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DECEMBER 2017   The Scout Group has had a busy autumn so far with many activities for the sections.  Fundraising events have kept us busy and supplied much needed funds which will go towards the upgrading of Livsey Scout Hall.  We are hoping to start this soon.   ACTIVITIES   The Beavers have been out and about, visitng Cefn On Park, Tesco, Pets at Home and Morrisons. The Cubs had a brilliant weekend at Legoland, staying in a Scout hut in Bracknell and visiting the theme park.  The Scouts had a District Scout Camp in September at National Scout Centre, Woodhouse Park. Our Scout Leader Joe stepped in as organiser, at the last minute due to the District Commissioner being ill.  Well done Joe. In November, a Cub, a Scout and 2 Young Leaders from the Group, took part in the Gang Show Panto, Hansel and Gretel at Cardiff High School.  The whole show was brilliant and our members were outstanding.  Well done to Nic Rooke for the choreography and Karen Mingay for painting scenery. The Cubs and Scouts took part in the Remembrance Day Parade at St Isan Church Llanishen.  The Beavers were at the War Memorial in Lisvane to pay their respects. As I write this, several of our Scouts and Explorers are attending a selection weekend to represent Wales at the World Scout Jamboree 2019 in USA.  Good luck all.  It is an honour to be chosen but it is also a big commitment as each member of the Welsh Contingent must raise over £3K each.   FUNDRAISING   BONFIRE   This was massive this year, due to the power of social media and good weather.  The Group made a healthy profit.  Thanks for supporting us.   SCOUT POST   Scout stamps are selling fast.  Buy yours from Lisvane Store, Kelvin Francis, InSync Pharmacy, Treetops or one of our members (black and red neckerchief)  as this is how we make money.  The last posting day is 4th Dec. If you would like to help us sort the post, at the Scout Hall in Llanishen, from Wed 29th November to Sat 9th December, get in touch.  It is good fun.  Refreshments provided.   M&S ENERGY FUND   We weren’t successful in securing funding from this source as there were not enough votes for us.  However, the Crowdfunding element of the appeal raised £5.5K, of which £5K was donated by the Moondance Foundation.  The Scout Group are hugely grateful to Diane and the Moondance Foundation for their donation.  Diane was Group Secretary a few years ago when her two sons were in the Cub Pack.   2nd LLANDAFF SCOUT GROUP, “SAVE OUR SCOUT HALL”   Llanishen & Lisvane Scout Group have been supporting 2nd Llandaff Scout Group for the last two years, whilst they worked tirelessly to raise the £225K required to buy their Scout Hall and the church next door, in Llandaff North.  Amongst the generous donations was a large donation from Admiral of £50K, which was hugely appreciated.  Scouting is very important in Llandaff North as they attract young people from many backgrounds and give them a real sense of achievement.  Joe and I attended the official ceremony, with local dignitaries, when their hall was officially opened by Gareth Edwards.  Congratulations 2nd Llandaff for your efforts to secure a lovely scout hall, which will be your forever home.   SCOUT HALLS IN CARDIFF NORTH   Llanishen & Lisvane Scout Group has a large waiting list and although we have expanded to 3 Beaver Colonies, 2 Cub Packs and 2 Scout Troops, there are still not enough spaces for local children who wish to get involved in Scouting.  One of the biggest problems is that Llanishen and Lisvane is surrounded by new housing estates in Thornhill and Pontprennau.  These areas typically have a large number of families but a shortage of halls to use for Scouting.  At the moment, Thornhill and Pontprennau have one community hall each.  These halls aren’t always suitable for the rough and tumble of Scouting.  This is one reason why our Scout Group is expanding into Lisvane Scout Hall, with a view to re-opening 1st Lisvane Scout Group, in the near future.  One of the biggest challenges that Scouting faces is the shortage of appropriate halls, or even land to build one on, in areas of high demand.  This is definitely a short sighted decision by the planners in Cardiff Council as Scout Halls can be used for many community activities, outside of Scouting time.   YOUNG LEADERS   We are short of Young Leaders to help out with Wednesday Beavers 5.15-6.30 and Wednesday Cubs 6.45-8.15.  Young Leaders are 14-18 year olds who get involved with leading a section and planning the programme.  It is a great scheme which also involves attending modules in relevant subjects.  It counts toward the service section of DofE and Welsh Baccalaureate and looks good on job and university application forms. It is also a fun thing to get involved with.   Check out the Scout website for information: https://members.scouts.org.uk/supportresources/search/?cat=9,98 Get in touch if you know of anyone who may be interested.  No Scouting experience necessary.   VOLUNTEERS   If you are interested in helping with our Scout Group (or any other Scout Group), please get in touch.  Full training and support is given.  Providing a challenging programme for our young people depends on the volunteers who run all aspects of Scouting.   A HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO ALL OUR SUPPORTERS