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The Gaddesden Society Scouting


1st Little Gaddesden Scout Group

Thanks to all those who supported our Jumble Sale in March, which was a success for us, and raised a good amount of money to support our activities and our Scout Hut.


Our Group was in attendance at the District St. George’s Day Parade in Tring in April, together with hundreds of Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Leaders from other local Groups. At the church service, three of our Leaders were awarded their 5 Year Service Certificates. Our thanks and congratulations go to Simon Wilkinson, John Russell and Michael Swietochowski – all Leaders with our Scout Troop.


Anyone with an interest in our Scout Group is invited to our Annual General Meeting, which will be held on Monday July 2nd at 8.00pm, at the Scout Hut. Parents of current Beavers, Cubs and Scouts will be especially welcome, to receive updates on how our Scout Group is doing, and our plans for the future, and to ask the Leaders and Committee any questions they have about the Group.

Tim Cooper

Assistant Group Scout Leader


The Beavers kicked off the summer term with a hike from Ashridge Monument Drive back to the Scout Hut with everyone enjoying being out in the spring sunshine, finding the odd deer bone and rolling down hills!

Jennie Lewis

Beaver Scout Leader


As we write this we have been enjoying the hottest May Day bank holiday weekend on record but cast your minds back just a few weeks and we were shivering in rather chillier climes!  On a particularly cold Wednesday night in March the Cubs were delighted that the fourth large fall of snow of the winter meant they could enjoy the new experience of sledging by moonlight.  Their shrieks could be heard echoing around Golden Valley as they sledged and snowboarded to their hearts’ content. 


The coldest weekend of the winter also saw six hardy Cubs take part in a County organized Bushcraft event.  With temperatures not getting above freezing they wrapped up warmly and took part in a range of activities including firelighting, shelter building, rope making and warming up by the fire whilst they cooked their dinner. 


The snow also meant that the Cubs were unable to take part in the organized Great British Spring Clean but, never ones to be deterred, they postponed this to the following week.  The Cubs circumnavigated the village picking up any litter they could find – the only problem being that the care that the residents of our wonderful village take meant there wasn’t too much to be found! 


Inspired by the Winter Paralympics, the pack also enjoyed an evening where they took part in their own version. The assault course through the old quarry was something to behold!


Whilst we are, very sadly, due to say a farewell to our Leader Paul Emes at the end of the summer term, we are delighted to welcome Tim Baker to the pack.  Paul has helped lead the Pack with a great sense of humour and unfailing fun over the past few years and he will be very sadly missed.


The spring term has seen a number of Cubs join the group from Beavers and we continue to have a flourishing group, full of friendly, fun-loving and adventurous Cubs.  We always we are on the lookout for Parents to help and any support, even occasionally, is always very much appreciated and we are always so grateful to those parents who regularly help out at our meetings.

Richard Brash

Cub Scout Leader


Our Scout troop gains so much when we go outside. Rarely do our young people have the opportunity to go outdoors and play whilst the sun sets and darkness covers. We took our troop to the streets of Berkhamsted and played a variation on orienteering. The game is ‘Lamp O’s’. The challenge is to find all the lamp posts highlighted on a map and confirm the reference number our local council have given it.


With a simple map of Berkhamsted and using the ‘report a fault’ web site with Dacorum council it’s easy to pick out lamp posts and their given reference number then turn it in to a wide game. Once they understood the rules they were off. Scouts pick their own route as that’s part of the challenge. It was smiles all round, and no lost Scouts.


Plans are being forged for our summer camp to the Isles of Scilly. This year we have ten scouts taking part. We board a train to Penzance then onwards to St Mary’s via the ferry for five days of adventure. As always we aim to make it memorable and enjoyable with activities to suit all Scouts. The camp site is all pitched so we only have to take our own personal gear.  We are grateful for Potten End Scouts who are taking the lead with the organisation this year.


Our Scout troop represents those in Little Gaddesden and the surrounding area for both boys and girls aged 10½ years old up to 14. If you know a young person who would like to join then please make contact at

Simon Wilkinson

Scout Leader

How to get in touch…

Gaddesden Society President
Trevor Fernandes 01442 843498

Gaddesden Society Honorary Secretary
Mandy Haynes 01442 842496

Gaddesden Society Treasurer
Phil Heaphy 01442 842283

Diary Editorial Team

Phil and Rachael Heaphy 01442 842 283

Emma Thon

Genny Snowdon 01442 843834

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