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Heather's Heroes


For many readers Heather’s Heroes was the first item in the monthly Out of the Blue that they turned to. She always felt it important to thank people and tell them that she was very grateful. She called them “Heather’s Heroes” and wrote “Whatever an individual did to help Scouting, it was worthwhile.” This was whether a person was a uniformed Leader or Assistant Leader, helper, Executive Committee member, Circle member, useful parent or someone who gave the Group their time in some other way. She also wrote that we are all volunteers and that 1st Tolworth is a truly Family Group.

The first mention of Heroes in the GSL’s monthly report appeared in the November 1998 edition. She wrote about the imminent November Fayre and continued “My Assistant Group Scout Leader, Graham Warnes, does a marvellous job taking donated items to sell at Car Boot sales. Thank you Graham and Margaret Warry.  What heroes they are!”  From September 1999 Heather’s Heroes became a separate item in OOTB.

There was one person whose name didn’t appear in Heather’s Heroes and that was, of course, Heather.  So I suggest today that she is our 1st Tolworth (St Matthew’s) Scout Group’s hero and we will remember Heather for her leadership, inspiration, enthusiasm and encouragement in all things Scouting.

This was part of the Tribute which was researched by Graham Warnes and read out by him in St. Matthew’s Church Surbiton on Wednesday 16th November 2016.

Monthly Reports

GSL Report – September 2017

Hi Everyone

I hope you all had a good summer and are now looking forward to a new term.

The Troop as always set off for their annual summer camp at the beginning of the holidays.  By all accounts they had a really good time, very busy and with varied activities.  Our thanks go to Caroline, Graham, John and Stuart for giving up their time to provide the Scouts with such a great experience although coming back with wet canvas after a camp is never fun.

The Beavers have taken part in the District Beaver Sports Day.  Some of them also took part in an overnight Sleepover at Southwood and again had a good time.

Just starting back I haven’t got much to report. I know that there are plenty of activities planned for the rest of the year, not forgetting our next big fund raiser, the November Fayre which this year will be held at the Surbiton Royal British Legion hall.

Thank you to all that have helped in any way over the summer



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