When do we meet?    Mondays
At what time?            6.30pm-8.00pm
Where?                     St Johns School
Age range:                Boys aged 10 and a half to 14 years

Scout Leader:           Graham Martin: 07791 217757

What have we been up to?

These two pictures are of the last of the scout troup which closed in the 1st week of April 2017

St George's Day Service at St John's Church on Sunday 27th April 2014.

Beavers, Cubs and Scouts, from Bolton South with Farnworth District took part in the St George's Day Parade, which started at 2.00pm at the Cenotaph in Farnworth Park. They then paraded up Market Street, turning left onto Church Street, before being welcomed at St John Church.  The service was conducted by Rev'd Carol Pharaoh and was attended by over 230 members of the Scout movement, friends and parents.

During the service Johnny Lewis, who has been involved in Scouting for over 70 years, was presented with the 'Silver Wolf,' the highest award in Scouting, by Colin Hilton.  All the Beavers from the newly formed 12th Bolton (Rosehill) Beavers were invested.

Keith Entwistle - Leader in Charge

Thankyou to John Entwistle for the photos.

14th Farnworth (St John’s) Scouts in the Early 1960’s

Photographs Courtesy of Derek Ainsworth.

I joined the cubs probably in 1959 and then moved onto the scouts around 1961.

We used St Johns Ground Floor School Hall for Troop meetings. We also had a room in the basement for storage.

We went on a number of Scout Camps locally at Middlewood and Giants Seat.

We camped at a place called Rowen, near Conway in North Wales on three or four occasions.

The Scoutmaster was Eric Wilkinson at the time I was in the scouts and the Assistant leader was Norman Jackson. They were also assisted by Captain Burles, who was a Church Army Captain.

We had many Gang Shows, which were held in the First Floor School Hall. I appeared in all of these. The shows were directed by Bill Riley and the pianist was Frank Tattersall.

Derek Ainsworth

Our Scouts' History

14th Farnworth (St John's) Scout Canal Boat Adventure in 1989

Scouters Keith Entwistle and Peter Smith embarked on a week long canal boat trip with 9 scouts in the summer of 1989.  They travelled to start their boat journey at the canal basin before the Ponteysylite Aqueduct in North Wales, at the junction of the Shropshire Union and Llangollan Canal.  One photograph shows them sailing over the aqueduct at Chirk.  Two days were set aside for a mini bus to meet the canal boat at set locations along the Shropshire Union Canal.  They travelled to the River Dee where they enjoyed Kayaking and building their own raft.

The 14th Farnworth Scout's display at the 'Waterloo Open Weekend at St John's Church on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th October 2015.

The 14th Farnworth Scouts display at the church's 'Heritage Open Days' celebrating the 180th Birthday of St John's Church. It was held from Saturday 9th September to Tuesday 12th September 2006.

Beavers, Cubs and Scouts ‘Flower Festival’ Display September 2001.

The  14th Farnworth (St John’s) Beavers, Cubs and Scouts sponsored a floral arrangement, depicting the hymn ‘O Jesus I Have Promised’, at the church’s Flower Festival celebrating the 175th birthday of St John’s Church.  The event was held from Friday 7th September to Sunday 9th September 2001. 

 14th Farnworth (St John’s) Scout Group

 The Scout Group was very active during the year with eight Beavers, eight Cubs and five Scouts. We also had five leaders/helpers.

They were involved in a variety of activities such as map reading, knot work, cooking, crafts, first aid and a hike. However, as the year went on, numbers began to decrease and we lost leaders and helpers as well. We contacted several people who had expressed interest in joining the group but unfortunately this did not materialise.

After Christmas we were down to FIVE members with 1 leader and 1 helper.  The District Commissioner was aware of our situation and came to discuss our plight.  He reluctantly concluded that we would have to close the group, particularly as there was no ‘back-up’ committee in place.

It was with great sadness, that after so many years, 14th Farnworth (St John’s) Scout Group would close and for the first time since 1954, there will be no scout group associated with St John’s church.

Yours in Scouting,

Graham and Heather

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