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Scouts gain second place in Regional Scout Master Chef Competition

Scouts gain second place in Regional Scout Master Chef Competition

Posted by Pete GSL on March 23rd 2019

Once agin the Troop has done us proud, a very young team travelled to Gloucestershire to participate in the Regional Scout Master Chef Competition on the 10th March. After a early start and a long journey they set to and prepared and cooked a three course feast to a restaurant standard. This is no mean achievement as none of this scouts have made it to Secondary school yet, with the majority only joining from Cubs this last year. Well done to all and thanks must also go to Debbie and Grandad Pete who drove.

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Regional finalist in the Springboard Future chef Competition in Devon

Regional finalist in the Springboard Future chef Competition in Devon

Posted by Pete GSL on February 10th 2019

Those who do not know, we have a budding culinary star in our midst, Katie Prigg has risen from a Scout Masterchef Team at the South West Regional Finals , where her team finished in third place but winning Best Desert in 2016, to achieving 2nd place in the Teflon Diamond Standard National Awards at the Waitrose School of Cookery, London in January 2019. From those humble beginnings in 2016 Katie has been excelled in catering, winning the Rotary Club Young Chef in the Local, District Competitions and then becoming a South West Regional finalist in 2017. The same year Katie and her West Coker team also became the District Scout Masterchef winners. 2018 saw Katie excel even further winning the Dorset Young Masterchef of the Year in the South West Regional Competition, the prize enabled Katie to be able to experience working for three days at Rick Stein Sandbanks Restaurant, with her Mentor Head Chef Pete Murt an experience most young Chefs could only dream about Now is 2019, Katie is still only 14 and has already achieved 2nd place in the Teflon Diamond Standard National Awards at the Waitrose School of Cookery, London. Katie hasn’t finished there February saw Katie as a Regional Finalist in the Springboard Futurechef Competition in Devon in which although not winning, she had fantastic feedback from the judges. Keen to use local ingredients that show off the quality of food in the South West, Katie tries to buy and use local produce whenever possible. Katie would love to be able to pursue a career in Pastry and is hoping to gain a Specialised Chef Scholarship in the future with the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts at Bournemouth and Poole College.  Weldon Katie for your achievement we are so proud that West Coker Scouts had a part in your success and look forward to your future with interest

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Scouts help at village Burns Night

Scouts help at village Burns Night

Posted by Pete GSL on February 10th 2019

We have received a massive thank you from the organisers of the Bun Night supper in the Village. Thanking the Group for the support in serving and clearing away afterwards, which made the evening even more enjoyable for everyone. Personal thanks go to Elijah, Thomas, Owen, Paige and especially to Skip who spent the whole night washing up.

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Katie strikes again

Posted by Pete GSL on October 10th 2018

Well done Katie in being a finalist in this years South West Junior Chef of the Year, we look forward to your next awards and achievements, you have done yourself and the Group Proud.

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Congratulations to our Treasurer

Congratulations to our Treasurer

Posted by Pete GSL on October 10th 2018

Congratulations to Gemma for completing her personal challenge in walking the Weston Front Trek and raising over £1500 for the Royal British Legion. We where kept updated on our Facebook pages of her progress, as she meandered her way through the battlefield and cemeteries of World War 1 across France and Belgium, in this centennial year. Gemma having completed the 60 - 70miles over the 4 days we are really proud of you and good to see you wearing your remembrance Knecker on the final day at the Menin Gate.

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Cricket Club Dinner

Cricket Club Dinner

Posted by Pete GSL on October 10th 2018

A massive thank you to Debbie Prigg and the team of helpers who planned prepared, cooked and served this years Cricket Club Dinner, it was again a fantastic success and we had since received this letter from their chairman. 22nd September, 2018 Dear Pete and James, JUST FABULOUS! That is the only way I can describe our experience at the cricket club dinner. We all had a fabulous time, everything was just perfect. The table decorations were amazing and really set the scene. The food was delicious and served piping hot, we just don’t know how you do it with your limited resources. The service was very professional with all of the scouts serving and clearing in the correct manner. Please pass on our thanks to all who were involved in making it such a memorable reason. It goes without saying that we would like to book you now for next year. With thanks from all at the cricket club.

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Scout wins Dorset Young Masterchef and experiences 3 days at Rick Steins Restaurant at Sandbanks

Scout wins Dorset Young Masterchef and experiences 3 days at Rick Steins Restaurant at Sandbanks

Posted by Pete GSL on August 22nd 2018

Dorset Junior Chef of the Year, Katie Prigg, has just spent the last three days at Rick Stein's Restaurant at Sandbanks, where she has be learning new skills with her mentor chef, Peter Murt (head chef) and his team. As well as the valuable experience she has gained in an industrial kitchen, they will also be working on her dish for the final of South West Junior Chef of the Year on Saturday 6th October. Well done Katie the Group is really proud of you and good luck for the 6th October.

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Summer Camp 2018: Lyons Copse week long residential

Posted by Pete GSL on August 22nd 2018

Over the first week of the Summer, the Scouts took part in their annual summer camp. They camped in patrols, cooked for themselves. Along side a trip to Portsmouth Historic dockyard the Scouts took part in a range of fun and adventurous activities including tomahawk throwing, paddleboarding, bridge building, assault course challenge, shooting, outdoor cooking and a day hike to name just a few. A great camp and can not wait for next years at Ferny Croft Campsite in the New Forrest.

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West Coker Scout Group makes it 8 years in a row!

West Coker Scout Group makes it 8 years in a row!

Posted by Pete GSL on August 22nd 2018

West Coker Scout Group made it eight years in a row when they won the District Camping Competition at this years District Camping Competition. Not only that but they proved themselves worthy against the rest of the County winning the County Camping Competition Banner at the same time. In total the two patrols picked up 5 trophies after picking up a fourth place and cooking competition trophies too. Well done all, you have done your Scout Group proud.

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West Coker Leaders recognised in 2017 St. George’s Day Awards

Posted by Pete GSL on August 22nd 2018

Four West Coker Scout Leaders were recognised in the 2017 National Good Service Awards. The Awards which are acknowledged at all levels from District to nationwide have recognised our four volunteers for the hard work and dedication that they have put into volunteering with Scouting over several years. Awards were presented to Gemma Divall (Treasurer – Chief Scout Good Service), Rebecca Haynes (Assistant Scout Leader – Chief Scout Good Service), Heather Pitts (Beaver Leader – Medal of Merit) and John Haynes (Assistant Scout Leader – Medal of Medal). Congratulations to them all.

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