Scouts get on track in Pinewood Derby

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DOZENS of cubs from across Bucks com­peted in an an­nual com­pe­ti­tion.

The sixth an­nual in­ter­na­tional Pinewood Derby hosted by the 2nd Amer­sham on the Hill Wolf Pack took place on Satur­day Fe­bru­ary 27 at Amer­sham’s Ju­bilee Hall Scout Hut.

The event has been called a ‘great suc­cess’ and was ‘very well at­tended’ with more than 120 par­ents, fam­ily mem­bers and cubs go­ing along.

The Pinewood Derby is a pop­u­lar event with the Boy Scouts of Amer­ica, but is fairly unique in the UK.

Cubs are given four wheels and a small block of wood to carve into a car of their own de­sign be­fore rac­ing them down an eight me­tre grav­ity track.

About 80 cars raced from Wolf Pack and the chal­lengers and pre­vi­ous hold­ers of the tro­phy from 1st Flack­well Heath Pawnee Pack, plus a first ap­pear­ance from Mi­lan Pack, also from 2nd Amer­sham on the Hill Scouts, com­peted as well.

The deputy mayor of Amer­sham, coun­cil­lor Mark Vivis, ac­com­pa­nied by 2nd Amer­sham’s most loyal fan coun­cil­lor Mimi Harker, jointly started ev­ery one of the 60 races.

Ni­cola Feakes, from 2nd Amer­sham, said: “There was a fan­tas­tic at­mos­phere. The hall was dec­o­rated in a US/UK theme with a hot­dog stand ac­com­pa­nied by juke­box mu­sic and all the par­tic­i­pants clearly en­joyed them­selves.”

The Wolf Pack man­aged to wres­tle the tro­phy away from Flack­well Heath in the fi­nal race of the day.

All the cubs put a con­sid­er­able amount of ef­fort into build­ing and de­sign­ing the model cars, which counts to­wards their cub scout DIY badge.

Com­ment­ing on his first time at the event, Mr Vivis said: “What a won­der­ful event. I can’t wait to re­turn next year.”

Mrs Harker said of her sixth visit to the event: “I had a fab af­ter­noon with 2nd Amer­sham on the Hill Scouts at the Pinewood Derby. Amaz­ing imag­i­na­tions cre­at­ing amaz­ing cars!”

Fastest Wolf Pack car and over­all win­ner was Luke Hol­loway, with run­ners up Wil­liam Bozier (se­cond), Fred­die Emms (thir) and Max Bax­ter (fourth).

The win­ner of the best look­ing car was De­clan O’Kelly, while Emma Phillips picked up the most Orig­i­nal De­sign award.

Ella Davies was awarded the best ef­fort and the cubs voted the Coolest Car to be Oliver Howgego’s.

The most unique de­sign went to Joe Hitch­man.

The Young Sib­ling Best Car was Daniel Baker and the Orig­i­nal De­sign Vet­eran award went to Har­riet Fore­man and the tro­phy for the Fastest Vet­eran Sib­ling was awarded to Ben Fore­man.

One of the most sought af­ter tro­phies, due to the tro­phy’s toi­let de­sign, for last place, was col­lected by Finn O’Brien.

In all, more than 80 tro­phies, medals and cer­tifi­cates were awarded for var­i­ous cat­e­gories and ev­ery­body went away with a prize and a smile.

A spe­cial award for out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tion was pre­sented to Andy Roker for his ‘amaz­ing ef­forts’ in the pit lane fix­ing cars and en­sur­ing ev­ery en­try was the cor­rect rac­ing weight.

Or­gan­iser of this year’s event Rob Fore­man said: “I’d like to thank ev­ery­one who turned up and cheered the rac­ers on, but es­pe­cially the par­ent helpers and vol­un­teer lead­ers who worked self­lessly all day. With­out their help, ded­i­ca­tion and giv­ing up their valu­able time th­ese im­mensely en­joy­able and pop­u­lar events would sim­ply not hap­pen.” MORE than 80 mem­bers of the Chiltern District Welsh So­ci­ety got to­gether to cel­e­brate the an­nual St David’s Day Din­ner.

Held at the Ger­rards Cross Golf Club on March 1, chair­man Kay Day also greeted five new re­cruits af­ter a cham­pagne re­cep­tion.

Mem­bers said the food, which fea­tured Welsh lamb, was ex­cel­lent, and the din­ner was fol­lowed by singing from Alys Roberts, who was ac­com­pa­nied by Iain Led­ing­ham at the pi­ano.

The duo per­formed a se­lec­tion from Ms Roberts op­er­atic reper­toire, along with a num­ber of Welsh folk songs.

The evening with ev­ery­one

fin­ished gath­er­ing around the pi­ano to sing a va­ri­ety of Welsh favourites.

Ms Roberts will be singing with the Royal Bucks Choral So­ci­ety, con­ducted by Mr Led­ing­ham at the Amer­sham Fes­ti­val of Mu­sic at the Royal Ma­sonic, Rick­mansworth, on April 30.

Visit www.chiltern­welsh. org for more in­for­ma­tion about the Chiltern District Welsh So­ci­ety.

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