Any Old Plates You Can Donate

 



1st WENVOE SCOUTS


 

Have you got any old plates you can donate to the Scouts for the Smash a Plate Stall at the Barry Fete in Romilly Park on Sat 6th July? So let us know and we can collect them and save the date so you can come and enjoy the fun. The Barry Scout and Guide Fete started 100 years ago and combines arena events put on by members of the local Scout and Guide groups and professional entertainers with stalls and rides. We will be selling programmes nearer the date, which include a lucky prize draw number.

At our AGM in April, the young people told us about the things they do in meetings, which they enjoy. These included wall climbing, camping, cooking, crafts, swimming galas, team games, mosque and RNLI visit and visits to the coast guard helicopters including a trial in the rescue hoist. They also visit Cardiff food bank and are now making regular collections particularly of soap, shampoo and biscuits, which the Bank often have limited supplies. It is amazing the range of activities they do and our thanks go to the leaders for organising the young people to have so much fun, while learning new activities. The section Beavers (6-8), Cubs (8-10½) and Scouts (10½-14) are all full currently but we do have a waiting list. Explorers are for 14-18 years in Penarth. We cannot open a starter Squirrel Drey (4-6), until we have confidence that we have secured on going Beaver leadership. We have got two new volunteers to take over in the summer.

We were sad to say goodbye to Ian Moody, our President, who restarted the village Scouts 48 years ago and ran the Scout group for nearly 4 decades. Scouting has changed in that time, including adjustments to the age groups and spreading up and down. Regulations and training is more controlled. Programming and badge schemes more sophisticated and uniforms more comfortable- all in response to feed back from young people. I started Beavers (6-8) soon after Scouting extended the age range 34 years ago. At that time Scouting was only for boys and there was nothing for the younger boys in the village and lots of choices for girls including an active Guide Group; regretfully the different sections of the Guides gradually closed. Fortunately the Scout Movement started admitting girls just in time for my daughter to join Beavers and move up through Cubs (8-10 ½) and Scouts. At one time she was the only girl. Now the genders are about equal.

The leaders are all volunteers and we have had many excellent Leaders and Assistants and have training, mostly on line, which is accredited Youth Training. We always need additional help either on a regular or ad hoc basis to ensure that we can hold meetings regularly. Sue O’Neil was working alternate weeks as a Assistant Cub Leader and she has now sadly left. The Cubs gave her a tribute and she will be missed.

The Scout Group is a charity and as a result the Wenvoe Group Scout Council at the AGM adopted a new constitution, which aligns more to the Charity Commission’s requirements. We now need a Board of Trustees, who oversee the finances and the governance of the Wenvoe Scouts. Unfortunately no one volunteered to be on the Board or to take up the posts of Chair, Treasurer or Secretary. In order to ensure the Group continues to be compliant we do need people to step forward to take up these positions; parents, members of the local community, relatives, people with experience of such work. Working with young people can be extremely rewarding and you experience their joy and excitement. If you or anyone you know feels they might be able to help let me know. The Board meetings are termly.

Running the Group is costly – rent, equipment, insurance, central costs linked to training and programme development. We used to get extra funds through the Cardiff Area Scout Post. Following Covid restrictions caused cancellations and this will not be revived. We are looking for ways and people to help us raise money. This means that we can broaden the experience and spread the costs.

More information about Scouting and volunteering https://www.scouts.org.uk/ or email me for a chat.

 

Waiting list contact:-

1stwenvoe.join@ penarthanddistrict.org.uk

Jane Fenton-May Group President

 

jfm@fenton-may.org

 

 



District Master Chef Night

 



WENVOE SCOUTS


 

As I write, our Scouts are preparing for a District Master Chef night. Last year they won the District Scout cooking competition. Not a mean feat on camping stoves! In the summer they will take part in the All-Wales Camp. The Beavers and Cubs are looking forward to the Area Swimming Competition, having successfully won trophies in the last few years.

Wenvoe is a very vibrant community with lots of clubs and activities but there are not many things for our young people. The Scout Programme aims to help them to learn new skills including outdoor activities and crafts while working in teams, and experience leadership while having fun. Along the way, they earn badges, which cover a wide range of topics. In order to deliver the programme safely, we need adult volunteers to work as leaders and helpers and ad hoc coaches with the sections – Beavers (6-8), Cubs (8-10½) and Scouts (10½-14). We also need Trustees to work behind the scenes to ensure it all runs smoothly and to provide Governance. There is training for leaders. Much of this can be done online and through support from District and Area Scouting. Being involved, is extremely rewarding as you watch the children develop their potential.

We always need new helpers but again we are appealing specifically for people to take on the Beaver group as our current group of leaders are leaving in July. Without leaders we will have to suspend meetings. Ideally it would be good to have people starting to get involved over the summer term. We also need a new Treasurer, Secretary and Chair to lead the Trustees’ team. If you are interested, please contact me to find out more, ideally before our AGM on 16th April, where you could come and meet the team.

At present all our Sections are full but let me know if you have anyone who wants to join, and they will be added to the waiting list: jfm@fenton-may.org

On 6th July in Romilly Park, we will be taking part in the Barry Scout Fete running stalls and in the Arena. We will hold a smash the crockery event and so we would like you to let us have those unwanted plates, so that we can raise money whilst people are having fun. Even if you do not have anything, save the date, and come to the event. It has been organised since 1933 and is a fun day out with something for all the family. If you cannot come you can still support us by giving us a donation https://www.justgiving.com/firstwenvoescouts

On behalf of all the Wenvoe Scout Group, have a wonderful Easter and enjoy the coming of spring.

Jane Fenton-May, Group Chair

 



WENVOE SCOUTS – AUGUST

 



WENVOE SCOUTS


On 1 July in Romilly Park, Barry, the young people in Scouts from Wenvoe, Barry and the Vale of Glamorgan had a fun time doing activities with family, friends and other onlookers watching. They proudly paraded the group flags as well as raising money by making and selling campfire doughnuts and running games. We hope to make this a regular event, so look out for announcements for next summer’s fete.
On 12 August, we plan to have a car wash in the Gwenfo Primary School Car Park so lookout for signs around the village. This will be an event to support the Wenvoe local group financially. You can also help by donating via Just Giving. If you can, please add Gift Aid. https:// www.justgiving.com/firstwenvoescouts
We are looking for new leaders for our ‘vibrant’ / active Beaver Group from September onwards. The current leaders have built up a strong group of Beavers that enjoy a broad range of activities centred on the badge programme. Sadly, the current leaders’ work/life balance means they have had to reduce their commitment. Unless we can get regular commitments, the colony will be suspended. The current Beavers really enjoy the Colony meetings, so this would be a shame.
Beavers usually meet on Monday from 6.00-7.00pm during term time and the colony is made up of boys and girls ages 5 ¾ to 8 years. There is a broad programme leading to Badges and the young person can expand their knowledge by “having fun and making friends” – the Beaver Motto – and then progressing up through the different sections of the Scout Group. Leaders are all volunteers and are provided with robust training, mainly online, to support their work. The training is recognised as Youth Training. There will be local support to ensure that transition is smooth.

If you are interested in becoming a leader or helping on a regular rota please contact me or speak to Heulwen, our Cub Leader. Seeing all those happy faces during a meeting makes a worthwhile reward.

 

Jane Fenton-May, Chair Wenvoe Scout Group

jfm@fenton-may.org

 



No Scout Post Again This Year



SCOUT CHRISTMAS POST AND WENVOE SCOUTS


We are sad to notify you that there will be no Scout Post again this year. Work is still progressing to try and restart it for next year. However, it is a major project and requires all parts of Cardiff and Vale Scouts to be in a position to collect, sort and deliver the cards.

Wenvoe Scouts has been going from strength to strength since the restrictions of the pandemic have been lifted. We now have 3 very active sections – Beavers (6-8 yrs), Cubs (8-10 ½ yrs) and Scouts (10 ½-14 yrs).

You may have seen our young people and leaders taking part in the Wenvoe Remembrance Sunday Parade. They were well turned out and organised. I was very proud of them all.

Scouts is a world wide movement for boys and girls. It enables them to make new friends and have amazing adventures while learning new skills and having fun. The younger ones do lots of craft and play games helping prepare them for more adventurous activities including hiking, camping, climbing, abseiling and swimming. They develop dreams which may take them into a future of work and play or just into the District Explorers (14-18 yrs) and Network (18-25 yrs) or on to the role of a Scout Leader.

Some areas are now starting Squirrels for the 4-6 year olds and we have dreams of that too, but need

extra help before we can expand. All leaders are trained and we take safety seriously. If you or anyone you know would like to help by becoming a leader, please contact me.

Big dreams cost money and require volunteer leaders to organise weekly meeting, outings and camps and ensure that the young people are safe while they have fun. We do need additional equipment. Some of this is expensive. If, in lieu of buying stamps you would like to donate to Wenvoe Scouts you can do this via https://www. justgiving.com/firstwenvoescouts.

To add a child to our waiting list please email 1stwenvoe.join@penarthanddistrict.or.uk with the name and DOB of child

 

We would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year.

Thank you,

Jane Fenton-May, Chair Wenvoe Scout Group

jfm@fenton-may.org

 



Wenvoe Scouts Christmas Post

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WENVOE SCOUTS CHRISTMAS POST


Sadly, the Scout Post has had to be cancelled again this year. We are sorry about the inconvenience to you all, as we know many of you use our Post both to support our Scout Group and to stay connected with friends during the festive season while spreading some cheer. Unfortunately, some parts of Cardiff and the Vale felt they could not commit to sorting and delivering the mail due to some ongoing Covid restrictions. Unless the area is covered fully the scheme is not viable. Plans are currently being developed to resume the Post in 2022.

Despite Covid, Wenvoe Scout Group has been holding meetings during the year. The Beavers and Cubs had regular meetings via Zoom and their leaders set them challenges, so they continued to earn badges. Thanks to the school allowing us to use their playground all the sections were able to meet outdoors in the summer term and September. They are now back to meeting in the Community Centre and even planning camping weekends. The Youth Associations governed how we resumed meetings with some ongoing restrictions, social distancing and mask wearing. Everything is risk assessed increasing the work of our wonderful volunteer leaders and helpers.

The Scout Post is our main source of income and we need your ongoing support, so as we wish you a wonderful Christmas, we hope you can support us by giving via this web page and naming Wenvoe Scouts. https://localgiving.org/appeal/Scoutpost2021/. I know some people do not like to use such websites so if you want to donate, please give us a cheque made payable to Wenvoe Scout Group and pop it in an envelope marked Scouts.co What’s On and leave it in the What’s On box in the Village shop or the library. You can gift aid the donation by adding a note saying the donation is gift aided to Wenvoe Scouts, stating you are a UK taxpayer, signing it and adding your name and address including post code.

Season Greetings

Jane Fenton-May, Chair Wenvoe Scout Group

 



 

Scouting Is Good For You

Scouting is good for you. Your wellbeing and your knowledge benefits from being part of the Scout movement as an adult volunteer or as a young person by learning new skills, supporting the community and meeting new people. I am very proud of the leaders in the Wenvoe Group, who have struggled to ensure that the boys and girls in the group have benefited from being Beavers (6-8 years), Cubs (8-10 ½ years) or Scouts (10 ½ -14 years) despite lockdowns over the last 14 months. As a result, they have learnt how to plan for and hold meetings via Zoom with the support of the Scout movement. Now they are looking at how they can safely return to face-to-face meetings. How we do this is controlled by the Scouting Movement and the Youth Council, so transition is controlled, and all feel safe.

Volunteers are always required as the Group develops locally. Training is available on line and face to face as Covid restrictions reduce. The Scouts offer a broad programme of youth training, which is supported by badges. If you would like to know more or to get involved, please contact me. You can see more information on the website www.scouts.org.uk . Volunteers can be 14 years or over and there is a wide range of activities from becoming a leader or meeting helper to serving behind the scenes. For young people it can count towards DofE awards and for those completing training as part of Youth Accredited Training

If you have young people, who want to get involved then email 1stwenvoe.join@penarthdistrict.org.uk. Older young people can join the Penarth Explorers (14-18 years) or Network (18-25 years).

To all those who have supported the Wenvoe Group, been leaders or helpers and to all the young people I would like to say a Big Thank You.

Jane Fenton-May.

Chair Wenvoe Scout Group

jfm@fenton-may.org

 



 

Support 1st Wenvoe Scout Group

SUPPORT 1ST WENVOE SCOUT GROUP

Sadly as some of you are already aware due to Covid-19 restrictions, Cardiff and Vale Scout Post has been cancelled this year. We realise that some of you use this to spread greetings to friends as well as supporting the local Scouts. Instead we at 1st Wenvoe Scout Group rely on this fantastic fundraiser to raise more than £2000 each year to support developing #SkillsForLife for Young People in our Wenvoe community. If you usually buy stamps from us and are able to continue to support us this year, you can make a donation directly on https://www.totalgiving.co.uk/appeal/Scoutpost. We would appreciate you naming 1st Wenvoe when asked if you would like to support a particular Group. Thank you

 

In addition, 1st Wenvoe Scout Group is running a local fundraising campaign by selling Christmas patterned face-coverings and Christmas treats. The masks are hand made by volunteers out of cotton and come in adult and 2 small and large children’s sizes. They come in a variety of Christmas patterns. Please support us and help spread cheer by pre-ordering the face masks and baubles. Please note patterns may vary depending on available material.

Face coverings are £5 each and Christmas tree baubles filled with Smarties or Skittles are a bargain at £1 each.

Contact me at jfm@fenton-may.org /07787510179 and you will be sent information about how to pay for your order by PayPal. Once made, your item will be delivered locally. Postage can be arranged but must be paid in advance. Last orders Friday 18 December

Jane Fenton-May

 

 

 



 

Scout Post Cancelled

Scout Post Cancelled

Sadly I have to announce that the Cardiff and Vale Scout Post 2020 has been cancelled, due to concerns, amongst the 46 participating groups, about potential handling of money, stamps and cards and difficulties with sorting mail, while maintaining social distancing.

Thank you to our many local volunteers, stamp sellers, sorters, deliverers and organisers of this major operation.

We realise that many of you enjoy sending and receiving cards with the added bonus of supporting the local Scouts. In addition the sorting office in Wenvoe Community Centre was a social gathering of old friends. Hold on to any old stamps as they will be honoured in 2021, when we will be back.

The stamps sold via the Wenvoe Scout Group raised much need funds to help support our young people to enjoy Scouting by ensuring we could have up to date equipment. It was our main annual fund raising event and so we hope to organise some sponsored events to help brighten up the winter months in Wenvoe. So look out in What’s On for further news.

Scouts hope to restart activities in October with a mixture of outdoor and video meetings. If your child is on the waiting list they should be updated soon. If you wish to have your child put on the list email 1stwenvoe.join@penarthanddistrict.org.uk. If you are interested in helping as an adult, contact me at jfm@fenton-may.org or 07787510179

More information about Scouting, which is now for boys and girls, can be found at https://www.scouts.org.uk/. In Wenvoe we have a Beavers- 6-8 years, Cubs- 8- 10 ½ years and Scouts- 10 ½ to 14 years. Explorers aged 14 to 18 years join with the Penarth District groups.

Jane Fenton-May (Chair)

 



 

Scouts Cymru Adult Volunteer Of The Year

 

SCOUTS CYMRU ADULT VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR

Congratulations to Heulwen Jenkins, 1st Wenvoe Scout Group’s Cub Leader and Assistant Beaver Leader, who was awarded Scouts Cymru’s Adult Volunteer Award for 2019!

At the October Celebration of Scouting annual event at the Metropole Hotel in mid-Wales, Heulwen was presented with her award by Rhian Moore, Chief Commissioner for Wales, and Joe Doherty, Scout Adventurer (Antarctica). They are pictured below along with Glenys Shelley, Cardiff and Vale Scouts, who was also awarded a lifetime achievement award at the ceremony. Many congratulations to both.

“Out of more than 3,100 adult Scout Leaders and assistants across Wales, Heulwen definitely deserves this award for the energy and enthusiasm she brings to delivering our programme and growing our Group. This award recognises her engagement with the Wenvoe community, including inviting other adults in the village to share their skills and experiences with our Young People, and celebrating the badges they are awarded. It is a privilege to have Heulwen as one of our leaders and this award celebrates how she lives the Scout values, champions diversity and inclusion in Scouting and helps Young People and adult volunteers develop #SkillsForLife. Congratulations!”

Tori Thomas, Group Scout Leader, 1st Wenvoe Scouts

A full list of award winners was published on Twitter: @ScoutsCymru. For more information about 1st Wenvoe Scout Group email 1stWenvoe@penarthanddistrict.org.uk or follow us on Twitter: @1stWenvoe

 



 

Christmas Scout Post

Christmas Scout Post

Christmas is coming! Wenvoe Scout Group are once again taking part in the Cardiff and Vale Scout Post. The stamps, are now available at 30p each. Please buy your stamps locally, this helps support the 1st Wenvoe Scout Group. See the advert below for local stamp availability, post box locations and the areas covered by the Scout Christmas mail service.

The last day for posting this year is

Monday 2nd December.

WHY NOT LEND A HAND

The Scout Post requires adult support to carry out the majority of work involved. Each evening of the sorting week we need people to help sort cards into the different local areas. Our sorting office is set up in the Community Centre leisure room. We also require somebody to go to Llandaff each evening to exchange the sorted mail with the other participating scout groups and collect the mail for the Wenvoe area. By the end of the week with all our local mail sorted into roads we require deliverers. We are responsible for mail in Wenvoe, Brooklands area, Twyn-yr-Odyn, St Lythans, Dyffryn and The Downs. It is at this stage the whole family can lend a hand with a short walk in the area. Maps are available.

We will be sorting at the Community Centre at the following dates and times

Saturday 30th Nov. @ 7.00pm

Sunday 1st Dec @ 7.00pm

Monday 2nd Dec @ 7.00pm

Tuesday 3rd Dec @ 7.00pm

Wednesday 4th Dec. @ 7.45pm

Mail exchange starts on Saturday 30th November and continues until Wednesday 4th December. Delivery of the mail starts on Saturday 7th December.

If you would like to lend a hand with any of the activities involved please contact Martin Williams 20593345 or e-mail wenvoescoutgroup@gmail.com, Ian Moody 20594573 or Jane Fenton-May 20593221 or any leader connected with the scout group. Those who have assisted in the past have found it an enjoyable experience.

NOTE – The Scout post covers Cardiff and most of the Vale but does NOT extend to Beddau, Bridgend, Castleton, Church Village, Coychurch, Efail Isaf, Kenfig, Llantrisant, Llantwit Fadre, Marshfield, Miskin, North Cornelly, Ogmore & Garw Valley, Pencoed, Pontyclun, Porthcawl, Talbot Green, Tonteg which are all outside our area and hence we are sorry but we cannot deliver them.

 

 



 

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