District Cub Camp 2022
District camp 2022 was really GREAT!
138 cubs from11 groups, 9 young leaders and 34 leaders, with visits from Dean Jeffries and Linda Thorogood.
It all kicked off with a good old sing song around the campfire then bed though not much sleep!
Saturday - up,fed and watered then straight onto activities and bases galore including kayaking, rafting, air rifles, archery, climbing, crate stacking, cave bus, wheelchairs, bottle rockets, slack-line, lava floor, paracord keyrings, knotting, balistas, treasure hunt and bunting for our Jubilee fair in the evening... sooo much fun! And the food....scrummy especially the bacon rolls, thanks to Stuart and his team. The cubs all had great fun making new friends, sleeping in tents, lots for them for the first time, and enjoyed EVERYTHING!
St Georges Day
So, we thought that after a three year gap that St George’s Day 2022 might have been a small select affair - and how wrong we were!!!
The sun shone, the parade route was packed with cheering parents and residents and we had to get extra chairs out in the hall as everyone packed in!
If doughnut sales is a barometer of numbers all 500 of those went in a flash and many were left disappointed so we clearly had hundreds on parade!
It was lovely to see so many adults being recognised with long service & good service awards and the smiles on the faces of all the participants was great to see!
Can I thank the Police, the Council, Romford Drum & Trumpet Corps, the site team at Emerson Park, our Road Traffic Marshalls, our Pianist, Pete Seddon our Parade Marshall and everyone who helped to set up the venue yesterday and to tidy up today.
It was a lovely celebration of the family of Scouting in Hornchurch and I was bursting with pride seeing you all parading past!
Well done one and all!
Interim District Commissioner
Mothers Day Fundraiser for 8th HX WSJ Attendees
Every four years the Scouts hold a World Scout Jamboree (WSJ) hosted by a different country. In Summer 2023 more than 40,000 Scouts from almost every country in the world will gather in South Korea for the 25th WSJ. 8th Hornchurch are lucky enough to have 3 young people and 1 leader attending. But we need your help! Attendees from developed countries are asked to raise a significant amount of money to ensure that attendees from other countries can attend including many countries where the Scouts in those countries just couldn’t afford to attend without the contribution from the UK and other developed nations. You will probably see a number of events over the next 18 months but we are going to kick start the fundraising with a Mother’s Day Beads Sale. We are selling beautiful homemade bracelets made using 10mm Brightening Beads in a variety of colours for £5 each, the Scouts will make the bracelets (with quality checking from me of course!) and all the profits will go to support the 8th Hornchurch Scouts going to the World Scout Jamboree. So you get to support the Scouts and get an amazing bracelet in the process.
If you would like to support the Scouts on their WSJ adventure and get one or more of these amazing bracelets, orders are to being taken via Google Forms (where pictures are also attached), please click on the link below or the QR code in the poster to make you order:-
You don’t have to pay for the bracelet now - completed bracelets will be hand delivered to your section the week before Mother’s Day and you can pay cash on collection.
Thank you in advance for your help.
We know that dreams come true when we work together.
8th Hornchurch Administrator
Cornwell Scout Award
Today we had the enormous pleasure to witness the award of the extremely rare Cornwell Scout Award for bravery to Eddie, a Cub Scout from 8th Hornchurch who was diagnosed with a brain tumour at the age of 6 and had to endure gruelling chemotherapy, six hour operations, repeated blood tests and infusions, and all with a smile on his face.
Despite all of this Eddie’s dedication and devotion to Scouting has been second to none - only missing one Scout event throughout his treatment and often rushing from hospital appointments to get to Beavers at 2nd Squirrels Heath and now Cubs at 8th Hornchurch.
Fortunately Eddie’s treatment has been successful and his tumour has now not grown for over two years. Throughout all of this his positive and inspiring outlook has been a shining example to all!
The award was presented to a surprised Eddie today in front of friends and family by Lee Clark, County Commissioner for GLNE on behalf of Bear Grylls, the Chief Scout.
We are all really proud of Eddie and hope that he has an amazing day when he goes to Windsor Castle in April to meet the Chief Scout and to join the National Queens Scout Service. It’s so well deserved!
You may also not realise that at the top end of Station Lane and Suttons Avenue in Hornchurch are the Cornwell Cottages, constructed in the shape of a Victoria Cross and managed by the Royal Navy Benevolent Fund for disabled ex-service personnel.
Interim District Commissioner