All posts by David Goodwin

20 Year Service Awards

Congratulations to Linda Smyth and Paul Saunders who were presented with their 20 year service awards at the Going Up Ceremony after Church Parade today.

Thank you to both Linda and Paul for all the time you have committed to the group over the years – it is much appreciated.

Peter Pan Panto

After many months of hard work the group put on its Panto from the 11th – 13th January and it was once again a great success! Across four sold out performances a phenomenal £3,200 was raised for the group.

This year the cast and crew put on their interpretation of Peter Pan. Peter Pan and Tinkerbell the fairy lead Wendy Darling and her brothers on an adventure to Neverland, leading to the final showdown with Peter’s enemy, Captain Hook (and Hook’s enemy, the Crocodile).

There were over fifteen new cast and crew members this year (most whom are aged 8-12 years of age) all of whom did incredibly well. It meant that we had the largest cast and crew support we’ve ever had! Each person is involved in the Scout Group in some way and we are really grateful for all of the time that people commit to Scouting and the Panto.

Katie Ainscough, 16, who played Prosecco (one of the mermaids) said that “Being part of the pantomime was something I’m really glad I did this year. Throughout all of the rehearsals and performances I’ve got to mix with loads of different people, all linked through the 23rd Bromley in some way and I’ve got to know them really well.”

An awful lot of work went into the Panto in the months leading to January, with Katie going on to say “the rehearsals were so much fun, even though tiring sometimes but the actual performances were amazing too! Overall being part of the Panto was a really fun experience, whilst also raising money for the Scout group, and I’d love to do it again.”

A huge thank you must go to everyone who played a part in making this Panto our most successful yet, in particular to Claire Pester (and family!) who commits an incredible amount of time to the Panto. From writing the script, arranging rehearsals, finding music, sourcing costumes, making props, the list goes on.

We were flattered to receive some touching comments from audience members:

“Well done all of you. You should be very proud of your fantastic performance tonight. Big shout out to all of the Natives, Lost Boys, and younger cast members you were all great 👏👏. The older members of the cast put on a brilliant performance too 👏👏 to you as well. I’ll be back next year 🎭🎭” – Gwyn Muckelt, GLSE Scouts County Commissioner

“What a great way to spend a Thursday night, another great Panto from the 23rd, takes amateur dramatics to another level! Young People and Leaders alike played their parts brilliantly” Lee Hawley, Bromley District Scout Network Commissioner and 15th Bromley Explorer Leader

“I was so impressed by the quality of the scouts pantomime. What great performances by such talented creative and inspirational young people. Thanks to all the people who put it together. Music , tech , scenery , props, costumes, choreography, directors, the lot. It was really wonderful to see all their achievements come to life. Well done everyone involved.” Lara Bartlett, Parent of 2nd Bromley Brownie

“Best panto yet. We all loved it and thought the cast were fabulous. Young blood and so many new stars in the making. Well done.” Moira Butterworth, Long Serving Panto Supporter!

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas from our GSLs:

“At the end of another very successful year for the group we would like to thank all the leaders, helpers, parents and young people for their on going support, we wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy new year.”

Panto Ticket Update

Tickets for the Pantomime are selling fast – book yours soon to avoid disappointment!

The Saturday afternoon performance is now SOLD OUT!

As things stand there are:
– Approx. 40 tickets remaining for Thursday Evening
– Approx. 4 tickets remaining for Friday Evening
– Approx. 4 tickets remaining for Saturday Evening

To book your tickets click here.


Christmas Carol Service

On Friday 15th December we held our annual Group Carol Service in the Church. Thanks to everyone who came to support the event.

The collection raised £170 which has been very kindly donated to the upcoming Kenya Expedition that the group are organising.

Christmas Fair Success

Saturdays Christmas Fair raised just shy of £550 for the Scout Group, as well as £110 towards the Kenya Expedition. The hall and the garden room were both packed with an array of stalls – from side shows, festive crafts, book stalls and brick-a-brac.

Thanks to everyone who supported the event – it enables us to continue to give our Young People life changing experienced.

Panto Help

The cast and crew have been working hard over the last couple of months to get ready for the upcoming Panto. There are two upcoming days that we could do with some additional help…

Next Saturday, 9th December we’re after many willing hands to help for a couple of hours to help put up the Panto stage. Work usually starts around 8/8.30am and carries on till around lunchtime – if you could come down and lend a hand that would be brilliant.

On Thursday 21st December there will be a working party to help paint and prepare scenery. If you are free to help anytime between 1pm and 4pm then it would be much appreciated.

Any questions please email Claire Pester on

Kim Pack Visit RAF Hendon

On Saturday 25th November Kim Pack visited RAF Hendon on a trip organized by the Bromley District Youth Events Team. In a fun packed day they saw over 100 aircraft and even got to watch a 4D movie. They all also earned their Air Activity Stage 1 Badge – well done!

Thanks to the Youth Events Team for organizing another fantastic event.

Christmas Fair

On Saturday 2nd December the Fundraising Committee will once again be organising their annual Christmas Fair.

The HQ will be packed with festive stalls to get you in the mood for Christmas. These will include Side Shows, a Tombola , Gift Stalls, Toy Stalls, Sweet Stalls and much much more.

You are encouraged to wear your Christmas Jumper – there will be a small prize for the best Christmas Jumper on show!

Come along from 12 Noon. Entrance 30p adults and children are FREE!

Remembrance Day Parade

The leaders at the 23rd Bromley were delighted to see so many Young People from all sections at our Remembrance Day Parade on Sunday 12th November.

The church was packed with people all ages, gathered together to remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. The names of those from the parish who lost their lives in the great wars were read out, as were the words from John Edwards “When you go Home, tell them of us and say, For your Tomorrow, we gave our Today”.

Thanks to everyone who came along, there were over 50 people from the group in attendance – you all looked very smart and did your sections proud.