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Happy 80th Birthday

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Tonight at 8th Hornchurch Apollo cub pack the cubs and leaders from the group said Happy 80th Birthday and a sad farewell to Ernie Spicknell after a service of 20 years no less and we know that, as he was presented with his 20 year service award at tonight’s pack meeting. Thank you for all your time and hard work Ernie, we wish you well. Happy Retirement.

Stuart Brown 






Scouts Own 2019

To everyone who is part of the 8th Hornchurch Scout Group Family

It was great to see so many Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Young Leaders, (old) Leaders and parents celebrate Baden Powell’s birthday at5341 our recent annual Scouts Own. The weather beat us for the parade part but Cub Leader Jack gave us an excellent history of the 8th Hornchurch Scout Group and finished off with the ever popular quiz. We all learnt a lot more about the history of OUR Scout Group. It was great that we could finish the Service with a number of presentations to the victorious swimming gala team who between them won the Cub Trophy, won the Group Relay and won the Overall Cup – well done. We were also very pleased to welcome our District Commissioner, Debbie Carter, who presented the Group with a certificate signed by Bear Grylls celebrating the 8th as being the largest Scout Group out of some 620 Scout Groups in the London Region. Congratulations to all of the leaders, assistants and parent volunteers who give such great Scouting to all of our many members. If you want to get involved in the Scouting Adventure and join the fun please speak to your section leader or use the link on our website.

At the end of the Scouts Own we took a collection which raised £130 which has been donated to First Steps which is a charity for children with special needs and disabilities. More details at the attached link:

Thanks again to everyone for coming to our Scouts Own.

Group Scout Leader




Remembrance Day Parade

remembrance dayTo all the Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers and leaders who took part in the recent Remembrance Day Parade, Thank You for your respectful presence at the centenary of Armistice Day.

This year was perhaps one of the biggest parades I have seen in Hornchurch and it was great that the Group was so well represented.

My thanks to Michael Henry (Scout) who laid the wreath with all due respect and to Adam Snell who paraded the Group colours.

Group Scout Leader

Harry Potter Quiz

On Saturday, we held our Harry Potter Quiz at HQ in memorial of Donna Bresslaw, who was sadly taken from us too soon just a 20180915 134542year ago. The quiz was to raise important funds for The British Heart Foundation and St Francis Hospice – charities chosen by Jack, Molly and Lucy (Donna’s children).

The afternoon started at 1pm with some outdoor games run by the Explorers and refreshments including Butterbeer! The quiz took place in the hall, which was wonderfully decorated by Essie Jay. The quiz included 10 rounds and a picture round all based on Harry Potter. Questions ranged from Harry himself to Hogwarts to Beasts, Potions, Spells, Quidditch and some of the other characters.

The winners were Honey Dew with 118 points and they took home the “Smarties” – see what we did there!

The losers were We don’t know who lived up to their name and took home the Lemons!

Everyone had a fabulous afternoon and we raised a massive £320 which will be split equally between both charities.

The Fundraising Committee would like to thank quizmaster, Mick, everyone for coming, those that donated prizes and/or time and the leaders for circulating the details of the quiz for us.

We look forward to the next event!

The Fundraising Committee


Group Camp 2018

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St Georges Day 2018

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THANK YOU for such a great turn-out at the recent St. Georges Day Parade. As always it was an honour to be part of such a well-attended parade. And despite the exceptional April temperature everyone still looked very smart.

My thanks go to Stuart Brown who led the parade from an 8th Hornchurch perspective today and how fitting he did so on the day he was presented with his richly deserved Bar to the Medal of Merit. This award recognises the significant contribution Stuart makes to Scouting and I was very pleased to see him receive his award. CONGRATULATIONS to Stu.

Congratulations also to Nicky Gillett on receiving her 15 year Long Service Award – and still only looks 21!!

It was also great to see 8th Hornchurch so well represented within the various District roles. Aliyah carried the Union Flag with distinction at the head of the District Colour Party and two Scouts (Adam Grace and Harry Manning) were also part of the District Colour Party. By the looks of the scarfs I think we had one (if not two) of the Scouts who read the Scout Law and the Reflection Reading and they both read very well. If I have missed anyone else from the 8th who contributed to this morning’s Parade (or anything else which happened within the Beaver service) then my apologies.

Well done and thank you all for coming along this morning.

Yours in Scouting



Hornchurch District Cubs Archery Competition

Hornchurch District Cubs Archery Competition 2018
Under 9 years old     Under 10 years old     Under 11 years old  
3rd Rainham 144   1st Elm Park 142   8th Hornchurch Jupiter 212
3rd Rainham  (mixed) 106   3rd Upminster Livingstone 140   2nd Squirrels Heath 188
2nd Cranham, 1st South Hornchurch, 1st Upminster 98   8th Hornchurch Jupiter 136   1st South Hornchurch 184
2nd Squirrels Heath 96   3rd Upminster Wesley 134   1st Elm Park 144
8th Hornchurch Apollo 92   8th Hornchurch Apollo 128   2nd Elm Park Tiger 106
Highest Score     Highest Score     Highest Score  
James 2nd Cranham 62   Jack 8th Hornchurch Jupiter 62   Joshua 1st South Hornchurch 88