This is a really nice clip explaining just what an impact our volunteers have made this year, and why we are so very proud of them and all their hard work.
Matt is right about joining us too!..... it’s great fun and a great resolution if you are looking to give something back next year. Get in touch for a chat if you are interested in joining our team
"it is very nice to be remembered by those in whose company one has spent many happy hours- as I have"
Remembrance is something that is really important to us at 3rd Cleethorpes. We lost 5 of our members in the Second World War and we use their letters, photographs and research to run activities and events to ensure that their voices and stories are always remembered.
We remember Charles Liles, whose Dad was a fisherman and drowned when Charles was young, so when he grew up he didn’t want to go to sea like his brothers. Although he was well known on the Grimsby fish docks he decided instead to be a landlord of a pub- The Royal Oak, Victoria Street Grimsby. He got married to Eileen, had a daughter and was also a Scout Leader
When war came Charles joined the Navy, and became an Acting Petty Officer on HMS Naiad.
At 20.01 hours on 11th March 1942, his ship was hit by one torpedo from U-565 and sank north of Sidi Barrani, Egypt, with the loss of 82 lives, including his.
He was 24 and had a one year old daughter
We remember John Henry Green (or Jack to his friends) who was a keen sportsman and loved playing the piano.
He became a Scout on the same day as some of his friends and they were all put in Bulldog Patrol together.
John joined the Navy, and was posted to the HMS Ganges training establishment. And then joined the HMS Hood, where some of his Bulldog Patrol friends were
We remember Frank Albert Tuxworth (or ‘Tux’ or ‘Tucky’ as he was known to his friends) He loved swimming and swam for Grimsby Dolphin Swimming Club.
He was another member of Bulldog Patrol.
He joined the Navy in 1938 and was eventually posted to HMS Hood with his other Bulldog Patrol friends. His last leave back to my family in Grimsby was Christmas 1940.
We remember Benjamin Seivill Sterne (known as Benny) another member of the Bulldog Patrol.
He loved PE and was always really keen to join the Navy, so when he was 15, he persuaded his Mum and Dad to let him enlist and was posted to the HMS Ganges training establishment. He spent a year there, and rose to the highest rank he could- which was boy instructor. He was posted second on the list of instructors out of 2500
In 1938 he joined HMS Hood, was promoted to Able Seaman and had also acted temporarily as Leading Hand- even though he was only 18. His Officers predicted a brilliant career for him as a Physical Instructor. He was delighted when his old friends joined him, and it is his words from a letter to his old Scout Leader that start this post.
On 24th May 1941 all three lost their lives along with 1412 other comrades, when their ship was sunk off the coast of Iceland by the German Battleship Bismark.
John was 24, Frank and Ben were 19
We remember Albert Norman Pulfrey, known as Norman. When he first left school he worked in a tailors, but Norman wanted to fly- so even before war broke out joined the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, as a 2nd Class Aircraftman (Air Gunner)
On the 12th May 1940, Norman's mum travelled from Grimsby and stayed with relatives near the aerodrome where he was stationed, and was able to obtain a few hours leave, so they went out for a fish and chips tea.
The next morning, on the 13th May 1940 Norman was the front gunner in a Wellington 1A that took off from RAF Harwell for a combined navigation and practice bombing detail. The plane lost power and crashed at around 1120hrs, some 2 miles from Axminster, Devon- killing Norman and the pilot. Norman is buried at Scartho Road Cemetery, and around this time of year his grave is visited by members of the group to pay our respects.
He was 23
We shall never forget
More information about their stories, and many more can be found at www.iremember.org.uk
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This year has been all about adapting.
Pictured here on the left is the kit for an Explorer to make their own fire and heat up some hot chocolate and a toasted marshmallow or 12, whilst having a safe, socially distanced chat with their mates... and on the right a mini kit to be dropped off to someone having to isolate and joining the meeting via the internet.
We are currently running a mixture of online and face to face activities so that no one has to miss out in these strange times.
From 6-100, Our Scout group is open to all.
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What skills do you think you need when we mention volunteering with us?
Being able to whip up a feast for a pack of ravenous Cubs in a leaky tent with only one burner? The knotting skills to create a safe climbing frame for adventurous Scouts with only some poles and rope? The ability to read a map so that our Beavers don't get lost whilst hiking through some woods?
Whilst those are all brilliant, sometimes what we need is just about having people willing to spare half an hour to clean up after the night before. Pictured here is the debris from a group of young people who hadn't seen each other for 7 months. They were able to get together safely to have a chat over fires, steaming mugs of hot chocolate and a toasted marshmallow or two.
In these extraordinary times, it was an ordinary adventure that was was very needed- as are people (with all kinds of skills!) to make sure that they can continue happening.
If you think that might be you, get in touch
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Sometimes standing on your own two feet starts by being sprawled out on a Friday night. At the start of the year our Explorers (young people aged 14-18) planned their own sleepover, had a great time, and cleared up afterwards!
Whilst adults weren't required for that, we do need volunteers to join us to help guide them to even more adventures.
We don't need the next Bear Grylls, just some ordinary people to show up at Explorer meetings to empower our young people to learn new skills, make new friends and learn to navigate a very uncertain world. No two weeks are the same, but the impact you make is always great.
Sound like something you'd like to get involved in? Get in touch
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