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Torbay Scouts Remember

Posted on December 2nd, 2018 by John Harrison

On Remembrance Sunday 2018  Scouts of all ages met to show their respect to the fallen soldiers and animals from previous conflicts, and to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the ending of World War 1.

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Members from the 11th Torbay (Barton) Sea Scouts, together with Beavers, Cubs Scouts and Explorers from the 10th (Babbacombe) and 14th Torbay (St Pauls, Preston) joined with the Royal British Legion and members from other youth based uniformed organisations to Parade on Torquay Seafront to take part in the annual Parade at the Cenotaph in Princess Gardens, Torquay.

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Beavers, Cubs and Scouts from 1st Marldon joined the congregation at St John the Baptist church, Marldon to attend the service of Remembrance. Members of the group took an active part in the Service from reading prayers to assisting with collection and communion. Wreaths were laid by the beavers in the church to remember the fallen soldiers from both World Wars and those that have died in conflict since the second World War.

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1st Stoke Gabriel Scouts paraded with Beavers, Cubs & Scouts to Stoke Gabriel Parish Church. They participated in the Remembrance Service, and laid wreaths at Stoke Gabriel’s War Memorial. 

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On the afternoon of Remembrance Day the 15th Torbay (Belgrave) Scout Group paraded at Torre Churchyard for a service of Remembrance for those from Torquay who gave their lives in conflict.
In the churchyard there are many crosses carrying the names of Torquay men who have no known grave or who were buried at sea or in a foreign land.
Each year at this time they meet, with other uniformed organisations for a simple service, which includes the Last Post and a two minute silence.

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In Paignton, members from the 6th Torbay (Britannia) Sea Scouts joined with other uniformed organisations at the Service of Remembrance at Paignton Parish Church and paraded into Palace Avenue. Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers helped to carry candles to be laid at the War Memorial. There were 224 candles in total each signifies Paignton Soldiers from World War 1

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Beavers, Cubs and Scouts from the 3rd Torbay (Shiphay) took part in  the service of Remembrance at St John the Baptist church, Shiphay.

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Scouts from the 3rd Totnes paraded in the town and took part in the service of Remembrance.

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Paul Bailiss, District Commissioner for Torbay Scouts said

“On this Sundays Remembrance parade I was very pleased to see approximately 300 Scouters from all around the Torbay district, I felt proud to see so many young people giving their time, to give their respects to fallen personnel and animals from previous conflicts, also to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the ending of World War I.

Our young people within Scouting were smartly presented in uniform, well behaved and knowledgeable about why they were there. “

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

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11th Torbay Sea Scouts Remember

Posted on May 27th, 2018 by John Harrison

The 11th Torbay led by Mrs Cheryl Bailiss attended the 75th remembrance service held Sunday 27th May to remember the 24 young lives lost in the bombing of St.Marychurch itself in 1943.

Survivors gathered, shared stories, with the service  readings given by HRH Lord Lieutenant of Devon Mr David Fursdon.

The scouts and Explorers appreciated the service and help out with the refreshments afterwards.


For more information on the Lord Lieutenant of Devon please click here

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Football Crazy Scouts & Explorers

Posted on November 5th, 2017 by John Harrison

Over a weekend in September, the 11th Torbay Scout Troop and Explorers took part in the RN Sea Scouts National Football competition. This is held at HMS Excellent Naval base at Portsmouth, which involves sleeping aboard a type 24 Destroyer, HMS Bristol.

This can be slightly daunting for some Scouts and Explorers, as at 06.30 a call came over the PA system for ‘all hands, all hands’ which means it was time to rise and shine, then they had to form up in columns of three’s and march to the meal mess hall for Breakfast.
The matches were all played on grass pitches, due to the Astro turf pitches were deemed not suitable to play on.

Our Scout team won and lost some of their matches and finally ending up in the semi-finals for the plate competition, first they were winning then the opposing team scored with meant it was a draw. Then both teams scored again resulting in a penalty shootout, luckily, we scored the winning shot and eventually went on to win the Final of the Scout Plate Competition.

The Explorer team set off at a speedy start by winning the first game 3-0. The overall winners from last year came onto the pitch, it was as though we were playing a professional team, as we lost 10-0, but we were not down hearted.
We started the 3rd game only to be beaten 11-0 and so it went and on although we were scoring, so were the other teams beating us by the odd goal.
We rested and planned how could we win the last game. If we could achieve this, then we would automatically be in the Plate Final.
We thankfully won 4-2, and our spark was alight again. Could we achieve what our Scout team had achieved and win the Explorer Plate Final??

Our Explorer team played with all their effort, whenever they passed the ball, took aim it would not stop going into the opposing teams net, this was the team that won the plate competition last year, so they really played to try and hold onto the shield, and become the only team ever to win it in succession.
Our team had other ideas and eventually scored the advantaged goal when the final whistle was blown. We WON.

For more information on joining the 11th Torbay Sea Scout Group please call Paul Bailiss on 07917 453454


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Small Ships Race 2017

Posted on November 5th, 2017 by John Harrison

 11th Torbay Explorer Unit took part in the Small Ships Race in the Solent

Steve Sheppard had once a again got a crew together, and on the Thursday evening we travelled up to the River Hamble to board the boat, called ‘Discovery’, we met the Skipper and the Mates, got kitted out with our wet weather gear and life-jackets, and took our personal gear to the boat. We were split into two watches, Port and Starboard.

For supper we had Hot Dogs and then went to bed. The next day we made our way down the River Hamble into the Solent, where we needed to practice maneuvering the boat around buoys, and sail changes. We then had a competition, one watch against the other watch to see who could change the sail in the fasted time, and the skipper felt it was a draw.

Each Watch also took turns to prepare the meals and wash up while the boat was moving this was a new experience for some of the crew.
We moored up in the Southern Marina of Cowes and then prepared the evening meal.

The next morning everyone had to be up at 06.30, to have breakfast, prepare the boat for racing and to practice our dance routine for the Sail pass on our way to the start line.
Steves daughter, Becky was a crew on a different boat, they won this event, with the crew performing the Rowing Boat song.

The wind was blowing force 5 and getting stronger, We sailed up and down the start line, with the time for starting coming over the radio, 5 minute warning, 2 minute warning, then the cannon fired and we were off, going down wind we hoisted the Jib and Stay sail, we were now having gust of winds up to Force 7, and that was how it stayed for the rest of the day.

As we were racing so we were soon calling out to other crews for water and mast abeam on our approach to the marker buoys, which is all part of the Sailing Rules whilst racing.
On the second buoy we slipped inside an old sailing ship and forced her to give us room, under the rules of course.

After rounding the downwind mark we turned, and then the waves started coming over the bow, we had a slight problem in that one of the sails that we had changed and tied to the guard rail was now being swept overboard, so the first mate Ian and myself, (Terry) ventured to the bow with the boat heeling at 30-35 degrees to retrieve the sail, by the time we had got back to the cockpit it was time for a cup of tea. We came 6th out of 14 boats in our group, but we beat the other boats from the Discovery sailing project.
Here’s to booking a place for next year’s Race.

More photos of the race can be found by visiting the UK Sail Training Facebook page here

Full race results can be found here

This report by Terry Porter ADC Water Activities.

For more information on joining the 11th Torbay Sea Scout Group please call Paul Bailiss on 07917 453454

For more information on Discovery DSP please click here


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