Hinchley Wood Scout Christmas Post for 2017 now open!

The Scout Christmas Post is now in operation again from Saturday 9 December until the last collection on Friday 22 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 34 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.

Ordering your tree

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 collectmytree.co.uk, 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 2016-17: Chairman’s Note

Andrew Sturmer
The health of an organisation can often be evidenced by the strength of its membership and capability of its leaders. With all our sections full to capacity our membership is as strong as ever. And while we can always do with more leaders in some of our sections our leadership teams continue to provide a fantastic and varied range of activities for our children to enjoy. So first and foremost I would like to thank all of our section leaders for their time and effort that they put in to making 1st Hinchley Wood such a fantastic Scout Group.

In addition I would like to comment on the participation of parents and helpers this year. It was very pleasing to see so many helping at and after the recent Scout Camps. There is so much truth to the saying that many hands make light work and on two occasions this year the Scout HQ was buzzing with people to put away all the gear after camps. I know it was much appreciated by our leaders and it certainly made it easier, quicker and more enjoyable.

In fact recently we have put a lot of effort into identifying all the tasks and jobs that parents can help throughout the year; before, during and after all the various Scouting and fundraising activities we undertake. This is mainly to ensure that it is easier for parents to contribute to the success of the Group and be aware of those jobs where your help is needed. But also this will ensure that the workload is spread more evenly across everyone so it is not left to the few to always be the ones that help – those many hands making light work again! This extra bit of organisation, our good communication and the organisation of our ever strong fundraising activities is down to our fantastic parent reps. So my second big thank you is to our parent reps again for all the time and effort they put in to making our Scout Group successful.

So it is with the satisfaction of another enjoyable Scouting year completed that we review our last 12 months and it is with confidence and excitement that we look forward to the coming 12 months. Thanks to all who have contributed to the success of 1st Hinchley Wood Scouts.

Membership as at 31 March 2017

Beaver Scouts 22
Cub Scouts 35
Scouts 31
Explorer Scouts 17
Total Youth Members 105
Scout Network 5
Leaders & Assistants 32
Total Membership (Group & Explorer/Network Unit) 142

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