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Nominate us for a £1,000 Donation

Do you have 2 minutes to give us a chance of winning a £1,000 donation?
For 12 days in December ‘Movement for Good’ will be making £120,000 in donations to charities to help them deliver their vital work.

To nominate the 23rd Bromley Scout Group simply visit https://www.movementforgood.com/12days/?dm_i=29DO,1T4OV,9JZ0QQ,696E8,1 and click ‘Nominate a charity now’.

Then search for our charity number (267692) and select “education & skills”. Fill in a few basic questions and click submit.

Christmas Fair 2021

We are delighted that our Christmas Fair will be returning later this month. It will be on Saturday 27th November with doors opening at 11.30am.

The entrance fee is 50p and all proceeds raised will go to the costs of the Scout Group. There will be a range of festive themed stalls, games and tombolas. There will also be craft, gift and toy stalls for you to get a start on your Christmas shopping.

Please share with friends, family and colleagues who may be interested in coming to support one of our top fundraising events of the year.

Remembrance Day Parade Fundraising

We are really pleased to be able to once again hold our Remembrance Day Parade this year. It will be on Sunday 14th November and full details will be sent out by your section leaders.

After such success in previous years one of our Scouts, Oliver Ward, will once again be selling chocolate poppies in the Scout HQ after the ceremony.

They will be in a sealed bag and all ingredients are listed on the pack to assist with any allergies. The chocolate poppies will be on sale for 50p each with all proceeds going to the Royal British Legion. If people could please bring the exact change it would be much appreciated.

The Panto is Back!

After an enforced break due to the pandemic, the Group are delighted that the 23rd Bromley Pantomime Society will be returning in January 2022. They will be putting on performances of The Snow Queen.

Tickets are now on sale – further details can be found on the Pantomime page of the website.

Join the Adventure as a Leader

Due to a change in personal circumstances one of our current Hurricane Beaver leaders is no longer able to attend meetings on a regular basis. We are therefore looking for an adult to join the existing Hurricane Beavers Leadership Team. The existing team have already got a great programme in place which is fun, messy, loud and jam packed with adventure – we are really looking for an adult who can be present and support at the weekly meetings.

If you are someone who enjoys interacting with young people, and is patient and caring then you are just the kind of person we are looking for. Full support is given by the two Group Scout Leaders, as well as other members of the Beaver Leadership Team.

The Beaver Section is our youngest Section, with Young People joining aged 6 and staying with the section until they are 8. Hurricane Beavers meet on Tuesday evenings during term time – they start at 5.00pm and finish at 6.30pm.

We are also looking for adults to volunteer at our other sections, such as Explorers (14-18 year olds) who meet on a Thursday evening from 7.45pm until 9.15pm.

If you would be interested in joining in the adventure as an adult volunteer then please email gsl@23rdbromleyscouts.org. Please do also share details with anyone who you think might be interested.

Save the Dates

The group are delighted that we are able to once again start planning some more of our annual events.

***SAVE THE DATES***

  • Remembrance Day Parade – Sunday 14th November 2021
  • Group Christmas Fair – Saturday 27th November 2021
  • Group Carol Service – Friday 17th December 2021
  • Pantomime – Thursday 6th – Saturday 8th January 2022

Further details about these events will be sent out in due course.

2021 Annual General Meeting

We’re holding our Annual General Meeting (AGM) at 8pm on Wednesday 22nd September at the Scout HQ Homemead Road, Bromley.


All parents, Young People and volunteers are invited to join us and reflect on some brilliant moments from the year.

Tom Manthorpe – Gone Home

It is with very deep sadness that we have to tell you that Tom Manthorpe, our Group President, passed away peacefully earlier this week with his family at his side.

Tom had been in the Group for well over 50 years, he was Scout Leader from the early 1960s (his daughter Helen remembers going to many Scout camps when she was a very young girl). He then went on to be Group Scout Leader in 1973 and then became Group President in 1984.

Whenever there was a group event Tom, with Erica at his side, would be there – he was still counting money at the jumble sales right up until the last one we ever did.

Tom’s service was rightly recognised with the award of The Silver Acorn in 2007 –which is for those who have given “specially distinguished service” to the Scout movement. He also received the Chief Scouts 50 years Service Award in 2012.

Nothing was ever too much trouble for Tom and he was a much respected and loved member of the Group and we send our sincere condolences to Mike, Helen, Tom and their families.

Tom’s funeral will be on Friday 10th September. There will be a service at St Augustines Church at 2.30pm for anyone who would like to come.

Tom Manthorpe – Gone Home

14th June 1928 – 23rd August 2021

Spitfire Funday at Frylands

Spitfire Beavers had a great day at Frylands Wood campsite on Sunday.

There were 23 young people having a go at Archery, the Assault Course, the Traverse Wall, a Photo Challenge, Grass Sledging and Pond Dipping. We found lots of wildlife in the pond and no one got too wet!

There was a lot of loud singing with actions around the campfire and some yummy s’mores. All beavers are ready for the next big adventure!