Clubs and Community (Including mannequin help for scuba divers)

Harbour Lights Scuba Diving Club
Harbour Lights Scuba Diving Club

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Call for soft toys
Hemel Hempstead Lions are asking for soft toys, all sizes, clean and in good condition for our ‘hook a bag - a prize every time’ stall at local fetes.

If you have any you can let us have, please bring them into our bookshop in the Marlowes, or ring Gren on 07905 623776 if you’d like them collected.

Home-Start ladies tackled 50km walk

A team of seven brave ladies took part in the Grand Union Challenge by walking from Watford to Bletchley to raise funds for local charity Home-Start Dacorum.

Starting from Cassiobury Park, the team of staff, volunteers and a trustee walked the 50km challenge for which they had been training since March.

They aimed to raise over £2000 for the charity - which is celebrating its 30th birthday this year - and they are well on their way to beating this target.

Home-Start Dacorum provides a unique and valuable service to families with children under 11 by providing support to help them get the best from family life.

Trained volunteers - who are parents themselves - offer practical and emotional support to them in their own homes. The charity also delivers training courses and is an accredited provider of the renowned ‘Parenting Puzzle’ programme.

Chairman Simon Cox said: “We are all immensely proud of the time, effort and commitment shown by these ladies to support the essential work that Home-Start Dacorum does in our local community.

“If anyone wishes to add a donation to the team, they can do so via their fundraising page at”

Sainsbury’s raises a whopping £2k for school

Sainsbury’s Apsley Mills would like to thank customers and colleagues for helping raise money through the Local Charity partner scheme.

The scheme began in 2009 and has since raised more than £5 million to support local communities in the last four years.

The Collett School in Hemel Hempstead was presented with a cheque for £2,420.21 which Deputy Headteacher Nicola Bradbury said would go towards new play equipment for the playground.

Sainsbury’s will be announcing a new local charity in the next few weeks. Customers and colleagues have been voting, and Sainsbury’s are excited to announce this soon.

Mannequin helps to develop scuba skills

Scuba diving clubs in Hemel Hempstead have been given funding from councillor Ron Tindall to buy a mannequin, which has helped the clubs with first aid and rescue.

At Matthew’s Sharks Scuba Diving Club, members used the mannequin to practice their rescue skills as part of their ADI Advanced Open Water Course.

The aim was to dive down and bring up a scuba diver from the bottom of the lake, get them ashore, then carry out the scene assessment, barrier use, primary assessment, CPR, chest compressions and shock management.

Harbour Lights Scuba Diving Club used the mannequin in Swanage in the club’s boat, where members had to try performing CPR in a rocking rubber boat.

It was difficult but a lot of fun, and taught valuable first aid skills.

Over 60 members of the two clubs have used the mannequin, plus members of the public during scuba diving displays.

A representative from the diving clubs said: “At the present time, we are looking for a stretch of water that can be used by the clubs. It would be a valuable resource for Hemel Hempstead that should not be lost.”

Life’s a beach at Playskill

We had our Playskill Hemel Hempstead beach party on Friday at Woodfield School.

Playskill helps pre-school children with physical difficulty or delay.

Despite the wet weather we were delighted to let families know that we have received news of funding for 2015 from BBC Children in Need for our AM and PM groups of £25,020 towards the cost of running the groups!

Sadly, Chris Lee from the Challenge 19 team was unable to make it due to ill health, but they have just raised over £3,000 canoeing down the canals of England and Scotland for Playskill – see

Penny Jordan was able to receive thanks on behalf of the team.

Her husband Andrew will be swimming Lake Conniston in September for more fundraising for Playskill.

Thanks was also given to Nicole Fiddler from the Playskill parent representative for the charity Charlie’s Gift, which is helping families at the group.

Charlie’s Gift is a charity in memory of their son Charlie, who died suddenly in Hemel Hempstead.

We had a lot of fun playing in the sand and with a singing session from Rebecca at Soundtastic – – who led a free taster session for the children which was enjoyed greatly by all.

We had a lovely lunch together and burnt off some energy in the soft-play area thanks to Woodfield School!

New Beaver’s colony opens in Hemel Hempstead

After 12 years without a Scout group in Adeyfield, Hemel Hempstead Scouts are delighted to announce the opening of a new Beaver colony in September.

5th Hemel Hempstead Scout group is scheduled to re-open on Friday September 5th in partnership with Adeyfield free church.

They are currently recruiting Beavers between the ages of six and eight, and registering an interest for younger children so that they can be placed on a waiting list.

Peter Blackband, the Minister at the church said: “We are delighted to welcome Hemel Hempstead Scouts back into our church and are really looking forward to opening a new Beaver colony in September. This is a wonderful opportunity to fill a gap in Scouting in our town and we will embrace the challenge with enthusiasm and commitment.”

Beavers will run on Friday evenings between six pm and seven pm at the church in Leverstock Green Road.

Places are filling up quickly, so to avoid disappointment and to join the adventure of Scouting in Hemel Hempstead contact 07860 848603 or email