21 Oct 2018

The day following the JOTA event started at 7am as the Cubs woke refreshed after a good nights sleep (we must have tired them out). After breakfast we started making and decorating cakes and bus for a fundraising event we were doing later in the day in aid of Macmillam Cancer Support.
After an hours play at Crow Wood Park followed by lunch, the cubs settled down to watch another film before serving tea and cakes to parents and friends, who came to support us. Through all this we raised over …

20 Oct 2018

The annual Jamboree on the Air event; this year a radio station was being set up at Steep Lane Chapel above Sowerby. 18 Cubs and leaders walked from Sowerby Bridge, along the canal to Luddenden Foot, where an hour was spent eating lunch and playing on the park. The sun was shining and the colours of the leaves was breathtaking.

That was the level easy part done, now it was climb up tracks and paths to reach our objective, the view made it all worth while.

At the chapel, members of Calderdale …

23 Sep 2018

An afternoon hike along one of our favourite routes, from Sowerby Bridge to Triangle via the old railway track; a peaceful walk although it can be muddy in wet weather. From Triangle a steep climb up a cobbled track, easy going up, but slippery coming down – we always avoid coming down this way. The track winds up through Longley, occasionally steep at times, before arriving at Moor Bottom Lane by the old Children’s Home.

A climb up through the old quarries before arriving on the moor top. Here is a …

15 Oct 2017

Forthcoming Event
The 85th Scout & Guide Anniversary parade will be held on Sunday, 15th October, with an afternoon event for past Scouts & Guides.
A parade will start from Walton Street at 5.30pm, with a service and renewing of promises at St Paul’s Church, Tower Hill at 6.00pm
All current and past Scouts & Guides, parents and others are invited to attend.

13 May 2017

After the previous years JOTT hike I issued a challenge to our Cubs – walk 10 miles in one day – the “Big Ten”. I had every confidence that they could all do this, but to make it easier we organised a circular walk around Norland Moor, with each circuit being 2½ miles long. This way, if any needed to drop out they could do so at the end of a circuit and we would never be more than a mile from the base.
At the same time we decided to …

23 Apr 2017

Just an afternoon stroll for the Cubs. A walk up Hollas Lane from Sowerby Bridge and then onto Norland Moor via Pickwood Scar. The kids were busy chatting while I was busy puffing and panting!
Time to play on the park for half an hour before we made our way back down the hill via the old Blue Ball pub (now closed and private dwellings). We like this way down because its fast and safe, with only two minor roads to cross. If there is no livestock in the field, the …

15 Oct 2016

Saturday was Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) where Scouts thought the world talk to each other by Amateur Radio. Last year we had our own event at Steep Lane Chapel, but this year we joined Halifax Scouts on their event at Hebden Hey, run by Calderdale Raynet. We met at Sowerby Bridge and caught the train to Hebden Bridge and walked the 2½ miles to Hebden Hey, via the park of course where the Cubs spent a happy half hour playing. This is an annual event for us and a …

29 Jun 2016

Up to a few years ago our annual general meeting was a very low key affair with just leaders present. We always invited parents, but few rarely came.
Now the meetings are packed with parents and church members; how did we do it? The Cubs & Beavers meetings on AGM night are cancelled and the meeting starts at that time; parents who would normally drop their kids off stay, as they would have to come back in an hour anyway. The business part is very quick; the accounts are presented and …

18 May 2016

Tonight was planned by the Yellow Six and they decided that we go down to the woods to build shelters. Each six was tasked with the job of building their own shelter to hold just two Cubs.
This one I judged to be the best, built by the Green Six, it might be a bit on the small side and very cramped for two, but they had managed to get a some leaves on to form a roof – something that no other team managed to do. This one was built …

15 May 2016

This years JOTT (Jamboree on the Trail) hike followed the same theme as previous years. As our Cubs going hiking on a regular basis, a day’s hike is nothing special, so we make it a 2 day hike with an overnight stop somewhere.
This year 13 Cubs, 1 Explorer and 5 leaders, caught the train to Todmorden and climbed up Stoodley Pike – it was a rare day there – there was no wind! We climbed the steps and admired the view before heading off in the direction of Mytholmroyd. A …