Subs Now Due

imageMembership Subscriptions for the current term are now due. The first child pays £25.00 and any other members from the same family will pay a reduced Subscription of £20.00.

Subs help to pay for the running of the Scout Group and includes; the yearly Capitation Fee which we have to pay to the Scout Association, this is currently over £28.00 for each and every member of the Group.

Unfortunately we do struggle to get Subs off a few members. Leaders would rather put their time into running activities than chasing late payers. We will now assume that if subs are not paid by the date shown below, membership is no longer required and will therefore be terminated. Scouting however is for all, irrespective of financial means, if you are struggling to pay your child’s Subs, please speak to a Leader in confidence.

You can download a Subs Form here.

Write Your Will & Support 2nd Onchan


Dear Parents and Leaders,

As many of you may know, 2nd Onchan are currently raising funds to replace the existing toilet block in the Scout Hall as well as providing a new entrance way and roof over the kitchen and cloaks area. Earlier this year our planning application was approved and we now need to raise the anticipated £70,000 required for the works.

As part of this fundraising 2nd Onchan have teamed up with local advocates Callin Wild who are offering, exclusively for those associated with 2nd Onchan, an opportunity to have your Will prepared between now and the end of July 2018. During this time any Parents or Grandparents of a Beaver, Cub, Scout or Explorer Scout, as well as any Leader, Committee member or other individual associated with the Group, can have their Will written by Callin Wild for a reduced fee. At the end of the Wills Event Callin Wild will then make a donation to the Group totally one third of the funds raised.

A Will is one of the most important documents that anyone over the age of 18 can have, it is not something that should be left until the later years of life. I would encourage everyone to have a Will regardless of property ownership or family arrangements. Wills cover much more than just how your assets are to be managed after death, they can include details about funeral arrangements, and importantly, details about how you wish your children to be cared for. They are invaluable documents which record your wishes and limit the scope for any dispute over your assets between surviving family members.

If you already have a Will drafted, but wish to update or amend it, then Callin Wild will also be able to assist and can offer a tailored service in this respect. Please also note that certain changes in personal circumstances, including marriage and divorce, may invalidate any previously drafted Will.

The cost of a single Will is £295 plus VAT. For couples, we have reduced this cost to £395 plus VAT. Again, one third of this will be donated to the Scout Group.

If you have any questions or queries, or wish to make an appointment please do not hesitate to contact me at Callin Wild via telephone 623195 or email

Yours in Scouting,

Alex Armstrong – Cub Scout Leader & Advocate

Letter containing Details


If you do not make a Will and die intestate, it will be necessary for your family to apply for a Grant of Administration and to appoint an Administrator to settle your affairs in accordance with the current legislation. This may result in your assets going to people you would not wish to benefit and can result in a lot of additional work and expense in, for example, tracing your relatives.

Points to consider?

  1. Your full name, address and occupation.
  2. Do you wish to be buried or cremated? Do you have any special wishes regarding headstone inscription?
  3. Who do you wish to act as the Executor(s) and Trustee(s) of your Will? The Executor is the person you appoint by your Will to see that your wishes and instructions are carried out immediately after your death. The Executor will apply for probate of your Will in the event of your death. If you wish you can appoint advocates from Callin Wild to be your Executors and Trustees either with or without a member of your family or a friend. If your Will contains trusts which will exist for some time after your death then it will be the Trustee(s) who will carry out those provisions. If you do create a Trust under the terms of your Will then it is advisable to have Trustees who are resident on the Isle of Man.
  4. If you have children under the age of 18 years you should consider who you would wish to be their guardians to look after them in the event of your death and the age at which they should receive their inheritance.
  5. Do you wish to leave any specific (eg, jewellery, furniture, car etc) or pecuniary (cash) legacies?
  6. After payment of all your outstanding accounts, funeral expenses and any legacies, to whom do you wish to leave the balance of your estate? It could go to a member or members of your family, friends, charities or any one you choose. You should decide whether you wish to leave the balance in equal shares or in different proportions, if you decide that more than one should benefit.
  7. You should also consider to whom you wish to leave the residue of your estate in the event that your primary residuary beneficiary(ies) die before you, for example, do you want their spouse/children to benefit?
  8. Please supply the full names and current addresses of the beneficiaries you name in your Will. If after you have made your Will any names or addresses change, then please let us know so a note of this change can be kept with your Will.

Wills can be stored in Callin Wild’s safe custody and no further charge is raised for this service.

Callin Wild

Civic Sunday Parade


We have been invited by Onchan District Commissioners, to take part in their Civic Sunday Parade & Church Service, which is taking place on Sunday 20. May 2018. All Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers and Leaders are asked to take part in the Parade and Service.

We will be meeting on the Grassed Area below Hague Drive, Onchan Park for 14:15 prompt. Full uniform is to be worn, including school shoes. The Church Service is being held at St. Anthony’s, from where youth members can be collected at about 15:45.

As a Group we only attend three Parades a year and they are an excellent way of showing off our Group to the general public. Please support your Scout Group by making sure you attend.

We appreciate that a lot of members will have just come back from our Blackpool Day Trip the night before, but we hope they also make the effort to attend this parade and show the village of Onchan what a great Scout Group we have.

Download the letter here

Spring Term Subs Due

imageMembership Subscriptions for the Spring Term are now due. The first child pays £25.00 and any other members from the same family will pay a reduced Subscription of £20.00.

Subs help to pay for the running of the Scout Group and includes; the yearly Capitation Fee which we have to pay to the Scout Association, this is currently over £28.00 for each and every member of the Group.

Please ensure that Subs are paid by the 15. May 2018.

You can download the Subs Form here.

St. George’s Day Parade

St. George is the Patron Saint of Scouting and each year Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers from all over the British Isles get together in their Counties and Districts to take part in Parades and Services to celebrate Scouting’s National Day.

Here on the Isle of Man, we at 2nd Onchan, will be joining with all the other Island Scout Groups on Sunday 29. April 2018, at the St. George’s Day Parade, which this year is taking place in St. Johns, with the service being held at Tynwald Hill. Being one of the most important dates in the Scouting Calendar, all the Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers and Leaders will be renewing their Beaver, Cub and Scout Promises, during the Service.

As you may know, 2nd Onchan is the largest Scout Group on the Isle of Man and as such, we will be expected to have the biggest and most likely, the smartest turnout on the Parade.

I would ask that every member of 2nd Onchan Scout Group, from the youngest Beaver Scout to the oldest Explorer Scout takes part, to support not only their Section, but also the Group and Scouting on the Isle of Man, by attending the St. George’s Day Parade and Service. Parents are also welcome to attend the service.

Full Uniform is to be worn, including Scout Activity Trousers and School Shoes. I would also suggest that a coat is brought by everyone, just in case of inclement weather.

We will be meeting at St. John’s Primary School (there is a drop off point next to the school) for no later than 2.10pm. Please assemble with other members of 2nd Onchan. The Service will finish at approximately 4pm and collection of members will be from Tynwald Hill. Parents are welcome to watch the Parade and take part in the Service, but we ask that they don’t walk in the parade with members.

Download full details here.

Thursday Beavers Update



There was no better way to spend a wet January afternoon than watching Onchan Thursday Beavers storm to victory in the Island Beaver Five a Side Football Competition!!

Well done Thursday Bulls the Winners for the 4th year running, and our two other teams Goblins and Ravens!

It’s always a Thursday Beaver Colony effort – and we were all winners on the day!! Thanks to everyone – especially Rob, Dave, Darren, Bonnie and Michael for all your help, and all the parents who supported the afternoon, whether it was staying to watch or bringing the children along!



imageWe had a fantastic night at Beavers learning Manx Dancing! Not only is Beavers an amazing opportunity to try and learn something new, it is also brilliant to see our talented parents (and Beavers) getting involved too! Well done everyone – great effort from you all, and some really good dancing!

Well done Joshua on a really wonderful solo performance and thank you to Joshua’s mum – Rachel, for teaching everyone the dance, and Ida for the accompanying music! This is one of the reasons that being involved in Scouting is so worthwhile (as well as winning the Island Football and Sports Competitions)!!



Thursday Beavers were very lucky to have a tour of the Isle of Man Parliament recently, organised and led by a dad (Andy) of one of our Beaver’s (Sam). The Beavers, parents and siblings all had a look around the various chambers learning lots of facts and information about the building, and the various roles and traditions.

We were very fortunate to have the Onchan MHKs – Rob Callister and Julie Edge – join us on the tour, and they both talked to the Beavers about their roles and responsibilities. We were also lucky to meet Mr Speaker (MHK – Juan Watterson) who very kindly got out his dress robe.

The Beavers took part in voting on questions such as ‘should school be banned?’ – which had a 50/50 split, so wasn’t passed and ‘should match attacks be allowed in school?’ – which was 16 in favour, 8 against!!

A very big thank you to our Beaver dads – Andy and Graeme – for organising the tour for us.

Blackpool Pleasure Beach Day Trip


On Saturday 19. May 2018, we are holding a Day Trip to Blackpool Pleasure Beach for all members of 2nd Onchan and members of Onchan District Explorer Scouts. We will be travelling to Liverpool on the 07:45 Seacat to Liverpool from where we will get a coach directly to the Pleasure Beach in Blackpool. Everyone will have around five hours at the Pleasure Beach before we travel back to Liverpool where we will catch the 19:15 Seacat back to the Island arriving at around 22:00.

imageThe cost of the trip will cover Seacat fares, coach travel, fully inclusive ride band for the Pleasure Beach and a voucher to buy lunch in the Pleasure Beach. Not included is personal spending money and tea on the way back (bring a packed tea or purchase something on the Seacat).

The cost per youth member is £65.00. All Beaver Scouts will need one accompanying parent with them who will pay a reduced price of £50.00. Any additional parents will need to pay the full cost of £65.00.

At the Pleasure Beach, Scouts and Explorer Scouts will be allowed to go around in small unaccompanied groups. Cub Scouts will be in small Leader led groups. Beaver Scouts will be in small Leader led groups with parents accompanying.

The Booking form below needs to be completed and returned with payment by no later than the 31. March 2018, so we can confirm our booking with the Steam Packet.

Click here to download the letter about the trip.

Bingo Night – 9. March 2018


Our annual Family Bingo Night is taking place at the Scout Hall on Friday 9. March 2018 and we hope lots of our members and their families can come along and support this fun evening.

Tickets are just £2.00 each and this includes for a Baked Potato Supper.

Games are 30p each and we have some great prizes on offer. We will also be holding a raffle (donations for prizes welcome).

Tickets are now available from all Section Leaders.

Please support this event, all proceeds will be going to our Building Refurbishment Appeal.

Download the Bingo Flyer here.