CUBS from across the Blackdown District enjoyed a promise party to mark 100 years of cub scouting.

They were among cubs and leaders across the country who renewed their promise to the movement, started by Lord Baden Powell in 1916.

The entertainment at Temple Methodist Church, Taunton, included a selection of songs from the Taunton Scout and Guide Gang Show and fun performances by cub pack leaders from across the district.

A number of cubs were invested on the evening, which was attended by the Mayors of Ilminster and Taunton Deane and the Deputy Mayor of Chard.

District commissioner Pam Gaines said: "Scouting is really popular and recent research has shown that it is also good for those that take part.

"We are limited by the number of adults wishing to volunteer - there are opportunities out there for all helping at the section nights, being part of local groups' executive committees, being instructors for activities such as climbing and paddling, helping with the district media-website, taking photographs, and helping at the campsite with maintenance or activities.

"There are numerous ways that people can help, in return you get to join in the fun, get trained in various aspects including management skills."

For more information contact Mrs Pam Gaines at