DATES FOR YOUR DIARIES – PARENTS AND FRIENDS
SUNDAY 2ND NOVEMBER 2pm – 4pm – PIONEER HALL AUTUMN CLEAR UP
Please come down to the Pioneer Hall and help clear the grounds- bring any tools that you feel would be useful (loppers, rakes, hedge trimmer, strimmer etc). Dress for the weather!
SUNDAY 9TH NOVEMBER 11.15 am – 1 pm -REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY
Join the Group at the Chesham Bois War memorial, in this special event to commemorate 100 years since the start of World War 1 and afterwards at our own service in the Pioneer Hall. Please gather at the Pioneer Hall at 11:15. Members of the Scout Group (in particular young people) should come in uniform, with a poppy. Followed by soup and rolls.
SUNDAY 7TH DECEMBER 2pm (young people) 4pm (adults) – 5.30pm -CHRISTMAS ACTIVITY AFTERNOON AND SHOW
Our annual activity afternoon at the Pioneer Hall from 2pm- 4pm, followed by our world renowned Show and Raffle draw. Uniforms not necessary.
THURSDAY 18TH DECEMBER 6pm – 7.30 pm -CAROL SINGING AT TESCO AMERSHAM
Join the Group at the main door of Tesco in Old Amersham to sing Christmas Carols (songsheets provided!) and raise money for charity. Members of the Scout Group (in particular young people) should come in uniform.
Any parent is welcomed to join the committee and help out with fund raising activities that help provide new equipment for the young people to enjoy and to help maintain the hall. Please contact me if you are able to spare a small amount of your time.
You may have noticed that the Amersham Carnival did not take place in 2014, but that did not stop our team of float builders continuing our tradition of building something to impress the people of the town. With the various events commemorating the centenary of the start of the Great War we were approached by Amersham Town Council to see if we could help them. They wanted a WWI aircraft, so discussions started and Andy and Doug decided it should be an SE5a, one of the most successful fighters of the war and naturally they would be making it exactly the same size as the original.
And so the ’back room’ became an aircraft hanger and gradually it appeared, made from wood and cardboard and covered (like the original) with painted fabric. Detailed plans were used to make it as authentic as possible, the only real change was the cockpit had no seat or floor to allow visitors to climb in from below to have their photo taken.
The plane made three public appearances in Amersham and the leaders looking after it had constant praise from visitors.
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The plane has been stored in Amersham by the Town Council as it has been very hard to transport, but we are delighted to say that it will have a permanent home in RAF Halton. Where it will appear in some of the events they are staging to commemorate the First World War. If we get any details of where it can be seen we will let you know.
Old Amersham will hold a day in the Memorial Gardens to commemorate the songs and memories of those involved in the First World War on Sunday 27th July.
The centre piece of the commemoration will be a life-size re-creation of the SE5A1 Biplane, brainchild of Co-creators Andy Honour and Doug Miller. The two are both Leaders at 1st Chesham Bois Scout Group in Amersham, Buckinghamshire and have contributed their painstakingly produced models over a number of years at Amersham Carnival, including a scaled-down Lancaster bomber, complete with bouncing bomb and dam to celebrate the sixtieth anniversary of VE Day; a Diamond Jubilee Coronation carriage and a life-size inflatable blue whale.
1st Chesham Bois Scouts was formed in 1908, the same year that Scouting started nationally under the guidance of Robert Baden-Powell. It is one of the oldest groups in the county and country and sent both Scout Leaders and Scouts to the trenches in the First World War. The Group contributed much to the War effort both at home in the village and overseas in the battlefields.
Each Remembrance Sunday, after parading at the village memorial service, the group returns to its home at the Pioneer Hall to remember its fallen brothers at our Remembrance Wall. A plaque erected to Scouts lost in the ‘Great War’ survived a massive fire in 1931, was restored this century, and now proudly displays the names for current Group members to honour.
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Our AGM was held on Thursday 3rd July at 8pm in the Pioneer Hall. At this meeting a special presentation made to Sheila Harley to commemorate her 50 years of working in Scouting.
At the bi-annual Chesham Bois Fete, on June 14th, the Group once again ran our Pot Hole (‘Tunnel of Doom’) to raise valuable funds for the Group.
The Group hosted our second Family Quiz Night on Saturday March 30th. This proved to be as successful as last year, with 84 people attending and enjoying a fun evening of chips, sausages and questions for both adults and children. The evening raised a tremendous profit of £421.
Endurance 80 is a 50 mile (80km) competition hike that takes place each year around the beginning of March. The challenge is to walk the route in 24 hours. Walkers, over the age of 14, are in teams of between 3 and 5 walkers and they carry all their own food and safety equipment with them. There are 22 check points manned by volunteers and the event is very professionally run. First run in 1980, 1st Chesham Bois have a long association with the event, with numerous members of the group taking part, many victories and the course record.
So in 2014 we had 6 teams with a total of 23 walkers. Most of the teams had a mix of experienced walkers and some who were entering for the first time. The walk took place on the 1st and 2nd March, the day after very heavy rain fell across the Chilterns which turned the course into one of the muddiest and therefore trickiest any of us could remember.
The route starts in Missenden, it runs a huge loop taking in Chesham, Wendover, Coombe Hill, Princes Risborough, Stokenchurch, Bledlow Ridge and Lacey Green. The route is largely off-road and makes little attempt to avoid the steep hills.
Congratulations to all those who finished which despite the conditions included several walkers taking part for the first time. Next year’s event takes place on the 7th and 8th of March.
The County Orienteering was held again in Wendover Woods
last Autumn. The Pegasus Pack team of three Cubs won their
section (42 teams). Scouts from Griffin Troop working in pairs
finished 10th (out of 85 teams). Explorer Scouts from
Columbus ESU finished 3rd and 5th out of 17. There is also a
Leader Competition where Mark Firth and Dave Honour
finished in a very respectable 4th and 5th. (This sounds
better if I don’t tell you how many leaders took part) In the
Group competition we finished 4th. Many congratulations to
all who took part especially the Cubs for bringing home a
very nice trophy.