Friday, 19 August 2022

Beavers group closes due to lack of leaders

A BEAVERS group in Watlington has folded due to a lack of leaders.

It was part of the 2nd Watlington scout group and catered for 15 children aged six to eight.

Group leader Nicholas Irving appealed for more people to come forward in November but not enough volunteers responded.

Chairwoman Steph Anders said: “It was a difficult decision to close but unfortunately we have lost three leaders this term.

“Although two volunteers have stepped forward with an interest, should they decide to commit they will be unable to lead sections until they have completed their basic training and have been Disclosure and Barring Service checked. We hope this is only a temporary closure but we do still require volunteers for the beavers section to re-open.”

The group hopes to move most of the beavers up to its cubs section from this month but any child that is too young will be offered a priority place once they reach the age of eight.

Any child currently on the beaver waiting list will now move to the cub waiting list behind children who are already members.

The beavers group met on Mondays during term time. About 10 new children joined the section annually and there were eight on the waiting list.

If you can help, call Mr Irving on 07557 737630 or email info@2ndwatlington

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