Kilcullen Scouts

Kilcullen Scouts

Scouts get together for Founders day. This year’s Kildare county day was held in Emo Court Co. Laois.

The theme was the Olympics and each group was given a country to represent for the day. Kilcullen beavers, cubs, scouts and ventures represented Iceland. On first glance this was quite a difficult country to be given but Pabo Reade, scout leader, pulled together some great facts and information and scout Hannah Begley was their secret weapon as only a month ago Hannah returned from the Tom Crean Challenge which this year was held in Iceland, and so there was a wealth of knowledge shared about Iceland.

The day was jam packed with sports, games and fun, everyone enjoyed themselves and slept very well that night!

Woman with Altitude

Scouting Ireland has adopted a Mountaineering Ireland initiate called ‘Women with Altitude’ to encourage more participation from females in hill walking.

Deirdre and Aisling Kelly are taking the role in prompting this programme from within scouting Ireland. Last month three female scouters from Kilcullen, Michelle, Loretta and Barbara went off to see what this group were about and if it was something for the Kilcullen scouts.

They walked two peaks in the Wicklow Mountains and the group of mixed experience all enjoyed either learning new skills such as map and compass work or just putting into practice what they’ve been doing for years.

“We had a fabulous day and the weather perfect” said Barbara, who had never done this sort of activity before, “I’ve gained a lot of confidence just knowing some basics of what to pack and what to look for.” The next woman with altitude outing will be in the Galtees and the group plan to take girls scouts and more female leaders. For more details about up and coming events please go to the scouting Ireland website.

Group Council Meeting

An emotional Group Council meeting, this week the monthly get together of Kilcullen’s scouters brought a little tear to everyone’s eyes when a beautiful plaque was unveiled to commemorate the late Dick Reade.

The simple plaque a trail sign of a circle of stones with a single stone in the middle – meaning gone home, was unveiled to the group. Friend and fellow scouter Jo Robinson had made the memorial and it was unveiled by the cub section.

It was clear that the few months that have passed since Dick left us have really been a trial for everyone in the group, none more than his wife Kitty Reade who has shown an unknown depth of strength these past few months continuing to support the scouts on a weekly basis.

Further news at the meeting when Roy Champ former scout leader and current Venture leader was going to take a break from scouting really knocked everyone – Roy has been the back bone of any section that he’s worked with and will be sorely missed.

Richard Reade, Group Scout Leader, said that this would only be a temporary “holiday” for Roy, and we hoped to coerce him back into the fold in the near future.

At the end of the meeting the group who are not only scouters but friends too all sat drinking tea and eating cake discussing the thoughtfulness of the plaque and how to get Roy back in the near future!!

Good luck to Stephen

Fresh Prints of Kildare, is the great name for Kilcullen’s newest photographer. Stephen Biddulph, who lives in the town and is the flamboyant beaver scout leader, he has gained himself the reputation of Ace photographer with his ability to catch perfect images. Stephen who was appointed the scout groups unofficial photographer has captured all the highlights of the scouting year with formal and fun pictures. Parents, families and friends have all seen his natural ability to capture the moment and have been pushing him into do their weddings, communions and family parties. We were so glad that Stephen is taking the plunge into this venture – we won’t be surprised to see his work winning awards in the near future! You can visit Stephen’s Facebook page “Fresh prints of Kildare” or call him on 089 4308808.

Hope (D) services

Hope(D) Helping other people endure depression, Hope(d) Counselling Service, 3 Limerick Lane, Newbridge has been providing counselling services in the Kildare area for the past 9 years. Established in 2003 by the founder Sean O’Sullivan. Over the years our counsellors have provided support to a broad range of people, particularly those who cannot afford to pay for private counselling. Do not allow your financial position to deter you from utilising our counselling services. Just simply donate what you can, if you can. Our counsellors offer support in numerous areas, depression, suicidal thoughts, anxiety, bereavement, low self-esteem, addiction and many more. We serve all areas in Kildare. Please don’t hesitate to call our qualified counsellors for an appointment on 087 1513535. “Confidentiality is paramount to our services.”

CPC Golf Classic

A fundraising Golf Classic is being held on Friday May 11th in Palmerstown House Golf Club, Excellent Prizes including Perpetual Trophy., organised by the Parents Association of Cross & Passion College.

The cost for a team of four is €200, with refreshments provided. Entry forms are available from the college website at, or from any school student or you can contact Derek Phelan, Davidstown, Calverstown, Kilcullen, Co. Kildare Phone: 087-8094900.

The Parents Association are currently raising funds to compensate for grants lost in the recent Budget. The recent Car Boot Sale was very well supported and will be repeated on the first Sunday of each month.

Toddlers & Wobblers Mini Marathon

Staff and parents from Toddlers & Wobblers Crèche in Nicholastown, Kilcullen will yet again be taking part in this year’s Flora Women’s Mini Marathon, on Monday 4th June. They have completed in the marathon for the past three years in aid of ‘Make a Wish’ - a charity that grants wishes to children aged between 2 - 8yrs living with a life threatening condition. Imelda who is now an expert in organising participants for this event is opening up to others around the town to join them on the day for this worthwhile cause. Imelda will register you on line, collect your race number, collect your goodie bag, organise t-shirts, organise transport to and from Dublin, organise food and much needed refreshments after the race. If you are interested, contact Imelda at Toddlers & Wobblers Crèche - 045 481918. You’re guaranteed great day out!