Alzheimer’s Society Garden Party – 20th May 2017

As part of this year’s Dementia Awareness Week
you are inviated to attend a

Garden Party & Cream Tea

Warnham Park

within Warnham Deer Park, near Horsham RH12 3RP

Saturday 20th May 

2 pm until 4 pm

Come along and enjoy a fantastic afternoon

Cream Tea | Live music from ‘Tideway’
| ‘Bake a Cake’ Competition | Beautiful Gardens

For more information call

Alzheimer’s Society Sussex Helpline on 01403 213017

Slinfold Scout Group

As all sections get stuck into their programmes for the coming term, I have had to take some time as GSL to review the group as a whole and our plans for the future. This was because it was once again time for my dreaded ‘review of appointment’ with the District Commissioner of Horsham Scout District. As with most organisations this is a process that allows those involved to share their thoughts, successes and any concerns they may have with those a little higher up the ladder, it is also an opportunity to come up with ways to improve or build on the quality of scouting that is given to the young people in our village. 
I have been Beaver Leader in Slinfold for 14 years now, having been an Assistant Cub Leader in my previous life before moving to Slinfold. I then became GSL, Group Scout Leader, quite by accident 12 years ago. It didn’t seem too daunting a job when it was just me, 7 beavers, a ‘borrowed from the District’ cub leader and her 6 cubs. It is now however a much larger undertaking with our recently completed annual census showing 6 young leaders and over 80 children spread from Beavers up to Explorers. The job of ensuring that they have varied, fun and adventurous programmes to follow with badges and awards to achieve is being admirably fulfilled by a record 18 leaders in Slinfold Scout Group now.
Scouting in general is made up of almost all volunteers and as I sat and discussed our group with the DC at my review it dawned on me just how far, as a group, we have come over the past 14 years. I was able to reflect on how much we have achieved based purely on the hard work and dedication of people that are not paid a penny. It is not only at parades, church services and award ceremony’s that I look around me feeling immensely proud, but also at every section meeting, activity or camp while watching the scouts, cubs or beavers deeply engrossed in whatever task they have been set. 
I’m pleased to report that those a little higher up the ladder are more than happy with Slinfold Scout Group and are 100% supportive of our plans for the future. There is always an open invitation to anyone that feels they would like to be a part of our group if you have some time to give or a hobby or skill to share, you will always be welcome. 
As yet we have not been able to secure a home for the future of the group within the village, but we will continue to investigate every opportunity that comes our way and as I have said on many occasions, we can ‘Scout’ out of a cardboard box if we really have to, but lets just hope it doesn’t come to that!
Jo Sands
Our hut is available for hire for children’s parties and meetings and our Rag Bag appeal is on going.

1st Shipley Cubs Conquer Seven Sisters!

On Saturday 4th March, fifteen cubs from 1st Shipley, three leaders, the group chairman and Group Scout Leader embarked from Cuckmere Haven in Exceat heading towards Beachy Head. We walked down the estuary towards the mouth of the river before completing the first of the Seven Sisters. The cubs had conquered all Seven by lunchtime.

Stopping for lunch at Birling Gap, we all enjoyed the sights and sounds of the seaside before dropping down onto the beach for a quick paddle and exploration of pebbles before heading onwards to the lighthouse at the top of the hill. Eight of the brave explorers then chose to continue on and finish their walk at Beachy Head.

For almost all of the Cubs, this was the longest walk that they had ever undertaken, and it was a challenge to say the least. Towards the end we gave the Cubs the option of returning back to Birling Gap once they had reached the lighthouse or to carry on. Having heard almost all of the Cubs talk about how much their legs were aching, I was taken a back by the number who chose to carry on for the remainder of the walk.

“We camped at the scout hut on Friday night and ate popcorn and stayed up until 11pm watching a film! On Saturday we woke up early and had a fry-up then bundled into the minibus to set off to the Seven Sisters. We started our hike carried our backpacks on our backs with our lunch and drinks. During our hike we saw cows and sheep, we could see the sea and lighthouse from a distance. After walking seven hills we had lunch, when we finished we walked along the beach for a little while looking for fossils. After that we walked to the lighthouse,  some of us went back to the minibus but some of us chose to walk three more hills! After that Akela found an ice cream van and we all got an ice cream. We tiredly set off back home and Akela fell asleep on the journey home!” – Emily Taylor, 1st Shipley Cubs. 

“Every single one of the Cubs should be proud of what they achieved on this camp. For some it was their first night away and for others it was the longest walk they’d done but for all it was a chance to work as a team, motivate one another and explore the Seven Sisters. It is proof that Scouting not only provides opportunity for adventure but most importantly provides each and every member with the chance to set new limits and reach new goals.” – Akela, 1st Shipley Cubs. 

By Lizzie Blount

Scouting Ambassadors

The Scouting association are delighted to confirm that five well-known figures are joining the Scout Ambassador team.

They are Paralympic gold medallist Ellie Simmonds, Olympic gold medallist Helen Glover, TV presenters Anita Rani and Steve Backshall, and adventurer Megan Hine. They join current Scout Ambassadors, including Chris Evans, Ed Stafford and Julia Bradbury, as positive role models for young people. The team also helps raise awareness of the invaluable work done in helping young people develop skills for life.

For more information on the all of our ambassadors please click

Recent Study On Mental Health


Something most present and past scouts probably already know, Scouting is good for your mental health. Not just as a child, but long into adulthood.

Robert Baden-Powell’s principles have left us a legacy of stronger mental health throughout generations of Scouts. As a Scout you are part of a group who spend time making mindful connections with the world through their interaction with people and nature. You help others. Life skills which you carry through into your adult life. And this leads to being happier and stronger mentally.
Funded by they Economic and Social Research Council, researchers from the University of Edinburgh and the University of Glasgow have now scientifically shown that belonging to the Scouting and Guiding movements helps your mental health. For a more in-depth article on these results click


Scouts Supporting Homeless Charity WCHP

WCHP is a charity helping homeless and insecurely housed men and women in our community. We have recently started working in Horsham, opening two new Recovery houses which provide safe, drug and alcohol free supported accommodation for up to two years for people in early recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. We also have an Outreach Worker in Horsham who will lead on assessing and supporting rough sleepers, building rapport and developing relationships with those who have been hard to engage.

Over the past couple of months we have been attending Scout meetings in the Horsham district to talk to Scouts and Explorers about homelessness and our projects in Horsham. We have really enjoyed talking to the young people and been impressed by the intelligent questions, the level of engagement and enthusiasm to find out how they can help. The scout groups we have met with have all been very mature in their approach to what can be a tricky topic and we have really appreciated their openness to discuss the issues surrounding homelessness.

During scout meetings we have been looking at what homelessness is, how people become homeless and what it means not only to lose a roof over your head, but a home. All the groups we have been to so far have been so generous in their support, we have received donations, clothes and the offer of fundraising for us! We hope that by explaining the work we do and what others can do to help, we can answer some of the questions Scouts have about homelessness and inspire them to engage in their community.

Thank you so much to all the scout groups that have invited us to their meetings and supported WCHP. We hope to see more of you soon!

We currently have a voluntary position available in Horsham for a Homeless Outreach Volunteer, more information on our website

If you would like to get involved in the charity or book us to do a talk at a Scout group please email or call 01903 680740.

Amy Oboussier

Social Media Community Fundraiser

2nd Southwater Beavers Charity Hike



Eager Beavers’ get moo-ving on family hike to raise funds for Sussex charity’s farm appeal. A pack of Horsham Beavers were joined by mums, dads, brothers and sisters when they stepped out on a fundraising hike.

The 2nd Southwater Beavers donned colourful animal masks for the three-mile ramble around Leith Hill, which raised money for Chailey Heritage Foundation’s Patchwork Farm appeal. The charity, which supports children and young people with complex physical disabilities, is raising £55,000 to build a new animal therapy farm at its home in Chailey. Named Patchwork Farm, the wheelchair-friendly facility will initially be home to goats, rabbits, guinea pigs and chickens and provide a multi-sensory experience for the charity’s users as they explore new sounds, smells, sights and textures.

The Foundation is well on its way to reaching its fundraising target with the Southwater Beavers adding £80 to the pot, which they raised through their sponsored hike. A total of 24 youngsters, aged between six and eight, were joined by siblings and parents for the walk on October 23rd, which took around two & a half hours to complete and included a picnic at Leith Hill Tower in the autumn sunshine. At the end of the walk each Beaver was presented with a Patchwork Farm badge to sew onto their camp blankets, and a certificate congratulating them on contributing to the appeal.

Eddie Mordaunt, 2nd Southwater Beaver leader, said: “It was a great family hike and we were blessed with lovely sunshine for the whole day. The Beavers were very pleased to have earned their hike badges, as well as raise £80 for Patchwork Farm, and loved wearing their animal masks. “Our youngsters are always keen to get involved with fundraising activities to support local causes and the Patchwork Farm appeal really caught their imagination.”

The new farm is set to open in spring 2017 and as well as providing sensory experiences will be used to deliver life skills and independence courses. In future it will also be opened to the wider community and nearby schools so even more people can benefit from it. For more details about Patchwork Farm, or to make a donation, visit




District Beaver Hike


On Saturday 16th October, the oldest Beavers from Slinfold, 1st Broadbridge Heath, 2nd Horsham and 2nd Southwater took part in a hike, supported by adult leaders. An event which counts towards their Personal Challenge and Bronze Awards. It was a brilliant afternoon where they walked five kilometres in beautiful sunshine, spotting alpacas, sheep, cows and horses along the way. They even heard the distant growl of the only known dinosaur in captivity in Slinfold!! The Beavers also created a journey stick, collecting mementos from the walk along the way. A fabulous time was had by all, topped off by a local pilot taking off and landing on his runway across the Downs Link as they walked underneath. When the Beavers reached Broadbridge Heath’s Scout Hut, there was the fastest demolition ever seen of a splendid picnic tea, a real treat after ‘walking up’ a healthy appetite. Thank you to all that took part.

“It was cool when the old plane took off over us! It was quite a long walk but the food at the end was full of deliciousness.” Ollie McCarthy (aged 7).


1st Broadbridge Heath Scouts 2016 village scarecrow competition entry

1st Broadbridge Heath Scous entry to the village scarecrow competition featured –



Cruella Devill made by the Scouts,

Horace & Jasper by the Cubs and

101 Dalmatians made by the Beavers.

Everyone had a great time making the scarecrows.

The entry won 2nd place in the ‘Groups’ category.

Well done 1st BBH on a brilliant Group effort.