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Silver group at the start of their expedition
Bronze group in the New Forest

There has been much activity in late September and October!

Expeditions first — the seven Bronze participants had great weather for their two-day expedition in the New Forest, camping in an idyllic glade in the open woods, by special permission. The five Silvers enjoyed a challenging three days in the Shropshire / Welsh Borders area, finding it hillier than they expected!

And a flurry of awards fully completed! Jess Griffiths has just completed her Bronze Award. She helped in our church crèche for six months, played netball for three months, and chose reading as her skill, with Gordon Frater as her assessor — thanks Gordon! She undertook a successful two-day expedition in the New Forest last year.

Keeping it in the family — Will Griffiths has finished his Silver Award. He volunteered as a helper at the Allen Gallery, working on the reception desk and arranging display material over a six-month period. He played basketball as his physical activity, and chose bell-ringing as his skill. Over a period of twelve months, he played regularly at Bentworth Church, and also rang in the team at Winchester Cathedral for the special 60th Anniversary DofE Service. He completed his expedition two years ago, in Shropshire, where he and his friends successfully tackled a rather hilly route.

Thomas Howe has also gained a Silver DofE award, doing his volunteering by running the BB tuck shop! He worked out at the gym for three months, and has played bass drum in the BB band for several years! Another Silver has been gained by Andreas Burr. For six months, he helped in St Michael Hospice shop for two hours every Saturday, and he plays side drum in the BB band. For physical, he chose kick-boxing, and we understand that he is currently the Hampshire Judo champion for his age group! And Matthew Richards has also completed his Silver! He helped with BB Junior Section for six months, chose cycling as his physical activity, and studied music theory to Grade 6 level (as well as playing euphonium, baritone and trombone!) All three Boys undertook their three-day expedition in Shropshire last month, and can be seen in the photograph!

Rosella White has achieved her Gold Award. She helped children in the school library in Medstead over a period of a year, and for six months she swam 3km every week. She trained as a sports leader, achieving a Safety Training Award Teaching Certificate, and spent two weeks on residential courses under the National Citizen Service scheme. Her four-day expedition was completed in July in the Yorkshire Dales.

Well done, all!

David Allan (84739).

Photos:
1. Silver group starting out from Wilderhope Manor
2. Bronze group on Day 2 in the New Forest

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