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The Spur

The Spur

October 2017

The Newsletter of Torbay Scouts       Est. 1953

(Registered Charity No: 1027059)

“It’s a Knockout”
District Scout Section Competition
& Fancy Dress

Sunday 15th October 2017
Watcombe District HQ & Campsite
From 9am to 4pm
Cost: £2 per scout

For more information please contact
Nicki Spalding, ADC Scouts

Closing date for entries – 5th October 2017




Leaders Workshops

I will be holding Leader’s workshop on the last Saturday of every month (unless notified otherwise in the spur) between 10a.m. and 12 noon, I will be there if anyone has any questions regarding training, the new management and Leadership training or if you need training modules validated please feel free to drop in.

Dates arranged so far are:
October 21st 2017
December 2nd 2017 (Please note change of date)
If you cannot make any of the Planned Saturday mornings please let me know and I will arrange another date and time to see you

Modules 1, 2 & 3 training evenings

Do you need to complete your getting started modules? if the answer is yes then the next courses available to you are Module 1 on the 12th October 2017 and Module 3 on the 19th October 2017 both evenings will run between 7 – 9pm at Teignbridge District HQ.
Module 1 – 12th October 2017
Module 3 – 19th October 2017

On both of the above dates there will be training advisors there if you need to complete module 2 (personal learning plan) or validate any other modules
To book a place Email:
Please note you have 5 months from your appointment to complete getting started modules

Mandatory Ongoing Learning

The Mandatory Ongoing Learning consists of an up to date:
First Aid certificate (Valid for 3 years)
Safeguarding (Valid for 5 years)
Safety (Valid for 5 years)
It is important to make sure yours are all up to date


For those of you that need to complete or update your mandatory Safeguarding course the next course will be held at Bovey Tracy Scout Headquarters on Wednesday 22nd November 2017 starting at 7.30p.m.
If you have done or do the online e-Learning It has been recommended that you attend a face to face course within the year of completing the online course.
To book a place email:


Don’t forget, your Mandatory Ongoing Learning needs.
You need a Valid Safety certificate, – – send me a copy for validation and to update compass.

Contact Simon squires or myself for all things ‘Scout training’ on the email addresses below.
Please note that my blueyonder email is being phased out and will not be monitored on a regular basis

Make Your Mark 2017

During September, the Scouts of 1st Marldon took part in the
‘National Make Your Mark Campaign’.
Make Your Mark gives a unique opportunity to reach out to young people who go on to become opinion formers and leaders of the future.
Joining with over 900,000 young people from every corner of the country, the Scouts helped to take part in the UKs largest youth consultation.

Following a presentation of his work at the Youth Parliament, Jack Horder, visited the Scouts and discussed the topics that were to be voted on. Ten Subjects were discussed ranging from voting for young people from16 years old
through to Mental Health services and protection for LGBT+ people.

At the end of the evening Jack, himself an Explorer from Newton Abbot said, “It was great to see the Scouts fully engaged and discussing the topics as a group”.

The ballot will decide what Members of the UK Youth Parliament should debate and vote on to be their campaign for in 2018. The debate will take place in November 2017 within the House of Commons.


The Scout Shop                                                                      

For all your terms badges, neckers and uniform the Scout shop  is open, term time inc half term, on Saturday mornings from. 10-00am – 12.00 noon
Thank you,
Becky Fuller, Scout Shop Manager


Polite Reminder:-

For all local Scout Groups – If you wish to use any of the campsite facilities on your section evenings, can you please ensure that a booking is made via email to:
This email address is to be used for all camping availability enquiries.
Thank You

Wendy Williams, Centre Booking Manager


Footnote from the Editor

Closing date for contributions to the November 2017

Issue of The Spur is Thursday October 26th 2017

Contributions should be e-mailed in Word please to: or can be posted to

David Johnson, 11, Boundary Road Chelston, Torquay. TQ2 6LR or by telephone (evenings 8 to 9.30) on 01803 605417

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