Long Service Awards

Service Awards are awarded for years service as an adult member of the Scout Association in increments of 5 years. 

November 2020

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David Harvey – K2 Explorers  – Assistant Explorer Leader

Anne Croll – 5th Farnham (Bourne) – Assistant Beaver Leader

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Linda German – Farnham District – Scout Active Support Unit

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Karl Arnold – Farnham District – Scout Active Support Unit

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Paul Hammersley – Elstead Eagles – Explorer Leader

Simon Hancock  – Elstead Eagles – Assistant Explorer Leader

Liz Larkin – 2nd Farnham (Hale) – Group Scout Leader

Brennan Healey – 2nd Farnham (Hale) – Assistant Scout Leader

Philip Drapper – 4th Farnham (Tongham) – Assistant Scout Leader

Joe Hutchins – 4th Farnham (Tongham) – Assistant Cub Scout Leader

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Ken Allan – 2nd Farnham (Hale) – Group Treasurer

Helen Monroe – 3rd Farnham – Group Administrator

Simon Lomas-Clarke – 3rd Farnham – Assistant Cub Scout Leader

Surinder Rattan – 4th Farnham (Tongham) – Beaver Scout Leader

Naomi Springer – 5th Farnham (Bourne)  – Cub Scout Leader

Dan Josty- 5th Farnham (Bourne)  – Cub Scout Leader

Elspeth Fletcher – 5th Farnham (Bourne)  – Assistant Cub Scout Leader

Jack Fidler – Farnham District/5th Farnham (Bourne)  – District Youth Commissioner/Assistant Scout Leader

Ian Turton – K2 Explorers/5th Farnham (Bourne)  – Assistant Explorer/Groups Scout Leader

Richard Banes-Walker – 8th Farnham (Rowledge) – Cub Scout Leader

Richard Adolph – 8th Farnham (Rowledge) – Assistant Scout Leader

Louise Cocks – 8th Farnham (Rowledge) – Assistant Scout Leader




Wood Badges

Since September 1919 adult volunteers in the Scouts have been awarded the Wood Badge on the completion of their leader training.  

The current training is module driven in a combination of courses, 1:1 sessions, workbooks and validation of practical skills; drawing from the leaders life knowledge and experience.

It is mandatory that a leader complete the training within 3 years of taking on a role; if a leader changes role they have to revalidate certain modules of the training and additional modules if their role is a ‘managerial’ role(GSL,ADC).

Please discuss with your Training Adviser to progress your training. Wood Badge Training Link

HQ process applications throughout the year and issues Wood Badge Beads and Certificates 4 times a year.

November 2020

Denise Weller – Explorer Leader – Madcats

Liz Chart – Group Scout Leader – 5th Farnham (Bourne)

Ian Turton – Group Scout Leader – 5th Farnham (Bourne)

Nicky Clements – Assistant District Commissioner – Farnham District

Remembrance 2020

Remembrance 2020




7th Elstead Remembrance Video












Readiness Risk Level moves to RED in England

The Scout Association has announced that for the duration of the 4 week lockdown the Readiness Risk Level moves to RED in England.

E-mails should have been received by all members.


This means that all face to face scouting must cease from Thursday 5th November 2020.

Each Volunteer, Section, Groups/Unit will decide on the level of virtual Scouting that they can provide – all decisions will be respected and full support given in all circumstances.

Both the District Scout Shop and Garners Field will close during this 4 week lockdown.

I will let you know once the TSA changes their risk level and the conditions of that level.

Please stay safe and if you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact me.


Farnham District Scout Council
Ann-Marie Vinnicombe
District Commissioner
Farnham District Scout Council
T: +44 (0)7410381071 | E: dc@farnhamscouting.com | W: https://www.farnhamscouting.com

From tomorrow in England there can be no face-to-face activity with young people or adult volunteers, in accordance with…

Posted by The Scouts on Wednesday, 4 November 2020


Farnham Scout Shop

Farnham District Scout Shop Re-Opening

Farnham Scout Shop will be reopening on Saturday September 19th 2020.

For the time being, the shop will only be open from 9:30 to 12noon on Saturdays during school terms times as well as half term.

Once we feel there is a sufficient requirement we will be opening again on Thursday evenings.

There will be a few changes to how we manage the shop and a copy of the customer instructions as below will be posted on the doors.

For any Group requiring badges in quantity please contact our Badge Secretary Denise (badges@farnhamscouting.com) – given the current climate please forgive us if there is a little longer delay than usual in obtaining your badges and letting you know they are ready for collection at the shop.

Our pricing policy remains as set by Scout Store and in general our prices match those found at Scout Store’s on-line shop – by buying at the Farnham District Scout Shop you avoid P & P, return any profits to local scouting, can see the goods first hand (albeit currently with some vid restrictions) plus Leaders if authorised can charge goods to their Group Account.

We are very lucky to have a team of volunteers to enable the opening of the shop and I wish to thank them for all the past of future commitments, particularly Roy Tubbs, Shop Manager who has worked hard ensuring the shop is safe to open again.

The Shop remains at: https://farnhamscouting.com/website/ourshop/ with all details.

Should you have any queries on the above (or indeed any aspect of the Farnham Scout Shop) please feel free to contact Roy; Scoutshop@farnhamscouting.com or day/evening 01428 – 607848.

When the time is right for you we looking forward to seeing you back at the Farnham District Scout Shop






Garners Field – Update

8th August 2020

Garners Field is partially open within the AMBER approved risk assessment attached. Campsite Red to Amber Covid Risk Assessement REV 2

Our Campsite Manager, Ken Powell and his team of volunteers run and maintain the campsite and they have done a fantastic job during lockdown keeping the campsite at a high standard of maintenance to ensure safe fun.


The decision has been made that effectively it is only the field, activity trail and shooting range that can be opened for use at this time and risk level.


Anyone using the site must have their own approved COVID-19 Risk Assessment as well as usual activity RA and this must be attached to the booking form – no one is allowed on site without an approved booking for any reason.



This means that the hall, climbing tower and archery wall are not open under this level.  Overnight camping will not resume until the risk level is Green.



Hopefully you will have seen that the climbing tower roof has been replaced and there is further upgrades in the pipeline  – https://farnhamscouting.com/website/climbing-tower-new-roof/

We are also revamping the archery wall, currently it has been dismantled ahead of rebuild – https://farnhamscouting.com/website/garners-field-the-crew-in-action/


If you have any queries please contact the Campsite Manager: campsitebookings@farnhamscouting.com


Ann-Marie Vinnicombe – Farnham District Commissioner



Climbing Tower New Roof

So the Climbing Tower needed a new roof………………………MASSIVE THANK YOU to

Philip German

Bill Weller

Gary Thain

Mark Weller

Phil Drapper

Geoff Whitaker

Graham Keen

for helping to transform the roof, making the tower safe and ready to be used……………….



 October 2020

Chief Scout’s Commendation for Good Service

Naomi Stringer – 5th (Bourne) Cub Scout Leader – Naomi’s enthusiasm and commitment to Scouting is clear from leading a new Beaver Colony to following those Beavers through to opening a new Cub Pack and now helping to move them on to Scouts.

Commissioners’ Commendation Award

Debbie Ollerenshaw – A-GSL and Beaver  Leader – 7th Farnham (Elstead) – Debbie has been supportive and organised, assisting in running the Group and leading the Beaver Colony.


 June 2020

Bar to the Award for Merit

Nicky Clements – ADC Cubs – Nicky has a been ADC Cubs for a couple of years now, before which was District Cub Leader, ASCL at 8th Farnham and 1st Wonersh with over 25 years’ service.  Nicky is active in her role as ADC as well as being a District Training Adviser and Nights Away Assessor and a great support in the District.

Chief Scout’s Commendation for Good Service

Robin Bunce – 4th (Tongham) Cub Scout Leader –  He’s usually organising most things, coming up with new ideas to keep the kids involved and as a leader has a certain je ne sais quoi. Tongham cubs is better for having him.

Liz Larkin – 2nd (Hale) – GSL – Liz has  stepped up to the plate this year from ASL to GSL, taking on her Wood Badge training head on as well as now also being a District Training Advisor, working hard to be involved in Hale as well as in the District.

Commissioners’ Commendation Award

Davis Clements – ASL  Beaver Scouts and Scouts – 2nd Bentley and Farnham District Supporter – Davis has been part of the Family Camp team in previous years and this year has been seen working hard at Garners Field, as part of the Monday Crew, ensuring when we can open the campsite again it is in tip top condition.

Colette Grist – 8th (Rowledge) Scout Leader – encourages and guides through structure and fun, achieving a greater number of Chief Scout Gold Awards within the group since she moved from Beaver Scout Leader.


May 2020

Chief Scout’s Commendation for Good Service

Matt Willis – 5th (Bourne) Scout Leader –  efficient, diligent and a true role modal to his Scouts and other leaders.

Ian Turton – 5th (Bourne) – co-GSL & K2 – Explorer Leader – for his enormous commitment, time, and great ideas.

Commissioners’ Commendation Award

Mags Whitaker and Geoff Whitaker – 4th (Tongham) – They put a fantastic amount into scouting,  Mags being a SL in recent years,  both helping out at the shop, fantastic fundraising events. absolutely excellent supporters.

Dominic Getting – 5th (Bourne) Assistant Scout Leader – enthusiasm, team player, promotor and organiser of permit training.

April 2020

Award for Merit

Frances Redman – 5th (Bourne) – Group Treasurer – Frances is finishing her handover year after over 10 years on the Executive Committee at the 5th and has been a fantastic treasurer and support to the Group, I am sure she will stay involved somehow.

 Chief Scout’s Commendation for Good Service

Tony Marshall –12th (Wrecclesham), – Cub Scout Leader – for all the commitment, enthusiasm and hard work he has put in, particularly being one of the founders of the reformed 12th. Tony is a Queen’s Scout himself and has many, many years in Scouting and many more to come.

Commissioners’ Commendation Award

David Eastman – District Campsite Treasurer – David has stepped down after many years as Campsite Treasurer and has ensured the accounts were in order and has been of great support to the campsite committee.