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Christmas Volunteers needed!!

Posted on November 10th, 2018 by mardenscouts

After the success of 2017, where £350 was raised for Marden Scout Group, The Paddock Wood and District Lions Club are again bringing their Santa Sleigh to delight the children of Marden on Monday 3rd, Tuesday 4th and Wednesday 5th of December (routes each night TBC).

Volunteers are needed to accompany the brightly lit and musical sleigh on its journey around the village, handing out gifts and collecting donations. All those present must be aged 16+ (unfortunately you can’t bring younger children with you). Volunteers meet at 4.30 pm in a central village location, and the rounds finish well before 7 pm.

Please check your calendar and sign up in the comments on our Facebook post or alternatively contact Frances Weir on frances_weir@hotmail.com, indicating the night(s) you can help with. The share of the proceeds we receive depends directly on the number of volunteers we provide.

This is a fun, festive and social way of raising a very decent amount of money for the Group so please volunteer (or volunteer a family member!) if you are able to at all, we do need as many people as possible.

I’d also like to say a huge thank you to Frances for organising our participation for another year, without the help and support of volunteers at events such as this the Scout Group would not be able to provide all the fun and adventure our young members deserve.

Thank you in advance!

Kieran
Group Scout Leader

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Working Party- 3rd November (+ free bacon butties!)

Posted on October 14th, 2018 by mardenscouts

Dear Parents & Friends of Marden Scout Group

 

Earlier in the year we noticed that the wall at the rear of the grounds required some attention as the top brick courses were loose. We looked at getting this attended to by building companies but even the cheapest quotes would have made a significant dent into the Scout Group Funds.

 

One of our Leader team’s partners is a brick layer by trade and has very kindly offered to help however the work needed will require more than his pair of hands.

 

We will be holding a working party on Saturday 3rd November from 8.30 am.  The aim of this working party is to take down the top 4 / 5 courses of bricks and clean off any old mortar that is on the bricks, in readiness for them to be re-used / re-relayed in the repair of the wall (this will keep expenses down).

 

The help of volunteers with any knowledge / tackled similar would be appreciated however it is a relatively straight forward DIY job so really only eagerness to help is the only skill needed!  The more volunteers we have the quicker and easier the job will be to complete.  We would hope with enough help that we would be finished by lunchtime.

 

We would ask that volunteers please bring their own tools (hammers, chisels, bolsters, work gloves, protective eye wear), and dress appropriately for the work / weather. If you own a wheelbarrow, these would be handy to have available, similarly we will need a number of step ladders / ladders / platform to work from.

 

The Scout Troop will be camping at the HQ over the weekend and will be providing Bacon butties & hot drinks to all our volunteers.

 

If you are able to help, please can you e-mail Mattmitchellxv@gmail.com by Thursday 25th October. If you have a wheelbarrow, ladders / platform can you please make him aware in your message. (or if you have any special dietary requirements).

 

Please do not assume that others will volunteer, we do need help from all.  If we do not get sufficient volunteers, we will have to employ builders and spend the Scout Group’s hard-earned funds.

 

Yours in Scouting

 

Kieran

Group Scout Leader

GSL@mardenscouts.org.uk

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Remembrance Day – 11th November 2018

Posted on October 14th, 2018 by mardenscouts

This years’ service will be held on Sunday 11th November at St. Michael & All Angels Church in Marden.

We will meet at the Scout HQ at 10:20 and all members need to wear full uniform (with a poppy) ensuring they are as smart as possible (ironed scarves & shiny shoes!).  We will then parade to the church where the service will commence at 10.50am and will last for approximately 1hour, during which a collection will be taken for the Royal British Legion.

As a Group we ask all Leaders, Scouts, Cubs and Beavers to attend Marden’s Remembrance Service to remember and pay our respects to all those who have given their lives while doing their duty. We are always very well represented by our members and we hope that the good turnout continues on this year.

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Group AGM – 17th July 2018

Posted on July 8th, 2018 by mardenscouts

We would like to invite you all to join us at this year’s AGM which will be held at the HQ on Tuesday 17th July at 20:00.  The AGM will include reports from section Leaders about the fun and adventure the young people have enjoyed over the past year, as well as details from the Executive Committee regarding the Group’s development, expenditure and finances and is also an open forum for yourselves to give your feedback to the Group.

 

We also hold the election of officers to the Group Executive Committee during the meeting. As mentioned in my recent letter, last year our Group Secretary stepped down and following a number of years in the role our Group Chair, David Brockis, gave us notice of his stepping down this Summer.  Both of these roles are compulsory for us to be able to continue as a Scout Group and also provide a great opportunity for others to help support the more visible Uniformed side (that is thriving!!).  A very brief role description for both is below but please contact me if you would like any other details or have any questions at all:

 

  • Group Chair – Key Responsibilities: Chair the bi-monthly Group Executive Committee.  Work closely with and support the Group Scout Leader, maintaining effective communication, to encourage the development of Scouting within the Group and as part of the local community.
  • Group Secretary – Key Responsibilities: Attendance of bi-monthly Executive Committee meeting. Collating and issuing meeting agenda. Noting and producing minutes of the meeting. In liaison with section leaders, help to maintain the member data base and compilation of annual census report to the Scout Association. This role can be flexible and split on a “job share” basis for any willing volunteers!

 

Other roles / vacancies:

  • Parent Representative – Key Responsibilities: Attendance of bi-monthly Executive Committee meeting. To give feedback / thoughts / ideas from a parental perspective to the running of the Group. To be a “conduit” of feedback from parents to Section Leaders and the Executive Committee.
  • Supporter Association Co-ordinator – Key Responsibilities: Attendance of bi-monthly Executive Committee meeting. Organising and coordinating with the Supporters Association for Group social and fund-raising events.
  • Supporters Association – Have you any ideas for events that the Group could run? Would you be willing to plan / run an event, be it a one off or something regular? Would you be willing to help at events? Have you family / friends outside the Group that may wish to help?
  • Other – In addition to these positions we are also welcoming volunteers to help us with the running of the sections, maintenance of the Group website, promotion of the Group / Group events, maintenance of the buildings and grounds.

 

Please do let us know at the AGM or pass contact details through your section leader if you are able to help with any of these areas. While I appreciate that all have busy lives, without the help and support of our members, Marden Scout Group will not be able to continue to grow and offer the fantastic opportunities that Scouting brings to the young people in and around Marden..

 

Yours in Scouting

 

Kieran Burns

Group Scout Leader

GSL@mardenscouts.org.uk

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Skills for Life

Posted on May 15th, 2018 by mardenscouts

Skills for Life – Welcome to our new strategy and branding

Today was the announcement of our 2018-2023 strategy: Skills for Life: Our plan to prepare better futures.

This also includes the launch of a new brand which you will see over the coming weeks….

http://scouts.org.uk/about-us/strategy/vision-for-2023

 

 

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New Beaver Colony!!

Posted on April 22nd, 2018 by mardenscouts

With a large number of young people on our Beaver waiting lists, back in mid-February we held an Open event and invited young people and their parents to join us to experience for themselves the fun and adventure Scouting can be.  Our Beaver Leaders David & Alison along with Claire from the Cub Leader team ran games & activities (including back woods cooking) and a great morning was had by all.

Seeing the fun that was had, a number of parents came forward to offer help. Over the following 4 weeks, with the support from Leaders from Kent County Scout Team & Jeff our Scout Leader, both the young people & adults had further opportunity to experience more fun through Scouting & for the adult volunteers an insight into being part of a leadership team by planning & running some of the colonies activities.

Over the Easter break we got together with the Adult volunteers and I am really pleased to say that they all wished to continue as part of the Leader Team & carry forward the opening of a new, second Beaver Colony in Marden.  The new Team had lots of great ideas for future activities & put together a fun & exciting programme for the coming months for our new Beaver members holding their first night as a new Colony last week.

I am sure you will join me in wishing our new Beavers and their Leader Team all the success for the future and welcome them to Marden Scout Group.

Yours in Scouting

 

Kieran Burns

Group Scout Leader

 

e-mail : GSL@mardenscouts.org.uk

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St George’s Day Parade – Sunday 22nd April 2018

Posted on April 21st, 2018 by mardenscouts

This year’s St George’s Day Parade will take place on Sunday 22nd April:

Arrive – 13:10, around Poundland, Week Street, Maidstone
Wear – Full smart uniform (bring waterproof coats if the weather is not looking great!)
Depart – 14:45 – 15:00, Archbishop’s Palace Courtyard

For anyone who wishes to watch us Parade we will start from Week Street at 13:30, head along the High Street, turn down Mill Street and finish at All Saints Church.

As a Group we do ask members to support 2 annual parades, this being one of them. We are always very well represented by our members at this service and hope that the good turnout continues this year.

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New Group Newsletter

Posted on December 10th, 2017 by mardenscouts

We have launched a new Group Newsletter this term.

As well as being sent out by e-mail we will also print out copies and these can always be found on the Newsletter page on the website too (http://mardenscouts.org.uk/newsletters)

The link to the first issue is also below, any ideas for next term let us know!

MSG Newsletter – Winter 2017 – Issue 1

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Christmas Post 2017

Posted on November 23rd, 2017 by mardenscouts

Christmas Post 2017

This year we are again running the Christmas Post service for the village and need your support in 2 ways:

a) Please use this for all your local deliveries boxes will be appearing around the village and also spread the word to all local friends and families and encourage them to do the same

b) Come to the HQ at 10:00 on Saturday 16th December to help us deliver everything – many hands make light work!

Full details attached and thank you for your continued support

Christmas post snip2

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Volunteer Leaders Required

Posted on April 16th, 2017 by mardenscouts

Our team of adult leaders is made up of dedicated volunteers – they are the people who make Scouting happen

For most of the week they are business executives, engineers, plumbers, nurses, teachers, you name it, but the rest of the time they are the heart and soul of what we do.

Take part in your child’s adventure

Many groups will have a parent rota which you may be asked to join. You may feel that you don’t have the appropriate skills to help. However, the table below provides a snapshot of ways that parents get involved with their child’s Scout Group. We can, and do, use people with a variety of everyday skills.

 Skill

 How you can help

 First aid qualification  Run a first aid session with young people or adults
 Interest in nature  Take young people on a nature ramble
 Accountancy  Become the treasurer at Group, District or County level
 PR  Write a press release for the group
 Cooking  Run a cooking session for young people
 Gardening  Help us keep our grounds looking great
 DIY  Paint doors or fix shelves in the HQ

We are currently looking for volunteers to help supervise Cubs, if you would like to help us please contact GSL@mardenscouts.org.uk

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