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The Spur

The Spur

December 2017

The Newsletter of Torbay Scouts       Est. 1953

(Registered Charity No: 1027059)


Sandra and I would like to wish all of you a very joyful Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year. Whilst you are opening your presents and enjoying the festive season please remember what we are really celebrating at this time, the birth of Jesus Christ who came among us to be our saviour.
Remember also those who for whatever reasons will not be able to enjoy this festive time.
God Bless You All.


* I would like the opportunity to tell you about our brilliant circus activities days and shows. “Circus into Schools” has over 20 years’ experience of entertaining children and teaching circus skills. We are inspiring and run fantastic activities for young people. We taught circus skills to over 4,500 children last year in Schools, at cub, brownie, guides and scout camps, festivals, fetes and fairs.

* We put on excellent circus activity days.
* All our workshop leaders and acts are fully insured, DBS checked.
* Please see our website for full details;
* Hurry if you would like to book us this Winter or Spring season as we are booking up fast!

Many thanks for taking the time to read this!

Steve Eldridge – Administrator, can be contacted at Telephone :01822 854143. Mobile: 07970 590753.





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:
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 

Please note you have 5 months from your appointment date to complete the getting started modules
Modules 1 and 3  can be done online and module 2 can be done via a workbook. Links can be found on the Online Learning Page


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:


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, links can be found on the Leaders Online Training page

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

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 December 2017

Issue of The Spur is Saturday November 25th 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

To view past editions of “The Spur” in the archive please click here 


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