Mrs Gardner has kindly agreed that St Anthony’s pupils may wear their Beaver, Cub or Scout uniform to school on Tuesday 23rd April. 

This is a great opportunity to show off your uniform with pride and tell your friends about the fun you have.

Following on from this, if anyone should express an interest in Scouting, we do have spaces available, please speak to the section leaders or myself.  There is also a buddy badge available for young people bringing along a friend who goes on to be invested.

Don't forget there is also St George's Day Parade on Sunday 28th April.  More details will be out soon.

The parish SVP is collecting old, unwanted sleeping bags on behalf of the Foxton Centre.  This is a drop in centre
in the inner city and they have a great need for the rough
sleepers who call there.
If any of you have these tucked away in a cupboard please consider donating them.

The appeal is ongoing and sleeping bags can be donated at any time.

Sleeping bags can be brought in to section meetings after Easter.

Saturday 6 April 2012  

Older Cubs and Scouts needed to help at the SVP society's annual Easter Party. 

Young people will help the older people at the party in getting into church and the Social centre, serving drinks and food, and playing bingo.

Meet outside church at 1145am and collect from the social centre at 4pm.  Full smart uniform (no trainers).

Put your name down here - Count me in
Please note that there will be no section meetings for Beavers or Scouts on Maundy Thursday (28 March).

The other sections will meet on Monday and Tuesday of holy week as normal.

All sections will return for the Summer Term, week commencing Monday 15 April 2013.

A message to all Scouts from the Assistant County Commissioner for Scouts.

To: Warren Frost, Assistant District Commissioner (Scouts), Preston & District Scouts.

Good morning Warren, I hope this e-mail finds you well,

Many thanks for your minutes, I noticed in the PL Forum notes, that the PL’s have requested to try and get Bear Gryll’s,  Chief Scout to attend County Rally 2013. What an absolutely brilliant idea, if we can get it to happen.  I can’t promise anything as I know he is filming in Australia at the end of May, but leave it with me and I will see if it’s possible, I will do my best to get him there if I can. Have they any ideas on how they would wish him to arrive ? don’t tell me an Helicopter or parachuting in like the Queen at the Olympics !!!! now that would be interesting to get an Helicopter into Waddecar again, but we have done it before !.

Could you please pass onto your Scouts this e-mail and my personal thanks for the ideas and  also that we take every comment a PL Forum makes with all seriousness and we listen to everybody, after all it is their Scout Section, hopefully, I’m not promising yet ! but we we will try to get Bear to attend County Rally 2013 and land in an Helicopter, I’ll make a few calls and get back to you.

Could you also mention that the PL Forum is their opportunity to have a voice and say in what goes on at County, District and Troop level and that we listen and do something about it, we always do.

Best Wishes, In Scouting


Scouts and Scout Leaders,

You are all invited to join with your fellow Scouts at our flagship Scout Section annual camp.

What is County Rally? - County Rally is the biggest gathering of Scouts in our Scout County each year and takes place
at Waddecar Scout Activity Centre. This year we expect to have over 1,000 Scouts at the camp.

The weekend is action packed with lots of activities and competitions for you to enjoy from when you arrive on Friday evening to when you leave very tired on Sunday afternoon.

Activities this year will include … Archery, Climbing, Shooting, Canoeing, Model Car Racing, Crafts, Volleyball, Tug-of-war, Fire Lighting, Giant Table Football, Circus Skills… plus many more!!!

This years’ camp has a theme of “Chief Scout’s Gold”, with a huge number of activities to take part in from across all of the Challenge Awards. The camp will be a great chance to try some new activities and give yourself a boost to gaining your Chief Scout’s Gold Award.

Don’t forget everything you do at County Rally contributes to the many awards on offer in the programme leading to YOUR Chief Scout’s Gold Award … so what are you waiting for?

We look forward to your booking and involvement with County Rally. 

You can book by making a "donation" on our BT MyDonate Page

If you are working and paying income tax, the Scout Group can claim Gift Aid on your child(ren)’s subs. All you have to do is complete a Gift Aid declaration and return it to the group.  Gift Aid declarations will be distributed to all children over the next couple of weeks.

We can reclaim 25p, from HM Revenue & Customs, for every £1 paid, so for each young person the group receives an extra £18.75 each year.  In total, this could mean almost an extra £2,000 for the Group every year, all for no effort or cost on your part. 
You aren’t committed to making any payments now or in the future, and don’t have to disclose any personal information about your income or tax arrangements.  We only need one declaration per household to cover all siblings and it lasts for the duration of their time in the Group, although you may cancel it if you cease to be a taxpayer. 
The wording of the declaration has been updated slightly.  Existing Gift Aid Forms are still valid, but we need to draw your attention to the new wording.  Please let us know if your circumstances have changed and you wish to cancel your declaration.
New Gift Aid Declaration:  "I confirm I have paid or will pay an amount of Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax for each tax year (6 April to 5 April) that is at least equal to the amount of tax that all the charities or Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASCs) that I donate to will reclaim on my gifts for that tax year. I understand that other taxes such as VAT and Council Tax do not qualify. I understand the charity will reclaim 28p of tax on every £1 that I gave up to 5 April 2008 and will reclaim 25p of tax on every £1 that I give on or after 6 April 2008."

The way we collect subs will change from May to a £6.25 monthly standing order.

Collecting subs continues to be a challenge for us.  Currently over half of this term’s subs are overdue.  It is both time-consuming and embarrassing chasing these up.  Standing orders offer a quick and simple way to ensure subs are paid on time.  Unlike direct debits they are controlled by your own bank, which means you can stop the payment yourself if your child leaves the group.  The only information we need to set this up can be found on the front of your cheques.  If, however, you would prefer to set the standing order up directly with your bank, that’s fine – just let us know so we can provide you a reference number.
It is 5 years since we last reviewed the amount of subs.  We have decided to take this opportunity to equalise the amounts across the sections.  The new amount will be £6.25 per child per month for all sections (£75 per year).  This means Beavers and Cubs will pay slightly more each year than they do currently, Scouts will pay slightly less.   Over a child’s life in the group this difference will balance out.  We believe this still offers excellent value compared to other youth activities.  This wouldn’t be possible without our dedicated volunteers, who give their time for free, the Gift Aid scheme and your support through fundraising.
Forms will be given to children over the next couple of weeks and should be returned as soon as possible.
As well as being the patron saint of England, Saint George is also the patron saint of Scouting and so every year scouts across the country mark the occasion of St Georges Day.

Sunday (28th April) – St Georges Day Parade
This is the one occasion of the year when all Scouts in the District parade together and:
Everyone is expected to attend

Please ensure that your uniform is of the highest standard, with:

  • New Badges - sewn on your uniform (especially the membership badges). 
  • Old Badges - removed (Preston Guild, Project Peru and Diamond Jubilee)
  • Neckerchiefs - washed, ironed, nicely rolled, with a woggle. 
    • Please speak to your leader if you need to purchase replacements
  • Scout trousers (or school trousers if you do not have any)
  • School shoes (no trainers)