Fundraising Update

Our Leaders and Executive Committee have been working tirelessly on our fundraising efforts and we are now please to announce two recent grants.

The first is from the Garfield Weston Foundation. The Garfield Weston Foundation is a family-founded, charitable grant-making foundation, which supports a wide range of causes across the UK. It was established in 1958 by the Weston family and is one of the largest and most respected charitable institutions in the UK which has donated over £1 billion in total. They have awarded us £10,000.

The second is from the The National Lottery Community Fund. The National Lottery raises money for good causes. People use this funding to do extraordinary things, taking the lead to improve their lives and communities. Every time you buy a National Lottery ticket, you help make this happen. Communities come in all shapes and sizes, and National Lottery funding is there for everyone. They have awarded us £9,360.

We thanks both charities for their incredible support.

Inspiring Talk #3: Live with LEGO artist Warren Elsmore

With more than 80 LEGO bricks per human on the planet, many of us have had fun building our own creations with those wonderful tools of inspiration. Join us live from the workshop of author and artist in LEGO Warren Elsmore on Thursday 3rd June at 7pm. A LEGO fan since the age of four, he has had ‘the best job in the world’ since 2012. Learn more about his story and his work and be inspired by some of his amazing creations that travel all over the world…

Spaces will be limited – so register early here

The webinar will be held on zoom for one hour and feature a live presentation from Warren’s workshop followed by a live Q&A session.

All funds raised from this talk will contribute directly towards the 104th Edinburgh North East Scouts Group hall refurbishment project. Thank you for your support!

Inspiring Talk #2 – Air Commodore George Martin – Reaching for the stars

Jet planes, helicopters and more… around the world with the RAF

Join us for our second Inspiring Talk on Thursday 22nd April at 7pm with retired Air Commodore George Martin. George will offer some fascinating insights to his 39 years in the Royal Air Force as a front-line engineering officer and will share his flight experiences, sights and sounds of his travels worldwide including support for the legendary Red Arrows.

The live event will be held on zoom for one hour which includes the talk and a live Q&A session.

To receive access details and register please click on the link below 
104th NE Scouts – Inspiring Talk Series 2

Voluntary donations are gratefully received and can be made by clicking the following link Inspiring Talk Donations. Funds raised from this series will contribute directly towards our Group hall refurbishment project.

The event will be held using zoom software which you can access on your phone/computer/tablet. You can download it for free at https://zoom.us

Help us Fund our Future

© McLaren Murdoch & Hamilton Architects

Our hall in South Trinity Road, Edinburgh was opened 64 years ago, in 1957 (see the video here!) – and has been an excellent home to generations of our Scout group ever since.

Given the age of the building, we need to undertake a major refurbishment project to support scouting in the 21st century, and to make the property more accessible to a wider range of community users. Plans for this exciting development have already been approved and include renewal of the roof, improved insulation, upgrading of toilets and new storage areas for camping and adventure equipment.

Our volunteers have already been working tirelessly to fundraise in recent years – with our popular Bonfire Nights, Coffee Mornings, Burns Nights and other events. We have plans for more – but due to Covid, much of our events have been delayed.

One of the best ways in which you can support us right now is to Buy a Brick. Donor names will be recorded on a Roll of Donors which will be displayed in the new hall and on our website to allow future generations of Scouts and hall users to appreciate the help provided by benefactors.

Help us to fund our future – find out how to Buy a Brick on our Fundraising page – and spread the word!

Inspiring Talks Series

We are delighted to launch our Inspiring Talks Series which features people who have excelled in their fields and achieved success in tackling and overcoming significant challenges.

Our first talk is on 25th March at 7pm where we will hear from Derek Spence who has completed the infamous Marathon des Sables (MdS) three times – a multistage ultra-marathon in the Sahara Desert described as the “toughest footrace in the world”. Last year Derek rowed across the Atlantic in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge – the toughest rowing race in the world!  Derek will share some of his experiences and talk about the challenges of endurance events and what motivates him.

The live event will be held on zoom and will last up to 1 hour which includes the talk and a live Q&A session.

To receive access details and register please click on the link below 
104th NE Scouts – Inspiring Talk Series 1

Voluntary donations are gratefully received and can be made by clicking the following link Inspiring Talk Donations. Funds raised from this series will contribute directly towards our Group hall refurbishment project.

If you are joining and donating from another Scout group, part of the funds will be shared with them. Please enter your Group name when making your donation.

The event will be held using zoom software which you can access on your phone/computer/tablet. You can download it for free at https://zoom.us

Thank you to our volunteers and to Foundation Scotland!

Hall Floor Work Party

Foundation Scotland

Our Scout Hall and grounds are a vital space not just for our own Beavers, Cubs and Scouts, but for many community organisations.

With COVID, we’ve had to do a lot of work, to do our best to keep everyone who uses our Hall and grounds safe.

A huge amount of work has been done by our own volunteers, who we’re so grateful to. We’ve been planning and implementing safety measures like signage, hand sanitisers and scheduling of sessions. Most recently, a work party spent two weekends cleaning & sealing our wooden Hall floor – so it collects less dust and is easier to clean effectively.

But not all the work can be done by our volunteers – like cleaning, because of the volume of work, and when it must be done. Under COVID, we’ve had to introduce more intensive cleans, done more frequently. It’s a very important part of what we’re doing to keep everyone who uses our hall safe,  but it does increase our cleaning costs a lot.

So we’re very grateful to have had support from Foundation Scotland, who’ve recently provided us with a grant to help with these costs – thank you, it’s a big help!

Group AGM – Monday 29th October, 7:30pm

Come along to the upstairs hall at 7:30pm to get to know our group, what we’ve been doing and what our plans are for the future.

As usual refreshments will be provided, and we’ll keep the formal bit as short as possible.

Spooky Bonfire Night – Sat 2nd November 2019, 6pm til late

Our always popular Bonfire & Halloween extravaganza is back again this year!

  • Fireworks displays – early display for the wee ones, stay on for the Grand Finale!
  • Bonfire
  • Halloween Games – Dooking for apples and more
  • Guy & Pumpkin contest – prizes for the best!
  • Food & licensed bar

Families & friends welcome!

Tickets on the door:

  • £3 / head
  • £10 / family (5)

Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

As well as being a great night, this event raises much-needed money for the maintenance and development of our hall.