THE LATEST DISTRICT NEWS  

Welcome to the Easter edition of the District News, and wishing you all a very happy Easter. 


Here are the Highlights:   

  • Census 2018
  • Vital Announcement
  • District Quiz Fundraiser
  • District AGM
  • St Georges Day Service
  • St Georges Day Awards
  • Training
  • District Campsite

 

Census 2018

Its now time to announce the result of this years Annual Census. The annual headcount of membership in Scouting across the District. The fantastic news is that there has been another growth of membership in the District, the 3rd year running of Growth of membership in our District.  A full report on the membership is to be soon to the Group Scout Leaders but here are some of the highlights:

  • Total District Membership is up to 1442, A total growth of 86 members and 6.3% from 1356 in 2017.
  • Currently the 5th Biggest District in Cheshire.
  • Total Youth membership 1023 (Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorer Scouts)
  • 11 Groups have shown an overall increase and  1 Group has retained their numbers
  • There is some sort of Youth Leadership (Young Leaders) support in every group
  • There has been growth of membership in the Cubs, Scouts, Explorers and Network Sections, unfortunately there was a reduction in Beaver Scout membership despite significant numbers on the Waiting lists, which will be an area to look at in the future.
  • Adult membership has again grown across the District with nearly 370 registered adults with some kind of Leader or Executive role in our District.

All of this is fantastic news and all of this is down to the dedication, hard work and teamwork of all the volunteers in the District who are working each week/day/night contributing to our fabulous organisation. 

As a quote from James Cash Penny once said "Growth is never by mere chance; it is the result of forces working together." Again therefore well done to each and everyone of you and look out for further announcements via Social media soon once the National announcements are made.

 

Vital Announcement - Ban on All Scout Campfires!

You may have seen in the press and via social media that there has been an Association wide ban on Campfires until further notice! Why, we hear you ask? This is due to the Scout Associations partnership with Operation Lichen (OL). OL are a national organisation who conduct studies, research and create legislation for the protection of rare lichens, spores and moss. Their recent studies have found that smoke from Scout Campfires are detrimental to rare lichens found across the Country and the use of dead branches and firewood has almost wiped out one European protected species of Moss. Therefore they are imposing a blanket ban on the activity with immediate effect.

April Fu OL's Lead has been quoted as saying, "We know it is unfortunate that we have to ban such activities, but we all have to think of the Lichens and Spores that had no protection until our operation was formed" she then further added "lets face, the singing at these events isnt that good either is it" 

Joe King, the Scout Associations new Partnership and Media manager, stated that he was confident that once they have completed a review of operations, they maybe able to remove the ban later in the year.

 

 

District Quiz Fundraiser for WSJ2019 

There are still tickets available for the World Jamboree Fundraising Team's District Quiz on Friday 20th April 2018 starting at 7.30pm
They are charging £10 per team up to 8 People and there will be prizes and other games as well as bragging rights for the Winner. 

To book you need to email agsl@gorsecovertscouts.org.uk  

 

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District AGM

Formal Invites for every Leader and Adult in the District for this years District AGM have and are being Distributed to each of the Groups.

The AGM is taking Place on the 10th May 2018 starting at 7.30pm at Grappenhall Scout HQ. Entertainment will include a special interview with our Districts World Jamboree Participants.

There will be a BBQ following the proceedings also, hope to see you there.

 

St George's Day Service 

A reminder that the Joint District St George’s Day Service will be taking place on the 22nd April at St Elphin’s Parish Church in Warrington. All groups are expected to attend to renew their promise as Scouts of Warrington.

The Service will be starting in the Church at 2.00pm and groups will be assemble on the lawn outside the church from 1.30pm with colour parties for their Section Flags. 

Parking Arrangements for Warrington East Distirct includes the Car Park at Fairfield and Howley Community Centre  The Old School, Fairfield St, Warrington WA1 3AJ. There is also Parking available on the Road around there. Those who have any mobility issues, we have also agreed with Sainsbury's that their Car park can be used for dropping off for the event. Please be considerate when parking at both places.

 

St George's Day Awards

A Huge Congratulations to two of our Adult members in the District that have been recognised by the Scout Association for their Contribution to Scouting in our District.
Mark O'Dell who runs our very own Paddles Blazing Water Activities ASU as well as being Water Activities Assessor for the District and County has been awarded the Silver Acorn for his outstanding contribution to Scouting over the years. A very well done to him, we are aware he was very surprised to receive the award.
Our second St George's Day Award has gone to Brenda Dodd, Assistant Cub Leader at the 12th Warrington East (1st Birchwood) who has been awarded the Silver Wolf. This is the highest accolade an Adult in Scouting can receive from Scouting. It is a gift from our Chief Scout and is the mark of truly exceptional contribution to Scouting. Warrington East are really proud of another Silver Wolf to be received by one of our adult members, our 3rd in 3 years and a measure of the huge quality of volunteers we have in our District and how much contribution they give to development of young people in the area.

 

 

Training 

You may have seen the Training Note Circulated by Jon Davies recently, if not the details are below

The date for the annual Cub / Scout / Explorer Leader Nights Away Training Weekend is fast approaching covering Modules 12a, 12b, 16, 17, 18, 19, 38 - If you interested in attending please do register as places are filling up.... 

Preparation Morning is planned for Sunday 29th April with the Weekend planned for 18th / 19th and 20th May @ Queen Charlotte's Wood Camp Site. You will need to register and be available for the preparation session and for the weekend (Links below) 

Prep Session - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/prep-for-modules-12a12b1617181938-cubscoutexplorer-leaders-only-tickets-42765146705 

Weekend Session - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/modules-12a12b1617181938-cubscoutexplorer-leaders-only-tickets-42630272292  

 

District Campsite 

As the Camping season starts up again, dont forget we have our very own District Campsite.

Within the Grounds at Grappenhall Scout Headquarters, the site really suits Patrol or Cub Camps or a Small Group Camp.

Bookings are made via the website here http://www.warringtonscoutcampsite.com/

They are currently looking for Site Wardens and Maintenance members if that is something you might also be interested in, contact details are on the Website above.

 

 

Warrington East Scout District

Online: warringtoneastscouts.co.uk | facebook.com/warringtoneastdistrictscouts @WEScoutsSMT 

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