County Chess Competition 2011

We have just been informed by the County that the date for this event, to be held at our school, is now on 27 March and NOT 26 March as previously advised. Parents will be informed of the details separately.

Scout Ski Trip 2011

Details of the annual Scout ski trip which takes place over the February half term have been sent to all Scout and Cub parents. By popular request we are returning to Champoussin in the Portes du Soleil, Switzerland. The ski trip is open to all families within the 8th Hampstead Scout Group and also to their friends. It is not a Scout ski trip, but a family trip that the Scout Leader, Ian Frais, has organised. If you need further details please call Ian (M: 07881 940 389, E: or please look at the dedicated website

Autumn 2010

The first meeting of the Autumn term, for both Cubs and Scouts, will take place on Wednesday 08 September. Please refer to the calendar for the current term's programme.

Cubs 19 May

This week's meeting will be held in the Junior School Hall or Cooper Hall. The theme will be 'Natural Disasters'.

District and County Events in the Spring Term

Our Cubs and Scouts participated in several District events between January and April this year. Where possible, participation in these events count towards gaining the relevant Cub or Scout activity/ challenge badge. The 8th Hampstead Scout Group is part of a District (Camden, City and Islington) and the District is part of a County (Greater London North).

On Saturday 20 March, Charlotte Heather led a group of Cubs in the Craft Competition held at the District Scout HQ in Islington. The 8th Hampstead was one of nine Groups participating. The boys who represented us were Sam Ritblat, William Heather, Joshua Hart, Aaron Rigal, Freddie and William Kernot. There were nine different craft bases set up each with six boys and girls from their Cub group.  The children moved in their sixes every 15 minutes to the next base. The boys had a great time; their favourite base was puppet making and the modelling table.  Examples of other bases were book cover making, writing a poem, writing a story, making an Easter card and painting a picture. 

On Sunday 21 March, eight Cubs represented our Group in the County Chess Competition. The 8th Hampstead won last year and so the competition was held in our District. We entered two teams this year. Tawny Pack was represented by Freddie Newman, Ali Soufraki, Florian Garland-Hoff and Hugo Lloyd-Williams. Black Pack was represented by Jack Perry, Jonathan Routley, Constantine Holle and Jamie Lloyd-Williams. Denise Holle and Mei Ling Routley picked up a new skill that day i.e. how to score a chess match. The Tawny Pack Cubs won first prize (a shield) and Black Pack Cubs won second place. They competed against 11 other teams from Barnet, Southgate, Finchley, as well as other CCI packs.

On Saturday 24 April, our Group took part in the District St George's Day event at Coram Fields. Many Cubs attended with their parents. We ran two activity bases (biscuit decorating and beanbag tossing) which were supervised by Fiona Green, Charlotte Heather, Denise Holle, Simon Milner, Mei Ling Routley and Noga Zivan, with help also from the Scouts. The weather was sunny and everyone agreed it was the perfect family day out.

County Chess Competition – 21 March

We will be sending in two teams to represent the Camden, City and Islington (CCI) District in the County Chess Competition on Sunday 21 March. This will take place at the CCI Scout Hall in Holloway Road, Islington, from 2-5pm. Interested parties should contact Denise Holle (Tawny Pack), who will be coordinating the teams.

County Bowling Competition

Many thanks to the following boys who took part in the recent County Bowling Competition at Hollywood Bowl, North Finchley: Hugo Halford-Harrison, William Heather, Alexander Burke, Sam Stirling, Orlando Strachan, Teddy Crossley, Miles Fenner and Benedict Milner.
All of the boys were on excellent bowling form.  We started the session with blackcurrant squash in the bar and they watched music videos until we started at 3pm. Benedict set up the names on the chart and with the side barriers up, Orlando as the first bowler to start them  off. All the boys tried their best and some of the boys who lacked confidence in bowling very quickly realised they had talent!
After an hour of bowling and unfortunately no strikes the boys played their last 10th round with a final score of 623.  They were all so supportive of one another and truly did 8th Hampstead proud.
Well done to Hugo for coming first and the rest for following him close behind.

Charlotte Heather