cooking_compOn Saturday 12th February 10 teams of Cub Scouts took part in the Annual District Cooking Competition.  There were 5 teams in the morning session and 5 teams in the afternoon session.  The theme for this year was “Asia” and all the teams had to prepare and cook a 2 course meal for less than £5.00 –not easy!!

The standard of the food was as usual, very high.  The winners from the morning session were the 17th Reigate and the winners from the afternoon session were the 9th Horley Cub Pack.  The overall winners were the 17th Reigate as they had gained half a point more in the morning.  The 17th Reigate now go forward to the Surrey County Cooking Competition semi finals in November.

One photo shows the winning team from the 17th Reigate who were Matthew Cove, James Greatwood, Alice Mills and Thomas Bushell and the meal they cooked was vegetable soup as the starter with a main course of lemon and lime chicken with egg fried rice and peas.

The other photo is of the afternoon session winners, 9th Horley. Alex Heron-McLaren, Mitchell Hatten, Alyss Bray and Tom Waters.  They cooked Hot and spicy soup followed by Chicken Katsu curry.

Well done to everyone who took part.

Welcome to Jordan Heights.   (The Home of Reigate Camping)

Jordan Heights is a secluded campsite near Reigate. It was once a hillside garden for a member of the Royal Society. During World War 2 it was used to house an army pigeon loft. The site has been leased to Girl guiding Surrey East from the National Trust for 50 years. As a District we would like to take the Camp site on and turn it into Reigate District Site’s very own Camp Site.

This is a unique site, hidden away, but within 15 minutes of Reigate Station. An ideal place to walk into or out of from most Scout groups in the District.

Jordan Heights is on the wooded slop of Reigate Hill, within easy access of Junction 8 of the M25, access is via a bridle way and a zig zag path with steps. It is well equipped for camps of up to 50 persons. It is to be leased by the National Trust to Reigate District Scouts. The site is on three levels with a large hut on the main camping level.

If you want to be a backwoodsman or camp in the traditional way, this is the place for you- it has seclusion, mains water, a wash block, chemical toilets, solar lights and gas. Hopefully electricity in the near future via a small generator. Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorer, network and Leaders will love it.


Additional car parking

Generator for electricity for lighting and fridge.

Upgraded toilet and wash facilities.

Permanent orienteering course

Permanent Geocaching course

Establish a chapel on site

To improve the camp fire circle

Additional water outlets

Increase activities with Archery and pioneering

Improve the safety of the perimeter and security.

Frequently, following a walk across Headley Heath I have to remove a tick or two from the dog – horrible parasites that look like white grapes. About the middle of April I walked my dog over Headley Heath. In the evening I noticed that my ankle was sore.  On investigation I found a large angry looking swelling topped by a tick.  I removed the tick and expected the swelling to go, however 7 days later the leg was seriously swollen from foot to knee and a visit to the doctor was necessary.  Lyme disease was a possibility and a course of antibiotics prescribed.  A seven day course, the swelling reduced but has still not gone and the redness has faded.

The doctor suggested that when walking/hiking it is a good idea to tuck trousers into socks – what happens with short trousers I don’t know.  Lyme disease can be a killer and is difficult to diagnose.

How do we risk assess that situation – it is the first time it has happened to me.