30th June 2003
His Grace, the 18th Duke of
Norfolk has been awarded one of Scoutings top adult service awards for his
work in the movements Arundel & Littlehampton District.
He has been presented
Scoutings Medal of Merit, at the Arundel & Littlehampton Scouts recent
Annual General Meeting which was held in the Baron’s Hall at Arundel Castle,
by the Scout County Commissioner Tony Wilkins.
His service to Scouting as an
adult dates back over nearly 30 years having become Group President of the
1st Arundel (Earl of Arundel’s Own) Scout Group at the age of 18. Prior to
this he had been a Cub Scout whilst at School at Ampleforth.
Over this time he has
provided invaluable support to the Group and the District providing
facilities and resources, which over the years has provided exciting
programmes for the young people of the District. He has provided camping and
activity areas in his estate for the use of the Scout Groups and the
Probably the most notable
achievement for his Group Presidency was the raising of the lions share of
£100,000 in the late 1980’s for the building of their new Group
Headquarters, for which he sought funding from a variety of high profile
In 1994 His Grace was invited
by the then District Commissioner to become District President in addition
to his role in 1st Arundel, he again accepted.
Annually, His Grace provides
the Baron’s Hall of Arundel Castle for the use of the District for their
Annual General Meeting, which gives the District a venue that has great
value in encouraging the local community to attend and view Scouting at its
best. At this AGM His Grace Chairs the meeting and is on hand to encourage
support for Scouting.
His Grace also has supported
West Sussex County Scouts on a number of occasions again providing the
Barons Hall for both County Chief Scout’s and Queen’s Scout Awards
presentations and presenting the awards several times.
District Commissioner for
Scouts, Simon Burgess said: -
“His Grace has provided an
immeasurable contribution to Scouting in the Arundel & Littlehampton
District and West Sussex through his presidencies, for which we hope this
award will show our thanks”.
27th May 2003
Scouts are Flying High in
Nearly 600 Scouts aged 6 to
25, from the Arundel and Littlehampton Scout District took part in their
annual St.George’s Day celebrations in Arundel on Sunday 27th April. This
year the event saw several planes being piloted dramatically down the aisle
of Arundel Cathedral to commemorate the 100 years of flight.
The planes specially
constructed to hold a Scout by the 1st Yapton & Ford Scout Group were walked
rather than flown down the aisle to the strains of ‘those magnificent men in
their flying machines’. This lively activity which highlighted the
achievements of aviation during the last 100 years, formed part of the
celebrations which included the annual parade through Arundel town centre,
bringing traffic to a halt and crowds to the street to watch, and culminated
in a special service in the Cathedral to renew the Scouts Promise.
Guests who attended this fun
but informative afternoon included the Scouts District President His Grace
the Duke of Norfolk, local civic dignitaries and representatives of the Girl
Simon Burgess – District
Commissioner said; “The afternoons celebration in Arundel provided a
entertaining way for the young people in Scouting in the area to meet
together and to think about their Scout Promise and understand why, it is
as important a part of Scouting, as the canoeing, climbing, hiking,
mountain biking, camping and other exciting activities that Scouting in
the 21st century can provide”.
17th March 2003
St.George's Day Charity 2003 - Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund
and Littlehampton Scout District raise money for charity each year, on and
around St.George’s Day.
The selection of the
Charity this year has been made by 1st Yapton
& Ford Scout Group.
This years charity is
the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund, which exists to provide
assistance to those of the extended Royal Air Force Family who need support
as a consequence of poverty, sickness, disability, accident, infirmity or
other adversity. This extended family embraces all ranks, male and female,
who are serving or have served in the Royal Air Force or its associated Air
Forces, their widows, widowers and dependants.
For a change this
year we are asking Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers and Network Members in
all the Scout Groups & Units in the District to enter our sponsorship
competition to see who can ask the most people to sponsor the parade
in aid of the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund.
7th January 2003
Beavers throughout the
District have celebrated Christmas in many different ways.
The Christingle Service was a great
success, it was a shame that not many Beavers managed to attend. I hope that
next year we will get a full house!!
Beavers held a presentation evening for the new Beaver badges with the Faith
badge being awarded to most of the colony and the group special achievement
award the Yvonne Heater Award going to David Woods. This was held along side a
coffee evening in aid of the Street Children of Columbia, when the Beavers
raised £75.00, and the collection from the District Christingle added another
£35.00. They also had a traditional party on the last night, that Doreen had to
miss, we hope she is now recovered from her operation.
had a 4 hour marathon Art and Craft party, with traditional Christmas craft
work, them videos, burgers and chips (with jelly and ice cream to follow) them a
disco. Good value for money!!
put on a nativity play, in a packed hall, and ‘borrowed’ Mary as they are as
yet a girl only group. A wonderful achievement.
said Goodbye to Anne Fuller as a full time leader, with a sausage and chip
party, and some fun and games in the hall.
held a disco party on the 21st as they had been bag packing at
Somerfields during their last meeting of the term. They raised £118 with the
cubs for the Tuesday night’s work
Littlehampton held a ‘Splash Party’ at
Littlehampton swimming pool.
Littlehampton went to the fire station one week, and had a games and tea party
evening on the last night. The children in need night, with the aid of the cubs
they raised over £30.00 with a sponsored silence, and bring and buy sale.