair. This is because two people who have lead the organisation of the May Fair for the last few years are stepping down and I would like to acknowledge their significant contribution to its success. Rachel Branney and Fiona Cory have done a fantastic job leading the May Fair organisation and have doubled its profitability over that time. The May Fair continues to be a really enjoyable and significant community event for Hinchley Wood as well as a significant fundraiser for the Group.

Of course we wouldn’t have any Scouts for our children if we didn’t have any Leaders. I am really pleased that over the course of the last year we have added to our numbers of leaders in both Cubs and Scouts. On behalf of the Executive and the parents I would like to thank the Leaders for all the efforts they put in throughout the year.

I know this is supposed to be a review of the previous year; however a significant change is about to occur that cannot go unmentioned. Adrian Ducker & Peter Hanna have announced their intention to hang up their scarves and move away from the area. Peter first took on the Scout Leader role in 1982 while Adrian, after doing many varied roles, took the troop leader role in 2003 alongside the Group Scout Leader role he held since 1992. A simple thank you is in no way adequate and I am sure there will be more to say on this in the coming months but suffice to say Hinchley Wood Scouts will never be the same and Peter and Adrian will be sorely missed. In the meantime we have plenty of work to do to extract that vast amount of knowledge so
we can have a smooth transition into a future.

Membership as at 31 March 2017

Beaver Scouts 24
Cub Scouts 35
Scouts 34
Explorer Scouts 15
Total Youth Members 108
Scout Network 2
Leaders & Assistants 39
Total Membership (Group & Explorer/Network Unit) 149