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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’s Report – November 2018

Hi everyone

I hope you’re all enjoying a new term of Scouting.  Summer has been and gone and winter is creeping up on us quickly.

I visited Scouts for an evening of shooting, just as the GSL, to observe.  Scout Leader Michael, who is our latest shooting Instructor, ran the evening helped by Peter and Keira.  The evening was enjoyed by all. Hopefully, some of the Scouts will come along to the Rifle Shooting Club held on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month. Please contact me for further details and dates.

The November Fayre is nearly upon us and will take place on Saturday 17th November at the Royal British Legion.  As you are all aware this is our biggest fund-raising event so please try and sell as many raffle tickets as you can.  Also, by supporting the Leaders on mufti evenings and at the event itself (parents – the bar is open to non-members on the day!)  Please let friends and family know the date too.  Whatever you can do, the proceeds help to run events for your children during the year.

Remembrance Sunday this year is celebrating 100 years since the end of the 1st World War.  We are therefore hoping to have a good turnout at the Surbiton War Memorial.  If you haven’t been before, please do come along.  I personally find it a very moving experience every year. After saying all this I, unfortunately, won’t be at Surbiton or Polyapes this year as I am staying in Winchester.  However, I do intend to mark the occasion by finding the local service where Tina and I will be staying.

This year I have asked my daughter, Jade, to lay the wreath on behalf of 1st Tolworth (St Matthew’s) Scout Group at Polyapes in remembrance of all the Scouts who lost their lives during the wars.

We are currently looking for a new Beaver Helper/Leader as Robert wants to step away and pursue other things.  So, if you’re up for a challenge and figure you can spare a couple of hours a week on a Friday night, please don’t hesitate to let either Faye or myself know. Fingers crossed, there is someone out there.

Looking to the future, we have provisionally booked Southwood on Saturday 13th July for a Fun Day so please put the date in your diaries.  More details to follow.

That’s all for now folks.