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New Northwood scouts group proving popular
A NEW Scouts group in Northwood has seen numbers swell in the week since it was formed.
The 2nd Northwood Scouts met for the first time on September 13, with seven members.
At least nine were expected at its meeting last night (Tuesday) and emails and telephone calls about joining have been flooding in.
The original scout group for the area closed five years ago and there have only been cubs and beavers meetings, for younger children, since.
But a drive to increase membership across the Ruislip, Eastcote and Northwood district saw Steve Tysoe, now group leader, spending the last six months recruiting volunteers to help out.
He said: "It's actually been easy. So many people were in the scouts themselves when they were younger and want to help out now.
"We've had lots of enquiries about joining too.
"A lot of the scouts groups in the district had a waiting list and we have been contacting them saying if they want to they can join the new Northwood group."
The group, for youngsters aged 10 to 14, meet on Tuesday evenings from 7pm until 9pm in the scout hut behind St Edmunds Church, Pinner Road, Northwood Hills.
Members will go on their first camping trip in October.
David Horchover, spokesman for the Ruislip, Eastcote and Northwood district, said: "The formation of this group indicates just how healthy and popular scouting is in the whole district, with well over 1000 members actively involved."
The Northwood team of leaders is made up of Steve Tysoe and Paul Bushell, as well as Trevor Whybrow, leader of the Beavers group and Kim Ives, Cubs akela (leader).
To join, log onto: scouts.org.uk/join
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