Jamboree Clothing Collection

5th/10th Horsham Scouts Working With Community For Defibrillator


Both the Foresters Arms public house and the 5th/10th Horsham Scouts were looking to fundraise for a local defibrillator. Realising we both had the same aim in mind, we decided to join forces and fundraise together to provide a defibrillator for Bennetts Field. The idea was to locate it adjacent to the Scout hut, so 5th/10th Horsham Scouts can provide the electricity supply needed for the heated cabinet. The Foresters Arms raised funds through a raffle and pub quiz attended by various teams including one from the Scouts. You have to have a good team name for pub quizzes, so very tongue in cheek, we called ours the Ging Gang Goolies and won the quiz! We also applied to West Sussex County Council for a Community Initiative Fund grant and were awarded £500.

Having managed to raise the necessary funds we worked with Horsham Community Responders who provided the heated cabinet and have offered to come and give training on the use of the defibrillator. The Scouts will insure and maintain the defibrillator which is now up and ready to be used by the local community, Foresters Arms public house, Scouts, Montessori School, Dance Schools, Allotment holders and footballers at Bennetts Field.

I would just like to thank everyone who has been involved in the fundraising and organising to get this project up and running, especially Morwen Millson County Councillor, Marc Harold Response Team Leader and Colin James the Landlord of the Foresters. Hopefully the defibulator will never be needed, but if it is, it will hopefully make a difference to someone’s life.

Beverley Bell

Group Scout Leader


(L-R in bottom photo is County Councillor Morwen Millson, Marc Harrold Response Team Leader, Colin James Landlord of the Foresters and Beverley Bell Group Scout Leader)

Europa Explorer Unit


Last term we had a pretty fun packed time. In Europa we get to do lots of different activities, last term this included archery, hiking, water sports, film night (with popcorn!), pac man, bowling, Battle Of The Bands, ice skating and Taskmaster. We’ve also been able to take part in many different events including multiple hikes and many trips away from home. One of our favourite camps was the Hunted Camp. This camp took place at our nearby campsite and involved the leaders hunting the Explorers which made it more entertaining for us all. But what really made this camp our highlight of the term, was that it was in the snow. So we got to make snowmen, have snowball fights and how many people can say they’ve slept in tents in snow?!



As Explorer Units are all a part of Horsham Scout District, we get to take part in District events such as the Youth Shaped Camp. There we got to create our own sleeping areas as one of the many challenges. One of the groups made a bed out of pioneering poles, whilst another stacked up hammocks between two very sturdy trees (bunk hammocks!).We found this task challenging yet fun as we had never done anything like it before and the only thing limiting us was our imaginations. We had to try new things while working together with Explorers from other Units. By doing this, in my opinion, it helped us to be able to become more confident in ourselves and our ideas, as before then, bunk hammocks didn’t seem possible for us, but we proved ourselves wrong by making it possible (and they survived a whole night of us sleeping in them!). 



In Europa Explorers, we are lucky to have the opportunity to take part in many activities that most will never experience. Things like caving and air rifle shooting. We all had the chance at the start of the term to pitch an idea to the rest of the Unit about what we wanted to do later in that term. My group pitched to go to AirHop in Guildford for which a poster was created with costs, information, pictures and dates. The Unit voted on which idea we would all like to do and before we knew it we were there all bouncing around on trampolines there. 


We feel that moving up to the Explorer Unit from the Scout Troop has been a big change as it is a really different environment, and the relationship we have with our leaders is that we have mutual respect, which is great as we can joke around with them. We have also found that now being much older we are trusted with a lot more and we have a lot more freedom. Also our leaders are very understanding and get that we all have exams and sometimes we can’t be there. Overall Explorers is more relaxed than Scouts yet just as packed with fun activities and has even more adventures. 


by Holly, May and Lizzy




2nd Horsham Scout Group Cleans Up Rec Ground

The 2nd Horsham Scout Group, from the Swindon Road Scout HQ, staged a litter pick at Victory Road Recreation Ground on Sunday May 13th.

Some 40 Beavers, Cubs and Scouts, aged six to fourteen, plus volunteer leaders and helpers took part, working towards their World Challenge Award badges by helping their community. They collected about ten sacks of rubbish from around the cricket and football pitches. The litter pick was supported by Horsham District Council which lent litter picking sticks and gloves.

Caroline McCurrach: Assistant Group Scout Leader, said the weather was glorious and everyone enjoyed a delicious tea break with homemade cakes.

For more about the group visit http://www.horshamscouts.com/find-a-group/2nd-horsham-group/ 

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 http://www.horshamscouts.com/join-us/want-to-join/

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 http://www.horshamscouts.com/join-us/want-to-join/





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 – sara.deason@sky.com
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 dc@horshamscouts.com
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 – dc@horshamscouts.com