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1st Shirley Scout Group

Blythe District Scouts, Solihull

Scouting provides skills for life to young people, who are split into sections based on age. Beaver Scouts (6-8), Cub Scouts (8-10½), Scouts (10½-14), Explorer Scouts (14-18) and Scouts Network (18-25).


Adult Volunteers

Volunteers are pivotal to the running of our Scout Group. These may include leaders, assistants, occasional helpers, parents, administrators, fundraisers and more.

You don’t have to be an adventurer like Bear Grylls to get involved with Scouting. Do you have first aid knowledge? Are you good with numbers? Handy in the kitchen? Or are you a DIY whizz? We all have useful skills and you can volunteer and help in many ways.

If you would like to hear more, use the Contact Us link on the left.


Purpose

Scouting exists to actively engage and support young people in their personal development, empowering them to make a positive contribution to society.


Values

Our values are at the heart of who we are and what we do:

Integrity We’re honest, we try to do the right thing (even if no-one’s watching), and we stay true to ourselves.
Respect We’re thoughtful of people’s feelings and values, treating everyone as we’d like to be treated ourselves.
Care We’re kind to others, looking after the world we live in.
Belief We explore our beliefs and attitudes with wide-open minds.
Cooperation We work with others to change the world for the better, making friends along the way.


Methods

Scouting takes place when young people, in partnership with adults, work together based on the values of Scouting and:

  • enjoy what they are doing and have fun;
  • take part in activities indoors and outdoors;
  • learn by doing;
  • share in spiritual reflection;
  • take responsibility and make choices;
  • undertake new and challenging activities;
  • make and live by their Promise

Programme

The Scouting Programme for all sections is based around three main themes: outdoor and adventure, world and skills. In each section a range of badges and awards support all aspects of Scouting, including the main themes: leadership, teamwork and personal development. The Programme is delivered in a balanced way that incorporates elements from each theme, to offer young people the most interesting and diverse experience.


Email
Where are we?

Tel: 0121-744 6090

Registered Charity 524602

Contact webman1@1stshirley.org.uk  - WebMaster.

Leave Phone Message or Fax -

0843 289 1354 (access charges are higher than basic rate, please check with OfCom or your service provider for details)

Richmond Hall
Richard Lewis Way
Shirley
Solihull
West Midlands
B90 3GG

News & Blogs

Trevor Richmond Passed Away 15 April
15/04/2020 By Group Admin

Dear Friends of First Shirley

It is my sad duty to report that Trevor Richmond our Group President sadly passed away this morning. Trevor had not been well recently and this news is not unexpected. However this news is still a great shock and will be felt by many.

Trevor has touched the lives of so many people through scouting in Solihull. He was 1st Shirley Group President and an active member of the group exec until only a few weeks ago. He was one of my predecessors as Group Scout Leader as well as a section leader and until recently was the Blythe District Chairman.

He was also the architect who designed and helped build our headquarters building back in 1968. He knew every corner of that building and was involved in every aspect of the recent extensions and redesigns which have taken place in recent years. I am so happy that we decided to honour Trevor by renaming the HQ building "Richmond Hall" following the Parkgate redevelopment a few years back.

Trevor recently celebrated his 90th birthday. To mark the occasion 1st Shirley hosted a birthday celebration at Richmond hall where a large group of friends gathered to celebrate the milestone as well as to celebrate the contribution to scouting in Solihull.

Rest in peace Trevor, 1st Shirley will be forever in your debt

Tony Fitzgerald
GSL 1st Shirley

 

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Membership Subscriptions
12/03/2020 By Group Admin

CHANGES TO SUBS FROM APRIL 2020

We have recently had a meeting to plan scouting activities and funding for the next year and concluded that despite our best efforts to consciously manage the costs of First Shirley and intrepid ESU, we will need to raise our monthly subs by £2 a month* to £17 for Beavers, Cubs and Scouts and £18 for Intrepid.
We appreciate that we will be asking you to pay more for the time that your child spends at First Shirley and Intrepid. However, we hope that you will agree that this still represents good value for the activities and experiences that your children enjoy while they are with us.
We remain committed to inclusion for all of our members and do not want anyone to miss out on the opportunities that Scouting presents. If the changes to subs collection are likely to cause you any financial hardship, please do contact us in confidence at treasurer@1stshirley.org.uk .
This change will take effect in the April subs collection run (notified on 4th April and collected around 12th April).

* NOTE: Even though the sections do not meet over the Summer, subs will be collected every month of the year so the total annual cost for Beavers, Cubs and Scouts will be £204 and for Intrepid £216.

We will retain a discount for siblings and for children of leaders and adult helpers and this will continue to be managed via an annual refund of subs paid based on our annual membership census
As a charity, we are entitled to claim Gift Aid from all subs payers who are UK taxpayers and who have indicated that they are willing for us to claim Gift Aid on their contributions. This year alone, our Gift Aid application is likely to boost our annual income by more than £4,000, a sum that is invaluable to us if we are to continue to provide the facilities and activities that your children enjoy. If your circumstances have changed since you originally set up your subs direct debit or you are not sure if we have an accurate record of your Gift Aid eligibility and willingness for us to claim on your contributions, please do contact us at treasurer@1stshirley.org.uk.

Kerry Devereux, Group Chair
Tony Fitzgerald, Group Scout Leader
On behalf of the Group Executive Committee - First Shirley Scout Group

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Dal, Derek Lardner
11/03/2020 By Group Admin

Dal, Derek Lardner, passed away on March 7 after a short illness.

Dal was with 1st Shirley for many years as a Scout Leader with Buckholt and he and his wife, Mary,  had three children who attended the group and were very enthusiastic supporters 

Dal has been an inspiration to many of us over the years in his roles in Solihull as Leader Trainer, ADC, ACC and SAC. Dal gave over 50 years of service to Solihull Scouts and was rightly recognised with the award of the Silver Wolf in 1996. Our thoughts are with his daughter Jackie and the rest of Dal’s family.

 

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Cliff Thomas
09/10/2019 By Group Admin

Dear Friends of 1st Shirley

 
it is with great sadness that we heard this weekend that one of our previous GSLs at 1st Shirley, Cliff Thomas,  has sadly passed away. 
 
To his sons Paul and Steve (current 1st Shirley leaders) and the whole family  We would like to pass on our condolences from all at 1st Shirley Scout group.
 
RIP Cliff
 
 
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Annual General Meeting
04/07/2019 By Group Admin

Our Annual General Meeting is on 16 July 2019 at our HQ.

meeting starts at 6.30pm and will be followed by a free Barbecue.

See invite here https://www.facebook.com/events/2371310622931956/?ti=ia

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1st Shirley Scout Group
Richmond Hall, Richard Lewis Way, Shirley, Solihull, West Midlands, B90 3GG
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