Welcome to CARGO 255

When we first discussed the idea of getting a shipping container for storage as an interim measure of the building project, it was suggested we take a lead from the new Wapping Wharf area opposite which uses converted shipping containers for shops and restaurants. They numbered them with a numerical prefix. The idea stuck at we now putting the final touches on the storage container, our designated CARGO 255!

Man on ladder paints shipping container.
Dave is Hammeriting the top edge of the container which seems to retain moisture.
Partially painted stripe on shipping container.
Saturday’s work party set about completing the white striped pattern scheme of
Cargo 255. We also rubbed down a few rust spots.
Rust covered shipping container roof.
Dave has cut back the spring’s overgrowth, swept the water and muck off (last week) and now discusses
what steps to to take to prevent it rusting further.
Shipping container - black with white stripes. The words CARGO 255 written  on it.
Our container is starting to look as was intended. We feel a shallow mini roof would help with the water retention on the roof. Dave has begun to give the roof a Hammerite coat for now!

2020 AGM

Bristol Channel Sea Scouts AGM

Monday 29th June 2020 7pm
Venue: Your Home
It’s a virtual Celebration Evening!

It’s that time of year again! We will be presenting our Beaver, Cub, and Scout section reports, the group financial reports, slideshows of camps and activities (including stuff from the lockdown), and announcing recent awards for both our young people and our adult leaders. Sorry but this year you’ll have to provide your own tea, coffee, and soft drinks but at least you can made it just as you like it and enjoy it in your favourite cup or mug! Please join in and support the group.
All young people in uniform please. (Leaders too!)

For details of how to join the meeting, please contact us.

Pancake Breakfast – thank you!

Many thanks to everyone who helped at Saturday’s pancake breakfast, whether the Scouts who waited on tables, the cooks, the poor person washing up in the corner, or those of you who came and ate carbohydrates for such a good cause!

pancake breakfast at St Pauls SouthvilleThanks too to St Paul’s Church who let us use their building at no cost so that all proceeds can go towards the rebuilding of our Spyglass Scout centre next to the church. We don’t know quite how much was raised yet as some scouts, cubs, and beavers will be handing in ticket money this week. Don’t forget to do that when you meet on Monday or Wednesday.


Our third pancake breakfast!

pancake breakfast poster

This year the 4th July falls on a Saturday so it’s a perfect excuse for another US style pancake breakfast to help raise money towards building the Spyglass scout hut.

We have a new venue this year: we will be at St Pauls Church Southville from 9:30am to 12pm on Saturday 4th July. There will be traditional American pancakes with butter and Aunt Jemima syrup, and plenty of fresh filter coffee and juice to drink.

If you’re a parent in the group or a Scout, we need your help! You can help by shopping, preparation, cooking, selling tickets, and clearing up. Contact baloo@255th.org.uk to find out more.

Recent activities

Eastwood Farm
Eastwood Farm

The 255th Beavers have been enjoying a mixture of indoor and outdoor activities recently to make the most of the summer evenings.

On Sunday 14th June, nine of our Beavers joined us for a river trip from the s.s. Great Britain to Beese’s Tea Gardens. From there, they went on a nature ramble through Eastwood Farm nature reserve. They saw and learned about a range of plant life, birds and mini-beasts, from herons to ladybirds, goose grass to ground beetles and teasels to tadpoles.

The following evening, the whole Colony descended on Victoria Park for an active outdoor evening, where they had the opportunity to climb along a row of trees, run an outdoor assault course and play a game of ‘landmine clearance’. As well as being fun and challenging for our Beavers, these kinds of activities are great for badge work too.

Red Lodge show off 'Hogwarts'
Red Lodge show off ‘Hogwarts’

The Beavers have been just as busy indoors, too. Tonight, the Beavers worked in their lodges to build castles out of junk. All four of the models were fantastic, but the best models showed some real teamwork, supported by our team of leaders and other adult volunteers. We thought Red Lodge’s castle showed the best design, which they gave the appropriate name of Hogwarts.

St. George’s Day Parade 2015

This Sunday 26th April, 1:15pm sharp. Brunel’s Yard next to s.s. Great Britain on Gas Ferry Road BS1 6JR.

Clean uniform, navy black/blue trousers, ironed neckerchief, black shoes. Scouts to wear hats (and belts if possible). Layers underneath for warmth. Carry light raincoat.

March starts at 2pm along Cumberland Road. Service at St. Mary Redcliffe Church (some seating at back may be available for parents).

Pick up time from church is 4:15pm.

All change…

New Beaver badges
New Beaver badges

2015 brings with it a bold new programme for Beaver Scouts, Cub Scouts, Scouts and Explorer Scouts. The old Challenge awards and Chief Scout’s awards have been replaced with a new suite of very modern-looking and more complex Challenge awards.

Leaders within our Group have been working hard to get to grips with the new programme. Our ambitious summer programme for the Beaver section (now available on the programme page), for example, includes many activities targeted at these new Challenge awards.

Beavers who started in the Colony up to the end of 2014 will be allowed to complete the old Chief Scout’s Bronze Award before September 2015, and we will be working to get all of them up to this award by the end of the summer term if at all possible. Beavers who started from January 2015 onwards will be our first to proceed with the new programme, and we wish them the best of luck. Last weekend’s fantastic Beaver Sleepover will have got two of them off to a great start on this journey – more details of that event, including a photo gallery, will follow soon.