Sunday, 16 December 2018

Scouts enjoy week’s cycling around Jersey

TWENTY-FIVE members of the 2nd Goring and Streatley scouts embarked on a cycling expedition to Jersey.

TWENTY-FIVE members of the 2nd Goring and Streatley scouts embarked on a cycling expedition to Jersey.

The boys, all aged 11 to 17, cycled more than 100 miles to, from and around the island in seven days.

Throughout the ride, they wore their uniform of a light brown shirt, shorts, long socks, neck tie and woggle. When they were not in the saddle, they also wore traditional Baden-Powell wool hats.

The group camped overnight at scout bases around Jersey and carried their tents and cooking equipment in packs on their bikes.

They were supervised by five leaders including group scoutmaster David Cooksley, of Gatehampton Road, Goring.

The group were driven by minibus from Goring to the Order of World Scouts’ head office at Tarrant Hinton in Dorset, where they were greeted by the UK’s grand scoutmaster the Rev Dr Michael Foster, who wished them luck.

They then cycled 20 miles to Poole, where they stayed overnight at the 1st Hamworthy scouts’ headquarters. The following morning, they rode to the ferry to St Helier and cycled another 20 miles to the Jersey Scout Centre at St Ouen.

After two nights’ stay, the group cycled five miles along the island’s west coast railway line to La Moye, where they stayed with the 10th Jersey (St Brelade) scout group for three days.

During their stay, they took part in a 10-mile hike to the Jersey war tunnels, which were built by the Nazis in 1941. They also visited Gorey Castle and village, where they enjoyed a barbecue.

Finally, they cycled six miles to St Helier and caught the ferry back to Poole.

The next day, they cycled back to Tarrant Hinton and were then driven back to Goring.

Mr Cooksley said: “We all reflected on the expedition and it was generally agreed that we had a great time and another great adventurous experience. It was amazing how many people stopped and complimented the scouts on their smart appearance, good manners, road sense and safety.”

The group is recruiting members at all levels — beavers, cubs, scouts and senior scouts.For more information, visit http://2ndgoringandstreatley.org.uk

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