Saturday, 17 March 2018

New garden ornament inspired by smartly dressed scouts

A GORING scout group has inspired a garden ornament which is being sold in shops across the country.

A GORING scout group has inspired a garden ornament which is being sold in shops across the country.

The 10in vinyl meerkat, which hit the shelves in December, wears the unique red and white striped scarf of the 2nd Goring and Streatley British Boy Scouts as well as their movement’s uniform, badges and hat.

Trevor Ockwell, the group’s assistant scout master, spotted it on the internet shortly before Christmas and bought one to show the youngsters.

Since then, several of their families have purchased the figures as gifts.

It is believed that the manufacturer, Vivid Arts of Chester, based it on photographs of the group’s uniform shown on the British Boy and Girl Scouts Association’s website.

In the past decade or so, the youngsters have been named the smartest-dressed group in England four times.

Scout master David Cooksley, who is also the association’s chief commissioner, said: “They must have looked at the uniform closely because they’ve captured it in great detail.

“This has definitely gone‘viral’ within the association — lots of people have taken an interest and it’s quite an honour that they’ve used our neckerchief.

“We pride ourselves on the high standards we set and people have said we deserve the recognition because we always look so smart.

“The children were very excited and surprised at how big the ornament was. You can buy it online but I’ve seen it on sale at garden centres in this area.”

The British Boy and Girl Scouts are separate from the larger Scout Association and wear a traditional uniform similar to that worn by scouts in the early 20th century, when the movement was founded by Lord Robert Baden-Powell.

The Goring group has almost 60 beavers, cubs and scouts aged from six to 18 and meets on Tuesday nights at the Morrell Room in Streatley.

It organises a camp every summer and parades through the village on important occasions like St George’s Day and Remembrance Sunday.

Anyone wishing to join should call Mr Cooksley on (01491) 872306.

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