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  NEWSLETTER - March 2020

Activities for all sections are in full swing this year with plenty of outward-bound adventures despite the wet winter. In the last year, George Brooks (our quartermaster) has reviewed our camping and stores the equipment and we have purchased several tents to replace our older ones that had definitely come to the end of their time. George has also organised the stores, removed itemsthat are not useful and made it much easier to identify equipment. Many thanks

We have several issues with the Main Hall which needed attention. The roof between the two halls had been leaking and it was necessary to take down the ceiling panels. A repair of the roof was made in the summer, but while it is better than it was, some more work is needed once the drier spring weather comes. Meanwhile, the ceiling panels are still off, and we would ask those groups who use the hall to bear with us while the additional repairs are made on the roof. We are also aware that the bathrooms need re-tiling and decorating and that that there are issues with damp, as expected in an old Hall. There are also several windows in the small Hall that are in urgent need for replacement. All this work requires considerable funds to keep on top of these issues.

The central point of Scouts and Guides is the activities that the children undertake under the guidance of their leaders and this is in robust health. However, we do need to provide safe, secure and dry facilities for these activities and for the guests who use the hall. Several grants have been achieved over the years, but we are in need of new successes to make all this happen. If you feel you could spare some time to help us make repairs or to help us achieve some grant funding, please contact me directly (email and telephone number below)

On the positive side, the floors of both main rooms in the Scout Hall have been refurbished over January. Both floors were deeply scratched and were impossible to brush or mop clean. Over the course of four days “Floor Blimey” sanded back the floors, repaired where necessary and resurfaced with high grade lacquer. The end result are floors which can be kept clean easily and look great too. In addition, following a routine electrical inspection, we have made some improvements to the lighting through Chas Dunnicliffe at Congresbury Electrical. Many thanks to him.

Scouts , Guides and Explorers will again be helping Simon Gait at Twisted Oak Brewery to run the second ever Wrington Beer Festival (6th ,7th March). Last year it was brilliant success, a good time was had, and much needed funds were achieved that went towards the new minibus we bought for the Troop. We hope this years event is even more successful!

If you do think you could help in any way with keeping Scouts and Guides going in Wrington either through help with the Hall, fundraising, or getting involved, please contact me.

Prof Andy Wolf
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                                Local Explorer Scouts hang from wires 3000 metres up in Alps

25 North Somerset Explorer Scouts, aged from 14 - 17, have just returned home after spending a challenging week attached to wires - Via Ferrata - in the Italian Dolomite Alps. The Scouts, boys and girls, come from Wrington, Winscombe, Congresbury and Churchill.

Via Ferrata are protected high level routes built during WW1 to allow troops to move to their fighting postions on the peak tops. Using these, the scouts climbed 10 peaks over 2500metres and completed a two day expedition over Monte Cristallo, 3163 metres, the location of 'Cliffhanger' starring Sylvester Stallone. Many climbed in total over 6000metres, resulting in worn out boots and sore feet.

The views from the top were spectacular, stretching as far as the snow peaked Alps. As well as the expeditions, they also participated in the following activities:

Ice skating in the Winter Olympic rink, mountain biking, crazy golf, and an adrenaline-pumping high ropes course.

During an extremely exciting week they conquered any fear of heights, developed campcraft skills and their self reliance by independently finding their way around on a variety of local public transport systems.

    Group structure & History


Prestow Beavers (6-8 yrs) Thursdays
Mendip Beavers  (6-8 yrs) Fridays

Yeo Cub Pack     (8-10/11 yrs) Tuesdays
Wring Cub Pack (8-10/11 yrs) Thursdays

Scouts                  (10-15/16 yrs) Fridays

Rainbows             (5-7yrs) Wednesdays

1st Brownies       (7-10½ yrs) Wednesdays
2nd Brownies      (7-10½ yrs) Mondays

Guides                  (10-15 yrs) Mondays

Group Scout Leader
Andy Hutchings

Group Chairman 
Peter Endicott


A Cub pack was formed in 1961 in Burrington. The Scout troop, known as the 1st Burrington, was added in 1964, and we moved to our present headquarters (the former Methodist chapel in School Road) in 1970, when the name was changed to 1st Burrington & Wrington Scout Group.

The Brownies and Guides joined us shortly afterwards - 1st Brownies started in 1964 and 2nd Brownies in 1966. We have no Venture Unit, but the District Unit, known as the Trogs, meet in our HQ.

Beavers and Rainbows are more recent additions to our Group, that now has some 250 members, who come mainly from the villages of Wrington, Redhill, Langford and Churchill. 

It's now titled the Burrington & Wrington Scout & Guide Group 

Peter Endicott