Quarterly Newsletter: June to September 2015

Fundraising update

Plant, cake and book sale

Many thanks to all those who supported and helped at this event, especially to Linda Halstead who grows and supplies all the plants. We raised £785 at the plant sale and £179 selling teas, cakes and books.

Community Tidy Up – 19 April and Morrison bag pack

Being a scout isn’t just about having fun around the camp fire, it’s also about community and 5th Petts Wood certainly showed that as they took part in the Big Bromley Brush Up.   Many thanks to all those who took part.

You can see some photos on the website at http://5thpettswood.org.uk/the-big-bromley-brush-up/

We followed this up with some fundraising to get support from our local community in return, by bag packing in Morrison’s on Saturday 13th June.  We had a great team of Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers all participating and we got some really nice comments from shoppers on the day about how fantastic our young people are.  Not only that but we raised a fantastic £674!

Dates for the Diary

Jumble Sale – October 10th

Please put this date in the diary! This is our biggest fund raising event and requires lots of support. Here’s how you can help:

Jumble – We need your jumble, please encourage your friends and family to donate items.

Please drop off jumble on Friday 9th October 7-8.30pm at the Lakeswood Hall. Jumble can also dropped off on Tuesday 6th October (drop off point to be advised nearer the time).

We will need volunteers to help collect jumble from prearranged addresses from Tuesday 6th–Friday 9th October.

Cakes – We would be grateful for donations of cakes. These can be left at the serving counter in the church reception Friday 9th October 7-9pm or on Saturday 10th.

Helpers – We need help to sort jumble on the Friday night 7-9pm and help on the day of the jumble sale and auction from 1-5pm. If you can only spare an hour two, any help between 1-3.30pm would be very much appreciated.

If you can help:

Collect jumble – please contact Kim

Sort jumble on Friday 9th or help at the jumble auction – please contact Andrea

Petts Wood Christmas light switch on (usually the last Saturday in November)

We usually have a stall at this event with side shows, a Christmas food and Jolly Jar raffle. We will need volunteers to help run the stall usually between 2-6pm.

There are a couple of other ways we can increase funding:

Employer Fund Matching Schemes and Community Cashback

Do you work for a company who encourages their employees to participate in matched funding / community cashback scheme?

As part of a company’s Corporate Social Responsibility, employees are activity encouraged to become involved in community projects, including scout jumble sales, plant and cakes sales, quiz nights, by offering to match or contribute to funds which are raised. Amounts claimed can vary from £100 to £1000+ per year, depending on the company.

Gill Fromant, a Beaver parent who works for the Royal Bank of Scotland, helped out at the plant and cake sale in May. As a result of Gill submitting a Community Cashback on-line form, £250 has been received from RBS into the 5th Petts Wood Scout bank account. This was a very easy way to generate funds to support the activities of the group.

Companies also support regular volunteering and will contribute funds, although the majority of employees find this much more difficult to commit to as some schemes require a minimum 80 hours volunteering. It is much easier to help out for an hour at a scout fund raising event.

A list of companies which we are aware of who support matched funding / community cashback schemes can be found at the back of this newsletter. There may be other companies who operate a scheme and your HR department would be able to advise.

If anyone is able to help raise extra funds in this very easy way, please contact the fund raising committee or any one of the scout leaders, as it will be very much appreciated.


Give as you live

Did you know… You can now help raise funds – just by shopping online.

Thousands of stores, including Amazon, eBay, Expedia and more will donate to us a percentage of every pound you spend online when you shop with Give as you Live.

It won’t cost you anything, so please click http://www.giveasyoulive.com/join/pettswood

Where does the money go?

Maintenance, servicing and insuring of the Scout minibus

Saving for the replacement of the minibus

Expenses for the weekly programme of all sections


Capitation (membership fee) for everyone in the group

New equipment store

New Equipment Store

The big project his year has been the building of the new equipment store giving us the extra storage space we need for all the group’s kit.

Huge thanks to friends of the Group, John Black and Mark Huntingford for all their help and expertise for this project and to everyone else who mucked in.

We are really pleased with the final result which has come in within budget and includes all internal racking and external groundworks. There are a few minor jobs to finish, but we’re almost there, as you can see:


The Committee

If you have any questions, or ideas for future fundraising events, or income generation, do get in touch.

Also, if you would like to get involved in any way, drop one of the fundraising committee a line. We’re around on Tuesdays or Fridays:

Jessie Ahuja – daughter in Scouts

Kim Ansell – son in Scouts

Alex Barbour – son in Scouts

Clarissa Cannon – sons in Cubs and Scouts

Andrea Casebow – sons in Cubs

What’s been going on this year……

Beaver Sleepover