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1st Shiplake Scouts

Scouts logoShiplake Scout Group is part of Thames Chiltern Scout District.   The group has Beaver, Cub and Scout sections catering for boys and girls between the ages of 6 - 14 years old. All sections have a very active programme ranging from playing games in our scout hut in the winter to camping in tents during the summer. 1st Shiplake Scout hut is located opposite Orwells pub.

Contacts: Debs Boughey on 07884 266465 or email kingscommonark at yahoo dot co dot uk

Website: http://www.1stshiplake.org/

Cake Sale 19 October 2019


Article created / last edited: 9 October 2019

Quiz Night 11th October


For more details see here.

Article created / last edited: 6 October 2019

Fire at the Scout Hut

As you may know, the Scout Hut was severely damaged by fire on Monday night. We are awaiting an insurance assessment to see whether a full rebuild is necessary but it is already clear that we are going to need significant additional funds to keep the Scout Group in operation.

We will be planning a series of fund raising events; the first of these is a Quiz Night on 11th October in Dunsden Hall. Further details can be found here. Please reserve the date in your diaries.

Thank you for your support

(on behalf of) Ernie Povey, Group Chairman

Article created / last edited: 4 October 2019

All Ages Community Tea

Article created / last edited: 22 March 2019

Dinton Pastures

1st Shiplake Beavers & Cubs went to Dinton Pastures Monday 25th June. They were there three hours doing Archery & Kata canoeing and then they were offered the chance to jump off the jetty if they were brave enough...... into the lake. Great fun was had by all.

Article created / last edited: 27 June 2018

Scouts help out in water crisis

A burst water main on the A4155 junction with Memorial Ave: & Mill road resulted in Shiplake Cross having no water for several hours for a couple of days at the beginning of June.  Some drinking water was made available and was distributed with the help of the Beavers, Cubs and Scouts.

The community helps the Scouts; the Scouts help the community.

Article created / last edited: 6 June 2018

Shiplake Scout Group supports Cystic Fibrosis appeal

Kaeti Martin, Beavers, Cubs & Scouts presenting Eoin Mac Réamoinn from the Gene Medicine Research Group in Oxford a cheque for £596:60 to help fund their research. In actual fact the total amount raised was £616:80.

For more information please visit the website link below.


Article created / last edited: 4 May 2018

Presentation on Cystic Fibrosis

Please, please come and support 1st Shiplake Scouts at a very special event this Tuesday night (24th April).

Have you heard of "Cystic Fibrosis"? Well we will be having a presentation about this condition at 1st Shiplake Scout Groups HQ on Tuesday 24th April 2018 @ 7:00 p.m. The presentation will be given by a member of the "Gene Medicine Research Group" from the John Radcliffe Hospital. 

Everyone is very welcome to attend and Orwells have kindly made their car park available to us. 

Article created / last edited: 27 April 2018

All Ages Community Tea - Take 2

Article created / last edited: 11 May 2018

Scouts Host Go Cart Event

On May 13th the 1st Shiplake Scout Group once again hosted a homemade go-cart (soap box cart) event at the Scout Hut in the small wood at the back of the hut. 

This competition has been going since 1970, and has mostly been held at Shiplake except when the Shiplake site was too wet and it was held it at Goring Heath`s HQ.
Cubs from Stoke Row, Shiplake, Sonning Common, Goring Heath, Henley, Goring (2 packs) and Benson (first time) took part.
The results were:
1st Stoke Row
2nd Goring
3rd Goring Heath.
Approximately 70 cubs took part. This event is 
one of the most popular in the District calendar.

Article created / last edited: 15 May 2017

Scouts bidding for cash from Tesco Bags of Help

1st Shiplake Scout Group is bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, which sees grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to local community projects.

Three groups in every Tesco region have been shortlisted to receive the cash award and shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant.

1st Shiplake Scout Group is one of the groups on the shortlist.

Any money awarded would go towards repairing the roof of the scout hut.

More here

Article created / last edited: 12 May 2017

Scouts take part in Swimarathom

The Shiplake Dolphins & The Shiplake Sharks participated in the Lions Swimarathon on Saturday 25th March. Between the two teams they raised a massive £759 to be split between the Henley Lions and The Scout group roof fund.

Very well done to all the swimers and a very big thank you for taking part. Thank you also to all the sponsors that backed them.

Article created / last edited: 30 March 2017

Join the Generations Tea Party 2017

The 1st Shiplake Scout groups "Join the Generations Tea Party 2017" was a great sucess again this year with villagers both from Shiplake and Binfield Heath joining in.
This is a fun annual event that brings together all ages of the community. Our young Scouting members entertain and serve afternoon tea to all that attend. This year there were two poetry readings by the Beavers & Cubs the theme being Daffodils. Also there was an award ceremony where badges earned recently were given out to the Beavers, Cubs & Scouts. Games played were a beetle drive and a quiz.
Afternoon tea consisted of fresh sandwiches, crisps, fancy cakes & drinks. There were prizes for the youngest (Orla 3 years old) and oldest guest (Cissy 94 years young).  

Article created / last edited: 15 March 2017

Scouts Receive Generous Donation from Henley Lions

The First Shiplake Scouts have their premises located in Upper Shiplake just on the outskirts of Binfield Heath. They have been campaigning for donations to enable them to repair the roof of their hut, which is leaking badly. They have also identified a number of other needs that would enable them to make their lives more comfortable especially when meeting during the cold winter months. The old wall heaters had failed and they desperately needed replacing together with some automatic taps for the cloakroom facilities to prevent water wastage and flooding. With all their efforts going into fund raising for the roof they felt unable to proceed with the extras. It was at this point that Henley Lions got involved and secured the necessary funds for the heaters and taps. A cheque for £230 was donated to the First Shiplake Scouts on Monday evening 27th February. 

Ernie Povey who is assisting with fundraising on behalf of the scouts group said:
"The 1st Shiplake Scouts Group would like to thank The Lions Club of Henley-on-Thames for their very kind donations of two wall heaters and a pair of non-concussive taps for the toilets."

Article created / last edited: 28 February 2017

Raising the Roof!

The 1st Shiplake Scout Group would like to thank the Henley Round Table for their very generous donation of £1371:00 towards the Scout Hut roof covering replacement.

Beavers, Cubs & Scouts helped Santa and his elves with the collection around Shiplake.

In the group photograph, on the left is Trevor Michel, Chairman of the Henley Round Table, presenting the cheque to Andrew Huyton, Cub Akela. Far right is Debs Boughey, Group Scout Leader for Shiplake, on her right is Kaeti Martin, Beaver Leader. Scouts Matthew & Daisy are holding the flag. Scouts, Cubs and Beavers below.

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Halloween Party at the Baskerville

The Baskerville, Lower Shiplake, held a Children’s Halloween Garden Party again this year - this time to raise money to help the 1st Shiplake Scout Group replace the roof covering on the scout hut.

A fantastic £465 was raised.

Fun, Games and Fancy Dress competition were enjoyed by all. A free burger was supplied with every ticket, expertly cooked on the BBQ by Keith the "Shiplake Butcher". Many thanks to Kate and Kevin Hannah and their staff.

The photograph shows Kate & Kevin with their son Charlie who has just joined the Beavers, and Beaver Leader Kaeti Martin.

Article created / last edited: 9 November 2016

1st Shiplake Scout Group Spook Walk - 3 November

"BE AFRAID, BE VERY AFRAID"  No it's not that scary, honest....

The excitement is mounting ready for the 1st Shiplake Scouts Group Spook Walk on Thursday 3rd November from 6:00pm - 8:00pm. Not only is it a fantastic evening - full of spooky family fun! - it is one of our biggest fundraisers. I am sure you will have seen the posters.

BBQ - Cake & Sweets Table - Glow Sticks - Doughnuts & Apple Bobbing - Taste  Table - Virtual Haircut 

Ticket prices:

  • In advance - Child £4 Adult £6 Family £17
  • On the door - Child £6 Adult £8 Family £20

Please contact Eliza Carpenter to purchase tickets:

Article created / last edited: 27 October 2016

Some history of Shiplake Scouts

King George V granted a Royal Charter of incorporation to the Boy Scout Association in 1912, the year in which the 1st Shiplake Troop was formed. 

District sports were started in 1948. 1st Henley first won these. In 1952, when there were ten Groups in the district (1st Alexandria of the Royal Alexandria School, Bishopswood; 1st Checkendon; 1st Goring Heath; 1st Goring-on-Thames; 1st Harpsden; 1st Henley-on-Thames; 1 st Peppard Common; 1st Rotherfield Greys; 1st Shiplake and 1st Stoke Row) the result of the sports was Henley 16 points, Goring Heath 11 points, and Goring and Shiplake 6 points each. 

At the fourth camp, in 1957 at Goring Heath, Jim Wells, the Scoutmaster of 1st Shiplake, presented a new trophy for a competitive wide game. The Beaver patrol of 1st Henley won the Wells mallet at that camp. 

Taken from http://www.assendonmuseum.co.uk/1st%20Henley%20History.pdf (Caution - large file)

Article created / last edited: 14 September 2016

Were you ever a Scout?

Were you ever a Scout? Have you got any photos? Shiplake Scouts was one of the first groups to be formed in England and the condition of the Scout Hut roof is testament to how many youngsters have enjoyed being part of the Movement. We now need £2,500 to repair the roof, and Andrew Huyton (Cub Leader) is kicking off a fund-rasing campaign this Wednesday (31st August).

The Scout Hut will be open from 6pm to show the work and activities of the current Beavers, Cubs and Scouts and Andrew would like some old photos of past camps and activities. If you have any photos of yourself or your children taking part in Scouting activities please could you bring them along on Wednesday. Light refreshments will be available and you will be able to reminisce about those wonderful wet camps and dodgy cooking. If you feel it is important for children to esperience the great outdoors and would like to support the fund-raiser then you might consider giving a donation.

For more details please contact Andrew on 07881 276692.

Article created / last edited: 27 August 2016