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24th March 2001 Carnival Queens Dance at the Primary School from 7pm to choose this year’s Carnival Queen and her Attendants, open to girls living in Eynsham.

30th March 2001 Boss’s Night, The Old Eynsham Scout Reunion, meeting in the car park Back Lane to go by coach to the Masonic Hall in Woodstock for a meal, social get together and the traditional evening’s entertainment. If you want to come along, book you place with Derek Parker or email mark@foes.freeserve.co.uk

11th May 2001 FOES AGM (see details below)

18th May 2001 1st Eynsham Scout Group AGM at 7.30 for an 8pm start in the back room of the White Hart, followed by food and a social gathering. Come along and support the group and have your say. New volunteers are always welcome, but don’t let that put you off coming!

7th July 2001 Eynsham Carnival. Plenty of warning to get your thinking caps on for your Decorated Float ideas or some suggestions for a FOES fundraising stall.

F.O.E.S. AGM and Old Eynsham Night

The next FOES event is our AGM, which we try to keep fairly brief, followed by an evening’s fun and entertainment on the theme of old Eynsham in the back room of the White Hart on Friday 11th May at 7.15pm for a 7.30 start .

Kicking off with the AGM, the committee will give their reports and then resign, followed by the election of the new committee. We would like to see a few more members on the committee to help spread the work load and bring new fund-raising and group support ideas to FOES. Please contact Steve Batts or Mark Watson or come along on the night if you would like more details of what’s involved. But don’t let that put you off coming along and contributing to the meeting.

At around 8.15pm, we are going to be treated to a view of old Eynsham over the last 40 years by Ken Hicks, a keen photographer in the village and member of the Eynsham Camera Club for many years, who will give an illustrated talk with archive slides and cine film to educate and remember!

At nine we’ll take a break to recharge our glasses and to do the raffle, then Mark Watson will host a “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” style quiz, with all the multiple choice questions based on the history of Eynsham. It should be great fun and may be educational too. Hope to see you there.

New Scout HQ Progress

A report from the Group Chairman.....

The sub-committee had been looking at replacing the existing HQ with a terrapin building for under £100,000. If we could achieve this we would not have to appoint professional architects, surveyors, etc. After consulting the leaders and receiving a number of preliminary quotes, we realised this was not achievable. We appointed Roy Wilkingson of Stanhope & Wilkingson Ltd as our architect (he is also looking after the Community Centre) to put together a package to apply for planning permission and put a package together to apply for a grant. This all had to be done in a very short space of time and the committee worked very hard with Roy to proceed. We have applied for planning permission and I have spoken to the planners and they tell me that it goes to committee on Monday 19th March and is recommended for approval. We have applied for the grant and it is now "a wait and see " situation.

We would also like to thank FOES for the recent Line Dance and disco which raised money to help with our objective. I would also like to take this opportunity to invite you to our AGM on Friday May 18th at 8.00pm at the White Hart P.H. On display will be drawings of the new building and the leaders will be informing the Group of next years proposals. Sandwiches will be provided followed by the customary raffle. If you would like to donate a prize this would be most appreciated. — Steve Walker, Group Chairman, E-mail Address swalks@ntlworld.com


Our Scout Hut is now falling apart and desperately needs rebuilding or refurbishing. FOES call on all current and ex-members of Eynsham Scout Group to support fund rasing activities and lend a hand to help achieve this goal.

Family Line Dance and Disco and other event reports

A huge thank you goes out from everybody for a great evening out and a successful fund raiser. On the 3rd February in Bartholomew School Hall we gathered together to get on down to the sounds of Scoot N Boogie and learn how to line dance. Our instructor Sue Johnson was great taking all of us novices and showing us how it’s done with the help of her regular dancers from some of her classes held around the county. And even for the sceptics who weren't going to dance, the music and the spirit of the night took hold and a good laugh was had by all.

Well done to the committee for organising another great evening out at a very reasonable price whilst managing to make a healthy profit through ticket sales and the Grand Draw. A big thank you to all FOES and current members of the units who came along, all those who sold draw tickets for us boosting the income by over £250, which when tallied up with the profit from the dance itself, means we raised just over £770. The money will be used for the running of FOES, to support the units, and to assist the Group when they need our help for the new or refurbished HQ.

In December, FOES supported the Scout Group Carol Service at St Leonard's Church by providing refreshments in the Church Hall after the traditional Christmas Service. Thanks to all those who provided nibbles and served teas and coffees etc.

Well done to all who took part in the Oxford Gang Show in March at the Apollo Theatre. It was a great evenings entertainment and a great showcase for what our Scout and Guide Movements can do when they get together.


CONGRATULATIONS to Roger and Ali Winstone who got married in March on a Caribean Island. Following the necessary stag and hen nights, they dissapeared with close friends and family to the sun and return to a reception in April in tropical Witney!

The Ventures did a car treasure hunt on 6-7th January. FOES provided a stage at Eynsham Hall bassed on the Vortex Evaporator with a bit of help from some Vnetures and a smoke machine.

Teams from all over the County took part in The Outer Limits which went into the wee small hours. It was a clear night and surprisingly not too cold. We had a drinks stage which they visited before going into the Vortex. They had to cross a 'grid of death' (tryes with candles inside) guided by their team mates, playing against an invisible force field. The competitor moves and then the Vortex moves. If they end up on the same square then the competitor gets pelted with 'white death' (flour bombs) and water and the vortex filled with smoke as their colleague was mysteriously vaporised! We enjoyed it anyway, especially the vaporising.

How many FOES do you know who have e-mail addresses? We know of only 17, but there must be more who have access to the net at home or work. If you have e-mail or any details of other addresses, please e-mail mark@foes.freeserve.co.uk so we can keep them in touch.

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