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3rd Ashford (St. Matthew’s) Scout Group

The 3rd Ashford (St. Matthews) Scout Group is part of Spelthorne District. We started life in 1959 as a Cub Pack based at St. Matthew's Church hall, with Scouts some time afterwards. In late 1970, planning began for the Group to have it's own HQ. All building work was done by voluntary workers: mums, dads and friends of the group. Contractors were called in only to construct the initial shell of the building. Funds were raised through the Parents and Supporters' Association by jumble sales, fetes and by collecting waste paper and selling it to paper mills. Jaggin Base officially opened on Saturday, 11th November 1972 - 14 months after building work officially began. The base was named in memory of the late vicar of St. Matthew's Church, the Rev. Victor Jaggin, whose two daughters played an important part at the opening weekend.

As a group we have a clear determination that Scouting must be active and fun. To join our Beaver, Cub or Scout sections we require that parents fully support the group in order that we can continue to provide the Scouting experience for the children, this includes attending our social events, helping out with fundraising and where possible taking on a more active role within the group. We have lots of roles to suit everyone given their time and availability. Roles can be anything from fundraising, administration, finance, committee, or becoming a leader or asistant leader. The Group Scout Leader (GSL) looks after the whole of the group and can provide a list of roles that are vacant. We currently have leaders qualified in Camping, Kayaking, Archery and Fencing. If as a parent you are interested in becoming a skills instructor please discuss with the GSL as we may be able to help.

For pictures of activities and recent events please see our Facebook Page.

We are a family friendly group and when young people join us, so do their families. We aim to include parents in as much as possible whether its helping out at weekly meetings, coming along to our annual family camp or just helping out with a bit of DIY at our Headquarters. Many of our adult leaders are also parents!

We aim to make life an adventure for all of our members. If you think you would like to join that adventure, why not get in touch.

Quick information:

Beavers meet on a Monday 18:00 to 19:00.

Cubs meet on a Tuesday 18:30 to 20:30.

Scouts meet on Wednesday 19:30 to 20:45.

Activities: Activities we have, and will be offering include: Camping, Football, Swimming, Archery, Kayaking and much more.

We operate equal opportunities policy and all are welcome. There is a regular subscription that covers our operating costs and the operation of the Scout Association. We do not make a profit and all Leaders and Helpers in the group are volunteers. Out of pocket expenses are reimbursed.

We follow the rules and regulations of the Scout Association, as part of this all the leaders and helpers are required to complete an enhanced criminal records check. We also ask all parents to complete this check.

We are a uniformed organisation. Each group has its own scarf colours ours is Half red and Half white .

If you have any questions or can offer us any assistance we will be pleased to hear from you.

How to Find us:

We are located at the end of Ford Close in Ashford. When approaching from the A308, take the road towards Ashford and then the first or second road on the right. When approaching from Ashford Town Centre come along Fordbridge road from the War memorial towards Staines and take the second or third turning on your left past the garage. Travel to the end of this road alongside the A308 to your right . At the end of the road are 3 concrete bollards and a gate, this is our main entrance.

If you have any questions or can offer us any assistance we will be pleased to hear from you, please use the contact details

Email: gsl@3rdashfordscoutgroup.org.uk

Web site: http://www.surreycommunity.info/3rdashford/