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Group Information

1st Hensingham Scout Group is part of The Scouts and is a registered charity.

Our charity registration number is 520612

Our Scout Association group registration number is 27189


We are part of Western Lakes Scout District (which encompasses all the Scout groups between Whitehaven and Seascale) and Cumbria Scout County.



Group Scout leader

Alf.pngOur Group Scout Leader is Alf Branch.  He's responsible for the programme delivered by our 3 sections. He works with the section leaders to make sure that we deliver a safe, quality programme of activities in accordance with the policies and rules of The Scouts.

You can contact Alf by email: ku.gro.stuocsmahgnisneh@lsg  

Executive Committee 

As the Trustees of the Group, the volunteers on our Executive Committee support Alf and the section leadership teams in ensuring that our youth members can enjoy the best Scouting experience possible.  This includes managing the Group's finances, looking after the Group's equipment and making sure that we comply with relevant legislation and Scouts policies.  You can contact the Executive Committee by email: ku.gro.stuocsmahgnisneh@ofni

The Executive Committee is elected at our annual general meeting, the current members of the committee are:






Dave Martin
Louise Hodgson
 Gemma Pattinson

Section Parent Representatives, Elected & Co-opted Members

Claire Bethwaite  
Kam Massey 
Jenny Walker 
Ann Walkingshaw

Ex-officio members (by nature of their Scouting appointment)

Alf Branch
(Group scout leader)
Jon Cheesewright
(Scout leader)
Lisa Stanaway
(Beaver leader)


Annual general meeting (AGM)

Our AGM is normally held towards the end of September and all of our volunteers, youth members and their parents are invited to attend.  It's normally a fun, social occasion and we try to keep the formal business as short as possible.  In recent years we've held a pinewood derby.

The formal part of the meeting is the chance for people to have a say on how the Group is run and during it we will review the accounts for the previous year and appoint the members of the Executive Committee.

Annual reports

Our annual report is formally presented at the AGM and contains a summary of the highlights of the year, plus a summary of our annual accounts:



Scout active support unit

Our Scout active support unit are a team of volunteers who don't work specifically with any of our youth sections but are available to help with camps and special events when our section leaders need an extra pair of hands.  Some of the team are skills instructors with specialist qualifications, helping us deliver a greater range of activities to our young people.


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