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Reunion DATE was 17th May 2003

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Gryphon Venture Unit, Gone But Not Forgotten

Gryphon Venture Unit, Gone But Not Forgotten! In the autumn of 2002 a very sad event happened, Gryphon Venture Unit met for the very last time. This closed a significant chapter of scouting at Pinkneys Green, which had been in existence for 25 years, give or take a couple of months. Under changes implemented by the Scout Association, venture scouting, which catered for the 16-20 age group, has been replaced by Explorer Scouts & Scout Network. So Pinkneys Green along with many other Scout Groups across the UK has had to say farewell to their venture units.

But a number of past leaders of Gryphon recently met and decided that it would be a good idea to mark this event and celebrate the 25 years of the unit by organising a reunion for all the past members of the unit. This reunion will be open to anyone who was invested in to the unit and his or her other half's.

The date for the Gryphon reunion was Saturday 17th May 2003 at a Elva Lodge Hotel in Maidenhead, there will be a meal followed by a disco,

If you're scratching your head trying to remember what happened during your time in the unit, here is a list of some of the more memorable activities etc. that we can remember, some good, some not so!

Phil Astley's Christmas dinner speech, kangaroo courts, flower pot dancing, rugby matches v 13th, Ridgeway runs, gardening jobs, tree felling, QSA's. The Golden Ball, dubbers, wedging, West Wittering days out, cracker racing, mountain rescue's, joint meetings with Cookham Rangers, tomato fights. . . . plus many more for sure.

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We are trying to set up a Special Set of Web Pages of Photos of Gryphon activities and events from the past 25 years. If you have any interesting photos, that you are happy and are suitable to go on the web please email them to

We are also trying to put a list together of all the expeditions the unit went on over the 25 years. So if you can fill in any details below, please let us know.

                1977      Austria
                1983      Kielder
                1984      Sweden
                1985      Cornwall
                1986      Sweden
                1990      France
                1991      West Highland Way
                1992      Bordeaux
                1993      Cornwall
                1994      European Venture
                1995      Cornwall
                1996      Canada
                1997      St. Davids
                1999      Lake District
                2000      Big Out 2000 - Via Ferrata
                2001      Monmouth

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