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Here we are with Christmas fast approaching and planning for 2006 and yes 2007; 100 years of Scouting already starting. It is very easy to forget about the fun and enjoyable times we have had in 2005. The events that have taken place, the badges gained and importantly the friends that have been made.
I feel therefore it is important to think about what we have all achieved in 2005, take some time to reflect on what has gone well and also to learn from what had not gone to plan.
2005 has seen a programme of events run in every section once again, and a personal thank you to the scout section for allowing 4th Ruislip to take part in the night hike (they came 2nd). All the events have again been run to a high standard, which reflects on the high quality of leadership and support that we have in this district and the groups within it. It is great to hear of all the camps that have taken place and I am sure that the nights away will be in the hundreds if not thousands. You should all be proud of what you do. I would like to express my thanks on behalf of all the young people for your commitment in 2005.
However as ever we cannot rest on our laurels, 2006 and 2007 will bring greater challenges and the opportunity to take part in some wonderful events.
The census is due. Please return your numbers ASAP. I don’t wish be the last district to complete this year.
RJ is producing his first gang show so let’s support him and all come and see the show or offer our support in helping with front of house, make-up or Tuesday night teas to name but a few. If you have a spare couple of hours! Just ask him for a job, he will find one for you. (No pressure, RJ.)
The Jack Petchey Achievement Award will bring some £5,200 into the scout and explorer sections over the next 12 months. A thank you to county for finding this funding for us.
District camp is booked for Tolmers 26-29 May. Further details will be give to GSLs in the New Year.
The county is off to Kandersteg with a contingent from Greenford.
The World Jamboree in 2007 – I am waiting to hear who will attend from our district having had 4 scouts attend the selection weekend in November. Please be advised that you can now wear the new 2007 badge on your uniform.
The above is just a taste of what is to come and further details and events will come out over the coming months via sectional councils.
Finally I would again thank you all for your efforts in 2005, wish your families and yourself a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
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4th Greenford is celebrating its 75th year in the new year and we hope to build a history of the group. If anyone has photos or information can you please give it to Stan to put up in the HQ for his use. It will be returned in good order. There will be a badge to commemorate this event. More to follow.
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Most of you would of heard by now that Eunice suffered a stroke at the end of November.
Fortunately, Eunice is progressing well.
Mike and Eunice have asked that they do not receive visitors or phone calls, please.
Our best wishes have been passed onto both of them for a speedy and complete recovery.
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Rehearsals are now well under way and the enthusiasm from the cast is very apparent.
The Show will be held at Greenford Hall, Ruislip Road on Thursday 16th, Friday 17th and Saturday 18th February at 7.30 pm. There will also be a matinee on Saturday 18th at 2.15 pm.
Tickets cost £8.00 each, or £6.00 each for seniors and children in the stalls, and £8.00 each in the balcony. Group bookings are welcome, and if you purchase 6 tickets, you will receive the 7th free. If you buy 10 tickets, you will receive an additional 2 free of charge.
Roy and Marion Chick are looking after the Box Office and they may be contacted on 020 8578 4220 or at 10 Anthony Road, Greenford, UB6 8HE.
Greenford Gang Show is a District event and even if you are not able to join the cast or be a member of the front or back of house crew, we do hope you will give this event as much support as possible.
Robert “RJ” Jennings
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The District Executive has decided that a Log Book will be introduced at DHQ for users to record usage and any problems.
A similar scheme has been running at SAC very successfully for some time.
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The 2006 Service will take place on Saturday 18th February 2006 at Westminster Abbey and Westminster Methodist Central Hall.
Admission to all Services is by ticket only and attendance is open to all Members and Associate Members of the Movement and Administrators. It is hoped that every encouragement will be given to young people to attend the Services.
If you or any members of your District would like to attend and require tickets please contact the Scout Information Centre at Gilwell Park (tel:0845 300 1818) or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org by the 23rd December 2005.
Thank you, Best wishes,
County Commissioner – Middlesex West
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A BIG heartfelt Thank You to all the Leaders with best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Very Happy New Year.
Since returning from a well deserved summer holiday (hope you all had a great camp) we have had two district competitions namely the District Expeditions and Night Hike. At the time of writing the last activity of the year, Shooting Competition, had not happened. I am sure it will be to its usual high standards.
This year the District Expedition was in two sections. The Expedition Challenge / District Bronze. After training the younger members of the section hiked in the Chilterns for 2 days and 1 night on a relatively warm weekend. Two teams successfully completed 20km hike.
The following weekend saw teams venturing to Somerset. One team was taken to Dartmoor for their 80km (50 miles) Greenford & District Gold Challenge hike for 3 days and 2 nights. The silver team ventured out on to the Quantox Hills in Somerset.
Hiking is one of the highlights of the District Scouting calendar because it combines a lot of the scouting skills i.e. tent pitching, cooking, map reading, compass work, etc. The scouts can justifiably be proud of their achievements.
The scouts as always are supported by a fantastic team of very able leaders, who, too, have a chance to hone their map reading skills.
Come along to the ‘Presentation Evening’ on 14 January 2006 at DHQ to get a full flavour of the weekend.
The night hike was held in November, later in the year then usual. The advantage is to be able to start earlier, hence finish earlier. This year we finished at about 01.00am rather then 2.00 - 3.00am. It was however VERY cold. The temperature during the night dropped to around -5°C. Those tents do get cold!
Assistant District Commissioner (Scouts)
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In case you are not aware that the '252' Club exists or what its aims are, I should like you to be put in the picture. The Club has been functioning for over 30 years and helps to provide funds to make contributions towards the cost of maintaining our District Headquarters, which was opened in 1972. I am sure you will agree that maintenance costs have considerably increased as the years have gone by and the District would be grateful for your help by joining the Club.
During the coming year of the Club there will be 11 monthly draws for three prizes £30, £20 and £10 and at the end of the year there will be a main draw as follows:-
Application forms are available from me and should be completed and returned as soon as possible, please, as the new year starts on 1st January 2006. The subscription, for the year, will be £15 per share.
Will you please tell your friends and relatives that they would be welcome to join the '252' Club, children and grandchildren are also eligible to join the Club and boost the numbers.
Please either see me at DHQ on Monday evenings or telephone me on 020 8578 4220 if you need further information.
Hon. Secretary/Treasurer ‘252’ Club
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JANUARY: Mr Peter Avery, Mr Fred Ives, Mrs Karen Condon
FEBRUARY: Mr Alan Macdonald-Brown, Mrs Susan Chick, Mr Fred Ives
MARCH: Mr Rik Fox, Ms Sheila Phillips, Mr Neville Carney
APRIL: Mrs Sylvia Trilsbach, Mrs Judith Lacey, Mr Eric Collins
MAY: Mrs Grace Philpot, Mrs Pauline Collins, 9th Greenford
JUNE: Mr Martin Sherry, 1st Greenford, Mr Russell Sherry
JULY: Mr Harry Medlin, Mrs Jean Collins, Mrs Gladys Ives
AUGUST: Mr Dick Veal, 9th Greenford, Mr Martin Vowles
SEPTEMBER: Fellowship, Mr Trevor King, Miss Claire Smart
OCTOBER: Mr P Sherry, Mr Eddie Selby, Mrs K Norman
NOVEMBER: Mr Alan Williams, Mrs Annie Fordham, Mr C Jones
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If anyone has any keys for Southall Activity Centre and does not need them any more would they please return them to Jim Dingwall ASAP.
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These photographs and more are available to view on the District's website – greenfordscouts.org.uk.
Beaver Sports – photos by Ian D Chick
Cub Scout Handicraft – photos by Louise O’Leary
Fishing Competition – photos by Ian D Chick
St. George’s Day Parade in Ravenor Park – photos by Mandy Meadows
Pioneering Course at SAC – photos by Barry Cole
Expeditions in Somerset and Devon in October – photos by Jay Solanki
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Last Updated: 12 December 2005