Nationwide customers have nominated 5th Dartford Scout Group, New Hall Fund to feature in their Community Match scheme. Community Match is an in-branch local charity voting scheme. Each quarter, branches feature three local charities/community organisations from customer nominations. Customers are then invited to vote for a winner. We will receive a £100 donation for being shortlisted to feature in the Community Match voting scheme and if we receive the most votes at the end of the voting campaign we’ll receive an additional £500.
Between Tuesday 3 May and Thursday 30 June, you’ll notice a poster displayed in the following Nationwide branches: Dartford, Longfield, Gravesend, Bexleyheath, Sidcup & Eltham, so please pop in and vote for us.
Massive congratulations to Dave Monteith for completing the Virgin London Marathon on Sunday in a very respectable 4:54:17. Dave had chosen to run and raise funds for two charities very close to his heart, the Multiple Sclerosis Society and our own New Hall Fund.
At the time of writing, Dave has raised in excess of £4,640. Thank you to everyone who sponsored him, but it’s not too late if you haven’t done so yet, simply click HERE and give as little or as much as you can.
Dave, we salute your achievement and thank you for your effort.
A party was held to celebrate The Queens 90th birthday. All beavers were told they could invite one parent and younger siblings to join in the fun and games and everyone must wear red, white and blue in some form.
The bunting put up, the tables laid street party style and the balloons inflated and then we waited to see how many would turn up.
What a magnificent turn out! All 24 Beavers arrived along with 3 Dads, 9 Mums, 2 Grandma’s and 7 Siblings.
Mixed age musical chairs, team game race to fill canes with ‘Walter Woggles’, pass the peas from one plate to another by sucking up a straw and finally musical bumps for all the children.
Halfway through everyone went outside and despite a chilly wind got tucked into red, White and Blue decorated cakes & chocolate biscuits all washed down with appropriately coloured fizzy pop. We even sung ‘Happy Birthday’ to her majesty.
A very big Thank You to all the adults who turned up and joined in the fun.
Once again the 5th Dartford massive braved the changeable elements to face ‘Easter Camp’, our ‘Back to Basics Extravaganza.’ This year, Assistant Explorer Scout Leader, Sean took the camp lead to validate his Nights Away permit and plan an activity and fun filled weekend for our young adventurers.
It was a camp of many emotions, with absent friends who have moved on, or through study and/or work commitments were unable to attend; there were also two who will not camp with us again as young people due to reaching maturity or moving away…. BUT there were NEW faces full of enthusiasm and the 5th spirit who will take their place.
Activities on this camp included, but were not limited to, Fire lighting, Backwoods cooking, Kayaking, Water-Zorbing, Whittling, Survival bracelets, Fishing, Wide-Games, Easter Egg Hunt and above all…. Making new friends and team building.
Thanks again to Sean for a faultless plan, and the leaders and parents on camp who made it all possible and the parents who assisted with the muddy unload back at the hall.
Below are a selection of pictures from our weekend to give you but a taste…
Saturday 5th March 2016 -venue Scout Hall and Scout House Broomhill Road
Twelve Philpott Beavers joined forty other Beavers from around Dartford District for a Fun with Food Day.
The bases included Marzipan Fruits, Mug cakes in a microwave, Pizzas on a barbecue, Iced Biscuits, mini Mississippi Mud Pies and Discovering Fish by touch, taste and smell. In the break, whilst enjoying a much needed drink, the beavers were tested on their food and safety hygiene rules.
After 3hrs of fun they all went home full to the brim and having attained their Cooks Badge.
2015 was a year no different from previous years when the 5th faithful came out under the guidance of manager Phil Hannah, to dust off the turkey cobwebs, and participate in the annual ‘5th Boxing Day Footy Match‘. This annual ‘All in‘ match has been an annual fixture in the group’s program, for all current and previous members, for longer than most would care to remember and for the last few years has been held at the Glentworth Club on Lowfield Street, Dartford. The score was irrelevant, but the participation memorable, so well done all who were able to participate.
To all my friends and colleagues thank you for taking time to read this.
I have decided to run the London marathon on behalf of two charities; 5th Dartford Scouts’ ‘New Hall Fund’ and the Multiple Sclerosis society, as they are both very close to my heart with a Scout hall slowly breaking in half and with my wife Fliss being diagnosed with MS in 2013.
I know money is tight for everybody at the moment, but if you could dig deep just for a few pounds, even just to watch a fat boy try and run 26.2 miles. My donation page is Virgin Money Giving: DaveMonteith1