Cubs District Archery Competition 2021

The District Cubs Archery Competition was held at 2nd Squirrels Heath HQ, Arnaud Lodge on the 9th October. It was split into 3 age groups under 9 under 10 and under 11. There were 3 trophies in each age group for the cubs to win and also keep.
We have never had so many Cubs attend the Archery before. 78 Cubs attended.

The weather was very warm and sunny. While not completing they spent time outside either watching a video or playing on the grass.
Due to the large numbers we had to extend the times for the under 10’s. But with What’s app available to some of the groups the parents were informed.

All the Cubs enjoyed the day. Drinks crisps and sweets were given to the Cubs.



The Jupiter Team


St Georges Day 2021

Watch the video on Youtube.


Leader Award Pictures

Jackie Bruniges
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Jack Bresslaw
Ian Meadows
Kevin Dible
Richard Thorn
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8th Hornchurch Leader Good Service Awards

I would like to congratulate the following leaders with the 8th Hornchurch Scout Group who have recently received the following Good Service Awards:

  • Jackie Bruniges – Chief Scout’s Commendation for Good Service
  • Jack Bresslaw – Chief Scout’s Commendation for Good Service
  • Ian Meadows – Chief Scout’s Commendation for Good Service
  • Kevin Dible – Chief Scout’s Commendation for Good Service
  • Richard Thorn – Award for Merit

The Chief Scout’s Commendation for Good Service is

Awarded in respect of not less than 5 years good service, which stands out. It should be regarded as the Chief Scout's recognition of the very real contribution made to the Scouts by the individual concerned.

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And I am sure you will agree all of our Scouting friends are worthy recipients, and join me in congratulating them on their awards.

The Award for Merit is

Awarded for outstanding service. It implies keen, conscientious, imaginative and dedicated service over a sustained period, of at least 12 years duration


 And I know that Richard richly deserves this Award not just for what he does for the 8th Hornchurch but also his significant efforts for Hornchurch District as well.

Please take a few moments to watch the videos of the presentations below.

Congratulations to you all





Group Scout Leader

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

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.