Uphill Scouts

The following item was sadly omitted from the spring edition of Uphillviews so for those wanting to know what has been happening with the group over the last few months – see below:

1st Uphill Scout Group, Spring 2020

Mark Madeley our Beaver Scout Leader reports: –

“We continue to have a healthy colony of 24 with a great team of leaders.  It was also good to final invest Matt Hamey into the Colony as a Leader and present him with the 1st Uphill scarf.

Over the Winter months badge work continued in earnest with the beavers looking at disabilities including a wonderful visit from a guide dog, which helped them ground their learning in reality.

We have looked at scientific experiments – bridge and tower building.  Machines with the Beavers making their own vehicles and race to see whose went the furthest.  We had a visit from Group Scout Leader Mark Matthews, with his motorbike to see a ‘real’ machine.

The Beavers have also looked at how diseases spread (before Coronavirus!!!) so that they learn of the need to wash hands, for example.

We had a visit to the Weston Cricket Club to learn some basic skills, this was a lot of fun.

As our programme is a mixture of learning and fun – the two do go together! – we often play games and we have been to Clip ‘n’ Climb in Weston, which is always popular.”

The Cubs started the new year working on their Personal Challenge badge, going the extra mile at home and doing the jobs mum and dad normally do for them.  They recorded their activity and reported back to the Pack.

We are benefiting from a terrific team of Young Leaders, ex Scouts and Explorer Scouts who have grown in confidence.  They have been such a success that they have even planned and delivered their own evening to the Pack with the regular Leaders supporting them.

Our Cub Scouts have also battled the weather and completed a coastal walk from Birnbeck Pier to Uphill under the cover of darkness, which is always exciting from this age group, 8 -10.5 yrs.

In the Scout hall we have looked at world book day and completed a big book swap whilst completing arts and crafts with unwanted books, thank you to Jo Hughes who came in to support us, great to see you back.

Finally, we had an exciting evening doing our bit for Sport Relief raising funds and donating an element of their weekly subs.

Verity Rose our Scout Leader offers: –

“1st Uphill Scouts have had a good start to the year by winning 1st and 2nd place in the Axe district quiz. Picture attached, of the Quiz shield presentation at a campfire, Scouts always doing something constructive and best if it’s outdoors. 

Four of our Scouts completed an expedition over two days, planning and navigating a hike from Pill on the Avon to Woodhouse Park, Thornbury.  The scouts carrying all their equipment and food had a particularly difficult time battling through Storm Dennis.  All this is hugely character building and the sense of accomplishment and enjoyment was clear in their presentations to the Group.

The Prestigious Gold Chief Scouts Award was presented by Assistant District Commissioner and previous Uphill Scout Leader Mike Brooks to Tom Crundwell and Charlie Beal.  This is the highest award a Scout can achieve before becoming an Explorer Scout and we are very proud of both of them.

Other activities this term have included map skills, cooking, a visit to the RNLI and we have an upcoming Golf trip as well as 11 Scouts attending the Avon County Jamboree in May.”

DYB

Mark Matthews

Group Scout Leader, 1st Uphill Scout Group 01934 612461 – 07785 243 990 

National Volunteers Week 2020

National Volunteers Week 2020 runs from 1st – 7th June, and although many of the national events have been cancelled due to the pandemic, we want to take this opportunity to highlight some of the amazing work that local groups undertake and thank volunteers across North Somerset, who are so integral in providing front line support to some of the most vulnerable in our communities.Through the month of June,Voluntary Action North Somerset (VANS)will be posting regular good news stories in the media to help bring to life just some of the activities that volunteers have been involved in over the last year, this includes the vital services provided pre and post Covid-19, alongside some of the stories of heroism that have happened since Covid-19 overtook all our lives.

Voluntary Action North Somerset (VANS)also want to give back to those groups who work so tirelessly to provide these services. In support of this, as part of the North Somerset Together Network, VANS will launch a ‘Go Fund Me’ campaign running through the month of June to raise funds for local voluntary and community groups. This provides the opportunity for members of the community to give something back to volunteers and enable those unfunded groups across North Somerset to continue to provide services to those requiring ongoing support.You can donate through the #VANS Go Fund Me page here: www.gofundme.com/f/giving-back-to-volunteers-across-north-somerset – over half of the money raised will be donated to voluntary and community groups, with the rest contributing to our own facilitated volunteer initiatives.

UPHILLVIEWS SPRING EDITION

 

Rather later than normal the spring edition of the village magazine, Uphillviews has been published and distributed to all households in the village in the hope of providing a little ‘normality’ in the difficult times.

The summer edition is due for publication on 1st September.

VILLAGE SOCIETY SUBSCRIPTIONS 2020

As a result of the current lockdown restrictions the Village Society has suspended the collection of the annual subscription payments. Our work in protecting and enhancing the village however continues as can be seen by the work undertaken to renew the planting around the village. If you are able to make payment of the annual subscription donation (£6 per household) by cheque payable to Uphill Village Society please deliver  to 51 Uphill Road South. Alternatively if you wish to pay by bank transfer please contact treasurer@uphillvillagesociety.org.uk for details.

The AGM of the Society has also had to be postponed until a date to be fixed later this year.

UPHILL ‘VIRTUAL’ ANNUAL SHOW

Flowers, Vegetables, Cakes, Crafts and a little bit more Uphill Village Show. 

After 74 years flowers, vegetables, cooking and crafts continue to be displayed at the Uphill Village Annual Show but this year with a difference!.

Originally organised by the Uphill Horticultural Society the annual Flower Show with entries, at times running into their hundreds brought a splash of colour and interest to the village and was one of the highlights of the village calendar.

In 2014 the Horticultural Society amalgamated with the Uphill Village Society but the show continued and with increased craft and cooking entries it lost the ‘Flower” from its title and became The Annual Village Show” with displays from local schools, exhibition pieces, all making a visit to the Victory Hall in Uphill over the two show days an  interesting and enjoyable event.

This year with the need for social distancing a show in a hall would not be possible but that has not been allowed to stop us. If Chelsea can do it so can Uphill!

The Uphill Village Show has gone VIRTUAL and will be available to enter and see via the village website and Social media pages.

Potential entrants are invites to submit photographs of the items they might otherwise have entered by sending them (in jpg or png format) to photos@uphillvillagesociety.org.uk . If they don’t have access to the internet or don’t have a suitable camera they are invited to ask a friend or neighbour to take them – at a safe distance of course. The Village Society as organisers of the show still want their virtual entries this year and lots of them.

Village Society Chair, Stewart Castle said, “During the period of the lockdown we have not doubt that residents have all been working hard in their gardens and enjoying the fine weather and children in particular will have discovered new found craft skills. So we ask them to check the show schedule (available at www.uphillvillage.org.uk) for ideas but not to worry if what you would like to enter is not there we will be happy to see them anyway.

Remembering the need for  Mental Health Awareness and that positive images can ease anxiety in challenging times we look forward to receiving their photographs and to displaying them on  both the the village website and social media pages. 

Over what would have been the show days themselves, 24 – 26 July we ask them to display their entries in their windows or front gardens for everyone to see as they pass on their daily exercise”.

For further details contact Stewart Castle on 01934 415581

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UPHILL EVENTS

Please note that during these difficult and uncertain times various events in Uphill have been cancelled or postponed including;

LITTER PICK

POP-UP CAFE

MONTHLY MARKET

VILLAGE SOCIETY COMMITTEE MEETINGS

ANNUAL VILLAGE MEETING

VICTORY HALL EVENTS AS NOTIFIED

We wish all residents well and refer them to the Village Society Facebook page for details of help and support needed or on offer.

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