New Colne scout group saves on travel

First published in Pendle Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by

A GROUP of volunteers have started a new scouts group in Colne to stop children having to travel out of town.

All previous scout groups in Colne had closed down and youngsters who wanted to take part were being forced to travel to Trawden or Barnoldswick.

But the four volunteers, two men and two women, who all have children, decided to take action and started their own group.

Laura O’Callaghan, 35, said: “We thought it was unfair that children aged between 10 and a half and 14 were having to travel to take part in the scouts.

“We all have young children who have done things like cubs and beavers before the scouts, so we decided to start our own group.

“None of us have done anything like this before so it is a completely new experience, but it has been brilliant so far.”

The 16th Pendle Sacred Heart Scouts have seven children involved so far, having been going only two months.

They have already been on a camp visit to the Lake District, taken part in the Remembrance Sunday parades and visited Jodrell Bank.

The four volunteers, Laura, Warren Manley, John Clayton and Kirsty Swierkowski are now undergoing training to become full scout leaders.

Laura said: “We have had lots of help from Howard Mitchell, who is scout group leader at St Matthew with Holy Trinity scout group in Burnley, and he has helped us learn the ropes and take sessions.

“As a group we started from scratch and have very little equipment so far, we’ve not had a chance to do any fundraising or anything like that.

“But the most important thing is that there is a scout group in Colne again for young people to attend.”

Anybody interested in getting involved with 16th Pendle Sacred Heart Scouts should call Laura on 07938 179439, Warren on 07803 086090 or John on 07971 378550.

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9:03pm Thu 27 Dec 12

Old Alzheimer says...

Best of luck with 16th Pendle.
Scouting is great for the young ones and helps to prepare them for whatever life throws at them.

My advice, from experience, would be to concentrate on your Troop and Patrols as envisaged by BP.

District and County events can 'get in the way of' basic Troop and Patrol activities.
Best of luck with 16th Pendle. Scouting is great for the young ones and helps to prepare them for whatever life throws at them. My advice, from experience, would be to concentrate on your Troop and Patrols as envisaged by BP. District and County events can 'get in the way of' basic Troop and Patrol activities. Old Alzheimer
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10:36pm Fri 4 Jan 13

Carol831 says...

Well done guys, I am a Beaver Scout Leader in Nottingham who used to live in Colne. It's a well rewarding responsibility but I assure you if you join up to OSM Online Scout Manager it will help you so much. I wouldn't be without mine - best wishes for the future - Carol
Well done guys, I am a Beaver Scout Leader in Nottingham who used to live in Colne. It's a well rewarding responsibility but I assure you if you join up to OSM Online Scout Manager it will help you so much. I wouldn't be without mine - best wishes for the future - Carol Carol831
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