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14th Winchester Scout Group

Area Served: Worthy Down, South Wonston, Wonston, Sutton Scotney, Barton Stacey and Micheldever (the electoral Ward of Wonston and Micheldever)
Beavers: 2 Beaver Colonies – Kestrels and Hawks
Cubs: 2 Cub Packs – Osprey and Swordfish
Scouts: 1 Scout Troop
Web Site: None

The Group is flourishing. Every year the Group can accept up to 24 new 6 year old Beaver Scout girls and boys – 8 at the beginning of each school term. A second Cub Pack is planned for 2016 to take the Beavers 'swimming up' to Cubs from the second Hawks Colony. This ensures the growth potential to some 240 scouts with 10 years of 'moving on' through Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers (from aged 6 to 18). We are very active within the local community holding big events like the South Wonston annual fireworks display at the recreation ground.

The Group's history is a bit complicated because Worthy Down has successively belonged to all 3 Armed Services and is now tri-service. From 1931 in RAF days the Scout Group was known as the 17th Winchester. In the 1950s it was known as HMS Ariel. The current Scout Group was formed as the 14th in the late 1970s to mainly serve the children of Army personnel when the base was the home to the Royal Army Pay Corps - now part of the Adjutant General's Corps.

The 14th is one of five Scout Groups in Winchester that is without a permanent home, finding rented space where it can in South Wonston. Before the 14th can have a permanent home it first needs to be given or leased a suitable patch of land on which to build a 21st Century, 600 square metre double decker Scout building that includes community use by day.