Heron Beaver Colony – Review of 2016/17

We have had a few changes this year, firstly we are sad to say we lost our Otter, Kathryn, who had been with us a good number of years, but she had to give up to support her husband Dudley in their new venture, and we wish them every success, and thank her for her great support to the colony.

Things have changed with the programs as stated by scout association, so our program planning to get everything in is quite challenging but we do our best, and try to give the boys a full and enjoyable time with us.

Our carnival entry this year was Snooker Loopy, the boys seemed to enjoy it even though we got soaking wet, we were given highly commended, I think all the boys were stars not a moan was heard.

We do a number of things annually as the boys really enjoy them, our first meeting back in the new year finds us 10 pin bowling, then we Join the District for what ever Panto is on at The Gorse hill Community Centre, Swimming at Hobournes, Gardening at the Mulberry’s, where the boys fill the planters with flowers, our green fingers have been much admired by the Residence over the years and they look forward to seeing the boys and having a chat, they also look forward to our visit at Christmas when the boys entertain them, and give out their gifts and cards they have made, we enjoy our Joint Fireworks night with Kingfisher Colony and we have done this for a good number of years now. We visit Chilton Farm at Wroughton, this is where the Guides have a fantastic centre for camping, there is a traditional camp fire pit so it’s lovely that we have a good sing song, Fox loves her action songs.

The District organizes a number of events which we try to attend, one was a Hike round a new venue out at Liden, we were so lucky all morning it had rained and after our hike it came again, but it was fine for us to go round, it’s lovely to see all the colonies mixing and having fun together a lot of chatter and laughing going on. Another outing was organized, 96 of us went to Bristol Zoo where we were lucky with the weather and a good coach driver, who dropped us and collected us right outside the Zoo.

I have to thank my great team for all they do. With out their enthusiasm, programs would not be so enjoyable.

Alison (Fox), David (Squirrel), Ruth (Toad)

Also welcome to our new (Water Rat) Sean

Joan (Badger)