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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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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

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St George’s Day Parade – Sunday 23rd April 2017

Posted on April 14th, 2017 by mardenscouts

This year’s St George’s Day Parade will take place on Sunday 23rd April:

Arrive – 13:10, Mountain Warehouse, 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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Christmas Post 2016

Posted on November 30th, 2016 by mardenscouts

Christmas Post 2016

After last year’s success, back by popular demand is our Scout Christmas Post!
We can save you time and you can help us raise funds.  From 1st December there will be posting boxes round the village and you can post your Marden and Collier Street Christmas cards (fully addressed) along with a donation (suggested 20p – 50p). Each card will be franked and delivered throughout the village by Scout-Elves on Sunday 18th December.
There are two ways we need your help please:
• Use the boxes for your village post (locations of post boxes are on the attached poster). Note there will only be one delivery so this is not suitable for regular mail, only Christmas cards. Last posting date: 16th December!
• We need Beavers, Cubs and Scouts – accompanied by an adult – on Sunday 18th December to deliver cards. The Scout HQ will be open from 9 – 10:30am to collect a batch of cards and they must be delivered in daylight, the same day. We appreciate it is a busy time of year and it is the last Sunday before Christmas but the more help we get, the less each person will have to do!
With big thanks to Mrs Weir for again co-ordinating this for us.

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From the GSL…

Posted on November 14th, 2016 by mardenscouts

Dear Parents and Friends of Marden Scout Group

It is great to report that the number of young people in the all 3 of our sections remain high, a fantastic indication that the section leader teams are giving our young people the type of activities, challenges and adventures that they obviously enjoy.  These high numbers however do pose their own challenge for the Scout Group in consideration with not only the available space of the Scout Hut but also the number of adult uniformed helpers needed to supervise the young people and conform to the Scout Association guidelines.

While it has to be said that the Scout Group would gratefully receive help from all those willing to volunteer their time, our Cub section with currently only two uniformed helpers, Claire and Ben is of urgent concern.

The Cub Pack will now have to limit membership numbers and the type of activities they are able to provide and should either Claire or Ben be unavailable to attend then meetings will need to be cancelled.  Restricted Cub membership will also have an impact on both of the other sections, with Beavers having to consider their member numbers and when members can move on, and a smaller Cub pack will obviously impact numbers moving on to the Scout Troop.

While there is a necessity for our uniformed helpers to participate in modular training, you don’t have to be Bear Grylls to volunteer! Having been involved in Marden’s leader team since 1993 I can personally say that seeing young people learn, grow and have fun is an enormous reward for the time I have given.

With growing numbers of residents in the Parish and young people making enquiries into joining the Scout Group, it is great opportunity for the Group to grow its numbers but without adult volunteers we will be unable to do so and leave many young people missing out on the fantastic experiences that Scouting offers. 

If you are able to give some of your time and help, in particular our Cub Pack, then please contact either myself or the section leaders.

Yours in Scouting

 

Kieran Burns

Group Scout Leader

 

E-mail: GSL@mardenscouts.org.uk

Tel:      01622 433971

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No catch – raise free donations for us every time you shop online!

Posted on November 5th, 2016 by mardenscouts
Did you know that whenever you buy anything online – from your weekly shop to your annual holiday – you could be collecting free donations for Marden Scout Group?
There are over 3,000 shops and sites on board ready to make a donation, including Amazon, John Lewis, Aviva, thetrainline and Sainsbury’s – it doesn’t cost you a penny extra!
It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3…
1. Head to https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/mardenscouts/ and join for free.
2. Every time you shop online, go to easyfundraising first to find the site you want and start shopping.
3. After you’ve checked out, that retailer will make a donation to your good cause for no extra cost whatsoever!
There are no catches or hidden charges and Marden Scout Group will be really grateful for your donations.
Thank you for your support.

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Remembrance Sunday 2016

Posted on November 5th, 2016 by mardenscouts

This year the service will be held on Sunday 13th 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 1 hour, during which a collection will be taken for the Royal British Legion.

We ask that parents collect their child from outside the church.

As a Group we ask all Leaders, Scouts, Cubs and Beavers to attend Marden’s Remembrance Service to 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 this year.

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