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E-NEWS BULLETIN - Monday 19th October 2015
County Conference - Saturday 24th October, 10am – 4.30pm, Thornden School
It’s your last chance to register, please click on the following link: Please DO NOT phone the County Office or send an email, Thanks.
Congratulations to...
* Hampshire Scouts Present…on a phenomenal show at Winchester Guildhall on Sunday evening which brought together the talents of Scout Shows from across Hampshire for one amazing evening. It was a packed house and was given a standing ovation from the Lord-Lieutenant, High Sheriff, and Mayors. Congratulations to Scott Marshall and his team for dreaming the dream and then delivering an awesome event - well done to Andover Gang Show, Basingstoke Gang Show, Fareham Marching Band, Hedge End Gang Show, and Roverang.
* Scout Winter Camp on their triumphant return with an activity filled camp at Lyons Copse - fantastic feedback from the Scouts and the leaders, and no mud !! Thanks to Dom and his ever-expanding team for making it happen.
* Flappy Fish Jamboree Unit on a great reunion camp, black-tie dinner, and cool presentation to a packed hall of parents about their Jamboree adventures, best times, and funniest times - and many thanks from the Unit to Ant, Claire, Emma and Russell for their leadership.
* Tanzania 2017 on a full Leader Selection weekend, and on a flood of applications from participants on Friday night just before the deadline. I was amazed and really pleased by the breadth of experience and enthusiasm of the Leaders, including many previous trips to Africa.

* The 14th Eastleigh Spitfires band on a superb concert on Saturday evening - they filled the church with the rich sound of the band, and gave a packed audience a really great evening. And the young soloists were amazing.
County Membership subscription 2016
As you are aware, from 2016 only young people under the age of 18 years will pay HQ membership subscriptions, and we have already advised us that their fee will be £25.50 per head (less 50p if paid on time). This equates to a 0% increase on the total 2015 figure.

At their meeting on Tuesday 13th October, Hampshire County the County Executive Committee, agreed to adopt the same payment policy.

Therefore the County membership fee for 2016 will be £9.70 per head, payable by all members under the age of 18 years only. This also equates to a 0%  (zero percent) increase on the total 2015 figure. Please note this is the second year in a row the County Membership has not increased.
Local Training Managers Conference
Saturday 26th September 2015
10.00 to 16.00
This will be an opportunity for LTM’s to meet together to take part in LTM workshops and prepare for changes to the wood badge recommendation processes.
More information and how to book your place can be found at


Training Advisers
The biennial TA evenings for 2015 have been arranged. These events are for current and aspiring TA’s.
All the events will start at 19.30 and finish at 21.30.
  • (Tues) 3rd November 2015 @  Cricket Camp
  • (Mon) 9th November 2015 @  1st Eastleigh
  • (Thurs) 12th November 2015 @  Hook Scout HQ
This will be an opportunity to take part in TA workshops and receive information and updates.
More information and how to book your place can be found at
The Big Path Watch
The Ramblers organisation is running a map reading survey of footpaths by 1 km squares of England and Wales involving surveying on the ground and capturing the data on PC or iPhone app.
It runs until the end of the year and could well be of interest to Scouts of all ages in Hampshire.
The link to The Big Path Watch is:
Please contact me if you have any questions
Kind Regards
Rob Hannah
Footpath Secretary
Alton Group of The Ramblers
Tel: 01420 874310
Calling all Explorer leaders
Ferny Crofts are looking for more Young People to join the Gold Team.
Gold team is a group of young people ages 14-18  interested in learning and developing their skills in outdoor activities and willing to take on the challenge of running an outdoor centre.
If you have passionate, enthusiastic, outdoorsy young people in your unit, we will happily come to your Explorer meetings and explain what we do, how you can get involved and what you can get from us.
If you would like us to come to one of your meetings, then contact us on
Kind Regards
Ferny Crofts Team
T: 02380 845092
Ferny Crofts, Beaulieu Road, Beaulieu, Hampshire, SO42 7YQ
HCSC Registered Charity Number: 1015788
Creative Activities

‘Well, what a fantastic weekend for Creative Activities!!!
On Saturday  14th Eastleigh ‘Spitfires’ Scout & Guide Band performed in concert at Chandlers Ford Methodist Church and what a great job they did!
Great to see such a positive turn out for their performance which  provided a huge genre of music from the traditional marching band style you might expect right through to numbers from Disney, Musicals and even Michael Jackson.  Well done to Greg Walker (Director of Music) and his team, and of course the talented musicians that performed, and thank you to all those that supported the event.
Click on the link below for a review of the evening and also some dates for the diary of just some of their future performances.
Sunday brought a new adventure for Hampshire Scouting with Scouts (and Guides) from all over our County coming together to perform for a jam packed audience at the beautiful Winchester Guildhall for Hampshire Scouts Present. This was a brand new event for Hampshire Scouts, bringing together creative talents from all over our County , featuring Andover Gang Show, Basingstoke Gang Show, Hedge End Gang Show, Roverang Scout & Guide Show and also Fareham Scout Band who treated the audience (and many a passer-by) to a pre-show performance on the Guildhall’s beautiful Victoria staircase; what an excellent way to let Winchester know that Hampshire Scouts were ‘in town’ by parading them in the middle of the City. The adventure continued throughout the evening with some excellent performances from all involved bringing song, comedy, dance, tears and laughter that literally brought members of the audience to their  feet with a standing ovation during its finale, well done to all involved.
Thank you to all those that supported Hampshire Scouts Present and if you liked what you saw, or indeed were unable to attend to see just what great talent we have here in our County, here are some dates for your diary of our participating districts own  productions which shouldn’t be missed.
Basingstoke Gang Show: 11th – 20th February, The Hay Market, Basingstoke
Hedge End Gang Show: 17th - 20th February, Wyvern Technological College
Roverang Scout & Guide Show: 5th – 9th April, Nuffield Theatre, Southampton
Well done to all involved, and as always, if you have a creative activity you would like support and/or promotion then please get in touch –
Keep Smiling!

Scott Marshall
County Creative Activities Advisor
Hampshire Scouts
BBC Children in Need
What do you have planned? - What are you/your section/Group/Unit doing for Children in Need this year? Do you think it would make good television and promote 21st century Scouting. Please email the undersigned with a brief description of your plans along with dates, times, section/s, Groups/Units and District along with full contact details of someone with all the information.

Thank you
Scouts Speak Up Workshop
The Trainers, Lizzie Harvey, Joe Hunter, Jakki Holland and Ray Noice would like to invite Explorer Scouts, older Scouts (12+) and young adults (under 21) who could convey first-hand the fun, challenge, adventure and global citizenship that Scouting offers and who are keen to promote Scouting and learn more about the media?
Saturday 28th (8:30am) to Sunday 29th (4pm) November at Lyons Copse, Sandy Lane, Shedfield, SO32 2HQ
If you can't make the whole weekend, let us know when you are available and we will try to make allowances
for more information and participant booking;
District Commissioners Wanted
Do you think you have what it takes to be a District Commissioner or do you know someone who has?
We are looking for 3 new District Commissioner’s in the South West of Hampshire to lead, manage and grow their District into the future as we continue to provide active and adventurous Scouting to everyone involved young and those with a little more experience.
We currently have a need for District Commissioners to lead and develop their District in the following area’s New Forest West; New Forest East; Romsey
If you know anyone who would be suitable after reading the role description attached please complete the form and send it to me (details on the form).

Nomination Form

DC Role Description

Darren Reed
ACC(DS) South West Hampshire Scouting
2015 LEADERSHIP & MANAGEMENT WEEKEND:  Open to All DCs and GSLs in post for less than 24 months
Why:  This follows  the previous highly successful Leadership & Management Weekends (since 2011 ) for newly appointed District Commissioners and Group Scout Leaders, valued by many.
How: This training does not follow the normal module format but will cover many of the objectives in a meaningful, fun and thoughtful way.
When:  21st/22nd  November 2015 at the Holiday Inn, Eastleigh. Residential only.
This weekend is open to all DC’s/DDC’s and GSL’s who have been in post for up to 24 months.
A number of applications have already been received but there are still places available.  More details will be issued over the coming weeks, but in the meantime, please notify your wish to attend to Donna Kerrigan, Director of Adult Learning on quickly to save disappointment (previous weekends were oversubscribed!).
Gone Home
It is with great sadness that we have heard that Jill Walden has lost her fight with Motor Neurone Disease and passed away at the end of last week.

Jill has been Beaver Leader with 21st Romsey (Nursling and Rownhams) since 1992 and before that with 15th Romsey (North Baddesley).  

A testament to the quality of the programme and the continuous hard work Jill has put into the running of the Beavers is seen in the numbers of young people who have enjoyed and benefitted from her leadership.  Number have always remained healthy and peaked to such high numbers that a second colony starting at 21st Romsey earlier this year.

Jill did not just run an active programme each week, but also involved the Beavers with community events and fundraising for the group.  Jill enthused the Beavers to join in with these events such as the community May Day and senior citizens Christmas party each year, in addition to tidying up the grounds around the local lakes and in the local church yard each year.  In addition to this, each year near Christmas Jill arranged for the Beavers to sing Christmas Carols at a  senior citizens nursing home in the local community…and were always asked to come back.

All the Beavers that have been part of Jill’s colonies over the years have loved her and she was awarded the Scout Associations “Award for Merit” last year for her exceptional service to Scouting.

Our thoughts and prayers are with her family, friends and Kerrie and the team at 21st Romsey at this very sad time.  We will send details of Jill’s funeral arrangements as soon as they have been confirmed.

Yours in Scouting,

John Papworth,
District Commissioner Romsey
Suitable as residential for QSA/DofE
We've got 2 voyages we are looking to fill as we are very short of people for both. I would be very appreciative if you could send out the following.

''We are working on a project to refresh the Leadership @ Sea Program and are looking for people under 25 to sign up on either LN884 or LN885 to participate in the scheme and to report back their experience and feedback once home again.

We would like to invite you to sail with us as a member of the voyage crew and participate in the Leadership@Sea programme in full. This is something that can be included on your CV once done and would be of invaluable assistance to the honing of the JST L@S program.

The cost for the sailing will be covered by a sailing bursary but you would need to get to and from the ship and get travel insurance at your own cost and we would ask that you contribute a donation of £100.00 minimum to join in. If you wish to participate on both voyages out to Las Palmas just ask! If you decide to take up the offer on both voyages we can only offer L@S on one trip - but we would require the donation to sail as a thank you for joining.

Voyage No. Start Date End Date Duration Port Departure Port Arrival

LN884 - 26/10/15 to 09/11/15 15
Southampton to Lisbon

LN885 - 10/11/15 to 23/11/15 14
Lisbon to Las Palmas

If you would like to book up please tick the Leadership at Sea box and in the group code add. SRLAS For short haul flights please try<> Lisbon - London £53.00 for example Travel insurance can be found at Topsail 01273 573725 or Bishop Skinner 01245 291167 ''
If you need more information feel free to call on 02380 426846

Michael Baxter
District and Cluster information on the County Website
Do take a look around your Hampshire County Scout website and tell us what you need to find there. The search function really does work well and please send us any information that is missing. You may even like to join the communications team who add the posts or manage the technical side of the site.
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Hampshire Scouts, Ferny Crofts,
Beaulieu Road, Beaulieu,
Brockenhurst, Hampshire. SO42 7YQ
United Kingdom
Tel: 023 8084 7847
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