Remembrance Sunday With The 1st Cowfold Scout Group

In the lead up to Remembrance Sunday, 1st Cowfold Scout Group researched into how we celebrate the day. They also looked into the role the Home Guard and Wardens played during the war and made poppy themed art for display.



On Remembrance Day itself, just over fifty young people, plus parents, grandparents and not forgetting some four legged friends, took part in an event at Shoreham-by-Sea. 1st Cowfold Scout Group patrolled the beaches as the Home Guard would have done. They then listened to talks about significance of poppies, Remembrance, Home Guard, Wardens and historical details about Cowfold during the war. It was a great chance for the scouts to immerse themselves in history and gain a fun way of understanding the past. One of the 1st Cowfold scout’s played trumpet for those attending followed by two minute silence. The event was finished with investing new members and Leaders. Thank you to all those who attended.



“I enjoyed taking part in the Remembrance event because it helped me remember the past and the men who were brave enough to fight for our country. It was respectful to take part in the two minute silence with the Beavers, Cubs, Explorers and Scouts. I helped lay the wreath on Shoreham beach and felt very proud.” Hugh aged 7

“This year we went to Shoreham beach for our Remembrance Sunday. Even though it was cold and windy, it was a lovely opportunity to remember the Home Guard, wardens and all other people that fought and served in the wars. While I was there, I thought about my great Grandpa and what it would be like to serve in the war.” Riley aged 9

Of course none of this could be possible without the help and support of the leaders and adult helpers. If you are interested in becoming more involved in Scouting as a leader please contact Peter Scofield – District Commissioner for  more information or go to

Article and photographs by Ellen Barker 1st Cowfold Group Scout Leader.

Annual Horsham Riverside Walk


We were very proud to see that Scouting has again had a strong presence in the annual Riverside Walk. 1st Roffey supplied and erected the tents for the lunch stop at Warnham Nature Reserve providing shelter for all the intrepid walkers. There was a strong turn out of adult volunteers, parents, Scouts, Cubs and Beavers from 1st Roffey and 5th/10th Horsham groups who walked part or all of the route for charity. Thirteen miles of it! They all had a chance to meet Jeremy Quin our local MP and Paddington Bear who were both present at Warnham.


It was great to see children of all levels in Scouting taking part in this annual event, giving them a chance to support a charity and strengthening the ties between Scouts and our local community. They were exceptional ambassadors for Scouting and should be proud of themselves.


Of course none of this could be possible without the help and support of the leaders and adult helpers. If you are interested in becoming more involved in Scouting as a leader please contact Peter Scofield – District Commissioner for  more information or go to





Pete Chennell – RIP

There will be many who remember Pete Chennell who was a long serving Scout Leader with 5th Horsham Scout Group along with Grace Diplock and latterly as a stalwart member of the District campsite committee and warden team.
After Grace died Pete moved to Cornwall to be closer to her family with whom close and caring relationships had been formed.
Pete died on 8th June following a fall at home in February as a result of which he was admitted to a care home. He had been suffering with dementia but his condition deteriorated rapidly after the fall.
Beacon Hill Totem Poles

Pete Chennell’s totem poles

Pete created at least one if not both of the totem poles which stands outside Gummys at Beacon Hill campsite – hopefully these will remain for many years to come and will remind us of the contribution he made to Scouting in Horsham over many years.
Pete’s funeral will take place at Camborne Crematorium on Thursday 22nd June at 1 pm.
Representatives of Horsham Scout District will attend the funeral.
Pete specifically requested there should be ‘no flowers’ but donations instead to a charity. The family decided the most appropriate charity to be Dementia UK .
The contact for donations and cards is;
Sara Deason,
32 Meadow Drive,
TR17 7JB
An option for donations could be directly to Dementia UK
Donate in memory Donate in memory. Making a donation to Dementia UK in memory of a loved one is a special way to reach families living with dementia.
If this is your preferred option it would be good to let Sara know:  messages can be sent to Sara on –
If you have any stories or reminiscences about Pete (and Grace – they were a team) please send them to Sara as I am sure the family will want to hear them with a copy to
Alternatively stories can be posted through the link below to the Horsham Scouts website
All postings will be moderated by the District Media Team before publication.
Pete Chennell
Rest in Peace

Dave and Pat Stillwell – RIP

Horsham Scout District has lost two long time supporters very recently.

Dave and Pat Stillwell had a long term association with Horsham Scouting through their tireless and devoted voluntary service as Warden and Treasurer of the District campsite.

Pat had been Campsite Treasurer for many years and for the past seven  years the Booking Secretary with Dave generously giving access to the equipment and materials necessary for the work required in maintaining the wonderful  Beacon Hill campsite facility that has given so much pleasure and opportunity to thousands of Scouts over the years.

Regrettably Pat died in April and her funeral was held on 31st May.

Dave also had a prolonged period of ill health but it came as a great shock when he died shortly after Pat’s funeral on 8th June.

Both these generous, enthusiastic, humorous and vibrant supporters of Scouting will be greatly missed by everyone in Horsham Scout District.

May they both Rest in Peace.


Please Note
Dave Stillwell’s funeral will take place at Worth Crematorium, Crawley on Tuesday 20th June at 11.15 am.
Friends and colleagues are welcome to attend and invested members of the Scout Movement are encouraged to wear uniform.

Horsham Scouts support the Alzheimer’s Society

Young Scouts from Explorer Units and adult leaders combined together to support the recent Alzheimer’s Garden Party at Warnham Park on Saturday 20th May 2017.

Explorer Scouts from Europa, Phoenix and Titans Explorer Units and adult leaders helped set up the event, serve teas to the approximately 150 guests and clear away at the end of the day.

Tideway folk group which was formed in the late 1960’s the members of which are still active Scout leaders from Horsham, London and Kent provided the entertainment for the event.

Donations on the day raised more than £750 to help the work of the Alzheimer’s Society.

The Scout Association’s A Million Hands project includes support for the Alzheimer’s Society and seeks to the raise awareness of young and old alike to the issues of those who suffer from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Click here to find out more about the Scouts A Million Hands initiative.

Alzheimer’s Society’s Tim Wilkins sent this thank you to the Scouts that helped on the day.

Alongside providing developmental opportunities for young people through a national programme of training Scouts in Horsham support the community in many different ways.

Tideway folk group also work the local charity Know Dementia and provide entertainment at ‘Memory Clubs’ in West and East Sussex.

There are many ways in which young people and adults can use their skills and experience to support our local community.

To find out how you could get involved in Scouting contact:
Peter Scofield –
District Commissioner – Horsham Scouts
E-mail –

Open Garden Days – Warnham Park in aid of St Catherine’s Hospice

Horsham Scout District President, Jonathan Lucas is opening the gardens of  the Warnham Park estate to the public to raise funds in aid of St Catherines Hospice on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th June 2017 from 12 noon to 4.30 pm.

Those who attended the recent Alzheimer’s Society Garden Party will know how wonderful the gardens are. This is another opportunity to see the gardens and raise funds for another important provider of care in our community dependant on charitable giving.


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