International Cooking 2019

Another successful international cooking event this year. All groups worked very well together and produced great plates of food for the judges.

The winning team on Wednesday night with their food of USA
The overall winners on Thursday night cooked a Thai curry – voted tastiest!

The judges took into consideration, taste, team work, innovation and creativity, and presentation. ALL groups did really well. Each group had chosen a country the previous week and planned a menu, worked together to organise themselves and arrange shopping for ingredients. Many thanks to all parents for supporting their Scouts with this activity. See below for more pictures of the night.

The Germans with their sausage stew – joint winners for team work
Mexicans – joint winners for team work
This team made an Indian curry from scratch – winners for the best presented
beautifully presented…..
Innovation and creativity winners from Japan – very impressive!!
A classic spag bog from this crew – this team were praised for their team work also.
Crepes from France – a few issues with melting the chocolate, but tasty none the less

AGM 2018

The Executive Committee would like to inform all parents, leaders and friends of the Group that the 1st Linslade Scout Group Annual General Meeting will be held at Nyamba Scout Hut on Wednesday 27th June at 8.00pm.

Documentation for the meeting can be downloaded below:

AGM-Agenda, 2017AGM Minutes, Group Constitution, 2017 Group Accounts

All Welcome. Please come along and support the leaders and your children.

We are still desperate for adult helpers throughout the Group – leaders, helpers, administrators and committee members. Please come along and get involved! Specifically we need:

  • help look after our camping stores and equipment (Quartermaster(s))
  • help with premises maintenance
  • Cub Leader, Assistant Cub leaders, and section assistants
  • help with implementing our reviewed safety policy (Safety Officer)

We look forward to seeing you.

International Cooking

Just before Easter we had our International Cooking week. Scouts were split into small groups and chose a country out of the hat. They had time to research their country, prepare a menu, write a shopping list, work out their plan, and do the shopping. The Master(Scout) Chef style competition was judged by VIP’s (leaders obviously….), taking into consideration presentation, teamwork & tidyness, and taste! Thanks to Kevin and Emma who planned and directed us through this culinary delight, as part of their leadership training.

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Maintenance Day – Thanks!!

Thanks to all that came and helped yesterday at the maintenance day!! We had a good turn out and it was great to see some new faces. We managed to complete many of the required tasks necessary to keep “Nyamba” safe for our children. The entrance has been cut back of vegetation and all the slippery rotting leaves from the autumn cleaned away.

The driveway and car park has also been cleaned and jet washed, and drainage gully cleaned out.

The area behind the building has been cleared and a platform built to store our older canoes. The memorial garden has been tidied and the gravel boards to the fence in this area repaired. A massive effort here – many thanks.

There has been lots of general tidying and around the whole site completely filling a skip load of rubbish. The “project” car has been positioned for the Explorers, and the outside lights fixed.

Inside the first storage cupboard for chairs has been built in the lobby, and one of the hand driers in the gents repositioned. The kitchen has had a deep clean and the boiler panel fixed.

The Exec Committee and Leaders thank you for your support.

Scout Hut Maintenance Day – Saturday 10th March – 10.00am to 3.00pm

We are holding another maintenance day at “Nyamba” on Saturday 10th March, 10.00am ’til 3.00pm. Please can you help! We have a long list of jobs, inside and out, that need doing to tidy up and keep safe the headquarters for our children.

Some of the jobs include: gardening, pruning, grass mowing,erecting a fence, driveway clearing, cupboard building, stores tidying, cleaning, painting……..

No specific skills needed, just lots of enthusiasm! So please put on your old clothes, grab some tools and join us for a couple of hours. Your time will be much appreciated! Stick it in your diary…..

Bacon rolls and gallons of tea / coffee on tap all day!

Thank You!!

1st Linslade Scout Group Executive Committee

Christingle 2017

Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers attended the annual District Christingle Carol Service at the Baptist Church in Hockliffe Street on Thursday 7th December. There was a good turn out from all sections. Leaders Tracey Chisnall and Trevor Burns received 10 year service awards from the District Commissioner. Well done!
Happy Christmas!

News Bulletin – December 2016


**** Key dates: Christingle 8th December, Tesco Bag-packing 17th December ****

If you have visited Nyamba this term you will have seen the newly refurbished toilets which have cost over £12,000 and a lot of volunteer time. Thank you to everyone for doing a great job.

Subs Increase
We have been lucky with fundraising and grants for major projects but because we have to make sure that monthly subs cover our regular expenses, subs are increasing from £10 to £12 per month from January 2017 which is still incredible value. We could not maintain subs as low as this without the generosity of our leaders who give their time for free.

Standing Orders
Please adjust your standing order to £12 per month for January subscriptions onwards. You can set your current standing order to end with the December payment and start a new one for January onwards, or following the December payment adjust your standing order to the new amount for January onwards. Any standing orders not increased will be subject to back payments. We only accept subs by standing order or an annual cheque (in advance).

Participation Fund
If the increase in subs is likely to be a problem, we do have a small participation fund to support families who are experiencing financial challenges. You can contact our Executive Committee in confidence via the “Contact Us” page from the menu on the left.

Gift Aid
Thank you to everyone who has completed a gift aid form. We have just received £2,800 from HMRC for very little work just because most parents have done this already. Please ask for a form.

DBS Forms
Occasional helpers need a DBS check. It only takes a few minutes to complete a form (and can be done by email) and to provide some ID. Please ask your Section Leader for a form now so it’s in place for the next camp.

Hiring Nyamba
We are interested in long-term, regular lettings so if you know of anyone looking for a venue, please pass on our details. We are sorry that due to planning conditions, we cannot hire out Nyamba for private parties.

Volunteers Wanted

Thank you to everyone who helped at the last maintenance day. Our young people are fortunate to belong to a thriving Scout Group which offers so many varied opportunities across all the sections but the Leaders and Committee do need more help. If can spare an hour a week to help with some paperwork or fundraising or at an event, we want to hear from you. Our main fundraising event is back-packing on 17th December 10am to 4pm – please sign up when your Section Leader contacts you