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E-NEWS BULLETIN - Monday 13th April 2015
Congratulations to...
* Tanzania 2015 on another great training camp, this time in Normandy (Surrey !) and complete with the water purifying device that they will take to the project campsite with them.

* To the Pro-Act hillwalking team led by Lynne & Adam French who last week delivered a magnificent 6 days of hillwalking in the Lake District, including several major peaks and a wild camp in the Langstrath, to 22 Scouts & Explorers. Next year's trip will also be during the Easter week - 26th March to 2nd April 2016.

Good luck to…
* Roverang 2015 - "Curse of the Crystal Roger" - running 14th-18th April at the Nuffield Theatre Southampton
* Gosport Gang Show 2015 - playing at Ferneham Hall, Fareham from 15th-18th April

Census Completion
Thank you to all Groups and Districts for completion of the Census on time, including getting cheques to FernyCrofts by 7th.   It adds up to a lot of money; County pays nearly ½ million to Scout HQ!  It’s worth special thanks because of the late reversion to the manual method that involved, at least, a shorter time frame to usual and, for some, re-entering data.  Thank you for your cooperation and, as usual, for maintaining good humour.  The difficulties are acknowledged.  Thanks
Paul O’Beirne
County Secretary
Hampshire Scouting
Calling All Explorer and Network Scouts - Suisse Adventure 2016
Summer Expedition, Booking Is Now Open

14th – 30th August 2016

Will you be aged between 14 & 25 in August 2016?
Would you like to know more about this exciting International Expedition?
Will you be too old to go as a participant?
Would you be interested in joining the staff team?

Explorers booking now open:
Network booking now open:
For more information email –
For more information visit:
Dave Pannell – Expedition Leader.
Media & PR Good practices (April 2015)
ADC Public Relations & Marketing - James Snape.
This role will liaise closely with the media to promote Scouting in Romsey and report on events and activities providing on brand publicity material for events and activities for both the District and Group teams to provide a consistency of quality branded material across the District. In Romsey this role also builds on James' role of leading their District Youth Council as in this role James will oversee their District Young Spokespeople team, working with them to facilitate training and ensure that they are the public face of Scouting in Romsey.
The County Media and PR team are available to support you with; Creating Effective Publicity, Training Young People and Adults and Encourage Appointments, such as the above. We also have a diary of workshops such as Adults Media and PR workshop (aim age 18+) and Scouts Speak Up workshop (aim age 13 to 18).

For support, more information or to join the team please
Hospital Scout Groups

Southampton is due to start on Wednesday 8th April. If you or any other member aged 18+ is interested in joining the hospital team, adults who have completed all the prescribed training and paperwork can join so the next training event is at Southampton General Hospital on Thursday 4th June 5pm to 8.30pm. If you wish to attend please contact Sara Sullivan
Once Southampton is up and running, we will look to start Groups in Portsmouth and Basingstoke. for more information, please contact us at
Duke of Edinburgh Award

Next year, as I’m sure you know, is the 60th anniversary of the Duke of Edinburgh’s award. Hampshire County is keen to celebrate this and will be holding various events to  celebrate  this landmark.
HCC are curating an exhibition to coincide with an event in January 2016 and am keen to borrow any heritage gear-tents, boots, maps, clothing, stoves etc.
If anyone had any items which could be lent, please can you email - any items would be properly catalogued and cared for.

Mike Baxter
ACC (DofE & QSA)
Following the previous highly successful Leadership & Management Weekends (since 2011 ) for newly appointed District Commissioners and Group Scout Leaders, we have scheduled the one for 2015 over the weekend of 21st/22nd  November 2015 at the Holiday Inn, Eastleigh.
This weekend is open to all DC’s/DDC’s and GSL’s who have been in post for up to 24 months.
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!).

UPDATE on Wood Badges
Many thanks to those LTMs who have sent me Wood badge recommendation forms.
Wood Badge recommendation forms can be sent into GIlwell by the CTM. These will be processed and added to Compass for us. 
All Wood Badges that have been completed but not dispatched over recent months will be sent  over the next couple of weeks to me.  Gilwell  will deliver a Wood Badge for anyone in Hampshire that Compass currently says requires one. As this information may be out of date or recorded in error a while back on Compass,  Gilwell will send the wood badge to me as the first recipient on these Wood Badges so they can be  checked.  I will then pass them  onto the local District Commissioner to be presented. I promise to do this speedily. There is currently a back log from September 2014.

Creative Activities
Well done to 14th Eastleigh 'Spitfires' Scout and Guide Band on their Band Camp, with loads of musicality mixed in with camping, marching, late night hikes, concerts and not to mention human pyramids….. What more could you need!?!? Check out their website for what they've been up to and what they have planned for the year ahead - it looks busy!
This week brings us no less than 3 Scout Show's in our very own County, make sure you have a ticket for at least one of these and get supporting the creative side of Scouting.
Gosport Gang Show
15th - 18th April
Ferneham Hall, Fareham
“Performed by over 100 members of the local Scouts and Guides, this foot tapping production had been riding that 'Crest of a Wave' since 1978, so come along and clap your hands, a great night out for all the family”. For more info go to
Roverang Scout and Guide Show
14th - 18th April
Nuffield Theatre, Southampton
“Jump into an epic adventure as Roverang returns for its 58th year to bring you "The Curse of the Crystal Roger", a colourful music and dance extravaganza. Performed by over 130 members of the local Scout and Guide associations, join Indiana Roger on a fantastic quest to find the elusive crystal skull. See the cast of the show travel the world in this awesome showcase of singing, dancing and comedy”. For more info go to
Andover Gang Show
Fri 17th and Sat 18th April
Harrow Way Community School
“A variety show produced and performed entirely by the young people of Scouting in Andover”.
 On the subject of Scout Shows, don’t forget tickets are now on sale for our forthcoming County production on the 18th October, Hampshire Scouts Present - Stepping Out! Featuring the endless talents of Hedge End Gang Show, Basingstoke Gang Show, Odiham Scout Show and Roverang Scout and Guide Show, a flair from so many corners of our County and a fantastic opportunity to take a sneak peak at just what each has to offer.
For more info and tickets visit remember, it's only a one night performance so book early to avoid disappointment.
Sponsorship opportunities are already taking off, if you would like to know more about these and how you can help support this brand new & exciting adventure for Hampshire Scouting then drop us an message via the website using the on-line form.
And Finally, Auditions take place for Basingstoke Gang show 2016 on 10th and 17th May 2015, so for your chance to take part in this fantastic production, visit their website to find out how, when and where.
Hope everyone enjoyed their Easter Break, thanks to all those who sent me some fantastic Easter creativity photo's! And remember, if you have something creative planned please let me know and send me some pic's.
Keep Smiling
Scott Marshall
County Creative Activities Advisor and Staged Performance Assessor.


HSN  - Deadline Sunday April 19th 2015

It’s that time of the month again, if you have anything you would like to add to this month’s HSN, it would be great to have something on the following:
  •          Cubs
  •          Beavers
  •          Scouts
  •          Explorers
  •          Network  
  •          District Events
  •          DofE
  •          SAS 
  •          Young Carers
  •          International
  •          Training
  •          Ferny Crofts – New Staff
  •          Clubs
  •          New Appointments
  •          Development
  •          Activities
  •          Media
  •          James Ketch
  •          County Conference
  •          Clubs
  •          Heritage
  •          SA16
  •          Hampshire Hospitals
Please provide photos as attachments.
Dropbox is available, please email me and I will share a link to my box.
Please forward to by Sunday 19th April 2015
Southampton Orienteering Club Events

Southampton Orienteering Club regularly holds events suitable for all abilities in the South Hampshire area, with course suitable for novices up to more technical courses for those looking for more of a challenge. The summer series, details of which can be found by following this link, could be of particular interest, with events being held on Saturday mornings. Orienteering is a good way to practice map reading skills on maps specifically drawn for orienteering. Tuition is available. Should you require any further information, contact Ian Moran ( for further details.

Old Canvas Needed
I am a production manager for the Brownsea Open Air Theatre (BOAT).
We stage a Shakespeare play on Brownsea Island every summer. This year we are putting on The Tempest and it will be our 52nd year.
We are in need of old canvas to make sails for the set.
We wondered if Hampshire scouts might have old marquees or tents that have reached the end of their lives which you would consider donating to us.
We need about 50 square metres and specifically require canvas in lighter colours.
It does not have to be all the same as we will be making up a number of sails and the material can be different for each sail
I would be pleased to hear from anyone who thinks they may have something suitable.
And we are happy to collect.
We meet many Scout troops on the island when we are building the new set each year ,which takes from May to July.
Members come over to see what we are doing and it is a pleasure to tell them what we are up to.
If anyone can assist us, please email me:
Thank you.
Best regards, Alison Smith

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