Thank you very much to everyone who so generously gave us some of their surplus Christmas decorations. They have all been sorted through and put away to ensure a particularly festive and colourful Christmas Fair next year.
Our Scout Group has hit the ground running in 2016. At the end of January, 11 of the Beavers enjoyed a Canada-themed sleepover to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Beavers being a part of the Scout Association. Our leaders team of Erica, Lee, Rachel and Jude were ably supported by four of our young leaders to create a great experience for the young people, many of whom had never stayed away from home before. We played games, made tipis out of canes and newspaper, did some craft activities and tried indoor archery before a bedtime film. Pancakes for breakfast were another highlight. As a result of being assessed during this, Erica has now achieved her Nights Away Permit, so we are thinking about where we go next!
Not to be outdone, six of our Scouts headed off to Freezer Camp at Bradley Wood, as part of the Oldham District contingent. Hawaiian themed, there was lots to enjoy and our Scouts certainly made the most of the facilities, including axe-throwing, climbing, a leap of faith and the Cavebus. The weather certainly lived up to its name, but we all survived the experience, even the leaders, Erica, Matt and Freya and we’re looking forward to doing it again next year.
Our next event is the Great Uppermill Fairtrade Bake Off on March 5th here at Uppermill Methodist Centre. It is a coffee morning with a difference, when you can come along and play your part in judging who is the best Fairtrade baker. And if you fancy yourself as our next star baker, then you can pick up an entry form from the Methodist Centre or download one from the church or 20th Oldham website. There are prizes for the Best Baker (16 or over) Best Junior Baker (under 16) and Best Buyer (the highest proportion of Fairtrade ingredients).