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1st Ince and Elton Scouts calls out for votes to bag a share of bag fund

October 7, 2017 15:21 | Posted by | No Comments

1st Ince and Elton Scout Group is bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, which sees grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 – raised from carrier bag sales in Tesco stores – being awarded to local community projects.

Three groups in every Tesco region have been shortlisted to receive the cash award and shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant.

1st Ince and Elton Scout Group is one of the groups on the shortlist.

Our Scout Hut is in a serious state of disrepair and is in urgent need of serious renovation to bring the building up to an acceptable level.

Money raised from recent fundraisers has allowed us to get work started on the big renovation, however we don’t have enough to get all the work done in one go.

Through the Tesco Bags of Help initiative, we hope to raise funds to replace our existing doors with Fire Doors to ensure our Scout Hut meets current building regulations.

Vicki Serna, Secretary and Assistant Cub Scout Leader of 1st Ince and Elton Scout Group, said:

“We were over the moon when we found out that we had been shortlisted by the Tesco Bags of Help initiative. We have a lot of vital work to do and a donation from Tesco Bags of Help will make all the difference to our plans to create a safe place for Ince and Elton’s young people.”

“Without the renovations, our Scout Hut would have soon become unusable. However, with some hard work and the support of funders like Tesco Bags of Help, we should soon have a fabulous space in which to support the young people’s activities.”

Voting is open in all Tesco stores throughout November and December. Customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop.

Tesco’s Bags of Help project has already delivered over £36 million to nearly 8,000 projects up and down the UK. Tesco customers get the chance to vote for three different groups every time they shop. Every other month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions will be awarded funding.

Alec Brown, Head of Community at Tesco, said:

“We are absolutely delighted to open the voting for November and December. There are some fantastic projects on the shortlists and we can’t wait to see these come to life in hundreds of communities.”

Groundwork’s National Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said:

“We’ve been thrilled to see the diversity of projects that have applied for funding, ranging from outdoor classrooms, sports facilities, community gardens, play areas and everything in between.

“We’re looking forward to learning the results of the customer vote and then supporting each group to bring their project to life.”

Funding is available to community groups and charities looking to fund local projects that bring benefits to communities. Anyone can nominate a project and organisations can apply online. To find out more visit



  • The Bags of Help initiative is supported by money raised from carrier bag sales in Tesco stores.
  • So far Bags of Help has awarded £36 million to nearly 8,000 community projects.
  • For more information please visit:
  • 1st Ince and Elton Scout Group was founded in 1949 and is part of the Mersey Weaver District within the UK Scout County of Cheshire.
  • 1st Ince and Elton Scout Group provides Scouting adventures to young people between the ages of 6 and 14 in Elton and surrounding areas (including Ince, Thornton-le-moors and Hapsford).
  • 1st Ince and Elton Scout Group launched their ‘Help Our Hut’ campaign on 14th September 2017.

Macmillan Coffee Evening – Thank You!!

September 26, 2017 22:31 | Posted by | No Comments

We’d just like to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who turned up to support our Macmillan Coffee Evening at Elton Community Centre this evening.

Your support and generosity has helped us raise a whopping £317, all of which will be going to Macmillan Cancer Support.

Thanks to you, Macmillan can make even more of a difference for people facing cancer. Who knew a bit of cake could do so much good?

We’re launching our ‘Help Our Hut!’ campaign!

September 14, 2017 22:11 | Posted by | No Comments

Today, we’re launching our most ambitious fundraising campaign – Help Our Hut!

Our Scout Hut is in a serious state of disrepair and is in urgent need of serious renovation to bring the building up to an acceptable level. Money raised from recent fundraisers has allowed us to get work started on the big renovation, however we don’t have enough to get all the work done in one go.

With the funds that we have raised so far, we can only pay the builders for work on a piece by piece basis, of which we have thankfully found a builder willing to help us.

We will soon be launching a ‘crowdfunding’ campaign in an effort to help us raise much needed founds for our hut.

If you would like to find out more information about our most ambitious fundraiser, please visit our dedicated ‘Help Our Hut!‘ campaign page.

We’re looking for a Group Chairman!

August 22, 2017 22:22 | Posted by | No Comments

After our long standing and much loved Chairman stepped down from his position, we have being trying hard to fill his shoes. We have a new willing and able committee who are doing great things for the Scout Group, however the position of Chair person remains vacant.

If you would like to get involved in Scouting and Volunteering, have been a member before or would like to offer your skills to the group then please get in touch to find out more about what is involved.

A DBS check would be essential and there is plenty of training and support available to the right candidate.

If you’d like to see what’s involved, or would like to express your interest in the role, please click here.

1st Ince and Elton Scout Group AGM 2017

May 2, 2017 23:04 | Posted by | No Comments

Dear Parents/Carers,

You are invited to the Scout Group AGM on 11th May 2017 at 7pm for a 7.15pm prompt start at the Scout HQ. This year there is a different format and the meeting will not take up too much of your time. As always,  it is essential that we have as many people there as possible in order to satisfy the charitable part of our commitments.

The young people will also be receiving some awards from their sections to celebrate their achievements this year, which is always special for parents and the young people alike.

At this meeting we will also be looking to appoint new positions on the executive committee which is vital to the continued running of the groups and requires your witness and votes.

As a result of needing to hold the AGM early this year, there will be a summer fun event organised later in July for all sections and parents.

We thank you for your continued support and look forward to seeing you there.


Vicki. Serna (Committee Secretary)
On behalf of the Scout Group & Committee

Plant Sale 2017

March 8, 2017 20:55 | Posted by | No Comments

With spring just around the corner many people will be thinking about getting out in the garden again – with that in mind, we’re pleased to announce our 2017 Plant Sale.

This is our third year selling bedding plants, and after the success of the first two years – it acts as one of our main fundraising activities of the year. The money raised helps to maintain our building, replace and repair kit and also help keep the cost of the subscriptions down. It’s organised and run entirely by volunteers, so if you think you can help as part of our team – please get in touch!

Order forms are already on their way out to our previous customers, so look out for the order form coming through the door soon. We’re also aiming to drop order forms through doors in Ince and Thornton-le-Moors this year too.

Order forms will be collected by members of the Scout Group between 20th March and 10th April 2017.

Haven’t received an order form?

You can still order plants! All you need to do is print off the order form (below), pick the bedding plants you want and drop an email to the Plant Sale Team (, where we’ll arrange to come and collect your completed order form and payment.

When will the plants be available?

Plants will be delivered to your door on Saturday 13th May 2017.

All orders are Payment on Order.  We accept cash or cheques made payable to 1st Ince and Elton Scout Group

Order Form

Plant Sale 2017 Order Form

Merry Christmas

December 24, 2016 18:28 | Posted by | No Comments

As another fun filled year of Scouting across all 3 sections draws to a close, we’d just like to take the opportunity to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and an adventurous New Year!

It’s been an incredibly action packed year, involving:

  • A number of teams of Scouts competing in the 50th Cheshire Hike.
  • A group camp hosted at a very soggy Dunham Massey Scout Camp.
  • The Beavers section celebrating their 30th Birthday.
  • The Cubs section celebrating their 100th Birthday (a year long celebration known as Cubs100).
  • The whole group reaching 10 years of continued growth.
  • Hosting our very first Macmillan Coffee Evening in support of Macmillan Cancer Support.
  • The 6th year of our ever growing Bonfire and Firework Spectacular.

We look forward to seeing you all again in 2017. Return dates for each section will be posted in due course.

Our first Newsletter!

November 20, 2016 16:30 | Posted by | No Comments

On Friday night, the Scouts were tasked with putting together a newsletter that we could hand out to Parents/Publish online.

So in three small teams, the Scouts went away and produced a number of articles for our very first newsletter. Scouts were invited to write about things they had already done in Scouting, things that are coming up and also to think about what’s involved with being a Scout Leader.

This simple activity has allowed the Scouts to reflect on some of the activities they have taken part in this year, and has also allowed them to tick a load of work off across several badges (including Communicator, Creative Challenge, Teamwork Challenge, Writer and Media Relations and Marketing).

Without further ado, here’s the result of the Scout’s work (click the button below to open, requires Adobe Reader to view).

Download Newsletter - 1st Edition PDF

Search and Rescue Activity

September 24, 2016 12:59 | Posted by | No Comments

cqzc2plwyaazl4zOn 19th and 20th August, nine of our Scouts took part in a District held ‘Search and Rescue Activity’. Here’s what two of those Scouts – Cody and Josh, had to say about it.

When we got to Forest Camp, we carried our equipment to the I.C.C. (Incident Control Centre), where we were given a briefing and GPS unit. We were then told to search a sector of the forest for possible casualties.

Josh – We were very tired, but it was a fun experience.

We found the casualty, which we had to report to the I.C.C. – we also used basic First Aid to like checking the pulse and airways. We had to set up an emergency shelter, where we could keep the casualty sheltered and to also set up a sleeping area (some of us didn’t get much sleep).

cqzdjkcwcaantj3We then radioed in to the I.C.C., where they arranged an air supply drop from a ‘helicopter’ – once the supplies had been dropped, we used a GPS to find them and bring them back to the base. Using the supplies, we were able to treat the casualty and also feed ourselves.

After receiving the supplies and attending to the casualty, we were instructed to radio in to the I.C.C. at a set time every hour. In the morning, we had to pack up base and take our equipment and the casualty to the I.C.C.

Cody – Very tiring, but it felt real. Will definitely go again!

New Term Start Dates

September 6, 2016 22:47 | Posted by | No Comments

We hope everyone has enjoyed their summer break? As a new academic year starts, so does an exciting year of Scouting!

For your information, here are the start dates of the new term for each section:

  • Beavers – Tuesday 13th September
  • Cubs – Thursday 8th September
  • Scouts – Friday 16th September

REMINDER – There is a joint Beavers/Cubs/Scout activity (albeit at staggered times) at Moel Famau on Sunday 11th September. Information for this activity should have come out from section leaders before/during the summer break – however there is an attendance limitation on this event for permit reasons. If your child is confirmed as attending this event, please check with your section leaders for relevant/upto date information.