Ian’s Update October 2018

In July, 26 Scouts from 1st Taverham Scout Group attended the Norfolk International Scout Jamboree or NORJAM as it is better known, held every 4 years at the Norfolk Showground. As is our tradition, we walked from our hut to the camp, with some of this being done in our Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle costumes, to fit with the camps theme.

Whilst we were at the camp, the scouts took part in lots of different activities, including go carts, clay pigeon shooting, climbing, raft building and much more. In the evenings we were entertained by various bands and DJs, including a visit from the ever wonderful Taverham Band! To finish the week, we enjoyed a fireworks display.

We now look forward to an exciting new term filled with activities and next year’s summer camp to Gilwell Park, Head Quarters of UK Scouting.

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

Taverham Scouts Family Firework Display

Saturday 3rd November – Sandy Lane Taverham


Gates open 6pm  – Displays 7pm and 8pm

Tickets £6 (Under 5’s free – no ticket needed)

From: The Kitchenary (Taverham Nursery), Abbotts Estate Agents – Taverham , Pymm & Co Estate Agents – Thorpe Marriott, or click here to buy online

Bar, Stalls, BBQ!

Limited number of tickets available

Ian Colman Group Committee


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

New Group Scout Leader sought


Group Scout Leader – position available

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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