Penistone Scouts' Christmas Newsletter 2018

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Christmas Newsletter 2018 penistonescoutgroup.org.uk #SkillsForLife Copyright 2018 Penistone Scouts’ Registered Charity numbers 514173

Chairman’s Report Penistone Scouts’ has had a successful year with a programme which has provided development for all our young people, by continuing to provide a wide range of engaging, exciting and many outdoor activities. It has also been a challenging past 6-8 months, with many changes, but we are a strong group with many dedicated volunteers. The quality of scouting in Penistone is amazing with membership over all sections at approximately 340, including 15 young people who have been successful in the selection process and will be representing scouting at the next World Jamboree in America in 2019. Pioneering on Group Camp (28th – 30th September)

We’re proud of the young people!

A vast array of opportunities has been on offer for the young people during 2018; we are delighted to have so many engaged, enthused and active members across the ten youth sections. It has been a real pleasure to be able to so often see, first-hand, the enjoyment, challenges and development of the young people. To then have the opportunity to share photographs, video and write about events, the weekly programme and all there is on offer at Penistone, has been a privilege. It has been lovely to see parent and

guardian reactions to these windows into the young people’s scouting. From our social media channels to our web site content and in person feedback, we love that these snapshots into the young people’s activities have been so well received. We’re proud of all that the young people have achieved, that they will continue to be challenged, develop and be nourished by the programme at Penistone. We’re confident that you are too!

Our young people, supported by their Leaders, have participated in many community activities during the year including Tour de Yorkshire which came through Penistone in April; the Mayor’s Gala in June, and the community bonfire in November. Thank you for all your help this year!

Rob Robinson, Group Communications

Andrew Millner, Chair


Christmas Newsletter 2018

Grant funds purchase of kayaks & trailer The group were successful in applying for some funding to purchase water activities equipment. We’ve secured six youth kayaks, two instructor kayaks, wetsuits, wind jackets, buoyancy aids, paddles, spraydecks, helmets and on top of this, a sign-written trailer! Birds of prey experience

District Commissioner viewpoint of Scouting at Penistone Yet, the end of another year draws closer with Christmas approaching, we reflect on another amazing year of Scouting at Penistone. The quality of the programme and the immense opportunities available to the young people in the Group continues to astound me. As the Scout Association moves towards its’ next vision – Skills for Life, I am confident that the outstanding opportunities will continue to flourish, here at Penistone. All these activities do not just happen; it is the result of an enormous amount of hard work and an extensive time commitment by section leaders, assistants and young leaders, who are the foundation of the group, with the supported the Group’s Executive Committee.

This is a fabulous addition to what we can offer the young people of Penistone, and we’d like to once again thank Blackstone Edge Wind Farm Community Benefit fund for the grant.

The immense continued commitment, dedication and loyalty to the Group and its’ young people by the leadership teams, past and present is a strength of the Group. I would like to end by thanking everyone involved with the group. As the Group looks to plan further exciting and interesting events for 2019, I am continued to be amazed with the Group’s programme!

Mark Elliott, District Commissioner Programme & Acting Group Scout Leader (Penistone)

Keeping in the loop There’s very little that gets sent home with the young people in the way of printed materials e.g. letters etc. We’ve embraced technology at Penistone Scouts and we plan on keeping our digital momentum going in 2019. To make sure you’re appraised of future events and get to see what the young people are up to, please make sure we’ve got your personal contact details up-to-date.

Shooting at Wooley Edge campsite

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Additionally, please look out for our weekly updates over on the group website. For example, the Rewind series and bookmark the group calendar.


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The beach at Robin Hood’s Bay

Penistone Fire Station visit

Full-on Beaver programme for all Since this time last year, Beavers have been as busy as always! They had a Christmas sleepover where not only did they have a jam-packed day of activities they squeezed in a trip to the cinema before sitting down for a traditional Christmas dinner, it is always amazing how much food a Beaver can eat. In addition to their Christmas sleepover, they have managed to complete a further 8 nights away throughout this year. In February the Beavers slept over at the scout hut after being warmly welcomed to Grenoside's Pantomime. Our next adventure was a weekend at Robin Hood's bay AKA Pirate Camp. We stopped two nights in a youth hostel which was bliss for the leaders as we were catered for! The weekend was jammed packed exploring the town, learning about pirates and the history of smugglers by visiting the town's museum and having a guided tour, we finished the weekend in a pirate ship in the adventure playground where we renewed our Beaver promise. Plenty of time was spent on the beach, rock pooling, building sandcastles and pebble towers. We also made our own kites to fly.

Promise renewal at Robin Hood’s Bay

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In June we had our first outdoor camp of the year at Silverwood, all ‘back to basic’ scouting skills; learning how to put our tents up, safely build and cook on fires, along with a variety of other activities. All these skills were perfect preparation for the following two camps which were both two nights in tents with the rest of the group.

Farm to fork with Tesco

This year all three colonies contributed entries to the Millhouse Scarecrow Trail. We have recently reintroduced a Beaver mascot, Bernie Beaver, it is now going home with Beavers each week as part of the photography badge. 2018 will conclude with a Beaver Christmas party at Cubley Hall. Dodgems @ Scouttastic

Scouttastic was a huge County camp, where we joined with other Beavers, Cubs, Scouts & Explorers from all across South Yorkshire at Hesley Wood. The site was filled with loads of different activities for everyone to have a go at, as was Group Camp in September, the Beavers proved they can do as much as the older sections - completing rifle shooting, archery and crate stacking to name a few of the activities on offer to them.

Laura Simpson, Assistant Group Scout Leader & Assistant Beaver Leader

Free time on Group camp


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Raptor Cubs – what a “guy”! The Raptor Cubs have had an amazing year and we are therefore struggling to tell you everything they have done. Here’s a recap of some of the highlights for 2018. We are pleased to have been able to welcome a host of new young leaders at the colony; they are an essential asset to us, and we rely on them to help us create exciting and fun sessions. We have spent Thursday evenings in and out of the school hall, completing some of the following: • • • • • • •

Street dance lessons provided by a local dance teacher A visit to Cawthorne museum, which was a real eye opener for times gone by We celebrated the Chinese year of the dog, with themed games Parkour sessions in Rotherham, where we threw ourselves about with style A visit to 'Pottering Around' in Chapeltown We had the Brecks birds of prey visit us with their owls and the odd snake thrown in for fun. More recently we have been learning about cycle maintenance at Cycle Penistone

Cycle Penistone for Bike Maintenance

We are most proud of our community involvement and victory in winning the Penistone round table Guy Fawkes competition! Our end of year celebration will be at the Swegway park which we’ll be funding from the Round Table winnings! We wish all our Raptors and their families all the best for Christmas and hope you look forward to an equally thrilling 2019. Akela Rob and the whole Raptor team

Penistone Mayor, Gillian Millner, judging “guys”

Alegre Cubs round up Alegre Cubs continue to be busy. We have been fortunate enough to take new Cubs from the waiting list this year which is quite refreshing and gives our existing Cubs some responsibility to show newbies what is expected and how we run things.

Springvale Community Gardens

Langsett walk

As well as attending Scouttastic and Group Camp we held a small camp that coincided with the District Cub fun day at Hesley Wood, this was really well received and gave the Cubs, especially new members & first-time campers insight into Scout camps. We would like to continue to hold small independent camps a couple of times a year going forwards. We have a varied programme, which we run loosely alongside Bella Vista Cubs but we continue to bounce ideas off each pack, including the Raptors team at Thurlstone. We run joint evenings with all three Cub Packs and also have joint meetings with Beavers which works well. We would like to roll this out to Cub/Scout joint activities as we are sure these will help the Cubs due to move up. The programme this year has included things like taster sessions at Quest Taekwondo & Wortley Rugby Club, helping out at Springvale Community Gardens, cooking on fires, going on hikes and working towards badges. The Alegre team consists of Carolyn Skeldon (Akela), Phil Daniels, Susie Roach and Katie Marsh. There are five Young Leaders, which although is more than the ‘norm’ covers where some will be able to commit less during exam periods. They are great at running games in the section, but the hope is that they will begin to take on more challenging activities which they will organise and run for the Cubs. They are a vital part of the team and many are former Alegre Cubs, seeing them return is fantastic.

Caving at Alderley Edge

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The Briefing: Section Updates

Bella Vista at Laser Tag

Bella Vista pack in more than ever Who would have ever dreamed that the leaders at Bella Vista Cubs could have topped 2017 in squeezing so many adventurous and exciting events into 2018 but somehow, they managed it. The year started with a snowy but exciting Caving session at Alderley Edge with North West Derbyshire Caving Team. Special thanks to Sam and the caving team for yet another amazing opportunity The spring was fun filled and action packed, we had evenings out bowling, rugby and Calypso cove to name a few. The spring also saw us having fun with both the group at Ice Hockey and the Panto and also on the district led day out to the National Space Centre. The first Cub camp of 2018 came in April where the Bella Vista leaders (and a few Beaver ones thrown in for good measure) took cubs on a hike to visit our namesake the Bella Vista Tower;

special thanks to the Hunt family for opening the tower and allowing our cubs the opportunity to see the remarkable view of Penistone and surrounding area from up high. This camp was also a first for our pack as it was planned by our very own Young Leader team. The second sleepover also took place in the spring when we joined the Group at the Subzero Sleepover at Ice Sheffield.

Making slime at the Scout Hut

and cooked on fires and learned all the basic skills required to be self-sufficient on camp. This was then followed by Scouttastic a huge two-night County camp. It was such an action-packed scorcher of a camp!

Since we returned in September, we have seen some big changes at Bella Vista Cubs, we have said goodbye to our Akela, Mike as he has had to step down from one of the nights but don’t panic; The summer was also as exciting and he still does Enigma Scouts. We have varied as our spring time adventures, the also lost Sam as he has taken a back leader team took us to Adventure Wood seat at the moment as he is very busy, at Tankersley for a spot of outdoor laser we wish them both the very best and tag. We also went to the County Cub thank them wholeheartedly for fun day to try our hand at the various everything they have done for Cubs over activities available to try at Hesley the last few years. Before Sam hung up Wood. A select dozen also attend the his woggle he helped organise and Barnsley District Sixer and Seconder arrange Group Camp which we all Sleepover at Silverwood Campsite enjoyed thoroughly. This winter term we are really knuckling down and where we set up making the most of the long dark nights by learning and mastering #skillsforlife But as you are reading this and thinking wow what an amazing year, don’t forget we still have December to finish yet. This month (in fact this upcoming weekend) we are having our annual Christmas Sleepover. Shauna, Lisa, Richard, Sarah, Hannah, Erin, Michael, & Adam

Cubs @ Space Centre, Leicester

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Enigma break into their second year

The Briefing: Section Updates

This year has been the first full year for Enigma Scouts as we formed just 18 months ago. We are now a well-established part of Penistone Scouts’ and running at 30 Scouts with the help of 4 Young Leaders and 2 leaders. Enigma Scouts would like to publicly thank Amy, Rob, Jim and the other leaders from within in the group that have popped down and helped us out from Monday to Monday. We need extra leaders on a Monday so if you could spare one or two Mondays every month than please do not be afraid to mention this. We began this year as we meant to continue by combining both educational meetings alongside adventurous activities. In January, the troop split in to two groups whilst one group enjoyed learning and trying Rifle Shooting (Thanks Steve B). The other half visited Think Forensic at Skelmanthorpe, here we learned about the various forensic techniques utilised in the modern world and even got to process our very own crime scene. In February we continued this trend with a group visit to watch the Panto at Penistone Paramount, a trip caving with North West Derbyshire Caving team, a joint night with Viernes and Wibbles Scouts bowling. Finally; we finished this extremely busy month off with our #YouShape camp; here the Troop planned and executed the camp from the start to the finish, including the food shopping.

Think Forensic

Adventurous activities @ Hesley Wood Scout Activity Centre

Brunt’s Barn Expedition weekend

The spring term also followed the same pattern of working hard and playing hard. It started with a group day out on a very snowy March evening to watch the Sheffield Steelers. We also visited Calypso Cove Waterpark, forged new friendship with Doncaster Danum Scouts at their Canoe Slalom Weekend. We also had a very unique sleepover at Ice Sheffield with the rest of Penistone Scout Group with the highlight of a midnight skating session. We finished off the spring term with a birthday party to celebrate Enigma Scout’s first birthday where we had a BBQ and cupcakes whilst enjoying Canadian Canoes and raft building at Hesley Wood.

Enigma 1st birthday celebration buns

The summer saw badgework take a back seat (albeit only slightly) and enjoying the outdoors and the lighter evenings became our primary focus. We managed to squeeze in 2 evenings at Wortley RUFC (Though one was in autumn), outdoor laser tag in Adventure Wood, Tankersley, an end of summer BBQ and an adventurous activity evening, climbing, crate stacking and having a go at archery. The first 8 of Enigma Scouts achieved their Expedition Challenge badge with a weekend volunteering with the Peak Park Rangers. We also had two further camps, the County organised and ran Scouttastic and our Summer Camp for a whopping ten days. Well done to the Enigma scouts that managed to attend and have a great adventure this summer. You could be forgiven for thinking that is surely all we crammed into 2018 but it wasn’t. The autumn saw our Group Camp at Woolley. The second session working towards our Activity Centre Service badge. A “Come Dine with me” style evening for our Chef’s badges and Entertainer badge combined. A visit down to Quest Taekwondo, an onsite visit from South Yorkshire Police about drug safety and awareness. We still have our Christmas skating sleepover to look forward to too before the end of term. We are all excited to discover what 2019 holds for Enigma, but before we end, I would like to give a special mention to Lena Sykes & Henry Duffey for being Enigma Scouts first to earn Chief Scout Gold Awards. I’m sure I will have several more to announce before the next award ceremony! Shauna, Mike, Callan, Owen, Harriet & James Penistone Scouts


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Wibbles or Wombles, you decide! Wibbles Scouts have thoroughly enjoyed 2018 and have tried out many new activities keeping everyone busy and earning lots of new badges along the way. The troop was joined by several new scouts this year and our focus once again has been on team working and personal development. Leader team Alison, Alastair, Neil, Sam and Josh and occasionally Joe when back from university along with our Young Leaders Oliver, George and more recent additions Alex, Charlie, Bryn and Christopher have all worked together to make sure that everyone had a great year. We started off in January with an interesting insight to rubbish! We visited Manvers recycling plant to discover what really happens to the waste that goes into our bins. Everyone was super impressed with how the process works including the take home pencils made entirely from recycled CD’s. Throughout the rest of the year we have taken part in lots of activities that were new such as Robot Wars, learning to iron, making penny stoves to boil water on and discovering how parliament works. We also tried taekwondo, hover boarding, rifle shooting, raft building, kayaking and outdoor laser tag as well as joining the other Penistone Scouts in an evening of Ten Pin bowling.

Canoeing @ Hesley Wood Scout Activity Centre

We also had some old favourite activities such as wide games, panto, remembrance walk, marshalling at the 10K British Heart Foundation run at Harewood House and Penistone X Run as well as conservation work with the Peak Park Rangers at Brunt’s Barn. Scouts have been on group camp in September and a few attended summer camp in the West Country. Others also had a sleepover at Ice Sheffield which included a midnight skate. We have covered lots of badge work along the way and have had an amazing 12 scouts achieve the top award of Chief Scouts Gold. Unfortunately, we have now said goodbye to Josh who is sailing the seven seas after joining the Navy and Neil is also busy with his new vet practice. Sam, Oliver, Alex and Charlie have all approached adult hood too and are venturing into new challenges, so we are always on the lookout for new helpers. Fortunately, we have some lovely parents that will step in at times and our new Patrol Leaders are taking up leadership challenges. Thank you to all scouts and parents for your continued support this year. Alison, Neil, Joe, Alastair, and Young Leaders Jacob, George, Bryn and Christopher Camp gadget building

Laser tag @ Adventure Woods

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The Briefing: Section Updates

Indoor rifle shooting @ Penistone Scout Hut

Viernes shoot through another year of challenges With such a packed programme and so many opportunities for the young people, it’s difficult to know where to begin writing what is supposed to be a brief view into our Friday scout troop. Scouting recently went through a rebranding exercise with a renewed focus on both programme and a youthled movement. It’s brilliant to be able to say that, as a troop and even a group, we haven’t had to make many changes to fall in line with this strategy; it’s almost as if the rest of Scouting is catching up with Penistone! As we would expect, the scouts have been fantastic; getting involved in and making the most of the varied activities on offer. These aren't limited to some of the traditional physical activities and trips out; they’ve also focused on many of the more creative, ethical, empathetic and fundamental human elements too. From the scout’s engagement in a presentation on World Holocaust day, through Remembrance Day and the associated Poppy Appeal programme, to the practical survival skills, emergency aid and personal challenges that provide the young people with skills for life – our troop has embraced it all, and we’re proud of them for doing so. A balanced programme is vital, and it’s been wonderful to be able to share and experience many off-site trips and local activities. The Sheffield Ghost Walk, Penistone Scouts

building dustbin ovens before cooking pizza in them, the panto, our Black Ops 3 camp, late spring camp, our Fire Station visits, roller skating, cyclist badge, shooting, Chef’s badge and the summer camp to the Black Country to mention but a few.

We are excited about the coming year, and we hope the scouts are too. The leader team are also working with the scouts to recognise, progress and reward achievements both from scouting and the young people’s nonscouting activities. We hope to be able to present more Chief Scouts Awards and cover off many proficiency badges. Between parents/guardians, ourselves and most importantly the young people, we can achieve immense development, enjoyment and opportunity.

SCUBA taster @ Stocksbridge Leisure Centre

We’ve gained some new leaders while others have moved on to new opportunities outside of scouting. The scouts have been fantastic through the period of transition, and we are delighted they’re continuing to enjoy scouting – they’ve been vital in shaping our activities. We encourage leadership from within the troop, delegate ownership of elements of the section meetings and develop the programme based on troop forums.

Long may Viernes continue! Rob, Richard, Emily and Matt

Caving with the Derbyshire North West Caving team


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Scorpion Explorer Scouts a credit to the group & welcome partnership Scorpion Explorers started the year by adapting remote controlled cars and holding a robot wars session as well as trying out rifle shooting, bowling and taekwondo. There have been hikes, cooking on fires and making edible buildings from biscuits and other edible treats. Food features a lot in the Explorer programme so a hike usually ends up at a pizza shop or chippy and Explorers will walk any distance to get there. All good practice for expedition hikes.

There are currently over 50 registered Explorers, which is more in just one place than there is in the rest of Barnsley combined!

Other activities this year have included making penny stoves, outdoor laser tag, teamwork challenges and sports sessions. There have been BBQ’s, treasure hunts, and even bingo!

We wish everyone well for the New Year. There will be exams, camps, expeditions, universities and new life chapters and all of our young people are more than prepared for whatever challenges that they bring with them.

Fortunately, we had some old faces rejoin the adult leader team in September which is now enabling the programme to develop and offer a more varied range of activities.

We have also recently had a few young people celebrating their 18 birthdays who started scouting as 6-year olds in Beavers. Some have decided to join the adult leader teams and others have ventured off into a new chapter of their lives but with many great memories of scouting adventures

Tie-dye t-shirts @ Group camp

Good Luck!

International badge cooking

Young Leaders Many of our Explorers also give up lots of their own time to help out at section meetings where they are an integral part of the leader team and help to deliver activities to the younger members of the group. They undertake Young Leader training modules and in conjunction with these, complete the 4 set missions to achieve a Young Leader Belt which is presented at a District Awards evening. This year there have been 3 presented with many more almost completed. Lots of training modules have also been completed and many of our younger Young Leaders have risen to the challenges of joining sections and become part of the leaders’ support network. Well done to everyone and thank you for your time.

Christmas @ Beaver sleepover

Young Leader belt buckle

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Halloween @ Millstone Beavers


The Briefing: Section Updates

Duke of Edinburgh Awards

International activity badgework

Duke of Edinburgh Award receipts (Silver and Bronze) What a fantastic year for Explorers taking part in the D of E awards this year. Almost all of the Explorer section are signed up to Bronze, Silver or Gold and are busy completing the requirements that the award demands. New skills such as learning to play a musical instrument, gardening and creative crafts like sewing, all contribute to the skills section and playing football, running and swimming all contribute to the physical part of the award. Most of the D of E participants complete the volunteering section by fulfilling their Young Leader commitments which leaves the final part of the award, the Expedition section, which can be a bit more challenging. This year there were an amazing 25 young people that undertook both a practice and qualifying expedition which was the most ever in one year. This was enabled by a supporting team of adults who supervise and complete assessments in their own time but enjoy the experience just as much. We are looking forward to seeing lots of D of E awards completed in the new year and are hoping to have a couple of teams of older Explorers complete their Gold Expeditions too. Well done to everyone involved this year!

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37 years… a tough act to follow

Steve Roach Earlier this year, after 37 years as Penistone’s Group Scout Leader, Steve Roach stepped down from his role and will be focusing on supporting the group through the Falcons Active Support Unit. Steve has seen a huge amount of young people progress through the group’s many sections and has born witness to many Scouting firsts: girls in Scouting, Beaver sections, the community coming together to rebuild the Scout Hut after the roof fell in during the 1980s and fabulous growth within the community to where we now have ten sections of 340 young people. A massive thank you isn’t enough. We will, in the coming months, share more on Steve’s legacy Until then, and in Steve’s own words, “Go team!” and “BRAVO!”.

Rob Robinson For the past few months, Penistone Scouts’ have had an interim Group Scout Leader, Mark Elliott who is ordinarily part of Barnsley District Commissioner team. From the 1st January 2019, we will have a new Group Scout Leader, Rob Robinson. Rob is currently the Viernes Scout Leader and our Group Communication Manager. Rob will be working with the leader team, the executive committee, our District/County teams and parents/guardians to continue the growth and fantastic programme enjoyed by the young people of our group. In the near future we will share more details of the upcoming change; we look forward to your support developing the group further.

Thank you and where your donations will go Thank you to St John’s Church for providing the church free of charge for our Christmas Service. The collection plate monies go directly to the church and will help fund the roof repairs. facebook.com/penstjohns/

All monies collected from the sale of Christmas goods and donations received for the refreshments served after the service will be donated to Ghana Outlook. They will use the money to provide desks for young people at a school our Scout Group helped to build. ghana-outlook.org.uk

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Help! Don’t stop reading… not everyone involved in Scouting volunteers directly with the young people. Please read on… Being a volunteer is immensely rewarding, doing so at Penistone Scouts’ is, quite frankly, an awesome experience. From working with the young people, developing and delivering a balanced, challenging and rewarding programme, to back office roles where you’ll make a massive difference to the group (without being face-to-face with the young people) we’ve opportunities to suit every volunteer’s available time. We need people to help with the admin side of things for our sections, from maintaining records, taking minutes and some of the financial elements too. We’ve a number of sections that need more adults to support the weekly section meetings. We don’t need an every week commitment, but we do need more adults involved so we can continue to get out and about maintaining our excellent and varied programme. If you can help, in any capacity, please get in touch: Email: rob@penistonescoutgroup,org.uk Tel: 07919561265 Thank you for helping us enrich young people’s lives and providing them with amazing #SkillsForLife


Christmas tree collection service Back by popular demand! Penistone Scouts' World Scout Jamboree 2019 contingent are offering a Christmas tree collection and disposal service in the New Year. The trees will be taken away and put through a chipper in conjunction with Springvale Gardens to be used for maintaining pathways and planting areas around the Gardens’ site. We’re looking for a minimum donation of £5 per tree collected, please. We will be doing our collection on Sunday 6th January (from 9am) and will be covering the following areas: Penistone, Cubley, Millhouse Green, Thurlstone, Thurgoland, Oxspring, Green Moor, Hoylandswaine and Ingbirchworth To register for a collection: Option 1 Please complete the form on our website psgrp.org/tree Option 2 TEXT “TREE” plus your name / address / postcode to 07932640381 This year, you can pay online for your collection! Please see the registration page for details.

Penistone Scout Group (17th Barnsley) are registered as a lower tier waste carrier. Registration number CBDL214435 Penistone Scouts’ are a registered charity in England and Wales. Registration number: 514173

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