2012-12-26 – Boxing Day Football

footballThis year’s annual Boxing Day kick about was held at the Glentworth Ex-Services Club on Lowfield Street and despite a low turnout from the Scouts and Explorers there was a good body of leaders, past and present and a few old friends too. A good game was had by all with Paul Boreham coming out as top goal scorer, although both in the wrong goal! A short social was had in the clubhouse after the game and we thank the club most sincerely for allowing us the use of their facilities and hope we will be welcome back next year.   Alas no pictures for this event, but then some things are better left only to the memories of those who were there 😉

2012-12-20 – All Change @ Burne

Thursday 20th December 2012 will go down as an historic date in the life of the 5th and especially for the Burne Troop at it was the date that Del and Wendy stood down as the section leaders.  Unbeknownst to Del, Paul had asked all the group’s leaders to attend a presentation at the end of the evening so they could be shown how their many years of effort had been recognised and appreciated. Paul presented them with a Champagne box to enjoy over Christmas and there was a great applause form all present.  It was clearly an emotional time and they said:

Well what can we say but ‘What a magnificent turn out of 5th Leaders and most of all what a surprise’ !!  Thank you all so very much for making our last night so special. We certainly won’t forget it in a hurry and what a wonderful gift. We’ve never seen anything like it. It was a very emotional evening for us all.

Of course, this is not the end for Del and Wendy, just a cutting back of duty, as they will remain in place with the Philpott Beaver Colony and Del will still be attending camps, climbing and target shooting events.

The reigns and responsibility of the Burne-Troop will now be shared between Assistant Scout leaders, Tim Roscoe, Jason Elliott and Matt Parry and the section email for contact will be burne-troop@5thdartfordscouts.org.uk

Christmas Raffle Results

After an excellent turnout selling raffle ticket for our annual Christmas hamper and other prizes at Sainsbury’s on Saturday 24 November; and from ticket sales to parents, friends and family, we had made a net profit of £1,842.83 by the time of the draw on Friday 14 December, which was over double our usual return.hamper

The first prize winning ticket was held by Mrs Wells, a Leigh-pack parent and all other prize winners have been contacted and verified. A big thank you to everyone who purchased or helped sell tickets and a very special thank you to Maggie and Jim for the effort that goes in to this worthwhile annual event.


  1. Jill Wells (3255)
  2. Helen (3608)
  3. Pam (3632)
  4. Jim Fisher (2822)
  5. Mrs Pont (2792)
  6. Greg Berry (1938)

2012-12-06 – Philpott Carol Singing

At 6pm on Thursday 6th December, the Philpott Colony joined in withi2christmas_tree other Beavers and Cubs from Dartford District to sing Carols to the visitors in the foyer of Darent Valley Hospital. It was a very cold night and we were all very glad to be inside. We donned festive hats and buckets were rattled with the monies being raised for the Lollipop Appeal for the children’s dept of the Hospital.

Our thanks to Sue of 6th The Brent Scout Group for organising the event and for the hospitals photocopier for pumping out lots of emergency copies of the song sheets which were needed due to the turn out of children far exceeding expectations.

Merry Christmas to you all

Philpott beavers @ Darent Valley Hospital singing carols for hospital charity. December 2012

Philpott beavers @ Darent Valley Hospital singing carols for hospital charity. December 2012

2012-12-02 – 96th Birthday Celebrations

5th Dartford Scout Groups 96th Birthday Celebrations

At 10:15 on Sunday 2nd December, a grand parade of over 120 members from all sections of the 5th Dartford Scout group walked down West Hill in an orderly fashion bearing their sections colours, to be greeted at the Methodist Church by a very warm welcome. Banners and balloons decorated the church and we even had Stevie Wonder singing Happy Birthday to us (via C.D.) Continue reading

2012-11-24 – Cubs Visit Tower Bridge

18 young folk and 6 leaders from the 5th Dartford Scout Group’s Phillips and Collins Cub packs went to London by train to visit the Tower Bridge Exhibition 

Tower Bridge is one of the most famous of London’s iconic landmarks and a showcase for Victorian engineering.  Having taken 8 years to build, with a workforce of 432 labourers, the bridge, which is built from Cornish granite, Portland stone and 11,000 tons of steel, finally opened for public use on 30th June 1894, providing a much needed eastern gateway between the busy East End and the South East.

After the exhibition, our young folk made their way back to our Scout hall and enjoyed a sausage and chip supper, followed by games, a film and a sleepover.

A great time was had by all.

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