Banging Brilliant Fireworks

Our annual firework party was a brilliant display of Fireworks, watched by around two hundred people marvelling at the fantastic flourish made by the 30kg of fireworks that included spectacular Catherine wheels.

Thanks to all our volunteers who made the food, such a big success. 400 sausages; 10kg of onions, 18 bottles of mulled wine and 400 pieces of tray bake all disappeared in record time!

 

 

District Archery Day 2018

 

12th Cambridge was pleased once again to host the District Archery Competition on Saturday 10th November.

Slightly later in the season than usual, the competition was well attended, by record numbers of Cubs amongst others, who braved the chilly (and, later, torrential) conditions.

Expertly guided by Tom Hartley, our District Archery Coordinator, the day was a great mix of competition and introduction to archery for many.

The format of the competition was 3 ends of 5 arrows each, with Cubs shooting from 10 metres and Scouts/Explorers/Adults shooting from 20 yards.

Individual Competitions

Robin Sills of 12th Cambridge won the Cubs competition with a superb score of 116.  This also qualifies him for the White Arrow award (115+ from 10m/15 arrows). Stanley Howard of 11th & 9th Cambridge won the Scouts competition with a score of 100, and Jude Watts of 12th Cambridge won the Explorers competition (scoring 91).

Team Competitions

The best three individual scores for each team in each category were counted.  For the first time, 12th Cambridge took a clean sweep amongst the young people, winning the hotly-contested Cubs Team competition, along with Scouts & Explorers titles. In the Adults category, 28th were victorious.

Full results (every arrow scored) available here:

District Archery Comp 2018 results published

Thank You

Thank you to everyone who competed, set up, scored every arrow shot, made teas & coffees, and helped with the clear up.  Special thanks to Tom Hartley (our Range Master who battled through his headache), Meghan Bird (who sat all day in the cold and entered almost every score into the computer), and the whole of the contingent from the 50th (who got unlucky with the weather and endured a soaking, complete with thunder & lightning, with good humour).

 

Sparkles & Bangers 2018

Excitement and warmth as the nights draw in!  The 12th Cambridge annual firework display is coming soon.

Come along, bring friends & family, and enjoy hot dogs, soup, mulled wine and the best fireworks this side of Midsummer Common!

Saturday 3rd November

Party 6pm on

Location: 12th Cambridge HQ

Fireworks @ 7pm

Free entry*

You are welcome to bring sparklers – PLEASE follow this safety advice and do not drop them on the field (use the bins provided).

Please RSVP using OSM via the link at the bottom of the invitation email sent to all members.

We request as many volunteers as possible to help with:

  • setting up from 4pm
  • serving food during the event
  • a debris sweep of the field (Sunday morning, 10am on), so that we leave no trace!

…. so let us know what you can do to help.

*The scouts will be shaking collection buckets at the end, so please donate generously!

 

Summer Sun….

This year’s summer camp was a piece of history for 12th Cambridge, with both cub packs and both scout troops camping together for the first time! A contingent totalling 56 people made their way to Gradbach in the Peak District for a full on week of adventure. It included caving, rock climbing, hiking and, for the scouts, a trip to Alton Towers. And some epic pioneering where the scouts created a quite lethal looking trebuche…..

Plans for summer camp 2019 are already on the launch pad so watch this space!

 

It’s a scorcher! Summer party time is here…

 

 

The super summer just keeps on giving!  This can only mean one thing: it’s time for the summer party.

Mon 23rd July, 6pm at the hut

AGM at 6.45pm.  We seek some new Executive Committee members: this could be you! Please consider putting your name forward.

Fundraising auction at 7.30pm – please bring your wallets! We have some superb lots to bid for. Raising funds to build new, accessible toilets at the hut.  Full details here.

Food & fun all provided

RSVP with numbers & dietary requirements to summerparty@12thcambridge.org.uk

About the AGM

The Annual General Meeting is an important meeting of the Group.  Accounts are presented, Executive Committee Members are elected.  Although formal, the AGM will be kept very short so that we may continue the party! Your attendance is requested.

Download the agenda here: 2018 AGM Notice and Agenda

 

 

 

 

Summer Auction 2018

Roll up! Roll up!  12th Cambridge is raising funds to pay for improved toilet facilities at the hut.  Our plan is to build modern, accessible toilets to replace the Victorian-style ones that we currently ‘enjoy’.

To help with this, we are running an auction of lots at our Summer Party, to be held on Monday 23rd July 2018.  The auction will commence at 7.30pm.

William, one of our scout leaders, has been busy around Cambridge securing a whole host of fine lots for you.  Fancy scuba diving, roller-skating or a meal, theatre tickets or a new haircut?  How about punting on the Cam or a back massage?  Perhaps tennis is your thing?    Maybe you have a friend that would appreciate a gift of climbing or a voucher for art supplies?  You are bound to find something that you would like in our list of auction lots below!

Can’t make it to the live auction on the 23rd? No problem!  We will accept online and email bids in advance. Simply read the auction rules and submit a bid using the form below, or email the auctioneer with your bid details.

So, get bidding and enjoy the fun of the auction!

Lot Item Notes Est. value
1 Meals/drinks at ITSU For three people 
2 Back massage At Optimum Beauty St Ives.
Valid until sept 2018
£40
3 Scuba Diving Two try dives at Chesterton
Sport centre, Thurs evenings 19:30. Valid for 2018. Must be aged 10+  and a swimmer
4 Haircut at Wacky Hair Voucher £35
5 Meal at Zizzi Voucher £30
6 Art supplies at Tindalls
Art Shop
Voucher £20
7 Hairstyling at Vision Hair
Design Histon Rd
Voucher £23
8 Meal at Golden Wok Histon
Rd
Voucher £20
9 Family membership at Hill’s
Rd Sports and Tennis Centre 
1-year family membership.
Also includes £25 activity voucher
£138
10 Climbing at Clip and
Climb 
Voucher for two 4 – 16 year
olds. Valid until December 2018
£24
11 Meal/drinks at the Old
Bicycle Shop 
Voucher to spend in bar or
restaurant
£50
12 Saturday class at St Ivo
school
Voucher for 2 people to
attend. Valid until june 2019
13 Chesterton Sports Centre
pass 
Adult only. Valid until 23
Sept 2018
£35
14 Theatre school at BodyWork One week of lessons at
summer school
£140
15 Bowling at Milton Outdoor
Bowls Club 
8 people for bowling.
Afternoons.  Includes tea and biscuits
16 Tennis membership –
Cambridge Lawn Tennis Club
Membership for two children
17 Just Tanning voucher Adult only. Valid until Dec
2018
£25
18 Squash/Tennis at Ley’s
School
2  squash courts and 2  tennis courts for one hour
19 Adult learning at
Coleridge, Parkside and Trumpington
Any 10-week course or
Saturday course
£110
20 Yoga at Satnam Yoga Voucher £25
21 Meat vouchers -Andrew
Waller Butchers & Art of Meat
Includes a disposable BBQ ,
disposable cutlery and tablecloth.
£35
22 Bing Live pre-school show
at Cambridge Corn Exchange 
Two tickets. Show dates 29
or 30 september
23 Tickets – Corpus Playroom
or the ADC Theatre
2 free tickets to any
production. Valid until 23/6/19
24 Roller skating 2 taster sessions at Ely
and Chesterton United Rink Hockey Club
25 Punting All day self-punting
(weekday) in direction of Granchester meadows or college backs
26 Photo shoot  at absolute photo uk.com  Voucher, valid until June
2019
£50

Auction Rules

  • The auction will be a two-stage auction: 1. Bids are invited in advance by online form below or email to auctioneer@12thcambridge.org.uk  2. A live auction will be held at 12th Cambridge Scout Hut on the evening of Monday 23rd July 2018. The auctioneer at the live auction will be provided with details of all bids made in advance.
  • Bids made by email should clearly include the following information: name, phone number, lot number and brief description of the item being bid for and the bid amount. Bids for multiple items may be made in the same email.
  • 12th Cambridge has exercised due care in the preparation of descriptions of lots. In the event of these descriptions being shown to be materially inaccurate, winning bidders have the right to withdraw their bids.
  • 12th Cambridge reserves the right to withdraw any lot from the auction without notice or explanation.  Further, it reserves the right to set a ‘reserve’ price for any lot. If the highest bid is below the level of the reserve, the item will be deemed not to have sold at auction.
  • Bids made online and by email are ‘sealed’ bids. They will be passed to the auctioneer before the live auction but otherwise remain confidential.
  • In submitting your bid, you agree, if successful, to pay an amount up to the value of the bid.  For advance bids, the actual amount payable will depend on the level of the 2nd-highest bid.
  • For winning online/email bids submitted in advance of the live auction, the winning bidder will pay the amount bid by the second-highest bid, plus £1.
  • For winnning bids made in person at the live auction, winning bidders will pay the amount that they bid.
  • If two or more bids for an item are exactly the same and the highest of all bids, then the bid made first will be deemed to be the winning bid.
  • The cut-off for online/email bids being accepted is 11pm on Sunday 22nd July 2018.  Online/email bids made after this time will be deemed invalid and discarded.
  • Winning bidders will be notified of their purchases within 48 hours of the end of the live auction.  They will be encouraged to pay for their items by direct bank transfer (account details will be provided).  Alternatively, cheque made payable to ’12th Cambridge Scout Group’ or cash will be acceptable at the live auction.
  • All proceeds from the auction will be received by 12th Cambridge Scout Group (registered charity number 300711).
  • Privacy: all personal data (name, email address, phone number etc) submitted via the online form below, or by email, will be kept confidential by 12th Cambridge Scout Group.  It will be used only for the purpose of running the auction and to contact the winning bidders.  It will not be submitted to any third parties.  It will be deleted immediately after the auction.
  • Any queries concerning the auction should be sent by email to auctioneer@12thcambridge.org.uk  The auctioneer’s decision is final.

 

Winter Wonderland

While most of us were sleeping off the Christmas turkey 2 of our young leader explorer scouts found themselves on a coach to Scotland where they took part in the Advanced Mountaineering Course run by our friends and neighbours Hertfordshire Scouts at their Mountaineering centre at Lochearnhead in the Scottish Highlands.

Having already graduated from the initial mountaineering course run at Easter Will and Lucy were put through their paces learning the use of ice axes and crampons, avalanche awareness, navigating in poor visibility and generally learning to deal with everything the Scottish winter could throw at them.

Like the look of this? Older scouts can still sign up to the initial course taking place again this Easter…..

Sparkles & Bangers 2017

 

The nights are drawing in, which can mean only one thing: it is nearly fireworks party time again!

Come along, bring friends & family, and enjoy hot dogs, soup, mulled wine and the best fireworks this side of Midsummer Common!

 

Friday 3rd November

Party 6pm on

Location: 12th Cambridge HQ

Fireworks @ 7pm

Free entry*

You are welcome to bring sparklers – PLEASE follow this safety advice and do not drop them on the field (use bins provided).

RSVP for catering numbers to: fireworks@12thcambridge.org.uk

 

Volunteers invited:

  • to help with: setting up (from 4pm) and
  • debris sweep of the field (Saturday morning, 10am on).

*The scouts will be shaking collection buckets at the end, so please donate generously!

 

Right on target

 

The 12th was delighted to host the Cambridge District Archery Competition today.  With over 120 cubs, scouts, explorers and adults from Groups across the District, the event welcomed everyone, from complete beginner to seasoned club archers.

After yesterday’s deluge, the weather gods smiled on us with a mild, sunny day and light winds – perfect for archery!

The competition format was three ends of 5 arrows, shot from 10 metres onto a 90cm target face. Scoring was from 1 (outer white) to 10 (inner gold).

In the individual events, organised by section, competition was hot in the Cubs and Scouts sections.  Congratulations to Stanley Howard of 11th/9th for his winning score of 101, and Noah Straghan of the 28th (scoring 124).

 

 

The best three Individual scores from each Group/Section were counted in the Teams competiton.  Here, 28th Cubs and 12th Cambridge Scouts both excelled and retained their respective Teams titles.

 

 

For those who would like to see the the full results, with detailed scores for every arrow shot, they may be downloaded in spreadsheet form here:

District Archery results 2017 final

 

It was a pleasure to host this wonderful (and growing!) competition.  We would like to thank: Tom Hartley (organiser and chief range-master) and everyone who supported by  organising, hosting, bringing equipment, setting up, scoring, crowd-controlling, photographing and participating! 

We congratulate everyone who took part, and look forward to the next event!

 

 

 

It’s Summer Party Time!

 

Yes , it’s party time again….put the date in your diary, stick your shades on and head to the hut for some fun!

SUMMER PARTY 2017

Monday 17th July

6pm onwards

7pm AGM

Food provided!

All welcome – bring family & friends, a bottle, some snacks/pudding and (if you dare) a water pistol. 

RSVP with numbers/dietary requests to summerparty@12thcambridge.org.uk

 

About the AGM

The Annual General Meeting (notice and last year’s minutes attached below) is a short, formal part of the evening and is an important event for 12th Cambridge.   It is an opportunity for all members to find out about how the Group is doing and to thank those people who enable our young people to thrive through scouting. The 2017/18 Executive Committee members will be elected at the AGM.

 

We need YOU….NOW!

12th Cambridge has some important decisions to make in the near future, concerning the running of the Group, the scout hut and fundraising.   Operating behind the scenes, the Committee is vital to the existence and smooth running of the Group now and for the future.  We need new Committee members to act as charity trustees and make the decisions, run events and make plans!

 

In particular:

– our Chairman is moving away, so we need to find another Chair.  Responsible for the running of the committee.  More details about the role here.

– we also need to replace other departing Executive Committee Members.  More details here.

 

The Committee meets only once per half-term and organising things can be done when you choose, so the time commitment is not great.

So, if don’t have the inclination to become a Leader or Section Assistant with the Group, please put your name forward to join our Exec committee, and give us a call – we’re always happy to chat about the role in a bit more detail.  Of course, if you have even the remotest inclination to be a Leader instead, please do let the GSL know!

 

Let’s be clear: as a Group, we only exist with the support and commitment of parents and other volunteers.  Without a strong committee, the Group (and hence the development of your young people through scouting), WILL be affected.  This is not the time to stand back and assume that “someone else will do it”!

AGM minutes 2016

Notice of 12th Cambridge AGM 2017