Welcome back

 Happy New Year to all our families!

Hopefully all those who were at the panto on Saturday had a wonderful time. The children were all very well behaved, thank you.

On Wednesday 22 January, Beavers and Cubs will be visiting the Ochil Mountain Rescue Team base at Fishcross. Children should be dropped off there at 7pm and picked up at 8.30pm.

  • Please remember that Census fees are now due. If you have concerns about paying the full amount in one, please speak to Eion when you come in to check your child’s details. In future we hope to be able to provide information by email in addition to the existing letters, texts. Make sure you follow this blog to receive notification of all the updates.

A review of current practice has highlighted difficulties around cash being held on our premises. We therefore ask that as many of you as possible pay subs by monthly standing order; forms are available from leaders. If you do not pay by monthly standing order, we must ask you to pay monthly in advance, the amount being £6.95. As we have to plan and provide activities for all the children each week, unfortunately no refunds can be made if your child does not attend.

Some of you may know that we have lost two leaders recently – Paul Grant and Kenny Wilson – who both felt they could no longer help out, and will be a great loss. We desperately need help to allow us to provide quality sessions for all groups as we have two leaders who work shifts, one who could be on-call, one who has to work abroad at short notice, one with a medical condition that can flare up at any time and one who is retired and likes his holidays!! If we don’t get additional support, sessions may have to be cancelled at short notice. Please let the leaders know what you can do to help us…remember it is your children who benefit. A helpers’ rota is available, if you can, add your name to it please.

Beavers will be attending a Mad Scientist day on Saturday 1 February from 2pm – 4pm in Menstrie Scout Hall. The cost for this is £2, and the Cub leaders will be leading this activity for Clackmannan. As usual, uniform is needed. Please complete and return the form, that was sent out, by next Wednesday. Payment should be brought to the event please.

If you do not already support the Scout and Guide Hall’s expenses, you might want to join the 50/50 club. A payment of £15 before the end of January will put you into a monthly draw for a whole year. Half the money raised goes to the upkeep of the hall, the rest is given out in prizes. More details from Eion or Lorna if required.

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