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THE 2000s  Page last updated 04/10/2016

Click picture to see more badgesThere are plenty of pictures below of scouts in uniform, but here's some close ups of the badges they were wearing sometime in the 2000s from Karl Watson's old uniform.

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The slideshow displays pictures of the 2000 Remembrance Parade, FOES AGM, Annual Meal (at Millets Farm Restaurant), annual hike, Fund-raising Barn Dance in Bartholomew School main hall and pictures of equipment donations FOES made to the group.

The Friends of Eynsham Scouts used to have a website with Freeserve giving colour versions of the Newsletters, details of FOES aims and our location, Group Support activities, Social Events pictures and reports, and a fun, feedback and minutes page. You can view the the last published pages from 2000/1 by opening the following links in your web browser, but you cant click in the pages because the links will not work anymore so when you've had a look at one page, close the window and select the next page to view that one etc.


Below is a video of the 2000 Eynsham Carnival parade of decorated vehicles and fancy dress participants through the village leading to the playing fields. The millennium was a very good year for entries with many more than usual and you can hear the results of the children's decorated vehicle competition at the end of the video. Thanks to the Greenwood family for loaning us their tape.



Click to see NewsletterClick picture for slide showThe final FOES Newsletter produced by Mark Watson gives a report on the FOES AGM, a Line Dance and Disco, Dates for your diary and the latest news on the new scout HQ project. Click on the picture of the Newsletter on the far right to see more.

Click to look through the pagesIn Spring 2001, we welcomed a new cub leader into the group. Marisa Keeley was invested into the Falcon Cub Pack by Rose Green. Marisa has generously loaned us her photo album and scrap books from 2001-6 which you can see here in the slide shows on this page. Click the picture on the right to see more then browse through other slide shows below.

Marisa also gave us her Falcons Scrap Book. It's a great insight into how a cub pack works with documents, letters and pictures. In it you'll see their programmes showing a wide variety of activities, photos from cub nights, camps and carnivals, newspaper cuttings, letters to and from parents, warrant cards and training certificates, and thank you cards. It spans her time in Eynsham's cubs from 2001 to 2008 and is a fascinating read. Click the picture of the cover on the left to flick though the pages.

A short video of the 2001 Eynsham Carnival showing some of the decorated vehicles gathering for the parade in the Back Lane car park and on the Carnival field where the Children's Floats competition results are announced by Mark Watson. It features the Beavers horse racing float with thanks to the Greenwood family for the loan of the video.



Click the picture to see moreMarisa Keeley has provided pictures from her Falcon Pack 2002 photo album. Click the picture on the right to see the West Oxfordshire District St Georges Day Parade in Witney, cubs enjoying a break on a hike, their Eynsham Carnival 'Harry Potter' float and church flower display, Marisa, Simon and Richard receiving their Warrants from Gwilym. There's also pictures of the 2002 District Cub Camp, investing new cubs and the Eynsham Remembrance Day Parade.

The video below shows the 2002 Eynsham Carnival parade of decorated vehicles through the village, including the marching bands, Eynsham Morris and the arrival at the playing fields where BBC Radio Oxfords Pippa Shay officially opens the Carnival and Mark Watson gives the results of the children's floats competition. With thanks to the Greenwood Family for the loan of the video.



Click the picture to see more2003 was a special year for Eynsham Scout Group as they raised enough money to demolish the old Scout Hut, which had stood on the site since the late 60s, and replace it with a brand new HQ. You can see a video of how they did it on the 2005 page when the building was officially opened.

On the right are more pictures from Marisa and her Falcon Cub Pack Photo Album. Have a look at what they got up to at the Youlbury Group Camp, St Georges Day Parade in Witney, an Animal themed night, chess night with The Beavers, District football tournament, their Eynsham Carnival Church Flower Display, the winners of the District Rounders Competition at the District Cub Camp, and cubs outside the old Scout Hut showing the fund-raising targets.

The slide show also has pictures of the 2003 Eynsham Remembrance day Parade including Rose Green leading the cubs towards the village square and Venture Scout Leader Trevor Winstone with three of his female Ventures at the head of the Parade returning to the Scout HQ in Back Lane, Eynsham. Suzanne Watson is carrying the flag.


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The Falcon Cub Pack were busy again in 2004. Other units are available, but their photos aren't, yet! Click the picture to see Marisa's photo album of the Group Camp she organised at Cokethorpe School near Witney with an Olympic theme, their 2004 Eynsham Carnival 'Pirates of the Caribbean' float and flower display, fund-raising marathon day in July showing off some of their new play equipment, a trip to RAF Brize Norton, a picture from their first night in the new Scout HQ (even though it wasn't finished yet), and talks by Trevor Green and the St John Ambulance.

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New 1st eynsham Scout HQ Opening PlaqueClick the picture to see moreThe project to replace the old pre-fab scout hall with a new scout headquarters reached a milestone on 2nd April 2005 when the new building was officially opened by Witney MP David Cameron. Although not completely finished, it was ready to use after a lot of hard work by many people. Mark Watson filmed the project over 3 years and his video report for BBC Oxford TV News (below) shows the demolition of the old hut, building of the new one, fundraising events for it, and interviews with Group Scout Leader Ian Keeley and Witney MP David Cameron.

The slideshow on the right also shows pictures from the Falcon Cub Pack and Beaver photo albums. The Falcons had a Sixers and Seconders camp at Youlbury, and the whole group camped at Chalford Heights Scout Camp Site near Chalfont St. Peter in Buckinghamshire. The Beavers had great fun making masks, doing craft activities and crawling through tunnels. The Falcons were also busy with games, a blind trail, shield making, the scouts own service and of course, a camp fire.

The Group organised a May Day Celebration in the square to raise money to complete the Scout HQ. The Falcons did a flower display for Eynsham Carnival and a Dr Who float and the Beavers did a float on the theme of The Incredibles film. Also in the slideshow are the Falcons pictures of some cubs receiving their Silver Awards from Rose Green, the Oxfordshire Quest event, their fun evening at the Eynsham Primary School, their visit to the Big Kidz indoor adventure play area, The District Cub Camp, a games night, fund-raising evening and a trip to the Oxford Ice Rink.



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The Swinford Scout Troop were busy in 2006. In the slide show there are 156 pictures of the Winter Challenge they went on in January, a patrol camp at Youlbury in March, a summer barbecue with karting at Youlbury and a climbing wall session, and a camp at Horley near Banbury in November. Were you there? Can you name the people in the pictures? Let us know if you can add any more details or captions to the pictures.

There is also a photo of some Scouts or Explorers having a party in the new Scout HQ at the end. From left to right they are Hannah, ?, Olivia, ?, Karl Watson is in the centre with the hat, ?, Dan, James, Nathan Cleal and Oliver Howe is on the far right, but who are the others and what were they doing? Can you add more details to the archive? Your email will be appreciated.

At the end of the slideshow, you'll see the final pictures from Marisa Keeley's Falcon Cub Pack Photo Album. They include a bring a friend pizza night, The District Supercub Competition, a Reptile Road-show night, and Sixers and Seconders Pack Holiday at Youldbury Scout Camp near Oxford, which includes a photo of Baloo, Raksha, Bagheera, Kayley, Jhanie, Scott, Byron, Liam, Toby, and Lewis (left to right). There is also a photo of Alan and Ben being Invested, a spring walk to Eynsham Warf with Trevor Green, a Morris Men Night with Robin Saunders, and some of the activities the cubs did at the Group Camp at Longridge near Marlow.

Some Scouts and Explorers were part of The Oxfordshire Contingent who were preparing and fundraising so they could go to the Centenary World Scout Jamboree in Essex in 2007. Mark Watson made this TV report at BBC Oxford.


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In 2007, the Scout Movement celebrated its centenary in many ways. The lucky few got to go to the Jamboree in Essex to meet up with Scouts from around the world, whilst every group was encouraged to celebrate our foundation by having a back to basics camp over the Whitsun Bank Holiday Weekend at the end of May. Eynshams was held on a farm near the Kirtlington Polo ground and thanks to Jim Hanks, there are 135 photos of the weekend in this slideshow. There are pictures of the flag break, various activities, crafts, jousting, games, the Baden Powel day organised by FOES members in big hats and shorts, 'Cookie' and her catering team, and the camp fire which had to be held in a barn due to the rain.

FOES members were once again in action on the Eynsham Carnival BBQ. The slideshow also features the Beavers and Cubs floats, pictures of the Eynsham Scouts who were part of the Oxfordshire Contingent that went to the Centenary Jamboree in Essex, and there's a picture of a few members of the band playing at Boss's Night in Woodstock.

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Derek Parker had organiser the annual reunion 'Boss's Night' for 50 years and decided that he'd done enough and 2008 was to be his last. The slideshow has some pictures of the event held at the Masonic Hall in Woodstock. There was a big turn out and after the meal and speeches the 1st Eynsham Scouts Fife and Drum band played together for the last time. There followed entertainment by The Eynsham Morris men and some camp fire songs lubricated with a few drinks!

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After 50 years of organising the annual old Eynsham scouts re-union, or Boss's Night as it was known, Derek Parker decided to hand the reigns on to a new committee of regular attendees. The format remained largely the same but opening it up to anyone who was or is part of the group. Here's just a few pictures from the night including Derek receiving a thanks badge from Group Scout Leader Sue Greenwood.

The slideshow also has pictures of the FOES annual dinner at the Talbot Inn on the road to the Toll Bridge at Swinford and there's a picture of Mark Watson receiving a presentation from the Eynsham Carnival Committee in the main arena for 25 years of announcing on the Carnival Public Address system which he does representing FOES, Hospital Radio Cherwell and BBC Oxford.



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