Scouts get on track in Pinewood Derby
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.