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Dal, Derek Lardner
11/03/2020 By Group Admin

Dal, Derek Lardner, passed away on March 7 after a short illness.

Dal was with 1st Shirley for many years as a Scout Leader with Buckholt and he and his wife, Mary,  had three children who attended the group and were very enthusiastic supporters 

Dal has been an inspiration to many of us over the years in his roles in Solihull as Leader Trainer, ADC, ACC and SAC. Dal gave over 50 years of service to Solihull Scouts and was rightly recognised with the award of the Silver Wolf in 1996. Our thoughts are with his daughter Jackie and the rest of Dal’s family.

 

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Membership Subscriptions
12/03/2020 By Group Admin

CHANGES TO SUBS FROM APRIL 2020

We have recently had a meeting to plan scouting activities and funding for the next year and concluded that despite our best efforts to consciously manage the costs of First Shirley and intrepid ESU, we will need to raise our monthly subs by £2 a month* to £17 for Beavers, Cubs and Scouts and £18 for Intrepid.
We appreciate that we will be asking you to pay more for the time that your child spends at First Shirley and Intrepid. However, we hope that you will agree that this still represents good value for the activities and experiences that your children enjoy while they are with us.
We remain committed to inclusion for all of our members and do not want anyone to miss out on the opportunities that Scouting presents. If the changes to subs collection are likely to cause you any financial hardship, please do contact us in confidence at treasurer@1stshirley.org.uk .
This change will take effect in the April subs collection run (notified on 4th April and collected around 12th April).

* NOTE: Even though the sections do not meet over the Summer, subs will be collected every month of the year so the total annual cost for Beavers, Cubs and Scouts will be £204 and for Intrepid £216.

We will retain a discount for siblings and for children of leaders and adult helpers and this will continue to be managed via an annual refund of subs paid based on our annual membership census
As a charity, we are entitled to claim Gift Aid from all subs payers who are UK taxpayers and who have indicated that they are willing for us to claim Gift Aid on their contributions. This year alone, our Gift Aid application is likely to boost our annual income by more than £4,000, a sum that is invaluable to us if we are to continue to provide the facilities and activities that your children enjoy. If your circumstances have changed since you originally set up your subs direct debit or you are not sure if we have an accurate record of your Gift Aid eligibility and willingness for us to claim on your contributions, please do contact us at treasurer@1stshirley.org.uk.

Kerry Devereux, Group Chair
Tony Fitzgerald, Group Scout Leader
On behalf of the Group Executive Committee - First Shirley Scout Group

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Cliff Thomas
09/10/2019 By Group Admin

Dear Friends of 1st Shirley

 
it is with great sadness that we heard this weekend that one of our previous GSLs at 1st Shirley, Cliff Thomas,  has sadly passed away. 
 
To his sons Paul and Steve (current 1st Shirley leaders) and the whole family  We would like to pass on our condolences from all at 1st Shirley Scout group.
 
RIP Cliff
 
 
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Annual General Meeting
04/07/2019 By Group Admin

Our Annual General Meeting is on 16 July 2019 at our HQ.

meeting starts at 6.30pm and will be followed by a free Barbecue.

See invite here https://www.facebook.com/events/2371310622931956/?ti=ia

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As part of our 100th birthday celebrations, we invited the Mayor of Solihull, Mrs Flo Nash, to unveil a plaque to commemorate the event.


She was piped into the Headquarters by the Shirley Pipe band, was welcomed by our GSL Tony Fitzgerald and took part in a flag break before unveiling the plaque.


The event was attended by Group members, both old and current including 4 previous GSL’s.  Displays from each section of the group plus several items of memorabilia were on display.

fter the unveiling of the plaque a special cake, which included a neckerchief and a copy of our 100th birthday badge both made from icing, was formally cut by the oldest and the youngest member of the Group.

 

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