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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Excellent turn out for Remembrance Parade

We would like to thank all the Beavers, Cubs and Scouts and parents who attended the Remembrance Parade last Sunday.

We had an excellent turn out, with around 60 members parading. All of the Beavers, Cubs and Scouts were exceptionally well behaved throughout and looked very smart. A special thanks to our flag carriers and wreath layers.

Monday, September 15, 2014

A Nice Surprise at Opening of Fawcett Park

An invitation to the opening of Fawcett Park near Tesco in Consett brought an unexpected surprise; donations of £7,000 towards the new headquarters.

Representatives of Consett and Blackhill scout groups were invited along to the event, were not told why. Morris Muter, Chairman of the Dysart Group, presented a cheque for £5,000 from Project Genesis and Steven Masters from Absolute Civil Engineering presented a cheque from them for £2,000.

Needless to say Carol Smith, our treasurer, was over the moon with the donations, which now mean we only need a further £11,000 to finish the building, and should ensure we will be in for the New Year.

After the presentations there was a chance to look around the fantastic installations in Fawcett Park, which are well worth a visit.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Full Steam ahead for Canal Holiday

Congratulations to the Scout leaders Marc, Tori and Sean for completing their RYA Inland Waterways Helmsman Certificate. 

To gain the certificate the they spent two days mastering the control of a narrowboat, and navigating the obstacles of the canals, without sinking!

Marc, Tori and Sean are taking 21 Scouts from 1st Consett on the canals for a week around Staffordshire and Cheshire in October and the course will enable them to pass on the skills they learnt to the scouts. 

During the week away the scouts will work towards the Power Coxswain badge, and will be carrying out all the jobs on the boat, from steering the boat to operating the locks.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Another step forward for new HQ

Following the hard work of the scouts, parents and leaders the new grass is growing well around the new headquarters.
It took one and half days of clearing stones and levelling, but now the grass is growing it was worth it. The grassed area will create a fantastic space to pitch tents, play games, have BBQs, or just relax.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Building Update

Work is still progressing on the new headquarters, thanks largely to JKD Electrical Services of Blackhill who are doing all the electrical work for free!
First fix electrics and heating are now just about complete and we are planning the next stage, of insulating and plasterboarding.
We have also had some great news this week. Lottery fund Awards for All has offered us almost £10,000 towards the fitting out of the headquarters once the building work is complete.
With all the fund raising as well, we now just need around £20,000 to complete the work, and start using the building.
We are still hoping to be in by September, but need some good luck on the grants front to keep the momentum going.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Scouting for Volunteers

Did you know that 1st Consett is the largest Scout Group in Derwentside? Or that we doubled the number of young people in the group last year?
This success does not happen by chance. It is down the to fantastic team of adult volunteers who provide the challenge and adventure every week.
We are now looking for more people to come and join our family of volunteers. The success of our sections means that our Cub and Beaver sections are full, and we have enough children over 6 years old on our waiting lists to fill a second Beaver colony immediately.
We need your help to make sure that these children do not miss out on the adventure of Scouting!
There has never been a better time to be a volunteer in Scouting;
  • you can decide how much or little time you wish to give and how you spend that time. It could be an evening a week or one weekend a year.
  • you’ll have fun and feel rewarded
  • you’ll learn new skills
  • you’ll make new friends
  • you’ll gain externally recognised qualifications
  • you’ll add to your CV with membership of professional organisations such as the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM )
  • you’ll make a difference and give something back to your community.
For more information go to www.consettscouts.org.uk/volunteer

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Fundraising success at Tesco

February has been another excellent month of fundraising for us. At the beginning of February Consett and Blackhill scouts took part in bag packing at the new Tesco store in Consett. After seven hours of hard work by the scouts packing groceries we had raised an excellent £669. Thank you to all the scouts and adults who took part.

Just a week later we heard that we had been awarded £500 from Tesco Consett Helping Hand charity donations. Thank you to everyone who completed nomination forms for us.

With these funds going towards the new headquarters, we are now 85% of the way there and just need a further £40,000 to finish; so quite literally every little helps.