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We have welcomed six new beavers this term and once again have a full Colony with a mix of boys and girls from five different schools. Our family camp was sadly slightly thwarted by high winds and heavy rain but we still enjoyed a day of activities at Phasels Wood, including caving, tug of war and the ‘Cresta Run’.


So far this term the Beavers have enjoyed making smoothies, collecting conkers, lighting fires and making catapults, as well as visits from DENS and a parent telling them all about what it’s like to be in the Police. We are looking forward to taking part in this year’s special Remembrance Sunday parade and closer to Christmas having a go at skiing and sledging at the Snow Centre in Hemel Hempstead.


Beavers is for children between 6 and 8 years old. If you are interested in finding out more please contact me at [email protected]

Jennie Lewis

Beaver Scout Leader


Since the summer the Cubs have enjoyed many a glorious evening for their meetings. They have got so used to running around in the Great Outdoors in just their polo shirts and shorts it will be a bit of a shock to the system when they have to go back to donning coats, gloves and head torches over the coming months.


The Cubs have, as usual, spent all their meetings outdoors. Recent weeks have seen them learning skills to equip them for camping expeditions in later life. They have learnt how to successfully put up a tent and use the camping equipment safely. Under the watchful eye of the Leaders they also spent one evening mastering how to use saws and axes and learning how to start a camp fire effectively.



Unfortunately we had to cancel our planned cycling evening at the eleventh hour due to a slight hiccup with trains from Euston. To the disappointment of the Cubs, the Leaders were all stuck at various points across London trying in vain to get back in time. The evening was also supposed to be a training run for the annual Hertfordshire Cubs cyclocross competition. However the team of Jamie Brash, Will Barton, George Crampton and Will Baker still did us proud and we were delighted that they brought home the winner trophy. Well done boys!


Safety and safeguarding of children is of paramount importance to the Cubs. With this is mind, Richard and Will embarked on a ‘Skills for Residential Experiences’ weekend training course at the end of the summer holidays. They are now experts in all things safety and are looking forward to lots of camping expeditions with the Cubs. With safety in mind, it is so important that we have help from parents and other volunteers to enable us to continue to do all the fun activities and make use of our amazing countryside. Please don't be shy - even if you can volunteer for just one evening in the Cub year you will be contributing enormously to the welfare and enjoyment of our thriving Cub pack. All you need is a sense of humour, a head torch and a willingness to be ambushed by a Cub learning commando skills!

Richard Brash

Cub 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
[email protected]

Diary Editorial Team

Phil and Rachael Heaphy 01442 842 283 [email protected]

Matt Laver
[email protected]

Genny Snowdon 01442 843834

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