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Chairman’s Report – November 2019

The Group Jumble Sale held on 12th October raised £414, a great result and some more funds for the Group.

Terry and I helped out at this one, as doormen, collecting the entrance fee. The turnout was not so good as previous Sales as the weather was against us. However, there was a steady flow of customers for most of the time.

Pauline, Lillian and Viv were in the kitchen keeping the tea and coffee on the go.  Another good fund raiser. Well done Graham and team.

Viv and I attended Troop Night on 18th October, the majority of which was dedicated to the presentations on Summer Camp at Tolmers, GLSW Expedition to Sweden and the World Scout Jamboree in Virginia. What a great evening we had and what great experiences our Scouts and Young Leaders had. It was rewarding to see the Young Leaders that went to the World Jamboree, who I remember as young shy Beavers 10 years ago. So confident in delivering their presentations and I’m sure that the friends made from different countries and cultures will last for a long time. Hopefully their memories will last a lifetime.


As you know this is our main yearly fundraiser and if you haven’t been to one you should come along.

Saturday 16th November, opening at 14.00. Preparations are well under way for this event that we will again be holding at the Royal British Legion Hall. Hollyfield Road, Surbiton KT5 9AL.

The Mayor of the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames, Councillor Margaret Thompson, has agreed to attend and formally open the Fayre. Come and meet the Mayor. It’s a great afternoon.

I know there have been requests for help in recent OOTBs, and in particular the September issue.  If you can help in any way please inform Gayna on   See you there.

A DATE FOR YOUR DIARY: Saturday 8th February 2020.

We will be holding a Fun Music Quiz at Sparks Hall. Bring your own drinks and nibbles. Up to 6 in a team. £1 per person.    19.00 for 19.30 start.  22.30 prompt finish.


Last year we were down to only nine teams and the scheduling was not as easy as I first thought it would be. The schedule I did eventually end with saw each team play every other team once.  This shortened the length of the tournament from the usual six months to four. The good news about that was we started the tournament not in January but March when the weather was a bit kinder. As these remaining teams are keen to carry on I will be organising this tournament again for 2020.

Thanks again to the teams for continuing to play and helping to raise some funds for 1st Tolworth.

I plan to get the schedule completed by the end of November. It would be nice to have some more teams which are made up of three players.  So if you are interested and would like to enter a team that want to play, or want any further information, please contact me before the 21st November.  Contact details are on the inside cover.

Proud to be 1sT  Martin Smith


Chair’s Report – July 2019

I would like to thank the section leaders and supporters who attended the Group’s Annual General Meeting last month with a special thank you to The Reverend Helen Hancock and our guests from Royal Kingston Scout District – Lyn Stone, Assistant District Commissioner Beavers, Sue Russell, District Local Training Manager, former District Chair, Trevor Strong and Mrs Heather Strong.

Apologies were received from Mr. Bob Bushell, District President and Mrs. Sue Bushell, Mrs. Jackie Paddon, District Secretary, Ms. Gayna Brice and Mr. Richard Ford. The meeting continued with a brief roundup of the last year, both from myself and Reg.

Following the approval of the annual report and accounts the meeting proceeded as per agenda, with the elections of Executive members. The current Executive team was duly re-elected. Thanks again to all Executive members for your continued support.

Before the meeting closed I presented Reverend Helen Hancock with a cheque for £250 as a small donation towards the St. Matthew’s Church renovation fund.

Reg then proceeded to present the following awards – Viv Smith received the Chief Scout’s 10 Years Service Award, Graham Goring and Paul Stewart each received the Chief Scout’s 15 Years Service Award and Sheila Jones received the Chief Scout’s 40 Years Service Award.

Many congratulations to all four deserving recipients.

Refreshments were served following the meeting. This gave those present the time to chat and we all enjoyed a relaxing evening.

So here we go, entering our 111th year of Scouting.

I know the Section Leaders will have another great year of Scouting planned for all our youngsters. Whatever we do, I’m confident it will be memorable.  However, none of this would be possible without the support and dedication of our Section Leaders and their teams. So thanks again for all your hard work.

The annual six-month Trivial Pursuit tournament has finished for this year. Having only nine teams taking part did present some scheduling issues. However, all teams have informed me that they thoroughly enjoyed the tournament again this year. As long as they all want to continue I will organise it again next year. Are any new teams of three interested?

At the time of writing there are still two games outstanding, the results of which will not affect the winning team. I will post the full results in the next edition. This year’s winning team was led by Trevor Strong. Well done Trevor and team.  I presented Trevor with the trophy which they will hold for the year.

Well, that’s it for this month. Sorry it’s a short report. The summer holidays are nearly upon us and I’m sure we all need a break and have time to recharge our batteries, so let’s hope we have some summer weather. I hope you all have an enjoyable summer and enjoy whatever you do.

Next edition will be the September issue. See you then.

Proud to be 1sT

Martin Smith