We are a vibrant Group set right on the edge of the New Forest in the village of Bransgore. We have two Beaver scout colonies, two Cub scout packs and a Scout troop. It is run by Adult Leaders and Young Leaders and we get support from parents and around our community. We also have a partnership with the 47th Braggers Explorer Scouts unit who meet at our HQ . We are lucky to have a large site with two halls and outside space. Welcome.
Bransgore Scout Group is officially 6th Christchurch (Bransgore) Scout Group. We are based in the village of Bransgore right on the border of Dorset and Hampshire. Curiously we are geographically in Hampshire but are part of a Dorset district, Christchurch District Scouts. This is because the county border changed back in 1972. And to add more interest, our hall is also on Sopley parish land which is due to another strange boundary.
Our fabulous site is set right on the edge of the forest, courtesy of a lease with Lord Manners. Lord Willie Manners kindly accepted a honorary Presidency of the Group in 2010 to mark our 100th anniversary. We have two halls, the brick headquarters officially opened in 1993 and a wooden hall named Ann’s Lodge after Ann Hoare, a leading light in our group for some 41 years until 2000.
The Group Scout Leader is Mark Linney and the Chairman of the Executive Committee is Marc Stimpson. Both have children active in the group. There is a full leadership team and an active committee who all contribute to making scouting happen in Bransgore. Scouting is popular and one of our biggest current problems is that we are full in Beavers, Cubs and Scouts. Our group is a charity in its own right (registered charity no. 267707), although governed by the Scout Association (registration no. 34688). The Scout Association sets policies and rules, insures all its members, and supports scouting.
Bransgore Scout Group is part of a much bigger scouting community; district scouting, county scouting, national scouting. And last but not least worldwide scouting.
- Christchurch District Scouts our District
- Christchurch Explorer Scouts our closest Unit
- Braggers Wood camping and activity centre (belongs to our District)
- Dorset County Scouts our County
- Buddens camping and activity centre (belongs to our County)
- Scout Association aka Headquarters and has loads of information
- Scout online shop (belongs to our Scout Association)
- Worldwide Scouts
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