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Report - Halloween Hike 2021
14/11/2021 By Chris Evans

P&P Scouts and Petworth Division Guides have just finished the triumphant return of the Halloween Hike. The hike has been running since 1995 and is a night hike for Scouts, Guides, Explorer Scouts and Ranger Guides. The hike route is usually 5-6.5 miles long and there are checkpoints along the way where the teams complete activities to try and win one of the event trophies. The route this year was a circuit from Billingshurst to Wisborough Green and back and the activities included cooking, brainteasers, archery and shelter building plus trying to fill a bucket from the canal (it took a while for them to realise the bucket had holes in it!)

 

A new format for 2021 started the younger teams walking during the daytime and finishing in the dark while the older teams competed in full dark. We had a total of 20 teams taking part (over 100 young people) supported by over 35 adult volunteers. This was our first big post-covid event and thank you to everyone (especially the young people who came back muddy and smiling!)

 

We would also like to say a special thank you to Bellman’s Auctioneers for letting us use their car park and to the Wey & Arun Canal Trust for gaining us permission to place a checkpoint near the canal.

 

If you would like to know more about getting involved please email info@pandpscouts.org.uk

 

Here are the full results:

Points earned on checkpoints in italics

 

Class 1

Walking with a leader – mostly in daylight

1 Pulborough B (89)

2 Ifold (87)

3 Arun Alpacas (80)

4 S&S Cherokee B (74)

5 Plaistow Prancers (69)

6 Billingshurst Fireballs (69)

7 S&S Cherokee A (66)

 

Class 2

Walking unaccompanied, starting in daylight and finishing in the dark

1 Billingshurst Cookie Monsters (80)

2 Fittleworth (80) Missed Checkpoint

3 Billingshurst Hedgehogs (76)

4 Downlands B (74)

5 Billingshurst Jungle Cats (73)

6 Midhurst B (48)

7 Easebourne (18) DNF

 

Class 3

Walking unaccompanied in full dark

1 Downlands A (103)

2 Silver Stags (102)

3 Arun Antelopes (90)

4 Pulborough A (81)

5 Phoenix Omega (78)

6 Midhurst A (73)

 

Here are the results of the time trials:

Only time spent walking is counted, all checkpoint time is deducted. Classes 2& 3 only

 

1 Downlands A

2 Fittleworth

3 Phoenix Omega

4 Billingshurst Jungle Cats

5 Silver Stags

6 Arun Antelopes

7 Pulborough A

8 Midhurst A

9 Downlands B

10 Billingshurst Hedgehogs

11 Billingshurst Cookie Monsters


 

 

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Report: District AGM 2021
09/09/2021 By Chris Evans

Petworth & Pulborough District Scout Council held their AGM on Monday 6th
September at Billingshurst Community & Conference Centre.  It was an event
of Thanks and looking back but most importantly looking forwards.

Dave Grimwood as outgoing Chair ran the meeting and was thanked for his
service and commitment, Georgina Colenutt was nominated and voted in as the
new Chair.  Georgina addressed the meeting via Zoom (she was isolating at
home, a reminder that Covid isn't behind us yet) with a message of
rebuilding and growth for the years ahead.  Dave was then voted in as
District President, an honour for the self-proclaimed Cub from Fittleworth
that was unanimously voted through (and rightly so!).  We're looking forward
to Presidents Day in 2022 already.

Pat Homer was thanked for her years of service and support of Chairs John
Hickman and DG with a Commissioners Commendation; Pat will continue as
District Secretary until Georgina can recruit a new person to this role.

Tim Dodd was voted in as District Treasurer and thanked for his efforts to
amalgamate the District Accounts, Sue Gatland was approved and thanked as
scrutineer of the accounts.

The Exec Committee was voted in on block and Ann Pike (Diversity Advisor)
was voted onto the committee as the DC's nomination.

Thanks were given to the outgoing Badge Secretary; Liz Leggett for her
efforts, this role remains open although an unnamed person has been
approached.

District Commissioner Glyn Pullen then addressed the meeting continuing the
message of Thanks for all those who worked tirelessly to keep Scouting going
during the pandemic shutdown; especially the GSL's for their continued
support of their leaders and Marcus Barnes and his team including Sarah
Jordan and Allan Brown for taking Scouting via Zoom into everyone's house
(seemingly every night!).  Marcus was presented with his Wood Badge as Scout
Leader at Ashington.  Mention was also given to our virtual District events
including Camp at Home, Race to the Moon, Petworth Park Camp, The District
Challenge, Halloween Hike, St Georges Day and all those other never before
seen events that kept the spark of Scouting alive in 2020-21.

New members were welcomed including Sue Barden as DDC Support, Lucy Garret
as DESC, Toni Mitchel as DYL, Sarah McNeil has become our new ADC Global and
hot off the press Tracy Evans has agreed to be ADC Cubs.
Congratulations were given to the recipients of special service awards, to
be presented at our Thanks Event and Leaders Camp on 18th September at
Nowhurst Camp Site.  These were: Award for Merit Adrian Colenutt
(Appointments), Helen Pullen (Billingshurst Gang Show) and Hazel Barkworth
(District Treasurer and Exec Committee Member); Bar to Award for Merit Chris
Evans (Events & Activities) and the Bar to the Silver Acorn Stella Ribbens
(Beavers Scouts, Ifold) which was presented at a county event in August.

The DC's Trophy was presented to Pulborough & Bury Group for their
turnaround from being homeless and struggling for leaders and young people
to the now thriving position that they find themselves; richly deserved the
award is too.

A final Commissioners Commendation was given to Kath Bridger who has been
part of the District for so many years and now steps down as training
advisor (managers).  Kath will be continuing her Scouting closer to home in
Pagham.

County Representatives Connor Holmes (County Youth Commissioner) and Matt
Pike (Deputy County Commissioner) addressed the meeting echoing the
sentiments of thanks for the efforts of the past 18 months and the message
of optimism for the year ahead and rebuilding the District.

Dave Grimwood wrapped up the meeting on behalf of Georgina echoing the
message of optimism, once again in times of adversity, Scouting found new
ways to exist and bring activities to young people and provided a welcome
distraction for those adults who found themselves adrift in unfamiliar
circumstances.

There is much to look forward to over the next year and Scouting will
continue to thrive.  

If you would like to know more about Scouting in Petworth & Pulborough visit
our website www.pandpscouts.org.uk or contact us: info@pandpscouts.org.uk
 

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Blog | National Scout Rifle Championships
11/10/2020 By Marcus Barnes

Scouts throughout the district are always trying new and exciting activities and It's fair to say target shooting has always proved a popular choice as proved each year at Petworth Park Camp. There are Scouts that are happy to just have a go, Scouts that want to progress their skills and Scouts that have a natural talent for Shooting.

 

We’re a team of Scouts that all started shooting at a taster session. With years of hard work and dedication two of us now shoot at international competitions, representing Team GB in championship matches as far away as Luxembourg and even setting a new British record! Around this time every year we represent the district and county at the National Scout Rifle Championships. With that cancelled this year we thought we’d promote it instead.

 

The National Scout Rifle Championships is a 3 day event open to all UK members. Each year it attracts over 700 participants of all abilities and ages from all over the UK. It’s been running for over 40 years and is held at The National Shooting Center in Bisley, Surrey. There's a main competition and several other events too.

 

Those of us that attend from P&P tag onto the Worthing Scouts Shooting Squad.. We train with them every weekend, fine tuning our skills ready for the next competition. For us it's the highlight of the year.

 

The main competition comprises of 4 events - 

  • 6 yard air rifle
  • 6 yard air pistol?
  • Field target
  • Knockdown

 

After that the choice is yours! Other events include

  • small bore rifle
  • full bore rifle
  • archery
  • crossbow
  • target sprint

 

With upwards of 700 competitors it's fair to say the P&P contingent have had some fairly impressive finishing positions in recent years. Most impressive for us was coming 4th overall team in the main competition.

 

  • 2019 - 4th - main competition (team)
    Marcus Barnes, Jack Lovett & Maddy Barnes
  • 2019 - 15th - field target
    Marcus Barnes
  • 2019 - 7th - own pistol
    Jack Lovett
  • 2019 - 9th - own pistol
    Maddie Barnes
  • 2018 - 3rd - crossbow
    Robert Whitling

 

If you’ve got a passion for shooting, a scout showing potential, or would like to get involved please do get in touch - dyc@pandpscouts.org.uk
.

You can find more information on the nationals here - http://hampshirescoutrifleclub.org.uk/national-scout-rifle-championships/

You can see Maddy and Jack's accomplishments here -

https://www.airgunmagazine.co.uk/news/new-record-set-at-intershoot-2020/ 

Special thanks to the amazing leaders at Worthing District Shooting Squad for all your help and support with nationals and training each year.

 
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