100_3364A wet rainy evening deserved messing about in the water and the Cub Scouts of Reigate District did just that at their annual swimming gala at Donyngs on 17 March. 15 teams entered for a busy programme of races, using all their skills and competitiveness to try and win the trophy. There was noisy support from the many parents watching and it finished with a novelty Leader’s race. The 34th Reigate took the trophy with 2nd Reigate and 5th Reigate (Clark) packs coming second and third.

The existing trophy is full up and a new trophy was presented by Chris Pulham, in memory of her husband John, who gave many years’ service as a Leader and latterly in the Reigate District Scout Shop.

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In this year of celebration of the Queen’s coronation, it is fitting that the winners of the Reigate District Cub Cooking Competition chose a menu with Coronation Chicken. Eleven teams entered the annual competition, held at 5th Reigate Headquarters in Battlebridge Lane, Merstham on Saturday 4th February. Cooking is very popular in Scouting and each team was to devise the menu, prepare, cook and serve a two course meal for one person, with a theme being ‘A meal fit for a Queen’. There is intense rivalry to produce the best plate of food but the team from 30th Reigate won this year with a menu of Coronation chicken with a zesty twist, served with Queen salad and Royal rice. Dessert was chocolate pudding with jewel encrusted fruit, all this for no more than £5. This inspired menu and cooking earned the team top place and they will now go forward to represent Reigate District in the Surrey County Cub cooking competition.

The completion was split between morning and afternoon and the overall top three were

1st place - 30th Reigate - 40 points

2nd place - 6th Reigate - 36 points

3rd place - 34th Reigate - 35 points

P1020837The annual District Troop Leader Training weekend was held at the 5th HQ in January. Twenty scouts from troops in Reigate and Horley joined together for a packed weekend of activities. All eventually returned from a short hike, took part in games and chose a variety of bases where they could improve their skills. Our thanks go to all leaders and helpers who helped run the event and especially to Reigate Fellowship /SAS Unit for the wonderful catering which kept us going!

Due to the close location of the HQ to the railway line we were spotted putting the 'out' in Scouting, causing a police patrol car to be sent to investigate what we were up to. The police car was supported by a police helicopter on the second visit! Annoyingly we missed this photo opportunity! Our thanks go to all leaders and helpers who helped run the event and especially to Reigate Fellowship /SAS Unit for the wonderful catering which kept us going!