1st Abbots Langley (3rd North Watford)

Scouting activities carrying on under the restrictions advised by the Scout Associates (Scouting HQ Regulations) and where we can we will invite new members from our joining list and will look to bring the section back up to fuill strength as soon as we can.


Clive and the Rope Swing - Gift Aid Declaration Wall example

In 2019 the Group Scout Leader, Clive Winder, and Assistant Scout and Explorer Leader Alison Redmond, had discussed the idea of building an indoor climbing wall at the Scout Headquarters. Sadly, Clive who passed away after an unexpected cardiac arrest due to COVID-19 infection, and the Group felt it would be very fitting to commemorate him by completing this project and dedicating the wall in his name.

The plan is to install a wall, a bit like this photo, that would be suitable for the range of ages that we have within the Group including lower levels for bouldering, for 2 Beaver colonies (6-8 years) 2 cub packs (8 – 10.5 years) a Scout Troop (10.5-14 years) and an Explorer unit (15-18 years). There are around 170 potential users of the equipment in the Abbots Langley Scout Group alone, and outside of this it is hoped that some other Scout and perhaps youth groups might also be able to use the facilities. The ability to climb indoors in the wet, cold winter months will be a real bonus.

Fundraising began in November 2020 with:

  • The Scout Christmas Post Scheme
  • A Virtual Race Night in Feb 2021
  • An Ex-Members Songs proceeds. See below
  • More fundraisers will be notified in due course.
  • Bank details for donations can be downloaded from the PDF at the top of this page or directly to donation page with a link above.

    Clive and the Rope Swing – Dedicatory Single

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    Immediately after Clive’s cremation, George Styles took his guitar to the studio and wrote a song. One of the many fond memories he had from his days in Scouts was of Clive on a Scout camp at Beaver Lodge in the Forest of Dean. Somebody had built a rope swing over the campsite stream. Anyone who knew Clive was aware that he was a rather robust individual, and so it was to our great amusement when he decided to have a go on the swing, dutifully snapping the rope and falling flat on his back in the middle of the stream!

    George thought it made a rather good analogy for life.

    Life is a river. Everyone chooses what to do with it. Some people like to fish. Others enjoying sitting peacefully beside it, or swimming within it. Some will spend their time polluting it and taking it for granted. And some people will build a rope swing, to have as much fun as physically possible with their time. Unfortunately, sometimes, the rope breaks before we reach the other side. But at least we have as much fun as possible on the journey…

    George has now released Clive and the Rope Swing as a single and would like any proceeds for its download to be donated to the Clive Winder Wall Fund.

    Bank details for donations are on the Gift Aid form downloadable above and other details on the song’s page.

    You Find more about "Clive and the Rope Swing" here along with the artist.