2nd December 2008
Cubs and Beavers from Arundel &
Littlehampton attended the District
Christingle Service at St Magdalene Church, Lyminster. The service
conducted by The Rev David Burt and the District Chaplain Phillip Tout
had carols as well as the telling of the Christmas story. Christingles
were given out and lit.
29th/30th November 2008
Scout Groups from around the
District spent the weekend at Haskins Roundstone Garden Centre bag
packing and raising money to help develop facilities at the District
Campsite at Dappers Lane Angmering.
23rd September 2008
Friends, Family and Scouting
colleagues of Pete Richards who died earlier in the year gathered at a
special evening of celebration for his life at the 5th Littlehampton
Scout HQ. Pete who was Chairman of the Band and Group Chairman of the
5th Littlehampton Sea Scouts was also remembered in a special plaque
unveiled by his wife Sue.
The Scout Band was on hand to play
some of Pete's favourites tunes including Sussex by the Sea. Both the
District Chaplain Philip Tout and Tony Squires, Pete's Friend and Group
Scout leader spoke of his life.
21st October 2008
Arundel and Littlehampton Beavers enjoyed the
weather and made the most of a full day of activities inside and out
when they won the first County Beaver challenge. Beavers from most
districts in the county took part in teams of 8 to show their knowledge,
skill and dexterity in a day of both indoor and out door activities,
cumulating in a water race, which was enjoyed by all in the heat on
Sunday afternoon. The Granny Beaver trophy will be awarded annually to
the winners in this new and exciting event in Scouting.
13th July 2008
Cubs and Scouts from around the
District took part in a canoe taster session at Littlehampton's
Mewsbrook Park. Following last years success the event was run again.
This time raising money for Chestnut Tree House. The event was ably
organised by 5th Littlehampton and 1st Yapton and Ford Scout Groups.
28th June 2008
1st Arundel Cubs took part in the
West Sussex Scouts County Cubs Scout Challenge on Littlehampton Beach.
They were representing the Arundel & Littlehampton District. The Cubs
took part in a number of activities on the theme of the Olympics. These
activities included sack races, sandcastle and beach picture building.
It was a close fought competition
and with only two points in it, 1st Arundel won.
21st June 2008
18 members of the District took
part in a first response course held at the Body Shop in Littlehampton.
19th June 2008
The District held its Annual
General Meeting at Arundel Castle. The Duke of Norfolk our District
President again presided. We were entertained by the West Sussex County
Orchestra and the District Scout Band.
18th June 2008
1st Rustington Scout Group received a
donation of five new tables from Tesco.
The Scout Group which caters for young people aged
6 to 18 years, and is the largest in the District was presented with the
tables at a presentation at the Groups Kingfisher Cub Pack on the 18th
The donation which was worth over £500 was to show
support for the local community near its new Tesco Express store in
Cub Scout Leader (Akela) Anne Lecuyer said “we are
very grateful for the donation from Tesco, it will help us support our
work in providing a fun and educational programme for the young people
in the Group”.
10th May 2008
Over 160 Beavers Scouts, Cub Scouts, Scouts,
Explorers and their Leaders took part in the 1st Arundel Scout Groups,
Jamboree on the Trail event 2008 on 10th May 2008.
On The Trail is an annual day for the World Scout Movement to hike
together. All Scouts, whatever their age and wherever they may be in the
world, are invited to participate in whatever way they can.
To help celebrate
1st Arundel Scouts Centenary in 2008 they organised a local
Jamboree on the trail event for all in the Arundel & Littlehampton Scout
District to participate in.
The event held in
and around Arundel Park and ended up at Swanbourne Lake a with
participants joining in a picnic, at which the new Mayor of Arundel
Wendy Eve joined in the fun. It was a fine sunny day and all the
participants had a fun safe time navigating one of the three routes
around the Arundel estate
the longest being 6 miles.
Organiser and Assistant Cub
Scout Leader Simon Burgess said, "this is the first time the District
has taken part in this worldwide event, it was really great to think
that we joined with thousands of other Scouts hiking on the same day all
around the World."
5th May 2008
Beavers, Cubs and Scouts
again descended on Haskins Roundstone garden centre to help raise money
for the refurbishment of the Arundel and Littlehampton Districts
Campsite in Angmering.
During the day the Scouts
raised over £500 and provided fun activities such as face painting and a
The District would like to
thank the customers and staff of Haskins who supported this fundraising
20th April 2008
Whilst 600 Scouts in
the Arundel & Littlehampton District were parading in Arundel on 20th
April, 5 of its Explorer Scouts were missing.
The Explorer Scouts
had a good excuse however, as Queen’s Scout Award holders, the highest
training Award in Scouting, they had been invited to parade at Windsor
Castle with other Queens Scouts from around the UK, a tradition that was
started by King George V in 1934
In a week that saw figures
being published to show that numbers involved in Scouting grow by 15,000
last year in the UK. The five Explorer Scouts from the Rustington
Explorer unit, Nick Harris, Claire Colenutt, Ashleigh Carpenter, Martin
Ferris, Tom Newson, who had all obtained their awards in the last year,
paraded in front of The
Duke of Kent, President, of the Scout Association and Chief Scout Peter
Duncan in quadrangle of Windsor Castle. Following the parade they
attended the National Scout Service in St. George's Chapel at the
The Queen's Scout Award is the ultimate training
Award for members of Explorer Scouts and Scout. It requires extremely
high standards of self-discipline, leadership and achievement in
activities, interests and community service. It helps build confidence
for the individual while they are having fun.
20th April 2008
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 20th
The parade which again,
brought traffic to a halt and crowds to the street to watch, and
concluded in a special service in the Cathedral to renew the Scouts
Promise. The 1st Ferring Sea Scout Group who helped organised
the event carried the District
colours and also retold in a very entertaining way the story of Saint
Brendan the Patron Saint of Sailors.
Again this year the Nautical
Training Corp also joined in the service by renewing their Code of
Honour. Both the NTC Band and the District Scout band provided the music
during the parade.
Earlier in the afternoon the
District held a special reception for Chief Scout Award recipients from
the Beaver and Cub Sections. The reception held at St.Nicholas Church in
Arundel was attended by young people aged 8 to 12 who had gained their
awards in the last year.
They were presented with their special
certificates by the Rev Phillip Tout
who is the Scout District Chaplain.
Guests on the day
included, The Mayor of Arundel - Colin Heriot and Jackie Heriot, Arun
District Chairman – Graham Tyler, Mayor of Littlehampton Dr James Walsh
and many other friends of Scouting.
6th April 2008
Snowballs were a last minute
addition to the activities at a weekend camp enjoyed by 1st Yapton
and Ford Scout Group members.
They braved the arctic weather
under canvas last Sunday as a forerunner to summer camp and
celebrating 40 years of Scouting at their Drove Lane headquarters in
Cubs, Scouts and Peregrine Explorers joined in the unscheduled fun
as the snow fell heavily on Sunday to provide a touch of winter.
The white blanket which coated the area gave it an unseasonal
appearance. It failed to stop the programme of archery, shooting,
crafts and games taking place as well.
3rd April 2008
The 4th Littlehampton Scout
Group undertook a fund-raising bag pack at the Littlehampton Sainsbury's
store and raised a grand total of £863.15.
We would like to extend a huge
thank-you to all the staff at the store for allowing us to use their
premises, and for making us feel welcome and promoting our event to
We would also like to thank all those people who kindly donated to
the Scout group, both money and their unwanted Active Kids vouchers.
Both will be used for new equipment for the children to enjoy.
Finally, thanks to the children and parents themselves, for giving
their time over the two days.
Adam Dixon, Cub Scout leader, 4th Littlehampton Scouts,
Queen Street, Littlehampton
16th February 2008
Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers and Leaders from the
1st Arundel Scout Group were locked into Arundel Castle for 100 minutes by the
Duke of Norfolk to launch their Groups centenary celebrations. The Scout Group
who is known as the Earl of Arundel’s Own has connections with the Castle and
the Dukes of Norfolk dating back to their formation in 1908. From almost the
beginning the then 15th Duke of Norfolk, Duke Henry, helped and supported the
work of the Group.
The Duke of Norfolk himself an associate of Baden
Powell honoured the Group with the title of Earl of Arundel’s Own and in 1914
the Duke with his young son the Earl of Arundel (later Duke Bernard the 16th
Duke of Norfolk) presented to the Scouts a magnificent Troop Colour and Union
Flag. After the presentation the Earl of Arundel (six years old at the time)
presented each Scout with a red and white silk scarf (The Dukes Colours)
together with five shillings.
Duke Bernard retained the title of Earl of Arundel and
his support of the Group until his death in 1975 when the current Dukes father
inherited the title of Duke of Norfolk and he became the Earl of Arundel. Duke
Edward, was himself a Scout whilst at Ampleforth School. Soon after becoming the
Earl, became the 1st Arundel’s Group President a role he has held ever since.
Like his ancestors he has supported the Scout Group and the local Scout
District, anyway he could by providing camping grounds and even helping to raise
thousands of pounds to build their current Headquarters in Green Lane Close. In
2003 he has honoured by the Chief Scout for his support of Scouting with the
Scout Associations Medal of Merit.
During the 100 minutes “lock in” the Group was joined
by Arundel’s Mayor Colin Herriott and were shown around the castle, including
some parts not on the normal castle tour, by castle guides John and Muriel Allen
themselves leaders in the 1st Arundel Scout Group.
The young people aged 6 to 18 got to see some of the
fantastic historic artefacts on show and even got to handle some of the weapons
in the Castle armoury.
The Duke of Norfolk, writing in the 1st Arundel’s Scout
Groups Magazine (Forward Again) said “I would like to wish the Scout Group a
very Happy Birthday, and I pledge my own, and my family’s support for at least
another hundred years!”
5th February 2008
Littlehampton Sea Scouts have used a grant from Arun
District Council to help them “go green”.
successfully applied for £5,500 funding from Arun’s Grant
Aid Scheme last year and have used the money to install a
new energy efficient suspended ceiling at their 40-year-old
base in Lineside Way, Wick, as well as insulation, to keep
the heat in and draughts out.
the 5th Littlehampton Sea Scouts, Peter Richards,
said: “Our base is very old and we have been relying on
grants to be able to finance improvements.
”We are very
grateful for the money that we received from Arun’s Grant
Aid Scheme. We have been seeking the most energy efficient
improvements that we can and this new ceiling and insulation
has really helped us in our continuing quest to become as
green as we can.”
The base is
used by more than 100 Scouts aged six to 21 every week.
Aid Scheme provides funding for non-profit making voluntary,
community and charity groups in Arun twice each year
financial year, after assessing each application in a
19th January 2008
1st East Preston Scout Group held
a naming ceremony for their Headquarters. The HQ was dedicated to the
memory of Marjorie Bridger who for 55 year up to 1989 was a member of
A special plaque was unveiled by
Marjorie's son David.
Mark Bridger was also presented
with his 5 year certificate for adult service to Scouting.
15th January 2008
Beaver Scouts from a number of Groups in the District
converged on the Flying Fortress at Ford Airfield to have an evening of
fun as a belated Christmas treat. During the evening four Beavers and
two Assistant Beaver Leaders were invested.