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THE 2010s  Page last updated 04/10/2016

2010 Scout HQ in the snow2010

At the beginning of the year, the committee and leaders were as follows...

Committee: Group Scout Leader - Sue Greenwood, Old Witney Road, Eynsham, Committee Chair - Ken Johnston, Cassington, Committee Secretary - Emma Hansen, Barnard Gate, Treasurer - Steve Hick, Lynton Lane, Cassington, Assistant Group Scout Leader - Trevor Winstone, High Street, Eynsham, Hall Bookings Secretary - Rosie Johnston, Cassington

Beaver Scouts - Mondays 17.30-18.30: Beaver Parent Leader - Peter Turtow, Clover Place, Eynsham, Beaver Parent Leader - Catherine Baker, Witney Road, Eynsham, Beaver Parent Leader - Olivia Pierpoint, Hanborough Close, Eynsham, Assistant Beaver Leader - Jessica Greenwood, Wood Green, Witney.

Eagle Cub Pack - Thursdays 19.00-21.00: Cub Leader - Rose Green, Beech Road, Eynsham, Assistant Cub Leader - Simon Howe, Spareacre Lane, Eynsham, Carolyn Madden, Willow Brook, Stanton Harcourt. Cub Scout Helper - Simon Harbour, Shakespeare Road, Eynsham.

"Pinkhill" Scout Troop - Mondays 19.15-21.00: Scout Leader Kersty Dare, Barrett Close, Witney, Assistant Scout Leader - Barry Stiles, Causeway, Banbury, Assistant Scout Leader - Peter Wilkinson, Maron Close, Cassington. Sadly due to falling numbers through only one cub pack feeding the Scout Troops, Pinkhill Troop had to close in March and pool resources.

Click picture for slideshow"Swinford" Scout Troop - Fridays 19.00-21.00 : Scout Leader - Paul Stokes, Ashcombe Close, Witney, Assistant Scout Leader - Alan Lawrence, Park Road, Witney, Assistant Scout Leader - Elizabeth Evans, Pine Rise, Witney.

Evenlode District Explorer Scouts - Wednesday 19.00-21.00. Leader Sarah Joiner - Abelwood Road, Long Hanborough.

The FOES annual dinner was held in the Talbot Inn where a good meal and a natter was had by all, rounded off by Paul and Steve's review of the year and fun presentation! See Slideshow on right. Also there are pictures from the ex-Eynsham Venture Scouts Annual Walk around Swanage in October 2010. They stayed in a hotel on the sea front and did a couple of walks on the Saturday to Corfe via a steam train ride, and on the Sunday over the headland towards Poole.

Following a survey of members in the summer, The 2010 reunion format was modified to suit the majority of those wishing to attend whilst keeping the traditions of the evening. The event was moved back into Eynsham and held in the Scout HQ in Back Lane with outside caterers from the Otmoor WI who provided an excellent 4 course meal. 41 people attended and were treated to speeches in between courses, chaired by Andy Wotherspoon who explained the background to the event, from Derek Parker who gave us some memories of 'Boss' Perkins, Steven Batts told us what the Friends of Eynsham Scouts support network were doing (plus a few jokes), and Sue Greenwood brought us up to date with the current group's activities. After the meal, Mark Watson read the apologies and we remembered absent friends. He then launched the Eynsham Scouts Archive website that he had been working on where photos, documents, videos and memories of the group can be shared with others. Donations were then collected on the original big bass drum whilst a CD of the fife and drum band (as there are no longer enough members to perform live) was played. There then followed an informal session of chatting with friends old and new, a look at the website and a slideshow, washed down with a few drinks! Click the slideshow on the right to see pictures of the evening.
2011

Click here to see the 2011 slideshowOver the weekend of 13th-15th of May, cubs from all over Oxfordshire attended a county wide cub camp at Blenheim Palace. FOES members were there too doing some cooking and you can see pictures from the event in the 2011 slideshow, just click on the photo here on the right.

Also on the slide show are copies of some of the photo boards in the scout hall from the various sections which give an idea of what they have been doing in the last year. We've also been given details of the section reports from the AGM and hope to get them on the site before too long. If you have your sections report available to email, please send it to us so we can post it here quicker.

The slideshow also shows pictures of the annual FOES meal which was held at the Talbot Inn on 26th February, including some of the tongue-in-cheek yearly review presentations and mock photos in Paul and Steve's FOES News report. Plus we've added some photos sent to us by Anthony Batts of the annual ex-Eynsham Venture Scouts walking weekend which in 2011 was around the National Trust village of Lacock.

The 2011 reunion for past and present members of the Eynsham Scout Group was held at the Eynsham Scout H.Q. in Back Lane on Friday 18th March where a three course meal including a glass of wine, cheese and biscuits, and drinks were enjoyed by 42 people.  You can see pictures of the event, also known as Boss's Night, on the slideshow by clicking the picture on the right.

Following the format of previous years, there were short speeches between courses. Andy Wotherspoon welcomed everyone and lead us in a short silence to remember all past Eynsham Scouts. Mark Watson read the apologies and appealed for more memorabilia for this website. Derek Parker told us a few stores of the early days of Scouting in Eynsham, including the band leader Boss Perkins. A presentation was made to Derek's wife Jean for all her work for the group over the years and supporting Derek with his many scouting activities. Steve Batts gave a report on the Friends of Eynsham Scouts group support and social activities over the past year and Trevor Winstone brought us up to date on the things the various sections of the group had been up to. We then played a recording of the Eynsham Fife and Drum band in thanks for all those who played such an important part in the groups history, and a collection was made on the big bass drum to assist with keeping the costs down for next years event. Thanks to the collections on the drum last year, we were able to offer the meal for a reduced cost to those aged 60 and over at £15 each, the full cost was £18 for all others. Again an excellent meal was provided by Otmoor W.I. Catering and afterwards there was plenty of time for chatting, drinking and sharing memories, with a slide show of old photos.

2012

Click the picture to see more pictures of FOES events in 2012.Some pictures of some of the FOES events that have happened so far this year are on the right. They include the annual FOES walk in January, the FOES meal at the Talbot in February, the Reunion held at the Scout HQ in March including some of the memorabilia on show, a wet Eynsham carnival parade in July, and a sunny evening at The Jolly Sportsman playing Aunt Sally. Also, congratulations to former Eynsham Scout Ian Fowler who got to carry the Olympic Torch in Cowley. He's a member of the Eynsham Road Runners club and took the torch down to their meeting at the Talbot where some FOES also managed to get in on the act!  Thanks to Anthony Batts, we've also added some photos from the annual ex-Ventures Walk which was in October 2012 around Poole where they walked around the harbour, across the ferry to the beach and then back up to Corfe where we got the bus back to Poole.

The Eynsham Scouting Reunion or Bosses Night as its also known, was held on Friday 30th March 2012. The annual event is open to all who have attended in the past, uniformed members of Eynsham Scouting, past and present, aged 18 years and over, plus invited guests who have supported Scouting in Eynsham. You do not have to be invited in order to attend. If you or anyone you know are not on our mailing list, meet these criteria, and would like to attend next years event, please email Mark, the more the better.

40 people attended the evening which followed roughly the same format as last year but we did not have a formal table plan so members could sit where and with whom you wanted. It was a chance to catch up with old friends and share memories whilst having a three course meal. The cost was £20 with a £2 discount for over 60's and included a choice of starters, 3 main course options (including a glass of wine or juice), choice of deserts with cheese and biscuits and tea or coffee and mints to follow. In between courses there were speeches by Andy Wotherspoon who welcomed all and lead the grace and silence. Mark Watson gave the apologies and Archive Website report. Steve Batts gave a report on F.O.E.S. activities in the past year and Rose Green told us about the groups events and achievements. The District Commissioner Chris Brocker presented Andy Wotherspoon and Sue Greenwood with a special award in recognition for all their hard work and dedication to Eynsham Scouting. There were also short additional speeches by John Peachey, Ian Keeley and Marline Turner. After, there was more time to chat and share memories and photographs. It was held in the Scout Hall in Back Lane with thanks to the Scouts for giving up their normal meeting for us. There is no alcohol licence for the hall so people took their own or joined Paul Tweney's real ale club.

Sad news that we lost two former Eynsham Scouts in this year. Mike Batts passed away peacefully in his sleep on 22nd August 2012. He had been involved in Eynsham Scouting for most of his life. As a boy he really enjoyed scouting and was part of Boss's Fife and Drum Band. When his own boys joined, he became an active parent getting involved in the committee and many other village organisations including being Eynsham Carnival Chairman for many years. As a Civil Engineer at the Rover Car Plant, he was well equipped to help maintain and improve the old pre-fab scout hut and was instrumental in designing and building the new headquarters. He was on both the executive committee and reunion committee and will be sadly missed by all those who knew him. Our condolences and thoughts go out to his family. His funeral took place on 30th August at a packed St Leonards Church in Eynsham followed by a gathering of friends and family at the Scout HQ. Also, Steve Burke died on 7th February after a short illness. His son Sean posted a notice in the Co-op saying how much Steve enjoyed his time in Scouts and meeting up with his friends at the Reunions. His funeral was on Wednesday 22nd February at St Peters Roman Catholic Church in Eynsham at 11am followed by drinks in the back room of the White Hart.

CAN YOU ADD TO THE ARCHIVE?    Email: MarkW @ (no spaces) Eynsham Scouts Archive .org .uk

Have you got any photos, videos, documents or memories you could let us have? Are you able to add any more details to what's already here like first names, more people, places visited, things you did, dates, etc? Do you think we've got something wrong and can correct the information we've been given?  Any information you can give us by email would be appreciated or if you can't send it electronically, we can arrange to copy your items or record your memories.

 

2013

Sadly we lost two old Eynsham Scouts at the beginning of the year.

Keith Green passed away following his long illness with a rare vascular disease called Corticobasal Degeneration (similar to Motor Neurone and Parkinsonís disease). He was a well known character in the village singing and playing the squeeze box in the Morris Men, being part of the Eynsham family business of Greens Funeral Directors and having been an Eynsham Scout, was a keen scouting supporter and regular attendant of the Boss's Night reunion.
 
We'd like to include some of your memories of him on the website to celebrate his life so please email any stories or photos. My favourite memory of him is at Boss's Night in 1989 where he and Robin provided the entertainment in the function hall of the Red Lion. See him in full flow below. Please email Mark with any memories you have of Keith, or any of our other former Eynsham Scouts who are no longer with us.
 
His funeral was on Friday 1st February at 1pm at St Leonards Church in Eynsham when the Eynsham Fire Engine was part of the cortege. The Morris Men escorted him into church, Robin Saunders shared some memories of his great friend, and Keith left to his own choice of 'Rock Around The Clock' for a private burial, followed by a gathering at the Eynsham Social and Sports Club. It was very well attended and the Reunion Committee sent a donation from the money collected on the drum to one of the family's chosen causes The Eynsham Cricket Club. The other to benefit from the collection was The Eynsham Scout Group.

 

Also, the founder of our Boss's Night Reunion Derek Parker died on 29th January. He passed away after a long illness and was a great supporter of Eynsham Scouts ever since he joined as a cub 1938. He went on to Scouts and Rovers, became a leader,  served on the committee becoming Treasurer and helped to organise Eynsham Carnival, and The Eynsham Scouts Gymkhanas in the 70's. He played in the Eynsham Scouts Fife and Drum Band and when it's leader George 'Boss' Perkins died in 1959, he was one of the group of old scouts who decided to organise an annual reunion in Boss's memory and went on to run it for 50 years. During those nights, the remaining members of the band would play a couple of their marching tunes lead by Derek playing the fife, which you can see in the video of the 1989 Reunion Part 1.

In the video below, he shares some of his memories of a life associated with Eynsham Scouts, illustrated with pictures from the archive he kept. Along with his memories and boxes of documents he gave us, that archive formed the beginnings of this website which we will always be thankful to him for. His funeral was at St Leonards Church in Eynsham on Friday 15th February 2013 where we learnt more about his life from Sam Scott who read the Eulogy, Jim Bell spoke of his Freemasons work, and Mark Watson told his scouting history. After there was a gathering in the Scout HQ with a display of photographs and his friends and family shared more happy memories. Memorial donations were made to Cancer Research UK and 1st Eynsham Scout Group. He will be greatly missed and remembered by many. If you would like to send us your memories of Derek, please email Mark. 

Josie Smith emailed - I remember Derek playing in the Scout Band and in the great Gang Shows that the boy scouts organized when I was a child. He and others organized my first and only trip to a wrestling match, he thought it good for my education. He also helped Richard with the production of his History of Eynsham Scouting by taking him to visit at least one of the older scouts.

We also said good bye to Ron Robinson who died overnight on the 10th July, peacefully at home with his family round him after a long illness. He always had a interesting story to tell of his scouting days and knowledge to share. He served on various committees and looked after the finance for the group for many years and fund-raising for the new scout hall project. His funeral was on 24th July at St. Leonards Church, Eynsham, then on to the crematorium and back to the Queens Head pub in Eynsham afterwards.

The Eynsham Scouting Reunion, or Boss's Night as its also known, took place on Friday 22nd March 2013 at the Scout Hall in Back Lane. It was a special year because we celebrated 90 years of Cubs in Eynsham. The annual event was attended by 34 people and is open to all who have attended in the past, uniformed members of Eynsham Scouting, past and present, aged 18 years and over, plus invited guests who have supported Scouting in Eynsham.

At the start of the evening we had a group photo taken by the Oxford Mail who were doing a feature on the groups history and the Reunion and then after a  welcome by Andy Wotherspoon, there was a short silence for Boss Perkins and all old Scouts, and grace before the starters were served. The Catering by the Otmoor W.I. was again excellent and started with Leek and Potato Soup, Brie and Tomato Tartlet or Smoked Salmon Salad. Then Steve Batts gave a review of the F.O.E.S. activities in the last year and a quick history of the supporters group which is celebrating its 25th anniversary. Then the main courses were served, Beef in Ale, Lamb with Apricots or Savoury Fish Crumble washed down with wine or fruit juice. Some people also brought their own drinks or joined in the Real Ale Club run by Paul Tweney. Mark Watson then gave a speech including welcoming new and returning members, giving apologies, remembering those who have passed away this year with a toast to absent friends, and a report on this websites progress and hits from around the world with a plea for any more achieve material to be sent his way. Many deserts were then offered before a report of the current groups activities this year by G.S.L. Sue Greenwood. Andy also lead everyone in a BRAVO for Rose Green who had achieved 40 years as an Eynsham Cub Leader and another BRAVO for the caterers. Cheese and Biscuits were then served along with some Port generously donated by Tim 'Errol' Smith and Mark Watson kept the tradition of the old 1st Eynsham Scouts Band playing at 'Boss's Night' going by playing a video of the band at a Reunion from 1989, followed by a collection on the bands old bass drum to help subsidise next years event and give any memorials required to old scouts who pass on. The evening finished with a lot of chatting and drinking whilst some old cub camp cine films were shown which you can see on this website on our 1980's page.

 

 

REUNION FORMAT SURVEY - It's five years since the current committee began organising the annual Eynsham Scouting Reunion, so we thought we'd check the format of the event is correct in order to attract the most amount of former members of the Eynsham Scout Group as possible. The results of the survey were as follows, Thank you to all who replied

 
1 Which night of the week would you prefer?  FRIDAY 34% - SATURDAY 0% - EITHER 58% - NO ANSWER - 8%
 
2 What type of meal would you prefer?  3 COURSE MEAL 50% - BUFFET 19% - EITHER 26% - NO ANSWER 5%
 
3 What price range would you prefer?  £10-15 11% - £15-25 61% - £25-30 19% - NO ANSWER 9%
 
4 If the format of next years reunion is in line with the above, how likely are you to attend?  PROBABLY 81% - MAYBE 8% - UNLIKELY 8% - NO ANSWER 3%
 

Cubs 90th birthday challengeThe cubs have been celebrating the 90th birthday of Eynsham Cubs by doing some challenges around the number 90. There are 90 things on the suggested list like, swim 90 metres, plant 90 bulbs or flowers, spend 90 minutes cleaning up the area around street or village, spend 90 minutes at a museum, or see how many baked beans you can eat with a cocktail stick in 90 seconds! They will be presented with their 'Challenge 90' certificates by reunion committee members Sandra Scott and Mark Watson at a cub night on 7th November. They have also re-created a picture from the early days of the Eynsham Scouts Fife and Drum band which included cubs, scouts and leaders. You can find out more about the band and how cubs started in Eynsham by reading through the early pages on this website (click on the links above). 

2014

The 2014 reunion for past and present members of the Eynsham Scout Group was held at the Eynsham Scout H.Q. in Back Lane on Friday 4th April from 7.00pm for three course meal provided by Otmoor W.I. Following the format of previous years, there were short speeches in between courses and plenty of time for chatting and sharing memories afterwards. 37 people attended including first timers Stuart 'Scooter' Hooper and Tony Martin. We also welcomed back Margaret and Peter Green after a few years absence. We also had tow of Boss's Boys return this year. Trevor Green, and stonemason Bil Brown who made the plaque outside the HQ and Boss's memorial plaque inside. Chairman Andy Wotherspoon welcomed everyone and secretary Mark Watson gave the 13 apologies and appealed for more archives for this website.

This year we were celebrating the 30th anniversary of the beginning of Venture Scouts in Eynsham, so former leader Paul Berry gave a speech containing some of the highlights of the unit. Trevor Winstone made a display of photos from the his time in the unit, and later we watched the Venture Movie from 1988. Steve Batts gave a speech about the F.O.E.S. support groups current activities, it's history and how it was formed out of the older Ventures having to leave the unit, but started a fellowship so that they could still be involved with Eynsham Scouts.

We also had a speech about the current activities of the group from Assistant Scout Leader Liz Evans, and spur of the moment speeches from Johnny Peachey who remembered Derek Parker who organised the reunion for 50 years, and Trevor Green remembered Boss Perkins, the leader of the band. We then saw the band perform on video from the 1989 reunion and made a collection on the bands original big bass drum. This was followed by much socialising, swapping of memories and looking at old photos over a few drinks. Some more documents and pictures were loaned to the archive and we hope to get them up on this website in the near future.

CAN YOU ADD TO THE ARCHIVE?    Email: MarkW @ (no spaces) Eynsham Scouts Archive .org .uk

Have you got any photos, videos, documents or memories you could let us have? Are you able to add any more details to what's already here like first names, more people, places visited, things you did, dates, etc? Do you think we've got something wrong and can correct the information we've been given?  Any information you can give us by email would be appreciated or if you can't send it electronically, we can arrange to copy your items or record your memories.

 

2015

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39 people attended the 2015 reunion for past and present members of the Eynsham Scout Group held in Eynsham's Scout H.Q. in Back Lane on Friday 20th March at 7.00pm costing £15.

We changed the format a little this year to make it more informal. There were no long speeches, so Andy Wotherspoon gave a short welcome and lead the grace and silence to remember all Eynsham scouts who had gone before us. We then had a hot buffet meal from our new caterers which was well received. We also had smaller tables to allow people to circulate and chat afterwards.

This time we celebrated the 10th anniversary of the official opening of the new Eynsham Scout Group HQ by MP David Cameron, before he became Prime Minister. Group Scout Leader at the time, Ian Keeley gave an illustrated speech to help us remember all the hard work we put into making the dream a reality and we also watched some previously unseen video Mark Watson took of the old hall being demolished, and the new HQ being built, which we hope to have up on this site when its finished. Weíll also showed photos on a large screen from our history before and during the meal. Afterwards we remembered the 1st Eynsham Scouts Band by playing a video of Bosses Boys playing at a reunion and made a collection on the big bass drum to help with next years event.

If you would like to attend the reunion, please get in touch. You do not have to be invited.  Anyone one who was part of the group can attend the reunion: Those who have attended Bossís Night in the past, uniformed members of Eynsham Scouting, past and present, aged 18 years and over, plus invited guests who have supported Scouting in Eynsham. We only have 150 people in total on our mailing list and there must be many more former members of the group out there. Weíre hoping that having a more informal reunion will encourage more former members of the group to come along so please would you have a think and share this webpage with as many as you can track down. Please email their details to us and we'll send the menu and reply forms to them by email or post.

2016

Eynsham Scouting Reunion

The Eynsham Scouting Reunion 2016 was held on Friday 18th March 2016 at the Scout HQ. Same format and price as last year. 31 people attended.

We will gathered at 7.00pm for a 7.30pm meal costing £15 for a main course and desert, followed by cheese and biscuits. There was plenty of time for chat and memories, we had some live music again from one of the scouts on the piano and there was a display of photos.

If you would like to attend the 2017 reunion on 7th April, please get in touch. You do not have to be invited.  Anyone one who was part of the group can attend the reunion: Those who have attended Bossís Night in the past, uniformed members of Eynsham Scouting, past and present, aged 18 years and over, plus invited guests who have supported Scouting in Eynsham. If you are not on our mailing list and would like to attend, email Mark by 28th January 2017 and we'll send you the menu and reply form. We look forward to seeing you there.

 

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