A recently formed new Explorer Scout Unit at the 1st Sidley(All Saints) Scout Group was presented with its own flag – following a donation from Bexhill Lions Club.

The flag is viewed as the identity and pride of the group and is presented at the start and end of all unit meetings, at Church as well as District formal parades and community events. It had its first outing at the Senlac Scouting District St George’s Day Parade in April, where the Explorer Scouts proudly marched with their new flag.

The event was attended by Bridget Wright District Explorer Scout Leader, Jill Wood Sidley Group Scout Leader, Father Michael Bailey, Explorer Leader Ian Gornall , Anthony McNaughton-Wood Assistant Explorer Leader and members of the unit.

In presenting the flag, Lion President Rick Hough said “We are so pleased to continue our support of the Group since its formation in 2015. At that time we gave a donation to purchase their first flag and here we are again helping to support the next stage of the development of this Scout Group. Seeing the numbers here tonight is a true reflection of the commitment, energy and enthusiasm of the leaders, who are doing a great job for the youth of Sidley.”

Explorer Leader Ian explained that the Unit had a planned schedule of events and activities to develop and challenge the youngsters. These include outdoor sporting activities and camps, a Monopoly Board run starting at Old Kent Rd in London, map reading and orienteering. In addition they are made aware of global issues and the needs of the local community. Homelessness being one of them. They will shortly get first-hand experience by having just £3 each to spend on food and drink over a whole weekend. What a challenge!

Lion Sue Cassell, who heads up the Lions’ Youth committee commented “ As a Club we have a strong and developing programme to support, recognise and encourage young people in Bexhill. This is reflected with Explorer Scouts who are given the opportunity to develop their personal, leadership and teamwork skills as well as developing a real understanding of volunteering and community involvement. They will get to learn more about themselves by not only taking responsibility for themselves, but for others as well .They can also gain awards from their nationally recognised governing bodies. We will shortly be announcing the Lions Young Achiever Award which recognises volunteering and community involvement and I hope we will see some members of this Unit taking part”.

For more information about Bexhill Lions Club visit, email or call Lion Rick on 0845 833 9591 For information on the Sidley Scout Group email