AROUND THE CAMPFIRE: New home unveiled for Bray and Holyport Scout Group

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BRAY & HOLYPORT: Past and present members of Bray and Holyport Scout Group gathered for the opening of the new Scout HQ in Moneyrow Green on Sunday.

The new building, which has been built on the site of the old hut, has been named the Pamela West building after one of the leaders, who has been involved with scouts for 53 years.

Memorabilia from trips and activities from the past was put on display in the new hall, including a trek vehicle that would be used to take equipment on camps, with photographs from excursions on show for visitors to spot themselves in.

Scout leader Judy Humphries, said: “Pam was in tears when she found out the building was being named after her, and lots of previous scouts came along as well.

“We also presented a gift to a leader who is retiring after 30 years, Ian Collett, who received an engraved Swiss Army knife.

“It was a very nostalgic afternoon, but very nice.”

The scout group had spent the past two years borrowing rooms from other groups in the area while the new hut was being built.

It is now looking for new committee volunteers to join.

Anyone interested can call Judy on 07811 588907.

1ST MAIDENHEAD: A day to celebrate new learning boats for the cubs and scouts was also a chance to pay tribute to a much-loved sailing instructor.

The 1st Maidenhead Sea Scouts held its boat launch meet on Sunday at Lakeside in Summerleaze Road, complete with a champagne bottle being smashed against the bow of the boats. Parents, cubs and scouts were able to enjoy trips out on the lake during the day.

An opportunity to pay their respects to the scout group’s sailing instructor of 13 years, David Howell, who died in April, was also given, with a bench in his memory unveiled that looks out over the lake.

Fundraiser for the 1st Maidenhead Scouts, Caroline Broadbent, said: “There was nothing more he (David) liked than looking out on the lake and seeing what he had taught the cubs and scouts.

“He was a great educator and worked relentlessly until they understood what he was teaching them.”

The five boats are named 1st Jubilee, 1st Epoch, 1st Celebration, 1st Hundred, and 1st Centenary.

PINKNEYS GREEN: Camp fire songs and scavenger hunts were enjoyed by the 200 attendees of the family camp arranged by the Pinkneys Green Scout Group.

Families of the Scouts, Cubs and Beavers camped out at the Stubbings Nursery in Henley Road to try out a variety of activities and games over the weekend.

Despite the rain on Saturday, fun was still had and included clay model making and learning about bee keeping.

Group Scout Leader Erica Hunter said: “We had inter-team games and everyone had a great time, the rain didn’t stop anything. Everyone was very competitive and cheered each other on.

“We had a hog roast and a big camp fire with all the traditional songs.”

The family camp is organised every three years for all the members of the Scout movement to enjoy as well as get their families involved in.

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