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1FG Take Part in West Wirral St Georges Day

Posted on May 2nd, 2017 by Colin Ratcliffe

We had a fantastic turn out for the West Wirral District St Georges Day Parade and Picnic from Royden Park to the Wirral Country Park at Thurstaston. Together with other groups from around the district, we walked to Thurstaston with flags flying where we had a picnic and a Fire Breathing & Tricks show. Thank you each and every one of our Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Young Leaders and Leaders who were able to attend on the day. 

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St George’s Day Parade to Hilbre Island 26th April

Posted on April 27th, 2015 by Colin Ratcliffe

11178231_10206221404076663_2235736941426514136_n (1)More than 300 cubs, scouts and beavers including our own took part in a St George’s Day parade from West Kirby to Hilbre Island on Sunday.

Carrying flags representing the 17 scout groups that form West Wirral scout district, the young people paused at Little Eye to learn about St George and receive a blessing before walking out to Hilbre Island for a picnic and to play games.

The explorers re-enacted the story of St. George in front of the Beavers and Cubs with a full fire breathing dragon they had made themselves.

During the stay on the island, the scouts renewed their promise and three Scouts were invested whilst surrounded by the whole District.

Coinciding with the London Marathon, Colin Ratcliffe, GSL  1st Frankby Greasby Scout Group, was running a 30 mile route which took him to every Scout HQ in West Wirral to raise money for his Scout Group. At this time currently have £400 sponsorship pledges.


His visit to Hilbre Island marked the just over halfway point of his journey and a large cheer went up from the Scouts as he arrived.

Deputy district commissioner, Phill Richardson said: “It was fantastic to see so many young people join the parade and clearly enjoying the adventure.”

Deputy district commissioner Liam O’Malley said: “The weather was fantastic and all the young people were a credit to their groups and district.

“It’s great to see so many out enjoying the fresh air, and it’s days like this which remind me why I volunteer as a Scout Leader!”


It was a truly memorable day had by all, and the welcome which greeted me (Colin) as I got onto the Island was something I will remember for a long long time.  I am so proud to be GSL of our Group and when I saw you all, it was just a brilliant feeling and I congratulate each and every one of 1FG Beavers, Cubs and Scouts as well as Leaders and supporters for turning out in large numbers to represent the Group in a fantastic way.  Well done.


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Pine Cone Peanut Butter Bird Feeders

Posted on September 11th, 2014 by Colin Ratcliffe

This week our Scouts made Pine Cone Peanut Butter Bird Feeders.  What a fantastic and simple idea, and no need to have to handle lard or even make a real mess.

We thought it so good that to encourage the birds in your garden and help them over winter, we decided to share it with the group.  Why not have a go.  Here’s how …..

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Proposed Beavers Programme September – December 2014

Posted on September 3rd, 2014 by Colin Ratcliffe

This is our programme of activities and evenings from 11th September through to Christmas for the Beavers

Date                    Activity

11th September              Games Night                    (no parent help needed)

18th September              Biscuit Decorating            (rota parent help)

25th September              Diwali Lanterns                (rota parent help)

2nd October                    Fitness Night                   (rota parent help)

9th October                    Guide Dogs                      (no parent help needed)

16th October                  Scavenger Hike                (All Welcome)

23rd October                  Music Night                      (rota parent help)

30th October                  Half Term Break

6th November                Healthy Eating                  (rota parent help)

13th November              Keyring Making (Scooby’s)      (rota parent help)

20th November              Junk Night                         (rota parent help)

27th November              Air Activities                      (rota parent help)

4th December                Christmas Crafts               (rota parent help x 2)

11th December              Baking                               (rota parent help)

18th December              Party Night                        (no parent help needed)

Finish for Christmas Break

Please note, dates and activities could be subject to change, but prior notification will be given.

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Sainsburys Active Kids Vouchers 2014 – Thank you

Posted on July 21st, 2014 by Colin Ratcliffe

activekids2014Thank you everyone, parents, families and friends who have been able to donate their collected Sainsburys ActiveKids 2014 vouchers to our Scout Group this year.  All the vouchers have been counted and in total we got from you 5,810 voucher points.   Coupled with the previous years that we didn’t spend all of, we had a total of 7,731 points to put towards items for the Group.

So with having the new Kitchen we decided it would be a good idea to get some new kitchen equipment, utensils and cutlery.  The order has been processed and we await out new items to arrive soon.  Our young people and users of the group will benefit from this, and we will look forward to hopefully doing as well if not better next year.

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JOTT 2014

Posted on May 20th, 2014 by Colin Ratcliffe

On Saturday 10th May 2014, 30 Young Members and 8 leaders along with many Parent helpers embarked on our day hike as part of our participation in JOTT. The forecast didn’t look great for the day but fortunately only a few showers occurred over the hike with the odd break out of sunshine. We set out from Greasby along the millennium way towards Arrowe Park in high spirits shortly after this photo.


The boys had a small treasure hunt on route with the reward of sweets for the sections as they found the hides. The first hide was for the Beavers to discover and it didn’t take them long to unearth the container. We continued on giving each section Beavers, Cubs and Scouts a turn. Soon we had reached The side of Arrowe Park and where heading towards Irby across the fields. All sections where continuing at a great pace and getting a chance to mix and talk with each other. We grabbed a quick break before entering into Harrock Woods and crossing the fields into Irby. Some very inquisitive Cows made for a more interesting field crossing but didn’t cause any problems.


Soon after we were on the home leg through Royden Park towards our collection point for the day. Some legs were starting to tire as we neared the end but all members of the group had made great progress around the route, bringing us to the finish on time. The Scouts had managed to fulfil some of the Criteria towards the new geocaching badge, the Cubs and Beavers had gained a hike away and a chance to practice the recent navigational skills learnt last term. The Weather had held as we took our final group photo in Royden Park and handed out the Badges to those who participated to mark another successful hike for Jamboree on the Trail, joining thousands of other scouts around the globe all doing the same. We are looking forwards to next year, when again we can participate in this Global Scouting event.

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