Newsletter – Autumn 2018

Syston Scouts Newsletter - Autumn 2018
Syston Scouts Newsletter – Autumn 2018

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The Greatest Showman Film Night

Come and watch The Greatest Showman

24th November 2018 – Doors Open at 5:30pm, Film Starts at 6pm

Please donate on entering (Entrance fee is not with a view to profit but to cover running cost)

No bar, but welcome to bring your own. Popcorn and soft drinks will be on sale.

Why not dress up as your favourite act?

Showing at:
Syston Scout Hall
Oxford Street


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Beavers Fire Station Visit

On 1st October, Syston Beaver Scout Visited the Birstal Fire Staion. The Visit was a hands on tour and demo of all the items the Fire men and women use every day.

The tour ended with a go with ago with a water hose and investing 8 new Beaver in to the section.

A big thank you to Birstal Fire Station for there time.


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Giving Something Back

Syston Scout Group have enjoyed the hot summer and has ended it with some great fundraising! 


On the August bank holiday, Leaders, Helpers and members of the Group attended the Stapleford Miniature Railway open weekend in aid of LOROS. The group camped and put on an active display for the public to try their hand at some scouting skills such as making survival bracelets, tying knots, orienteering and a display about one of the oldest Scout groups in the world (Syston). During the weekend the Group raised money for LOROS in many ways which included selling souvenir badges for the weekend and entertaining the public with the band playing on the train. It was a fun and active weekend and even the rain didn’t stop them! The group raised from its activities £184 for LOROS, with the grand total of the weekend being in to the thousands. 


Moving on to the weekend after, there was no rest for the Group as they were out again at the Syston Carnival with their BBQ, Tea Room, prize every time tombola, Scalextric and Raffle. Also, Syston Scout and Guide band also performed in the arena their competition display. 

This time the group raising money for the group to help with the up keep of its hall and to help provide an active programme for its 6 -25-year-old members. 


If you would like to volunteer or get your son or daughter to join the adventure 

Please contact Chris Bodycot - 0788 4245 089 

Syston Scout Group is open to girls and boys aged from 6 years upwards 


Band Open Evening 14th November, 7pm-9pm @ Syston Scout Hall, Oxford Street

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Fancy a new challenge?

We need an extra pair of hands, eyes and even feet at Syston Beavers! We’d like you to help with craft activities, help to judge games and explain things when they don’t quite know the rules.

6.30pm till 7.30pm Monday evenings

Contact Chris Bodycot on 0788 4245 089
or email

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Syston Scout & Guide Band Enjoying Success

1st Syston Scout & Guide Band is just starting to work up to a busy second half of the year after a very successful summer. The band is part of the Traditional Youth Marching Band Association (TYMBA), where the members take part in competitions and training events (last year was with the Royal Marines!)

TYMBA held two competitions in July; the first was at Himley Hall in Dudley as part of the Armed Forces Day on 1st July. This was a fantastic setting for a Marching Band Competition, and with the scorching hot weather and big crowds watching, the band were nervous about going out to their first contest of the year. But they had a brilliant performance, and after a short wait for the judges to add up their scores, the results were announced. They were awarded 1st place in their class, and took home every category’s trophy available to them.

But the band didn’t get complacent with this win as they knew they’d have to work hard for their second contest that was scheduled for only a week later. 

But before the second contest, the band took part in Syston Brass Fest on 7th July at The Dog & Gun.
The band opened the event playing two sets, the first being their competition music ready for the following days contest, and the second being their parade music. It was a great event to be part of and have shown support in taking part in future years plans for the event. 

So just a day later the Band travelled to their second competition of the year hoping to carry on where they left off the week earlier. This contest was held in Corby at the Corby Town Football Stadium on 8th July, which again was a great venue. The weather for the day was another scorcher, so plenty of liquid was taken onboard. The band again delivered a fantastic routine, and left their fate in the judges’ hands. The results were announced and again the band came 1st in their class and won every trophy available.

After a few quieter weeks with the school holidays in full effect, the band took part in the Mountsorrel Revival on 12th August as part of the parade, and followed this up with two performances around the event.

Next for the band is their last two competitions of the year where they hope to make it four wins out of four. However they know that a lot of hard work will still be needed to achieve this.

For anyone interested, 1st Syston Scout & Guide Band will be hosting an open evening on 14th November at Syston Scout Hall, where everyone is welcome to come along and see what the band do, and also give anyone thinking about joining a taster. More details will be published soon.

If you are wanting to join the band or are interested in booking the band for an event, please contact Bandmaster Luke Bodycot on 07778505310 or email

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Hiking, Pirates and more!

2017-18 has been another busy year for Syston Scout group from Camps, Shows, Walks, Dinners and Fun had by all! 

Syston Scout group runs a range of section which cater from ages 6-8 years (Beavers), 8-10 Years (Cubs) 10-14 Years (Scouts) and a Scout and Guide Band from 8-25+ Years. In these sections, they have been doing activities in and out of the hall from fun days celebrating St George’s Day, meeting the Mayor and finding out all about the Police and guide dogs to name a few. Each section also enjoyed a few nights away from a Pirate themed Beaver sleepover at Johns Lee Wood, a big top circus camp for Cubs and Scouts, to a skills camp for the Band. 


The group have also been raising funds in a variety of ways this year from a 20-mile Sponsored Hike, BBQ and tea room at Syston Carnival, a speedy afternoon with a hall full of Scalextric Track, a dramatic evening with a Christmas themed Murder Mystery Dinner and a toe tapping Pop Quiz!  


All the money raised this year and over the past 2 years have been to improve our building which will give our young people more opportunity to enjoy fun and adventure while developing the skills they need to succeed. We are looking to start building work on our new storage extension for new equipment. In the next year, we plan to improve access including an access ramp to the rear, new toilets with easy disabled access, new front gate for a more secure but friendly new look. We are also looking at improving and upgrading items in and out of the hall, such as re-paint Painting the hall, improving the lighting, paving and gardening the rear grass area to name a few. 


We are already planning and organising for the next academic year in the Group. With this is mind and our ever-growing Group we are looking for people to help us in any way from cooking Burgers at a BBQ to helping plan our next big adventure. We are looking for people to join our Exec Team or Programme teams in anyway or time you may have.  


If you would like to volunteer or get your son or daughter to join the adventure  

Please contact Chris Bodycot – 0788 4245 089 / 

Syston Scout group is open to girls and boys aged from 6 years upwards 


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Summer Raffle – Draw

The winner of the Syston Scouts Summer Raffle is Hayden Crabbe.

Syston Scout Group would like to thank everyone that supported the group in buying raffle tickets and local businesses for there donations towards the hamper prize. We have raised a fantastic amount of  £910.38!

The draw took place at Syston Scout Hall on Tuesday 31st July. Below is the video of the draw that was also streamed live on Facebook.

Hayden wins the big summer raffle hamper as pictured below.

Hayden is very excited to be the proud winner of the Syston Scouts Summer Raffle! Him and his family are looking forward to enjoying it all this summer!

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Celebrating St George!

In April like every year the Beavers, Cubs and Scouts of Syston Scout Group celebrated the Patron Saint of England “St George”. This Years weekend was celebrated is a range of different ways from Fun Days to Traditional Street Parades.

“Syston Beavers & Cubs” attended the Charnwood district St George’s funday, on Saturday 21st/22nd April. The event was at Oaks in Charnwood campsite and there were several other Beaver colonies and Cub Packs at the event from Charnwood district. There were several bases which each colony and Pack went to on a rota basis. There was St George based crafts, which were inside, as well as several outdoor activities. They toasted marshmallows, went in the “black Hole” (which is a crawl through caving activity) as well as going on a bouldering wall. One base was bouncy castles, which was naturally enjoyed by all the beavers and cubs. They also loved the campsite assault course. This was a bit muddy after all the rain, however, the beavers and cubs loved the mud! The day ended with a hotdog and then a campfire, with some of the beavers and cubs favourite songs. All the beavers and cubs really enjoyed the day and we were blessed with the weather, as it was a lovely day.

“Syston Scout and Guide Band”, This year the band took part in two St George’s Day Parades; On the morning of 22nd April the band travelled over to Market Harborough to help the Scouts in their District. The Parade was very large with lots of Beavers, Cubs and Scouts, and Syston was joined by Wigston Scout & Guide Band to help parade them all through the streets of Market Harborough. In the afternoon, the band led the City St George’s Day Parade starting at Victoria Park. The route took them and 500 plus Beavers Cubs and Scouts heading alone Victoria Park and into Leicester University. During the parade the band also played with Wigston Band to entertain the procession heading into the services. As you can see Scouting offers something for every young person aged from 6 to 25 Years. It’s a great way to have fun, make friends, get outdoors, express your creativity and experience the wider world.

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Gill Moss – GONE HOME


It is with much sadness we have learnt of the passing of Gill Moss.

Gill has been a big part of Syston Scout Group, from a Scout leader to Group Scout leader and for the past few years a vital part of the Groups Executive Committee.

Gill will be missed by all and our thoughts are with the Moss family.

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