All posts by David Goodwin

Sports Day 2018

This coming Saturday, 9th June, will be our annual Group Sports Day at Norman Park Athletics Track.

There will be track and field events for all sections to take part in throughout the day, as well as some special events at the end for parents, supporters, leaders and young friends.

Registration for participants is open from 12.30 with the first race starting at 1.00pm.

There will be a BBQ and refreshments on sale throughout the afternoon.

If you have any questions, please contact your section leader.

Fingers crossed for good weather!

Mick Golding – Gone Home

It is with very deep sadness that we have to announce that Mick Golding passed away peacefully this afternoon (Tuesday 22nd May) after a short illness.

Mick joined Kim pack when he was 8 years old and has been a permanent fixture in the group for the last 51 years. He helped in both Scouts and Cubs and was the best Quarter Master we’ve ever had! He always turned up to help at Jumble Sales, Sports Day and the Christmas fair and that’s not to mention all the hundreds of camps he must have been on.

Mick has been a true and loyal friend to many of us over the years and we are sure that many people have happy memories of time spent with him in and out of Scouting. We encourage people to share these memories in the comments below…

Elvis Tribute Fundraiser

On Tuesday 19th June, the Fundraising Committee are putting on ‘A Night with Elvis’.

This entertaining evening will include a 3 course meal, and will take place at the Village Cuisine in Farnborough, where you will be treated to some of the best Indian / Bangladeshi food in the local area!

The event starts at 7.30pm and tickets cost £25 (not including drinks). Please spread the word to anybody you know who might be interested. All profits will go to support the group in putting on affordable Scouting activities for our Young People.

To book tickets please contact Paul Gubby – 07914284810.

Hurricane Badge Success

Hurricane Beavers have been very busy with an engaging and fun programme – they’ve completed 6 badges already this year!

Well done to everybody who has achieved the Space Badge, Cooks Badge, Experiment Badge, Communicator Badge, Disability Awareness Badge and their My World Challenge Badge!

Here are some photos of them completing their Experiment Badge:

Thanks to the leadership team for putting on such a great Scouting programme for all of the Young People!

Explorers Visit Al-Emaan Mosque

On Thursday 10th May, the Explorer Unit had a really thought-provoking visit to the Al-Emaan Mosque in Keston.

Omar, the Mosque Director, showed everyone around their place of worship and the Explorers then took part in 3 workshops. One to understand more about the Islamic religion, another to learn more about the importance of praying, and finally to hear about the huge positive impact that Muslims have had on the world we live in today. Did you know that various different Muslims were involved in the development of the first ever clock, were one of first people to consider flying, were involved in the creation of the first ever camera and were pioneers of the medicine we use today

The evening was finished off by witnessing evening prayers at the mosque, and a final chance to ask any questions. Throughout the evening the Explorers were very respectful to their surroundings and asked some very engaging questions. The fundamental beliefs behind the Islamic religion are very much aligned to Scouting principles, and other religions. It was great that the Explorer Unit were able to get an understanding of other cultures and religions that they come into contact with in every day life. As Omar mentioned to the Explorers “In a time where peace and harmony amongst people of different faiths and cultures is of greater necessity than ever”.

HQ Project

At the 23rd Bromley we are very lucky to have our own hall to use for all of our Scouting activities. However we are aware that there are a number of ways in which the hall can be improved. For example we only have one female toilet which is somewhat of an issue given some sections are predominately made up of girls.

Therefore the group are looking to start a “HQ Improvement Project” in order to upgrade the facilities that are available for our Young People and Leaders to use.

We are therefore hoping to get a team together of parents, guardians, friends and group supporters who are able to help us drive this project forward. For further details please click here.

St George’s Day

Thank you to everyone from the group who turned out on Sunday 22nd April for the Bromley District St George’s Day Parade. The parade took place at Crofton Junior School in Petts Wood and was attended by The Mayor of the London Borough of Bromley.

Baden-Powell chose St George as the Patron Saint of Scouting as the story of St George show him overcoming adversity – therefore every year Scouts throughout the UK all meet together locally in order to renew their promise.


Sandra’s Marathon Challenge

Later this month Sandra Goodwin, our Assistant Group Scout Leader, is undertaking the challenge of a lifetime. She is running the London Marathon in aid of Cancer Research UK.

On Sunday 22nd April she will be running 26.2 miles around the capital. Cancer will affect most of us, either directly or indirectly, at some point in our life and so by raising funds for this great charity Sandra hopes to help them to work towards beating this cruel disease.

You can sponsor Sandra at:

Amazon Smile Fundraising

As the Scout Group is entirely self-funded we are always looking at new ways to raise additional funds.

We have recently registered the Group to receive 0.5% of all eligible purchases on Amazon Smile if you attribute them to the 23rd Bromley (St Augustine’s) Scout Group.

AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service.

Support our the Scout Group by starting your shopping at

Race Night

Huge thank you to everyone who came to support our Race Night on Saturday 24th March in aid of this years Kenya Expedition.

The hall was packed with over 100 people, all of whom were treated to an informal and fun evening. Throughout the night there were a number of videos of horse races shown on the big screen, with people placing bets (a minimum of 50p) on which horse they think will win. People also got a lovely Fish & Chip supper included in their ticket thanks to our local take away.

 Throughout the night we also picked the winning ticket for the raffle of Denilson’s amazing painting. Congratulations to Joyce!

In total the event raised over £1,900, which is a new record for a Race Night and surpassed everyone’s expectations. Everyone going to Kenya would like thank those who came to this event for their support. The money raised will go towards giving the Explorers a truly unforgettable trip to Kenya, and the project work we will be doing in Kenya alongside the Harambee for Kenya charity.