Ian’s Update August 2018

The Scouts have had a very active programme during the last month with a night’s water skiing at Taverham lakes (more photos on Facebook), making camp gadgets, learning how to use axes and saws safely and building and firing high powered water rockets that flew the entire length of a football pitch! (Videos of these on Facebook are excellent).


They also completed a litter pick around the village, collecting 10 bags of rubbish and have recently help raise over £500 packing bags at Tesco’s for two of the Scouts attending the world jamboree next year.

August sees the sections break for a well-earned summer break – well except camps such as Norjam, the International Scout Jamboree taking place at the Showground once again.  This takes place every 4 years and only feels a short time since the last one!   Our Scout Troop will be taking part again and there will be a full report later in the year.

The group is still seeking adult support with vacancies for Chairman and Group Scout Leader.  For information on these roles please contact us.

Have a good summer break!

Ian Colman Group Committee


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Daniel’s Update June 2018

Our Beavers enjoyed making Shields for St George’s Day and we had 8 Beavers and a Scout taking part in the St George’s Day parade from the forum to St Andrews Hall singing on our way down to keep our spirits high in the rain!!

Well Done to Logan Ingrey upon receiving his bronze award.

In the Easter holidays, 17 Scouts had a survival camp, for 1 night. This involved sleeping under homemade shelters, building water filtration devices, skinning & gutting, then cooking rabbits, making nettle tea and charcloth, all over an open fire.

Daniel Fordham


Ian’s Update March 2018

January saw the Scout Group AGM which reported a high level of membership, sadly still a waiting list and the premises and grounds in excellent condition.The Group is still seeking more adult support with the sections ranging from Beaver Scouts to Scouts covering the 6 – 14 age range.

We said farewell and thanks to Jon and Enid Stanbrook-Evans who have retired from the Group Committee after serving for more than 30 years.  They joined when son Daniel became the first Beaver Scout at Taverham….and he has now reached 40!

Another change is that after 15 years as Chairman, I have ‘retired’ from the role and handed over to Daniel Fordham. I don’t escape that easily as I remain a member of the Group Committee. I join with the rest of the Group in wishing Daniel every success in the role.

The evening rounded off with presentations from all the sections of the activities carried out in 2017 including camps, visits from the Police and Fire Service (planned!), crafts, first aid and cooking. If any adults are interested in volunteering to support and help our local youngsters, please get in touch.

Ian Colman MBE
Chairman (outgoing)

Ian’s Update January 2018

First this month some excellent news for the Group; James Corke and Jacob Partington, both of 1st Taverham, were successful after the World Jamboree selection weekend, taking 2 of the 3 places from Northern Norwich District!

The 24th World Scout Jamboree to be held in West Virginia, USA in 2019 and will be an adventure beyond anything you can imagine. It is to be hosted jointly between Boy Scouts of America, Scouts Canada and the Scout Association of Mexico. The UK Contingent will be made up of participants, their Unit Leaders, International Service Team and a Contingent Management and Support Team (UK Contingent Team). The Group has always provided support to participants in the past and I believe this is the first time we have had 2 people selected.

Last month the Beavers were visited by the Police, not because of naughtiness (!) but to learn about Police equipment and how to stay safe when in our local neighbourhood and online. They also have been visiting Tesco, tasting & making muesli and learning about healthy snacks. Many thanks to Tesco for this!

Two Beavers (Charlie Holmes & Phoebe Blois) have now received their Chief Scout’s Bronze Award – the highest achievement in Beavers -so very well done to them! This is a real challenge and only possible due to the amazing variety of activities the leadership team provide. It would be lovely to offer more local children such opportunities.




A QUIZ AND SUPPER NIGHT1st Taverham Scouts
are holding a QUIZ
in aid of Keeping Abreast
and 1st Taverham Scouts at
Wensum Valley Golf Club
on 2nd February 2018
£12.50 per head includes a Lasagne Supper
Teams of 10 or we can make them up as far as possible.
Tickets are available from Frances on 07747752350 or 01603866232

Ian Colman MBE


Ian’s Update December 2017

As part of the Cubs Chef’s badge, 1st Taverham – Seeonee Cub pack planned a two-course menu of chicken & vegetable stir fry followed by cheesecake. After much peeling, slicing, dicing, stirring and tasting, the Cub’s families joined the meeting in time to see the Cub’s cooking skills in action and to enjoy tasting the dishes.

Many thanks to Tesco Drayton who generously provided all the ingredients for the evening’s menu, which were enjoyed by all. Also thanks to the parents who stayed and helped to supervise the Cubs with their cooking activity, and helped with the tidying up…







A great deal of work has been carried out maintaining the grounds at the HQ in Taverham. A big thanks to all those who have helped. Our fireworks night is about to be held as we write so will report back next month! We still need more adult support in the Group to enable us to provide activities for the children in Taverham and Thorpe Marriott. Please contact us to find out more.

And finally, a very merry Christmas and happy new year to all readers and supporters.

Ian Colman MBE

Ian’s Update November 2017


So far this term we have made the most of the evenings before the clocks go back, getting the Beavers outside as much as possible. As leaders it is lovely to see the joy & excitement they experience whilst working on traditional skills such as building dens, campfires, and toasting marshmallows!

We have been also learning about keeping healthy and how our bodies respond to exercise.

We joined other Beavers from Northern Norwich District on a weekend trip to Holt Country Park and participated in bug hunts, orienteering, wildlife craft activities and a shelter building competition- winning the prize for the most watertight shelter! Some super observant Beavers even spotted some newts! These events are so much fun, superbly organised & open the eyes of Beaver Scouts to the greater membership of the movement beyond their immediate neighbourhood.


Our scouts have been working towards completion of their skills challenge badge and are undertaking a 6 week training programme for a Scout version of a triathlon to raise money for the scout group!

We also have 3 scouts who have applied to be part of the World Jamboree in USA 2019.

All 3 have made it through to the selection weekend, so good luck to them all.

Taverham Scouts Family Firework Display

Sat 4th November – Sandy Lane HQ

Gates open 6pm with Displays at 7pm & 8pm

Bar, BBQ and Sidestalls

Tickets £6 (under 6’s free) from

online – click here

Or from Abbotts Estate Agents or The Sweetbucket at Taverham Nursery

Ian’s Update October 2017

The Scouts have just returned from a week’s camp at Gradbach Camp Site on the borders of Staffordshire and Derbyshire. The week was actioned packed with almost all food being cooked over an open fire. The Scouts had a go at wild swimming in 2 small very cool water pools on the River Dane, warm soup was required afterwards! 

They also had day’s hillwalking over the Roaches, carrying and then cooking, lunch on lightweight stoves on the top. The week also included a day trip to Alton Towers, a morning trying Bouldering, a first for many especially on real rocks and a Wild West theme day, involving a gold nugget treasure hunt, manhunt for wanted criminals and a saloon show around the campfire, lassoing and horse shoe throwing.

It was a tiring but fun week, with just enough time to recover before we started back at Scouts on Wednesday 6th September.



Taverham Scouts Family Firework Display

Sat 4th November – Sandy Lane HQ

                         Gates open 6pm with Displays at 7pm & 8pm

Bar, BBQ and Sidestalls

Tickets £6 (under 6’s free) from http://www.1sttaverhamscouts.co.uk

Or from Abbotts Estate Agents or The Sweetbucket at Taverham Nursery

Ian Colman MBE



Ian’s Update September 2017

Beavers: 1st Taverham Sandy Colony

It was another enjoyable and busy term for the beavers. We had a great time when we visited Pets at Home and learnt how to care for animals. We had a visit to Taverham Mill where we found some fantastic items during our pond dipping.

The weather had been very kind to us on Monday evenings and we have managed to get outside most weeks doing things in the Scout grounds, such as cooking on camp fires and finally finishing off the term with our annual water fun evening where the Beavers had great fun doing activities and trying to soak the leaders!

The highlight of the term has been our camp which we did joint with 1st Drayton Beavers. This involved hiking from Drayton to the Taverham Scout HQ where we then had an afternoon of fun activities, which included the Beavers making pizzas on a camp fire and they also made their own dessert of Fruit Pirate boats; many thanks to Tesco in Drayton who generously supplied the fruit for these. Then we sang round the campfire and the Beavers enjoyed sleeping outside in the tents.

We are looking forward to lots of exciting activities in the new term and welcoming our new Beavers to the colony.

Mark – Group Leader

Taverham Scouts

By the time this goes to print the Scouts will have just got back from their annual week long summer camp at Gradbach Scout campsite in Derbyshire. They will have taken part in a wide range of adventurous activities, a Wild West theme day and will have spent a day at Alton Towers theme park. There will be a full report in the next newsletter.

Scouts starts back on Wednesday 6th September and we look forward to welcoming everyone back after their summer break ready for another term of fun and adventure.

James –  Scout Leader.

Taverham Scouts Indoor Car Boot!
Scout HQ, Sandy Lane, Taverham
Saturday 30th September, 10am – 2pm (set up from 8.30am)
£7 per 6ft table (provided)
Contact Roger to book – 01603 867801


Advance Notice!
Taverham Scouts Family Firework Night
Saturday 4th November
Limited tickets on sale from September on http://www.1sttaverhamscouts.co.uk or Abbots, Taverham and The Sweet Bucket at Taverham Garden Centre

Ian Colman MBE, Chairman