Southampton City Scouts News

Gone Home: Chris Lade

Posted on Sunday, March 15th, 2020

Chris Lade was a member and later Scout Leader at the 11th for a number of years and one of the original Leaders at the very first Summit weekend at Yr Hafod in 1972 after also being a leader in 1969 on the Pennine Way, the start of continuous mountaineering in Southampton West District.

Chris emigrated to Canada about 40 years ago where he married and raised his family but always maintained a keen interest in Southampton Scouting. He will be remembered by many of the older members of the District. Chris sadly died on Saturday 14th March after a long illness, he was 72.


Cancellation of District Camp and St Georges Day Events 2020

Posted on Friday, March 13th, 2020

In light of the developing Coronavirus situation and the significant financial risk to Southampton City Scouts if our event has to be cancelled at short notice by measures out of our control, discussions have taken place with our Executive as to the viability of continuing with District Camp and 2020 and the St Georges Day event 2020. Insurers have issued notification that claims in respect of Coronavirus are unlikely to be covered.

As a consequence of these discussions, we have taken the very difficult decision to cancel District Camp and St Georges Day Events 2020.

We are aware this is extremely disappointing for the 600+ Young People, leaders and volunteers.

Please discuss any concerns you have with your Group Leader or contact the District Team.


Gone Home: Les Grafton (Updated with Funeral Details)

Posted on Sunday, August 4th, 2019

Les Grafton, a member of the Scout Movement for over 60 years has died in hospital on Thursday 1st August. Les was a member of Southampton City District Active Support. Funeral details in due course.

The funeral service of the late Les Grafton will be at the East Chapel, Southampton Crematorium, Bassett Green Road, Southampton,SO16 3QB at 2pm on Tuesday 20th August 2019. Afterwards, everyone is invited to The Atherley Bowling Club, Hill Lane Southampton SO15  5DB. The family have asked for a Uniform Scout Guard of Honour at the Crematorium. I would ask anyone wishing to take part in the Guard of Honour to be in place by 1.45 pm.


Gone Home: Margaret Grafton

Posted on Monday, May 20th, 2019

One of our long term members of Active Support, Margaret Grafton, passed away in her sleep at the weekend. She had been unwell and in care for some time.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Les and his family at this sad time.

Margaret had given over 60 years of service to the Scout Movement.

A Memorial Service/Funeral for Margaret Grafton,will be held at 11 am on Thursday 13th June 2019 at St. James Road Methodist Church, Shirley. The Active Support Unit will be mounting a Guard of Honour at the church. Any uniform members of the district who would like to join the Guard of Honour will be most welcome and should be at the church by 10.45 am.


Double Silver Acorn Awards Presented

Posted on Monday, April 30th, 2018

Well done to George and Thelma on receiving their Silver Acorn awards at St George’s Day


Karen Shillabeer – Gone Home

Posted on Friday, November 24th, 2017

Karen Shillabeer – Gone Home – Friday 24th of November 2017

It’s with great sadness to inform you all that Karen Shillabeer, who was the Beaver Scout Leader at the 29th Immaculata Scout Group for many years during the 2000’s before moving to Falmouth which was her dream, sadly died after a long illness in a hospice in Falmouth on Friday.

Karen continued her Scouting in Falmouth and joined the 6th Falmouth Sea Scouts, when she then moved section to become their Cub Scout Leader, although Karen became KAA instead of Akela.

Karen will now be able to meet up with Ian, her late husband, and our thoughts and prayers are with their children Ashley and Kristian who now find themselves without a Mum or Dad.

Yours in Scouting

Russ Andrews.
29th Immaculata Group Scout Leader.


Cenotaph and Poppies

Posted on Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

Thank you to those of you who joined the parade at the Cenotaph on Sunday morning, especially as it was so cold and breezy. We were a small group but I know our presence was appreciated by the public by the amount of applause we received in the march past.

A special mention for the four Beaver Scouts who joined us. They were so well behaved, and smart and even though they were cold, they did not show it. Thanks also to the Leader and two Scouts from the 9th who laid the wreath on behalf of the Scouts. Well done.

Thank you also everyone who sold poppies in Waitrose on behalf of the British Legion. Members of Active Support, The District Team and the 7th Cubs and the 13th Group members sold poppies Monday to Saturday from 9 am. to 7 pm. each day.

I will circulate the amount collected when British Legion tells me.

Thank you everyone who supported these two important events.

George Longhurst
Active Support


Cenotaph Parade 2017

Posted on Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

Southampton City District has been invited by the Mayor of Southampton, to attend the Remembrance Service at the Cenotaph on Sunday 12th November 2017.

All groups and all sections are invited to attend. I appreciate that some groups, traditionally attend their local church and therefore will not be attending. Can I also remind Leaders of Beavers and younger Cubs, that there is quite a lot of standing, and listening and you may feel that this is not appropriate for your section. For those of you who wish to attend, you should meet in Guildhall Square by 1015hrs.

We are at the rear of the parade and you should muster in the square furthest away from the Guildhall and nearest to Above Bar Street. Everyone should be in smart, full uniform.

Could I remind you all that we are on show to the public as this event is well attended so best behaviour is important and it is not appropriate to carry cups of coffee or cans of drink in the parade.


District Annual General Meeting: 6th of July

Posted on Friday, June 16th, 2017

The Southampton City Scout District Annual General Meeting will be taking place on the 6th of July for a celebration of another great year of “Scouthampton”

Thursday 6th July 2017
29th Scout Group HQ
7.00pm

Refreshments, including some of our Active Support’s legendary cakes will be available


Get involved with the District Exec

Posted on Monday, June 5th, 2017

Would you like to join the District Executive committee, which makes Southampton Scouting work? Nominations are due for membership of the 2017/2018 District Executive Committee.

If you wish to stand please let the District Secretary have your nomination by emailing secretary@southamptoncityscouts.co.uk, along with a proposer and seconder before the District AGM on the 6th July.