Review 2015-16: SAS Unit

Chris Beaney
No, we’re not an elite team of crack scouts taking on the toughest challenges that Scouting has to offer, but almost as exciting! SAS stands for Scout Active Support (SAS) and our aim is to provide great support to local Scouting.

1st Hinchley Wood SAS Unit is here to help the Leaders deliver an outstanding level of Scouting to all members of 1st Hinchley Wood as well as Groups within Esher District. Key activities that we help with are: weekly meetings, various camps, kayaking and canoeing, District activities such as Leader training, the Scout Day and Night Hikes, Christmas Tree deliveries and keeping our equipment and stores in good order.

Not only do we help with the planning and running of activities (more than 20 major events last year as well as helping out with section meetings) but we also get to take part in various Scouting activities for our own enjoyment.

four innsFor the really adventurous a big challenge each year is the extremely tough Four Inns Walk.

“We have entered at least one team in the Four Inns Walk every year for the past 32 years and in March 2016 we set a new personal best time of 12 hours 8 mins.”

If you would like to become a member of 1st Hinchley Wood SAS Unit whether it is to join in with some of the social activities, to learn to build a monkey bridge or an aerial runway, to help cook at camp or just to have a great talking point on your CV then please contact our SAS Unit leader Chris Beaney.

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Review 2015-16: Scout & Guide HQ

Sue Rodger
The Joint Management Committee is the body responsible for the development, maintenance and management of our Headquarters, jointly owned and occupied by Girlguiding Hinchley Wood and 1st Hinchley Wood Scout Group.

We derive income from the Guides and Scouts quarterly contributions, the pre-school rental and occasional donations. In addition a levy of £5 per member per ‘term’ is made, paid through members subscriptions. Everyday expenses are utility bills, building insurance and maintenance, as our ongoing schedule and as required, for example the main hall floor has recently been power cleaned and resealed.

As always a lot of work is needed to maintain and improve the Scout and Guide HQ for the benefit of all users. Parental help is always appreciated, such as at our periodic Clean-Up Days.

Our plans to improve the leased open space area got off to a good start with the ‘temporary’ fence finally being replaced with new gates and a super mixed hedge being planted. Next to come is a campfire circle outdoor meeting space!

Such improvements together with HQ works such as the planned renewal of the electrical wiring, toilet refurbishment and new car park tarmac are in general dependent on successful grant aid applications or other funding being made available as regular income will not cover this expenditure.

Can you maintain buildings or coordinate people? We need your skills to carry out work or manage contractors or volunteers to do jobs at the HQ. Please contact your parent rep if you can help.

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Group Open Evening and Family BBQ on Saturday 10 September

The Group will be hosting our customary open evening with the emphasis on fun and family participation. There will be activities and games for all the family, not only Beavers, Cubs & Scouts but brothers, sisters and potential members – all are welcome.

The day will start at 4pm with games & activities for all. As befits Scouting these will be outdoors, subject to the weather! There will then be a break in the activities for presentations of badges and awards to Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorer Scouts and Adults and an illustrated review of the year’s activities, after which the activities will continue for the young people during our short Group AGM.

The evening will be completed with a relaxed Family Barbecue on the lawn or if wet under the large gazebo.

To ensure our customary Group family atmosphere there will be:

  • A complimentary Drink before the Presentations
  • Free Barbecue Food
  • Drinks available after the AGM
  • Copies of the Group Annual Review for your collection
  • Displays & photographs of Group Activities during the year
  • An update on our Development plans
  • A Raffle with Prizes to suit all winners

Please arrive at 4pm with Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorer Scouts in full uniform. We hope to welcome as many of you as possible on the day.

Adrian Ducker
Group Scout Leader

Esher Scouts win the Surrey Schools & Youth O-Festival

Esher Scouts Orienteering Club has continued its run of form in 2016 by winning the Surrey Schools & Youth O-Festival. The competition was organised by Mole Valley Orienteering Club and held on Monday 27 June in Norbury Park, across the River Mole from Box Hill south of Leatherhead.

The two courses – Yellow and Orange – were more challenging than the team were used to and vegetation was particularly high after the recent rain. However that didn’t hold the team back.

William from Hinchley Wood won the Yellow course by 40 seconds, with Idris also from Hinchley Wood, in fourth place. Their younger siblings Cai & Bronwen and Harry & Nicholas finished as pairs in eighth and ninth place.

Oxshott Scouts Thomas, Benedict and Sofié secured fifth, sixth and eleventh places on Orange respectively.

Despite fielding a relatively small turnout, and with everyone still in their first year of orienteering, Esher Scouts took first place with 72 points ahead of George Abbott School with 65 points and Tormead and Boxgrove in joint third with 63.

Saturday Series orienteering dates for 2016-17

Dates have been announced for the 2016–17 Saturday Series of orienteering competitions organised by Southern Navigators. Esher Scouts orienteering club won the 2015–16 Saturday Series, and so we hope to have another great turnout in the coming season.

The events take place on Saturday mornings, and scouts from the Esher District usually meet at Hinchley Wood scout hut at 9am to travel down together. Return is usually at 12:30–1pm, but depends on how far away the event is.

Date Location
17 September 2016 Frith Hill, Camberley
15 October 2016 Bramshill, Wokingham
(changed from Velmead)
19 November 2016 Eagle House School, Bracknell
(changed from Alice Holt)
3 December 2016 Esher Common
(changed from Ash South)
14 January 2017 Wisley (TBC)
(changed from Windmill Hill)
4 February 2017 Pyestock, Farnborough
4 March 2017 Bagshot
25 March 2017 Frensham Heights, Farnham

These dates and locations are correct at the time of writing. Please check on the Southern Navigators’ event calendar for the definitive list.

If you enjoy these events, there are plenty of other opportunities to get involved in orienteering during the year. If you are interested in finding out more, please contact Angus Lund at .

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