8th Hornchurch volunteers receive awards

Congratulations to the following Leaders and Executive Committee members who have just received the following Long Service awards:

• Essie Jamal – Five Year Long Service Award – Executive Committee member and Scout Shop assistant

• Davied Rowe – Five Year Long Service Award – Group Treasurer

• Li Ma – Five Year Long Service Award – Sectional Assistant Mercury Cub Pack

And I was also very pleased to present the following Wood Badges:

• Kevin Dible – Section Leader – St. Andrews Troop

• Lucy Bresslaw – Assistant Section Leader – Beavers & Cubs

Congratulations to each of these volunteers on their awards.

Group Scout Leader


8th Hornchurch Young Leaders are presented with their Jack Petchey Awards

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Just recently I was very pleased to be able to present three of our wonderful Young Leaders with their Jack Petchey Outstanding Achiever Awards.

These awards were a little late in being presented (for obvious reasons) but I managed to get around to each of their houses and present them socially distanced

Congratulations to Abbie, Grace and Tom on their richly deserved awards.

Group Scout Leader

Gone Home Ernie Spicknell

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Ernie was an Assistant Cub Scout Leader with the Apollo Cub Pack starting back in November 1997, eventually retiring in May 2019 after over 20 years of dedicated service to the8th Hornchurch Scout Group. Ernie's `retirement' party was attended by many leaders and it would be fair to say that his face was aglow all evening.During his time as a leader Ernie received his various Long Service Awards and back in 2015 I was very pleased to visit Apollo Pack and indeed honoured, on behalf of the Chief Scout, Bear Grylls, to present Ernie with the Award for Merit which is only presented to leaders on the following criteria: The Award for Merit is given for outstanding service of not less than 15 years. It implies keen, conscientious, imaginative and dedicated service over a sustained period and is a recognition of this exceptional service.Ernie was a very worthy recipient of the Award.We all have memories of Ernie and having helped out with Apollo Pack for a period of time I was lucky to see Ernie's contribution first hand, whether it was telling a joke and making us all laugh, or interacting fabulously with the Cubs or the pride he took in ensuring the flag was correctly folded and broken at the start of every Pack meeting with the due respect it deserved.We will all miss Ernie and I am sure you join me in sending our thoughts and condolences to Joan and their two children at this sad time.


8th Hornchurch Scout Leaders

CoOp Fundraising




St Andrews Beavers Remembrance Day – 11 November 2020

Normally, along with lots of other uniformed groups, we would parade through Hornchurch High Street to St Andrews Church to watch the special service at the War Memorial. Unfortunately, due to COVID 19 we were not be able to do that this year.
To mark the occasion, we explained to the Beavers the significance of the Poppy and asked them to colour in a poppy picture and hang it in their windows. We got the download of the poppy picture from the Royal British Legion website and we made a small donation for this.
We also gave all the Beavers two large stones and some pens and during our Zoom Beaver meet on Wednesday 11th November, we coloured them in together with pictures of Poppies and the NHS rainbow.


St Andrews Beavers Face to Face Meeting

8th Hornchurch St Andrews Beavers had their first Face to Face Meeting on Wednesday 4th November in the grounds of 8th Hornchurch HQ, Chelmsford Drive.   Although chilly, the weather was dry, allowing the excited Beavers to meet in two bubbles for 30 minutes each with both groups playing a game of Riverbed.   Afterwards, there were lots of positive comments from parents, saying how much their Beavers enjoyed it, it was especially helpful for the new Beavers to the Colony so they could put names to faces in person rather than on Zoom.   Unfortunately, the leaders didn’t take any photos of the evening as they were so busy running the game in the short time they had together.

The leaders agreed it was lovely to see some faces again, especially as the National Youth Agency confirmed on the same day that from 5th November all Face to Face Scouting must stop during the 4 week lockdown in England.  The leaders gave each Beaver a pack of materials and asked them to start saving toilet roll tubes as they will continue to meet virtually via Zoom over the coming few weeks.  I wonder what they will be making???

The Great Indoors Weekender

110621 tgi weekender badge 1Over the weekend of 11-12 July, 8th Hornchurch Beavers, Cubs and Scouts took part in the UK’s biggest digital summer camp, The Great Indoors Weekender. There were famous faces to clever creations. Some of the on-line activities included making a den, making a whirly bird, compass coding, Fold and go - an origami challenge, swing braiding, making reaction rockets, a virtual campfire, stargazing, tower building, cooking, making music makers and more. As you can see by the pictures, they all really enjoyed themselves and involved all the family.

If you know someone aged 6-14 who would like to be taking part in great activities like this, please email the 8th Hornchurch Administrator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information.


District Cubs Lego Competition

LegowCongratulations to the two winners of the District Lego Competition.

The winners were picked by three members of the District. The DDC, District Chair and a District Cub Leader.

Due to the good quality of the building we decided to give a second prize.  1st prize was a £40 Lego kit and second was a £20 Lego kit.

The winner was Luke from 8th Hornchurch Jupiter and second place went to Jack from 1st Squirrels Heath. Well done to both Cubs and have fun with your new kits.


Bob Wallace

ADC Cubs (Events)

Young Leaders



Congratulations to Aliyah and George who were presented with their Young Leader certificates and belts. They had both completed their First Aid training. Aliyah had done hers on the Lord Amory while she spent weekends on board assisting and earning her boating qualifications. While George completed his with The St Johns Ambulance. If lockdown had come two weeks later then we would have had another 11 Young Leaders who would have completed their First Aid training. They would also be receiving their certificates and belts. So as soon as we can return to meetings, we will get a training course for these youngsters.



Hornchurch District Virtual St George's Day Service 2020




We know the coming days and weeks are going to be difficult for families across the UK, as the spread of Covid-19 causes schools to close. As the experts in developing skills and bringing adventure to young people, we want to do what we can to help.

While we normally love the great outdoors, we’ve pulled together some inspired indoor activity ideas (if we do say so ourselves). Keep your kids learning new skills and having fun (and avoid hearing ‘I’m bored’ every 30 seconds) all in #TheGreatIndoors.

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Hornchurch District Scooter Challenge

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 Bob Wallace

Knights Camp

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16 Cubs attended this years Knights Camp. Which was held a Belchamps Scout Campsite. The Cubs slept indoors so it was nice and warm. As you can see by the pictures most activities were indoors although it mainly rained at night. The Cubs all thoroughly enjoyed themselves and are looking forward to the next Camp.

Bob Wallace




District Cub Camp September 2019

This year’s District Cub Camp was held at Skreens Camp site in Chelmsford where 160 Cubs attended with 45 leaders and young BCD 0003aLeaders.
Even though the weather wasn’t great the rain kept off until the night. All the cubs camped outside in tents which was a lot of fun.
Once everyone had arrived on Friday night and settled into their tents we had a camp fire where we all sung lots of camp songs.
Our District Commissioner came along and gave a 20 year service award to Dean Jefferies and made Mick Cross a District leader. The Cubs had sausages in rolls and a drink and went to bed.
On Saturday morning we all got up and had breakfast then the activities began for the day ranging from Kayaking, Crate stacking, Climbing, Badminton, Archery, Air Rifle shooting, wheelchair assault course, raft building, slack line and grass sledging.
On Saturday evening we had dinner followed by a night of Fun at the Fair games which included some of these games, splat the rat, play your cards right, fish a duck, key in the box, football in the hole and Knock down bottles using a stocking over your head with a weight by swinging your head. After a fun filled night and tiring day we all had supper and went to bed with the rain pouring down on the outside of the tents!
On Sunday morning we all got up had breakfast and then we held a District Sports day with the usual activities of how far can you throw the welly boot, three-legged race, obstacle race, egg & spoon race, sack race, running race and wheel barrow race. All the cubs had lots of fun and enjoyed taking part.
A big thanks to all the leaders and the cooks team who helped make this such an exciting event for the Cubs.

Richard Thorn
District Cub Scout Leader




Cubs District Soapbox Derby 2019

soapbox 2019What a packed event with 73 Cubs attending and 23 teams racing.

It was busy, a bit chaotic and karts everywhere. A big thank you to all the leaders who gave up their time to make this event happen.
It was a dry day but a bit over cast but the rain kept away. The biggest upset was for the leaders when the electric urn decided to give up the ghost and die. No more tea and coffee for the rest of the day.

A few of the newer groups to the event found out that their Karts were not quite up to the challenge and a number of wheels went astray. But there were plenty of carts to borrow and it did not stop the fun. Be prepared is the moto for next year. Kart building techniques were learnt by some.

This was some comments from 3rd Rainham Cubs about the event “had a blast” “it's amazing” “fantastic great fun” “Thanks for having us” that is telling it all, the Cubs had a good time.

A big thank you to Nelms School for allowing us to use the playground and facilities.

With so many Cubs attending we had to drop some races as we did not have enough time to get them all in.

Lets see if we can have even more Cubs for next Year with three races running at the same time. Cub leaders and parents get building those karts.



 Bob Wallace
Assistant District Commissioner Cub Scouts (Events)