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Group Family Games Night and AGM – 15th July 2016

Posted on May 30th, 2016 by mardenscouts

Please come and join us for our Group Family Games Night and AGM on Friday 15th July, 19:00 – 21:00.

If a fun packed evening were not enough we will also provide a hot dog!! We also ask all parents o join us in the HQ for the AGM and hear what we have been up to as well as what our plans are for the next year.

Further details can be found in the attached letter:

Family Games & Group AGM 2016

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More Free Tea and Cake! Sunday 5th June 2016

Posted on May 30th, 2016 by mardenscouts

We would like to thank all those that attended the working party on the morning of Sunday 15th May, I think you would agree that our grounds look far smarter now.

Unfortunately with the time and amount of extra help we had we were unable to attend to all the areas that needed tackling, and so it will be necessary to hold another working party on Sunday 5th June 9.30am -12 noon.

We would ask that you please bring any tools you feel would best aid in gardening and clearing the grounds (we do need to clear Ivy off the back wall so step ladders / ladders would be useful, and  prune back some of the trees, so long pruning saws would be handy). We have also a considerable amount of rubbish around the grounds (broken chairs, old fire drums, old cupboards), so would be grateful to those with a car and boot space that would be willing to do a run to the tip.

In addition to us all wanting to enjoy a smart Scout HQ, we also have a commitment under the terms of our lease to keep the building and site looking presentable and so we would also ask if there were volunteers that would form a Maintenance Team and then organise themselves in the regular upkeep / development of the grounds and buildings.

If you or someone you know would like to help as part of the Maintenance Team then please speak with your Section Leader or please contact myself.

I am sure you will appreciate that the Section Leaders and Committee members give a considerable amount of time to the Scout Group to ensure all of our members receive a fantastic Scouting experience in safe, serviceable facilities.  Without the help of additional volunteers in the ongoing maintenance of the HQ & grounds the Scout Group would be forced to use contractors, and their cost would significantly eat into our funds.

We look forward to your help and support on the 5th

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Table Top Sale – Sat 11th June

Posted on May 14th, 2016 by mardenscouts

TABLE TOP SALE – Saturday 11th June

Marden Scout Group are holding a TABLE TOP SALE in the grounds of Marden Scout Hut on Saturday 11th June, full details on the attached flyer.  This is a great opportunity to raise money to pay for the recent repair work done to the hall doors and walls.

We are naturally keen to make this a success and would like your support by booking a pitch.  Please e-mail to sell your unwanted items and don’t forget to let us know if you’d like to hire a table for £2.

We would also appreciate your help in a big way if you and a friend or two could offer an hour or more of your time on the day and help us in one of the following ways –eg Gate marshal, money taker, directing table bookings, car park attendant, serving teas and coffees, cooking burgers and clearing up at the end etc

We are a charitable organisation and we rely on Parent/Carer help to organise these events and provide adventurous, educational fun packed activities in a safe and sound environment.  The reality is, if we don’t get help from our Scouts, Cubs and Beavers Parents or Carers then we are unable to function,  either by holding events such as these or providing an evening when Scouts Cubs and Beavers can meet!

If you e-mail your name and entitle the e-mail TABLE TOP HELPER and state how much time you are willing to offer – include your friends name(s) too and we can organise a rota for your time slot.

Please check out our Facebook page and let others know of the TABLE TOP SALE, but don’t forget to book your pitch first!  If you have items you’d like to donate to the Scout Group to sell then please e-mail entitle UNWANTED ITEMS  letting us know (no electrical items please).

Please pass this message on and help us to make Marden Scout Group the very best that it can be!

Thank you


David Brockis

Group Chairman

Table top sale poster

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Marden Scarf Badge

Posted on April 23rd, 2016 by mardenscouts

Marden Group Scarf Badge

A little while back we asked all of our members to design a badge to replace the existing badge worn on our Group scarf. We received a number of designs from across all of our sections and then our Executive Committee judged them all for a best individual design. After a lot of debate (and arguments!!!) we have taken 3 designs; created by Sophie Scott, Victoria Higgs and Abigail Nayler; to create a unique eye-catching badge that represents Marden.

All of our current members will be given a new badge by their section leader at the end of their next meeting, we ask that you please remove the “old” badge from your scarf and sew on this replacement ASAP. To avoid losing your new badge, don’t forget to clearly mark your name on your scarf!

Alternatively if you wish to avoid sewing, we have a supply of new scarves which have the new badge embroidered on them already, these can be purchased from your section leader for £6 each (we would be grateful if you could bring exact monies).

Our thanks to all for their designs and special thanks to Sophie, Victoria and Abigail who’s badge will be worn by all members of Marden Scout Group for many years to come. 

Marden Scarf Badge Letter

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Free Tea and Cake! Sunday 15th May 2016

Posted on April 23rd, 2016 by mardenscouts

As a result of all the fundraising (Christmas Post, Race Night etc) we have been able to get some of the repairs done to the Scout HQ. The south-facing windows have been strengthened, the window that was smashed during an attempted break in has been replaced and the walls inside the HQ have been reinforced …… no more holes in the plasterboard!
There are still things that have to be done and things we would like to do but all this work has now highlighted the fact that the Scout Grounds are very untidy!
So, we are going to be having a ‘Grounds’ working party on Sunday 15th May from 9.30am. The block paving at the front is full of grass and weeds, the raised beds are overgrown, the woodpile needs tidying (and re-stocking), our boundaries need clearing up and there is a very overgrown area behind the HQ that we would like to bring back into use.
We would welcome any time you can give that morning to come and help. Please bring any tools you think may be useful, wear old clothes and bring protective gloves. We can provide copious amounts of tea & coffee, cake and biscuits and we will still go ahead if it’s raining.
Please do come if you can, even for an hour!

Free Tea & Cake letter

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St George’s Day Parade – Sunday 24th April 2016

Posted on April 23rd, 2016 by mardenscouts

This year’s St George’s Day Parade will take place on Sunday 24th April:

Arrive – 13:10, outside Hazlitt Theatre on Earl 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.

St George’s Day 2016

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Parent & Child Camp : Friday 17th – Sunday 19th June 2016

Posted on February 7th, 2016 by mardenscouts

Parent & Child Camp
Friday 17th – Sunday 19th June 2016
Hamlet Wood Scout Camp

Back by popular demand, we will be once again holding Marden’s legendary Parent & Child Camp this year.

Over the weekend Beavers, Cubs and Scouts, accompanied by a parent (or guardian), all work in small groups / Patrols, preparing and cooking their own meals and taking part in activities and challenges based on a central theme such as Knight of the Round Table. Points are awarded and earned by the Patrols over the weekend, with a prize giving on Sunday (from previous experience parents become as keen to win points as the children!).

Following feedback from 2014’s camp, we ask that you bring your own tent to sleep in. We are very limited on space, so ask that you do not bring large “family” tents or that you arrange prior to camp to share these types of tents with friends attending camp. If you do not have your own tent, the Scout Group will provide traditional Patrol tents which you will share with others (adults and children sleeping separately).

Further details are included in the letter sent by your section leader but remember that to book your place please return the form included with this, along with a non-refundable deposit of £10 per person, to your Section Leader by Friday 26th February. (Please remember to collect your receipt from the Section Leader)

Further details (joining times, kit list etc) will be given nearer the time but should you have any further questions please speak to your section leaders.

As Sunday the 19th is Fathers Day, participants partners & children are invited to join us all for lunch on Sunday and watch the exciting final challenges and prize giving.

This is a great weekend for everyone to get together under canvas and experience some Scouting fun so we hope that it is well supported by you all. It isn’t a weekend just for the Dads, one of our most memorable winning patrols were made up of ladies and their children, could this be repeated in 2016?!?!

Yours in Scouting

The Group Leaders

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Village Spring Clean – Sat 5th March

Posted on February 7th, 2016 by mardenscouts

Saturday 5th March
9.30am – 12 noon

As we have done over the last few years, the Scout Group will be lending a hand in the villages annual spring clean, which this year coincides with the national campaign to “clean for the Queen” to get the country spick n span in time for her 90th Birthday.

We ask that all Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers and Parents meet at the John Banks Hall (at the rear of the Memorial Hall) where pickers will be given their areas to cover along with black sacks etc. Tea, Coffee n Cakes will be provided by the Parish Council

We have had great support for this over the last few years and hope to see many pairs of hands again this year.


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Christmas Post – Thank You!!

Posted on February 7th, 2016 by mardenscouts

We wanted to say a big Thank You for all who helped with the 2015 Christmas Post.

All cards were delivered successfully and we also managed to raise a great total of £147.75 towards the necessary work to the HQ.

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Christmas Post

Posted on November 29th, 2015 by mardenscouts

Christmas Post


With help from some willing mums, a previous fundraiser is being rekindled this Christmas – Scout 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 Saturday 19th 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: 18th December!
• We need Beavers, Cubs and Scouts – accompanied by an adult – on Saturday 19th 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 Saturday before Christmas but the more help we get, the less each person will have to do!
With thanks to Mrs Weir, Mrs Pavey & Mrs Orford for co-ordinating this for us.

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