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MP Visits Birkenhead Scouts
25/10/2019 By Matt Jones

Frank Field MP visits 9th Birkenhead to see how we Prepare Better Futures

MP for Birkenhead Frank Field visited our newest Scout Troop at the 9th Birkenhead who have only been meeting for 1 term to talk to Young People and Adult Volunteers about what he gets invovled with being an MP and answering some great questions about Brexit and the future for Britain after life in the EU.

Matt Jones, District Commissioner, attended the Troop night and said "We know that in The Scouts we teach Young People key Skills For Life and part of this means that our Young People are 26% more likely to vote in a general election. This means that by giving our Scouts the chance to meet and engage with Members of Parliment they can have a real influence in the future of our Country and can help inspire the next generation of voters and maybe even MPs!"

Matt continued to say that "Scouts from the Troop were able to engage and ask difficult questions about the process of leaving the EU and how Parliment works in association with our Monarchy to govern the UK. Frank seemed incrediby impressed with the excellent knowledge and interrogation questioning skills of the Scouts in the Troop."

78% of Scouts said that becasue of thier experiecnes with us they felt a greater sense of responsibility to their local community which is another great reason for us to engage with local MPs and Councillors to help shape Communities across Birkenhead and the Wirral. 

At Birkenhead Scouts we really do Change Lives and Change Communities. 

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Volunteer Week Thank You
09/06/2019 By Matt Jones

Thank You to all our Volunteers this Volunteer Week!


Today marks the end of another Volunteer Week and we would just like to say a very simple, Thank You to all the Volunteers that Prepare Better Futures by Delivering Skills For Life in Birkenhead. 

Matt Jones, District Commissioner, said “Without the passion and dedication of a huge number of Volunteers we simply wouldn’t be able to deliver key Skills For Life to over 500 Young People! The difference we make to their lives week in week out is phenomenal and I’m humbled by the amount of adults that so generously donate their time and effort to all these Young People. So from the very bottom of my heart, Thank You.”

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Birkenhead Ansar - Eid Mubarak
09/06/2019 By Matt Jones

Birkenhead Ansar host their first Eid Mubarak which was an amazing success!

Birkenhead Ansar hosted their first Eid Mubarak on Friday which was attended by groups from across Birkenhead Scouts. 

Guests were able to take part in Archery, Team Building games and a Picnic and Birkenhead Ansar are very much looking forward to the next event in 2020! 

Nisbah Hussain, Regional Commissioner, said on Facebook “[it’s] always wonderful to see how Scouting brings the whole community together”. 

Matt Jones, District Commissioner, said that “events like this are a fantastic opportunity to showcase our Scout values as well as showing that we are a truly inclusive movement. It’s great to see social events like this where Adult Volunteers from across the District come together and have fun as well as  Young People from different Groups working together and learning new Skills for Life”. 

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Beavers loose at Chester Zoo
09/06/2019 By Matt Jones

Beavers Annual day trip took them to Chester Zoo! 

Beavers were loose at a Chester Zoo this weekend! Beavers from across Birkenhead Scouts went to Chester Zoo this weekend on their sleepover. 

Beavers were able to visit Chester Zoo to find out how they’re Preventing Extinction across the Globe! We know that it’s important to conserve our living world but we know that it’s even more important now than ever before! 

Our Beavers also learnt about prehistoric #Predators that once walked the Earth and had a great talk from one of the Zoo Rangers, Alex. 

Matt Jones, District Commissioner, said “Baden-Powell once said that we should leave the world a little better than we found it. We don’t always manage to do this but little steps do really change the world. We should always try our best to leave the world a little better and help Prevent Extinction!” 

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Service of Remembrance for Mr John Bethell
05/04/2018 By John Bridgwater

Report on The Service of Remembrance for Mr John Bethell. Held at St Stephen’s Church, Prenton on 18th March 2018

Mr John Bethell was a 15 year old scout at the 65th Birkenhead Troop now known at the 265th.
On a night of very heavy bombing 13th/14th March 1941, he was working as a volunteer messenger boy as did many thousands of scouts during the Second World War. On the night a house in the Oxton area of Birkenhead took a direct hit as John and his two Fire Wardens where in the road out side. The blast from the bomb blow them through the air across the road, John got up and ran into the burning house ignoring the Fire Wardens not to go. He did and brought out two old ladies from the kitchen, having got them to safety the house behind them collapsed in on its self.
For his bravery John was awarded the highest honour in scouting The Bronze Medal equivalent to The Victoria Cross.
He was then chosen from Boy Scouts country wide to represent Great Britain to travel throughout Canada and the United States of America lecturing and broadcast on what it was like to be bombed night after night in London, Glasgow, Southampton and Merseyside. For three months they traveled before coming home and being met by the then Deputy Prime minister they then spend a further two weeks continuing their tour through the British Isles.
At the age of 18 John was called up and joined the Signals Regiment and saw service in Italy and the Far East, after the war he stayed on to help set up the telegraph with the Burmese and India staff.
John then transferred and worked the test of his life for NATO. Living between France and the UK till his passing in April 2017 aged 91.
In this Will he left his Medals the Scout Group he had joined as a lad and at the Service of Remembrance it was fitting the his good friend Commander John M Bingeman and his wife Jane brought his Memorabilia to the service.
The Scout Group where honoured to have The Deputy Lord Lieutenant Dr N Jedynakiewicz present the Medals to the 265th received into safe keeping by the Group Scout Leader Mr John Bridgwater.
Also in attendance where the Deputy Mayor of Wirral, Councillor Geoffrey Watt, and his wife, there was also County and District Scout representatives.

The service was a fitting way to celebrate John's life and we took the opportunity to have the Deputy Lord Lieutenant present a Scout Bravery Award to one of our own Cub Scouts Lachlan from our Chief Scout, Bear Grylls for his Bravery in recognition of Lachlan's calm and mature response when his Father suffered a cardiac arrest.
The 265th Group would like to thank the Lord Lieutenant for allowing his Deputy to attend our service.

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