Tonight 25/02/17 was the 8th annual swimathon held at Bradley Stoke pool from 7-8pm. The scouts were split into 3 teams and the judo club had 3 teams also, no guides this year.
Lots of laughing and horse play as in all years whilst the relay swimmers were in the water but that's the fun of this event, everyone knows each other and it's a great chance to catch up and have some fun whilst raising some money.
As in many of the years the judo players completed the most lengths but not by as many in previous years. The 3 scouts teams scored, 99, 100 & 103 lengths and have certificates to prove it. Well done to all that took part.
The Avon Scouts county cooking competition is taking place this year at Keynsham scout HQ and OSR scouts are taking the challenge against 11 other teams from all over Avon. Mrs P is running the team who include Tia, Beth, Matthew and Ollie with Cameron in reserve if something happens on the day.
First we have the practice session at St. Michael's school where the full 3 course meal was prepared, cooked and tasted by several of the teachers who all gave it a massive thumbs up! So on the day of the county competition the OSR scouts arrived and set up their area, prep time was half an hour then 2 hours of cooking followed by another half an hour to put the dishes altogether. The judges were looking at teamwork, difficulty as well as the finished product. With 244 points Stoke Gifford won and will be entered into the regional comp held at Shurdington, Glos on Sunday 26th March 2017 the runners up were 2nd Frampton with 219 points. Well done to all!
In Stoke Gifford the scouts from the Old School Rooms have finally completed their fundraising project to provide the community of Stoke Gifford with a 24 hour defibrillator. The idea came after a first aid session back in June 2016 where the scouts learnt how to use a fully automatic defibrillator unit.
They haven't made this happen all by themselves although there has been a lot of money collected in various forms. We do need to thank The Big Lottery, Merlin Homes, St. Michaels CE VC School PTFA, The Leslie Sell Charity Trust and Aviva for all helping to make this happen ahead of projection. Also a big thank you to Simon, Ian and the trustees of OSR for allowing the box to be placed on their building and paying for the electricity to keep the unit heated.
The defibrillator has been provided by The Community Heartbeat Trust Charity who will provide maintenance for the unit, batteries and replacement pads as and when necessary.
This bright yellow circular box has been fixed to the wall of the Old School Rooms next to the original entrance on North Road by John and Matt from M.G. Electric Solutions. The code to the locked box is available from South West Ambulance Service by ringing 999 or 112 when a resident is suffering from a suspected cardiac arrest. This life saving piece of medical equipment will be an asset to Stoke Gifford and the scout troop are proud to have helped to make this happen.
There will be a session at the OSR for members of the community to be shown how to use the defib on Thursday 20th April 2017 at 1pm, there is room for 50 people bookable at the OSR office please use firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
The unit is the top of the range and not only does it talk the user through the process but it also has a display screen to assist in the event of an emergency.
Thank you to the community of Stoke Gifford for your generosity.
Half the osr troop attended Asda for 3 wonderful sessions on healthy living/ healthy lives called Toolbox. The scouts took part in teamwork tasks as well as food tasting, working on the checkouts, finding out how the store works and much more. Big ty to Anne a few weeks off and then its the other half.
Last night 2 teams from OSR scout troop entered the District draughts competition which is very well organised and has seen teams from our troop enter for many years. Both teams started well but the competition soon heated up and after the preliminary round saw Dan, Mathew and Jack just missing out on a semi final place and Ellie, Oliver and Sam being the younger team enjoying the experience and getting a hunger to practise for next year! Well done to all that took part, this counts towards the teamwork challenge award.