Scouts’ Post to Help Out

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At the end of November 2020, local Scouts, the 4th Ashby, didn’t know if they’d be allowed to carry out the Scout Post service which they have undertaken for over 35 years to raise valuable funds.

However, risk assessments completed and approved, the team pulled out all the stops to get the service up and running.

“Whilst things were a little slower starting than usual, we delivered a decent number of cards, hopefully helping the people of Ashby out.” said Group Scout Leader, Jon Bloor. “Although for us as a charity in our own right, things have been tough, we all wanted to help other local groups out this year.”

4th Ashby Scout Group is open to boys and girls from Ashby and surrounding area. Founded in 1976, the group has met in several location in town including the Baptist Church and Methodist Chapel. More recently, they have used the Scout Hut on Wilfred Gardens and can often be found out and about in town or at Willesley Campsite.

A poll was held amongst the many members of the Beavers, Cubs and Scouts who helped to sell, sort and deliver the cards and local charities Charity Link and Rainbows Hospice were chosen. Today a donation of £250 has been made to Charity Link and Rainbows Hospice will follow shortly.

Particular thanks must go to The Card Cottage in Ashby and Daybreak Services in Packington for being collection points for the cards. Thank you to the people of Packington, Smisby and Ashby who supported the service and to the many families of Beavers, Cubs and Scouts at 4th Ashby.

The Scout Post will return in December 2021.

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Remembrance Sunday 2020

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4th Ashby Wreath

With England under lockdown, we cannot gather and parade to remember those who gave their lives for us in conflict this year.

Beavers, Cubs and Scouts have been encouraged to remember this morning by joining millions of other households across the UK on their doorsteps at 11:00 am. Some have chosen to support the British Legion by walking a mile in uniform whilst others have quietly supported the poppy appeal themselves. 4th Ashby Scout Group has donated funds for a wreath which was laid privately before being transferred to the War Memorial on Market Street.

We understand many are disappointed that the parade cannot go ahead but understand that it is not possible for so many people to gather safely, especially with cases locally rising. Group Scout Leader, Jonathan Bloor, applauded the 190 members of the group for respecting the rules and remembering at home.

Wherever we are on Remembrance Sunday, whether, on parade or the doorstep, we will remember those who gave their lives, those who lost loved ones, those who served and saw the horror of conflict across the years.

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Lockdown Homework!

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As an independent charity, we take good governance seriously. Using some of the “quieter” time of Lockdown 2020, we’ve completed the Charity Excellence Framework Assessments. There are some areas to work on, but our focus is clear.

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Ashby Life, Online

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Ashby Life May 2020 Cover

Our friends at Ashby Life have soldiered on and delivered their magazine – online

Editor Vanessa says:

Although we may be unable to produce and deliver this month’s magazines as we would normally, we have produced an online only version which is packed with useful information on essential local services and details of community groups offering support.

Our trusty panel of local experts have offered up their advice and tips on everything from lockdown gardening to keeping fit at home to educational toys and games for those of you home schooling at present.

The information we’ve collected should prove useful to all residents who may depend on the monthly printed copies for community updates. We also have a number of local businesses who either remain open for business or are offering alternative services at the moment. Please show them your support by sharing the magazine. We can get through this together. 

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Happy St George’s Day

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23rd April is St George’s day. Whilst best known for being the patron saint of England, he is also the patron saint of Scouting.

Usually, we gather to renew our promise together on the Sunday nearest and this will be happening this year via Facebook Live on 26th at 10:50 – you don’t need to have an account – with Beavers, Cubs and Scouts from across Leicestershire:

Some people are going to wear their uniform whilst clapping for key workers at 8pm tonight.

Our Cubs have been making shields thinking about what is important right now.

George’s is attached:

A decorated shield to embrace St George’s day by a Waingunga Cub. The dagger represents the NHS killing the virus (with a little mention of the all important Xbox gaming 🤣)

Why not share yours in the comments?

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Christmas Post 2019 Success

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Our army of volunteers and fantastic local businesses helped us to raise over £900 for 4th Ashby Scout Group.

Local businesses, The Card Cottage in Market Street, Ashby, Daybreak Stores in Packington, the Tourist Information Centre and Abbey Stores all sold stamps and collected cards for local delivery. The Co-op on Derby Road kindly let us have a stall selling stamps and collecting cards at the weekend too. Promotion of this event was made possible by our friends at Ashby Life.

Families of the beavers, cubs and scouts all took a few streets and delivered the cards which were swiftly sorted by our Scout Leaders.

In all, over 2,000 cards were delivered in Ashby, Packington, Smisby and Shellbrook.

Group Scout Leader, Jon Bloor, said “I hope that the beavers, cubs and scouts were able to share some Christmas cheer and also help people to save money. With their support, we’ll be back next year, as we have been doing this every Christmas since 1982”.

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Christmas Post is OPEN

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Happy first of December!

Our Christmas Post, delivered by beavers, cubs and scouts near you is up and running for 2019. We will deliver your cards in Ashby, Packington and Smisby for just 30p per card. You can buy stamps and drop cards off at Daybreak Services, Ashby Tourist Information Centre, Card Cottage or Abbey Stores. On Saturday 7th and 14th you can also visit us outside the Co-op on Derby Road – cards delivered by 2pm will be sorted and delivered promptly.

Merry Christmas from all of us!

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Annual Census Shows Membership Up By A Third

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At the end of each January Scout Group across the UK are required to take a census of members to submit to Headquarters.

This year 4th Ashby has grown by a third, largely due to the two new beaver colonies. Group Scout Leader, Jonathan Bloor was keen to thank the Regional Services Team of the Scout Association for their support in addressing the shortage of places in the town. “Working with our friends at Ashby (Hastings) and the RST, we’ve cleared over 100 names from our waiting lists,” Jonathan said. “I’m really pleased with the position we find ourselves in, although we have plans to continue to grow during 2018, especially for the 10-14-year-olds. We welcome volunteers, whether they have a Scouting background or not”.

At the time of writing (early Feb) places are available in Beavers (Ages 6-8) and Cubs (8-10 1/2), please register your interest by filling out the join form in the sidebar

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Christmas Post Was A Bumper Delivery

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Group Scout Leader Jonathan Bloor was delighted to announce that the Scout Post, held throughout December, had been an enormous success.

On behalf of the 175 Beavers, Cubs and Scouts who are members of the 4th Ashby Scout Group he announced “Thanks to our customer, the people of Ashby, Packington and Smisby and especially to our partners who act as post-offices we have raised over £1,200 whilst providing a useful service”.

Almost 5,000 cards were sorted into 53 rounds and then delivered by families during the lead up to Chrismas. The Scout Post has been run by 4th Ashby since 1982.

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