The eighth 1st Bourne Scouts Charity presentation evening took place on February 28.
The group were able to present £900 to a number of town and local charities. These donations were from bag packing undertaken at Christmas thanks to manager Nicky Richardson and the staff of Sainsbury’s in Exeter Street, Bourne.
Chris Jackson, chairman of 1st Bourne Scout Group opened the evening by thanking all the groups who were attending for their support for the group. Chris also thanked the young people and leaders for all their efforts. He finished by thanking Nicky and Jenny from Sainsburys for once again allowing the group to bag pack at Christmas.
Representatives of local organisations were joined by Miranda Rock, director of Burghley House near Stamford. Also present were Ray Dennis, assistant county commissioner for Lincolnshire Scouts, the Bourne town mayor David Higgs and mayoress Angela Higgs, Trevor Watson, district commissioner Bourne and Stamford, Alan Scott, county chairman Lincolnshire Scouts and Major Simon Turner, past president of Lincolnshire Scout Association.
The format of the evening included three presentations for the 60 adults and young people present.
The first was by Bourne Explorer Scouts Meg and Connor who talked about their explorer belt expedition to Hungary, which will take place in July and August 2014. Both young people are busy raising funds for their trip and will be hosting a fundraising day at Thurlby Methodist Church on Saturday, April 5 from 10am to 3pm. The presentation led to a number of questions from the audience. A collection on the night raised over £88.
This was followed by a short presentation by Henry, Lucy, Melissa and William about the 2015 World Scout Jamboree, which will be held in Japan. The four young people will be representing the group at the Jamboree keeping up a long tradition of 1st Bourne Scouts participation in World Jamborees. The Lincolnshire contingent also includes local leader Kevin Compton who has been involved in the group from when he joined as a cub over 20 years ago and is now deputy leader for the Lincolnshire contingent.
This was followed by a presentation by The Rotary Club of Bourne.
Rotarians Steve Buffery, John Lyon and Norman Stroud formally presented a dingy to Tony Everitt of 1st Bourne Scouts. The dingy will be used by the District at its sailing facility at Whitewater Lake.
Rotary President Steve Buffery said: “The Rotary Club of Bourne is glad to be able to support Bourne Scout Group and the District through presenting this boat for use at Whitewater. We work closely with the Scouts who support many of our fundraising activities. We always try and reciprocate that support.”
Responding on behalf of the group Tony Everitt said: “We are grateful as ever for support from the Rotary Club of Bourne. The boat will be used to make sure that we have an even safer sailing environment for our young people at Whitewater.”
Miranda Rock and a number of Cubs, Explorers and Scouts then presented cheques to: The Friends of Butterfield Centre, The Gateway Club, Jeans Drop-in Centre, Bourne Methodist Church, Bourne Round Table, The Salvation Army, Bourne Arts and Community Trust, Bourne Wellbeing, Bourne Lions and The Rotary Club of Bourne.
Jeanette Marshall, on behalf of the Arts and Community Trust and Bourne Wellbeing, thanked the Cubs, Explorers and Scouts present for “their kind hospitality and very interesting presentations but most of all grateful thanks for the donations she collected for both Wake House and Bourne Wellbeing which you can be reassured will be put to very good use by both organisations”.
A cheque was then presented by leader Paul Mead and Ioan from Abbey Scouts to Julie Laithwaithe from the Sue Ryder Hospice at Thorpe Hall in memory of Gordon Pedder who was a Scout Leader at 1st Bourne and was cared for in Thorpe Hall before he sadly passed away.
The final cheque was presented to Dementia South Lincolnshire Sainsbury’s charity of the year. Following that presentation Nicky Richardson from Sainsbury’s spoke.
Nicky thanked the young people and adults who had helped raise the money and said that Sainsbury’s were committed to support community based activities and worked closely with the Scouting Association both nationally and locally.
Trevor Holmes, vice-chairman of Bourne United Charities (BUC) spoke of the strong relationship between BUC and the Scout Group whereby the charities provided the Shippon Barn for use of the group and the way the scouts were happy to help BUC when requested as well as many other organisations in the town.
Miranda Rock spoke about her role at Burghley and then paid tribute to the work of the young people who had given their time to raise the money. In a society where young people are often criticised for not helping others it is good to see that young people care about others in their community. She also commented on the wide variety of groups in the town that were prepared to work to help others and were receiving donations as a result.
Ray Dennis, assistant county commissioner, thanked Miranda, the Mayor and other guests for joining the young people to help with the presentation. He thanked the cubs, scouts, explorers, leaders and parents who had made the presentation possible by supporting the bag packing that had taken place.
He spoke about the opportunities Scouting gives young people and the progression opportunities open to youngsters who remain in the movement as evidenced by the Explorer Belt and Jamboree presentations.
Greg Cejer, chairman Stamford and Bourne District Scouts, said: “This presentation demonstrates that while we raise money for our own funds when we bag pack we try and make our young people aware of the needs of others.
“All the bag packers know that their efforts help support others.
“This year over 60 cubs, scouts and Explorers supported by leaders and parents helped with the bag pack.
“The money donated this evening means that we have shared some £1,500 this year with worthy causes outside scouting as well as supporting camps attended by our young people throughout the year.
“Many years ago when we first started this process the young people were asked to identify which organisations in the town we should support. The discussions that took place made our young people aware of the levels of voluntary activity that take place in the town and more widely.
“We would like to thank the people of Bourne and district who support us. We are also grateful to Miranda Rock for agreeing to join us.
“Miranda has a very busy schedule and to come to this informal event made it really special for our young people.”