About us

We are based in the Mapperley/Woodthorpe area of Nottingham and offers Scouting activities for young people.

About Us


Our Group is fortunate to be one of the few in Nottinghamshire to have our own training ground. We call this ground ‘Pepperpots’, named after the structures at the top of the shafts that were built in the 19th century to ventilate the railway tunnel underneath the land.

The entrance to the site is on Mapperley Plains Road (a few miles from Nottingham city centre) at the junction with Arnold Lane. Please drive extremely carefully into and out of the site; it is a busy road, there are youngsters at play here and there is very little parking space!

Pepperpots is used for most of the weekly meetings of all our sections in the Summer months. In the Winter months it is used by our Wednesday Beaver Colony, Monday Cubs, the Scout Troops and the Peppers Explorer Unit. It is also used for special activities such as overnight camping and our annual Bonfire Night Party.

Our site contains a grassy area outside the Ellis Building adjacent to the ‘Top Pepperpot’ known as the ‘Top Plateau’ which is used for activities most weeks. The track on the left and ‘Otter’s Steps’ to the right lead down to the ‘Bottom Field’ used for ball games or wider-ranging activities. At the lower end of the bottom field on the left hand side is our ‘Centenary Camp Fire Circle’ built in 2008.

Further on is the ‘Bottom Pepperpot’ leading to a less-developed part of the site used for nature work and building bivouacs. The area beyond the ‘Bottom Pepperpot’ is out-of-bounds to all young people, unless accompanied by a leader or helper.

Pepperpots Maintenance

The site is maintained by a dedicated team who ask for parents/carers to help out with vital maintenance work etc. These jobs include groundwork, diy type jobs, gardening, painting and decorating etc. If you can help, please liaise with our maintenance team.

A site like Pepperpots as you can imagine, needs plenty of maintenance/cleaning and working parties are organised several times a year.  We ask parents/carers to assist with this and attendance counts towards your contribution to the group which we ask of you when your children join 3rd Woodthorpe.

Where We Meet

We meet at Pepperpots HQ (The Ellis Building), Plains Road, Mapperley, Nottingham, NG3 5RJ, although some sections use St. Mark’s Church Hall, De Vere Gardens, Woodthorpe during part of the year.

St. Marks Church is our sponsor within the Scout Movement and members of the Church provide important resources, both physically and spiritually, to assist us. There are three family services each year at which we ask members to attend St. Marks on Sunday mornings in addition to our own Remembrance Service in November. Parents are very welcome to attend these services as well.

Put your phone down and what are you left with? Just teamwork, courage and the skills to succeed.’
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls