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West Wirral Gangshow 2016 Best of British

Posted on February 7th, 2016 by Colin Ratcliffe

Best of British Gangshow

The West Wirral Gangshow is back this year, with 4 performances from the 7th – 9th April. This years theme is “Best of British”, with a variety of songs, sketches and acts to be presented at the Gladstone Theatre by Cubs, Brownies, Scouts, Guides and Leaders from across the District.  Please show your support and get your tickets ordered as soon as possible.


As a Group, 1st Frankby Greasby’s own Group Scout Leader, Colin Ratcliffe is taking part and our Assistant Group Scout Leader, Pete Ledson is once again one of the Directors of the show.

2016 Gang Show “Best of British” Ticket Order Forms

Tickets for the Gang Show “Best of British” at the Gladstone Theatre from the 7th – 9th April 2016 are now on sale.

To book your tickets, download and complete the booking form below, returning along with payment* and a stamped addressed envelope to:–

Gang Show Tickets, 10 Dodd Avenue,

Greasby, Wirral, CH49 1RR, Tel: 07954 520 655

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Gangshow Ticket Booking Form

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Cubs take 3rd Place at District Cubs 5-a-side Competition 2016

Posted on January 24th, 2016 by Colin Ratcliffe

3rd Place Winners 5-a-side 2016

The place, Leasowe Recreation Centre, 23rd January 2016 ….. what a competition, and a fantastic result of finishing overall 3rd after winning the 3rd place playoff. We are so proud of all the boys, they played brilliantly and in the spirit of scouting, fair and like true sportsmen.
Everyone did their part and they were a wonderful team to watch and be with, and they represented 1FG Cubs impeccably. Please join me in congratulating them.
Thanks to our supporting fans (Mums and Dads), and to Tony Lowry for his coaching and advise to the team.

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Monday Cubs Update

Posted on January 11th, 2016 by Colin Ratcliffe

Hello All Parents of Cubs who attend 1st Frankby Greasby Royden Pack on a Monday Evening.

As you were informed towards the end of 2015, the Group sadly said goodbye to both Steve and Tom as Cub Leaders.  We started our search for replacement Leaders and volunteers to help run the pack, but it is with regret that I have to inform you so far we have been unable to appoint any replacements due to the lack of response to our notices both at the Group and District.  We will continue to keep looking, as it is our intention to retain Monday Cubs as an offering at the Group.
We are however conscious that in the interim we want the Monday Cubs to still be able to enjoy Scouting with our Group, and to this end we would like to offer them the opportunity to come along to Tuesday Pack for as long as they would like or until we replace the Monday leaders and get that pack back up and running.  We appreciate that this may not be possible for some if you already have other commitments.
There is also a change with Tuesday Pack, with myself and my wife Lisa taking over, due to commitments with the previous leaders not being able to give as much time as they would have wished. So it’s a new for us and hopefully the start of a great adventure for all.
We are both looking forward to taking on the challenge, and meeting up with the Cubs next week and starting to get to know them.   We are aiming to have a well balance programme in place, which will include badge work, activities, fun, games and adventures.  I want us to get out and about more, with hikes, bikes and games / activities away from the hut.  More details will be forwarded to you when the programme is complete for this term, so that you can see what we have in store.
We will be getting to grips with all aspects of the pack, including ensuring that record cards, badge achievements, personal details and subs payments are up to date and correct.  We would also love for parents to get involved with the Cubs, maybe helping out a couple of evenings a year.  We will look at pulling together a parent rota so that Mums and Dads can lend a hand and have some fun along the way.
Do any of you use Facebook?  We have a private 1FG Cubs page that only members of the group can view (this is NOT a Public Site so only you and not Friends of or non members can see it’s contents).  It’s a fantastic way to let you see what your Cubs will be getting up to, and is used successfully with similar pages for our Beavers and Scouts.  It is our intention to utilise this for both informational and visual notifications (along with emails), so please do let me know if you would like to join the site so we can add you in.
There are two events coming up that I would like our pack(s) to get involved with.  These are District run events and are open to all Cubs in the pack so it would be great if you could let me know as soon as possible if your Cub would like to take part ………
23rd January, 2:00pm  – The 5-A-SIDE Football Competition, held at Leasowe Recreational Centre  (minimum number of 5, but if more come forward then possibly two teams or share the players in one team)
21st February, 12:00pm – District Cub Swimming Gala, held at Leasowe Recreational Centre (minimum number of 4 (there is also a relay race along with individual races).  Your Cub must be able to swim at least one length of the pool. There are two age categories – Under 9.5yrs and under 11 yrs)
Of course we would also appreciate some parental support with both these events if nothing else but to cheer on those who take part if we can get the teams together.  BUT …. if there are any keen Football Coaches or Swimming Coaches amongst the parents of the pack, then your help, support and advice would be gratefully received.
So, if you have any queries, questions or concerns, please do come back to me.  It would be great if you could let me know if your Cub would like to come along and join us, and also don’t forget to let me know if your Cub would like to partake in the above events as soon as possible also.

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Extra adults urgently needed at 1st Frankby Greasby Scout Group (Cubs Section)

Posted on November 12th, 2015 by Colin Ratcliffe

1FG Cub Leader AdvertWe urgently need extra adult volunteer leaders NOW as we have already lost a couple of our Cub Leaders and at the end of the year we will be losing another.  We may be forced to close one of our Cub Packs.


With an ever growing waiting list for boys and girls to join our Scout Group, that’s the last thing we want to do.


Our Scout Group has now grown to over 100 young people meeting on four nights of the week. Our Cub Packs meet on a Monday and Tuesday evening and have over 40 Cubs aged 8 – 10 ½ between them. Consequently, we need MORE adult volunteers to lead and run activities for our Cubs.


With lots of support and training available we’ve written a ‘Job Advert’ to tell you what it’s all about – you might be surprised. Please read on!






What do they do?

As part of the Cubs Leader team – plan and deliver an exciting, interesting balanced programme full of fun, challenge and adventure to the boys and girls in our Cub Packs.

  • Our Leader team in the Cub section provide boys and girls aged 8 – 10½ with an opportunity to have fun and learn new skills while taking part in many adventurous activities and weekend camps. Providing everyday adventure is what we do!
  • Volunteering looks great on your CV and a recent impact report told us that 80% of external organisations said that Scouting has benefited their organisation.
  • Volunteering is both fun and rewarding, allowing you to feel empowered and giving you a sense of pride.
  • No Experience is required.

What we will provide

  • Fun, Friendship and Adventure
  • On-going support and mentoring within your new role
  • On-going training including nationally recognised qualifications like First Aid and Safeguarding at no cost to you
  • Opportunities to expand your personal skills and qualifications
  • Full membership to The Scout Association
  • Access to excellent equipment and facilities
  • An activities budget
  • Local district and county organised events
  • Practical and online resources, help and advice for planning future activities, adventures, trips and programme ideas
  • Behind the scenes admin support and support from the Scout Group’s leader team, executive committee and charity trustees plus The Scout Association
  • An opportunity to make a positive contribution to our local community and provide life changing opportunities to the young people in it.
  • The opportunity to gain professional qualifications and add memberships of professional organisations such as the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM ) to your CV
  • Insurance – as a member of The Scout Association you would be insured while on Scouting events

Plus District, County & National support

  • West Wirral District – annual programme of district run events, social events, support and training opportunities etc.
  • Merseyside County Scouts – informative website, county events, support and training opportunities – and social events
  • And from The Scout Association:

◦             a telephone support and information service

◦             a full colour, 80 page magazine six times a year

◦             six special supplements each year for your specialist area

◦             on-going training and development

◦             a dedicated and daily updated website with thousands of

downloadable resources to help you in your role

◦             discounts on a range of outdoor gear and other offers

◦             social and activity days for adult volunteers

◦             national and international Scouting events

◦             national press, PR, marketing, lobbying and campaigning for all Scouting

  • and much, much more.


And did you know…?

You’d be joining over 100,000 other adult volunteering in UK Scouting right now including HRH The Duchess of Cambridge, Bear Grylls, Julia Bradbury – and that includes over 190 adult members in the West Wirral District running 16 Groups with over 900 young people.

  • The number of volunteers working for Scouting is bigger than the combined workforces of the BBC (24,000) and McDonalds (67,000) put together.
  • Volunteering in Scouting can provide opportunities for travel and adventures throughout the UK and internationally – like the World Scout Jamboree in Japan 2015

Adults volunteers must be aged 18 or older, ideally existing Mum’s and/or Dad’s of 1st Frankby Greasby young people.

A criminal record check from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) will be required.

To find out more or to discuss any volunteering opportunity further, please contact Colin, Group Scout Leader at …….


1st Frankby Greasby Scout Group, West Wirral, Merseyside

Tel: 07813 590413 (mobile), 0151 677 4566 (home)

Email: [email protected]



We look forward to welcoming you to the team!

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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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St Georges Day Parade & West Wirral Scout HQ Marathon 26th April 2015

Posted on March 25th, 2015 by Colin Ratcliffe

Further to a notification from Phill Richardson, ADC West Wirral, there has been a change to the usual St Georges Day Parade and Church Service planned for this year.  Phill has notified us that ….


This years Parade will be different. We will meet in the usual place at Orrysdale Road at 10:30 for an 11am start, but then we will then march from here and turn right out onto Grange Road, following the road and then left onto Dee Lane and down on to the Beach where we will then Parade and walk out to Hilbre Island to celebrate St Georges Day with a picnic and activities on the island before walking back to the Marine Lake and being dismissed about 2:30pm.  


As many of you will know, Colin Ratcliffe, 1FG Group Scout Leader was invited to take part in the Virgin London Marathon 2015 on behalf of a Liverpool School for Visually Impaired Children and who are in partnership with Merseyside Scouts.  Unfortunately the plans fell through due to an administrative error, so he is unable to take part, however, undeterred by this unfortunate set back, Colin has taken on a challenge to coincide a ‘marathon‘ run with the St Georges Day Parade, and incorporate as part of the route running onto Hilbre Island whilst all the Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers are there.  The run, which is to be called the West Wirral Scout Hut Marathon and is 28.6 miles in total  will visit every District Scout HQ in West Wirral and will be on behalf of 1st Frankby Greasby. He will shortly be putting up a JustGiving page to raise funds for the Group to help buy new equipment.

Here is a plan of the proposed route (click to enlarge), which starts and finishes at West Wirral HQ, Royden Park. There are 16 Group HQs along the route.  Look out for more information coming through and how to support him in his challenge.

2015 West Wirral Scout HQ Marathon


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Please Slow Down

Posted on February 4th, 2015 by Colin Ratcliffe


Following an incident which took place a mid January, when one of our parents cars was damaged by a pot hole which was ineffectively filled with rubble, we have been in discussion with Royden Hall who own the driveway and car park to the side and rear of their hall, which the Scout Group uses to access it’s HQ by kind permission.

The incident has highlighted an issue with the speed that cars come through the car park and driveway when dropping off and picking up for section meetings.

Please can we ask that in future we limit the speed of traffic to NO MORE THAN 5 mph thus preserving the driveway and any further issues with Royden Hall.

As a Group we have offered to help with maintaining the driveway, and we can help ourselves by conforming to this ruling.

Thank you for your understanding and support in this matter

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