Group News & Events

Upcoming Events

 

Below are the details of upcoming Group events. Visit our Scouts Programme page for additional details on upcoming Scout troop events.

 

See our Useful Information page for links to up to date info from the District and County web-sites.

  • Site Working Party - Sunday 17th Feb 2019, 10am-2pm
    Parents - please come along if you can spare an hour or two. Plenty of jobs to do. Children are welcome - under parental supervision.
  • New Parents Meeting - Monday 25th Feb (during Beaver Scout Meeting)
  • New Parents Meeting - Thursday 28th Feb (during Beaver Scout Meeting)
  • Beavers' District Badge Day - Sunday 3rd March at 19th Wimbledon HQ
    More details to follow.
  • Cubs' District Chess Competition - Sunday 3rd March at 1st Lower Morden HQ
    More details to follow.
  • Site Working Party - Sunday 17th March, 10am-2pm
    Parents - please come along if you can spare an hour or two. Plenty of jobs to do. Children are welcome - under parental supervision.
  • Scouts' District Skills Day - Sunday 24 March
    More details to follow.
  • Site Working Party - Sunday 21st April, 10am-2pm
    Parents - please come along if you can spare an hour or two. Plenty of jobs to do. Children are welcome - under parental supervision.
  • Scout Expedition Weekend - Saturday 11th - Sunday 12th May
    More details to follow.
  • Site Working Party - Sunday 19th May, 10am-2pm
    Parents - please come along if you can spare an hour or two. Plenty of jobs to do. Children are welcome - under parental supervision.
  • Cub Camp - Friday 12th - Sunday 14th July at Broadstone Warren
    More details to follow.
  • Scout Summer Camp - Saturday 20th - Tuesday 30th July at Parkwood Scout Campsite, Brighton.
    More details to follow.
  • Group Camp - Friday 13th - Sunday 15th September at Walton Firs
    More details to follow.

 

Oak Processionary Moth

 

There is a growing problem across London and the South with Oak Processionary Moths (OPM) that live in oak trees. We have them in many of our trees at the Scout Hut, the caterpillars are active at the moment and their hairs may cause irritation and a rash. We have surveyed our oak trees on the site and marked (with a yellow marker) any tree where we saw a nest (approx. 10 nests). However, we think that we should assume that all our oak trees have the OPM nests present. 

 

The Scout Group have sought advice from Merton Council and the Forestry Commission about whether there is any action we can, or should take. The Forestry Commission are taking the view that the London area is too heavily infected to carry out any remedial action and they are now concentrating on stopping infestations in a ring around the core area, so there is no statutory help to get rid of the nests. 

 

We are exploring paying for the removal of the existing nests with a Tree Services company, but we know that this will be an ongoing problem between May and July each year, as moths will return and build nests annually. 

 

For the moment we have banned tree climbing in our grounds and our Leaders have been briefed about the problem and are letting the children know about the Moths. If you could reinforce the advice not to touch the caterpillars or play around trees where there is an obvious presence we would be grateful. 

 

If you want to find our more we will have a supply of leaflets soon at the Scout Hut or you can use this link to go  directly to the Forestry Commission website www.forestry.gov.uk/opm

Annual Reports

Next Group Scouters

To be decided

 

Next Group Exec

Tuesday 7th May 2019

8.15pm

 

Thursday 5th September 2019

8.15pm

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