Date of the Year!!

Our favourite event of the year…..

Farnham District Scouts FAMILY CAMP!!

Dates are :

April 24th to April 26th 2020 and bookings are now open. Use the links on the web site to make your booking.

By booking early you save yourself money as early bird bookings are £12.50, if you pay at the gate the price goes up to £15.

So don’t delay, book today!

Remember that to camp overnight you MUST have a valid DBS

Click HERE to make your bookings now!

Into the 21st Century!!

Hurrah, Hurrah!!

Hot News folks……

Our thriving Scout Shop, based in Daniel Hall now takes credit and debit cards.

Yes you can now pay for your scouting goodies by whipping out your piece of plastic, instead of having to remember cash or go to the local ATM.

We can pretty much take them all, including American Express – if you have one.

2020 Family Camp

It’s here again!  It’s back!

Our favourite event of the year…..

Farnham District Scouts FAMILY CAMP!!

Dates are :

April 24th to April 26th 2020.

Book here:

Cost: £12.50 person until 30th March, £15 after; 5 and under Free.

Outline Programme:

  • Thursday: Caravan/motorhome must set-up, tent set-up
  • Friday: Tent Set-up, Campfire, Bingo, Hot Chocolate
  • Saturday: 9:30 am – 5pm Activities, Lunch 12:30-1:30pm; 6:30pm Silent Disco, Campfire Sunday: 9:30 am—12noon—Activities—Mr Giant, Crafts, Runway, Shooting, Climbing; 1:00 pm—St Georges Service

All unauthorised vehicles off site between 7pm Friday and 2pm Sunday

So don’t delay, book today!

Remember : All Campers over 18 must hold valid Scout Association DBS

See you at the Family Camp……





2020 Farnham District Family Camp Planning Meeting

Farnham District Family Camp takes place every year and requires a whole army of volunteers to ensure that it is successful – more are always welcome and needed.

We need help at all stages, from booking to on the day, the more volunteers we have, the lighter the load and everyone can enjoy the day.

If you feel you could be part of the planning team, bring new ideas and help create another successful weekend then please come to our meeting Thursday 14th November 2019, 7:30pm at Garners Field. (Bridge is closed approach from Waverley Lane/Tilford Street)

If you are unable to make the meeting but happy to help, then contact me ( and we can discuss.

The intended meeting agenda: 
  1. Welcome
  2. What has worked well, what should we continue/drop, new ideas
  3. St Georges Service Format
  4. Establish teams
  5. Other


First Aid (Scout First Response Course)

Training day for:

Section leaders, assistants and adult helpers

23rd November 2019

AT: Garners Field – 9.00am – 4.00pm

Our next first aid course is booked and the trainer will be Sarah Robertson.

First aid is a mandatory module (module10) for all leaders and this course is offered free to adults in scouting, you will learn basic life support skills, how to use a defibrillator, how to deal with major bleeding, burns, asthma, broken bones and very much more.

This course is an important life skill and is equivalent to the one day First Aid at Work course and has the potential to save lives every time you leave the house.

There are only 12 places available and will be allocated on a first come first served basis so book today.

To book your place please e mail or phone the District Training Manager.

Eric Goulding

Tel: 07799433830

DC’s Newsletter Autumn 2019

By Ian Wilkins

Hello and welcome to the Autumn Term.

I am Ann-Marie Vinnicombe, your new District Commissioner, as such I am going through a learning curve and wanted to share information about our District make-up.

Our District cannot run without the hundreds of adult volunteers across our Groups and at District level, as well as the support from the volunteers at County and HQ Gilwell.
The District has an Executive Committee, Manda Bragg being Chair, to ensure that we adhere to charity and Scout governance as well as amongst other things ensuring the District stays solvent.

We have Jack Fidler and Mathew Whitaker as District Youth Commissioners to support youth focus programmes.

Each Scouting Section has an Assistant District Commissioner to support our Group:

  • Beavers – Ian Jacob
  • Cubs – Nicky Clements
  • Scouts – Karl Arnold

Our District has 8 Groups led by their Group Scout Leaders and Group Exec.

  • 2nd Hale – Hale Rec. – Liz Larkin
  • 3rd Town Centre – Daniel Hall – Neil Peerman
  • 4th Tongham – Poyle Rd – Bill Weller
  • 5th Bourne – Taylor Hall – Ian Turton&Liz Chart
  • 7th Elstead – Village Hall – Paul Hammersley
  • 8th Rowledge – Village Hall – Peter Everett
  • 11th East Town – Guildford Rd – Graeme Morgan
  • 12th Wrecclesham – Community Centre – Adam Chambers

We also have 4 strong Explorer Units co-ordinated by Ian Wilkins, District Explorer Scout Commissioner

  • Eigar Tigers
  • K2
  • Madcats
  • Scorpions

Neil Peerman is the District Scout Network Commissioner guiding a strong Network Unit

We also have a versatile Scout Active Support Unit, who are invaluable in supporting events across the District including the District Family Camp.

Thank you to everyone who volunteers making Scouting possible.



Garners Field

The campsite committee with massive technical support from Steve Bragg, FDSC Treasurer have updated the booking system.

If you want to book the site-check the calendar HERE
check our new map of the site to see what section you can booked.

To book the field for an evening/training – select Farnham District in Type of Organisation and then selection Yes for Group Training or Evening Use (Field) – this will prevent a charge invoice being sent.

Big thank you to Ken Powell our Campsite Manager and the ‘Monday’ Maintenance Crew without who the campsite could not run.

If you could help let us know.

What have you been up to…

District Shooting –

Over the summer the Tongham Hogshots have won a number of shooting medals, CAMELOT POSTAL: Tia – Silver 6yd air rifle Div 4 Tom L – Bronze 6yd rifle Div 8 Tom O – Bronze rifle Div 12 Eloise – Bronze 6yd air pistol Div 1 SCOUTSHOOT 2019: Hamish L – Silver turning targets Hamish W – Bronze gallery rifle Eloise – Bronze ladies plate Eloise & Elliot(Fetcham explorers) – Silver pairs team JUNIOR INTERNATIONAL 2019: Eloise represented the Scout Association and improved her personal best by 20 points and came 11th in 10m air pistol

The next competitions are the Scout National Rifle Championships in October at Bisley and the Schools Pistol Championships so the Tongham Hogshots are all hoping to improve their personal bests in all the disciplines they enter. Kim White

Tongham Hogshots meet Friday 7-9pm Tongham Scout Hut – all members of the Scouts Association welcome.

Contact Hamish:

Explorer and Network National Camp

Did you know this national camp is actually organised by Farnham’s very own Network/Explorer Teams and has been going 18 years – over 530 Scouters participated this year – well done Team.

Explorer Camp

World Jamboree

8th Scout Troop in the Lake District

8ths Beavers at Wverley Abbey



8th Scout Group at Alice Holt

8ths Cubs Fishing

Programme Ideas

Community Project/Talks:
Samantha West
Community Fundraiser
Switchboard 01252 729400
Ext: 7501

What’s coming up

  • 4th-6th Oct District Cub camp, Garners Field
  • 14th Nov – Family Camp meeting, Garners Field 7:30pm
  • 10th Nov – Remembrance Parades
  • 12th Jan-20 – District Do – 3rds Daniel Hall
  • 14th Mar-20 – Skills/Module Validation Day
  • 24th – 26th Apr-20 – Family Camp

Who is fundraising:

4th Tongham Scout Hut:

Scout Association Important Info:

Little What do Do Cards –these can be found in the Scout Shop or alternative
follow the links below:
• Yellow – Safeguarding –
• Orange – Young People Safeguarding –
• Purple – Emergency Procedures –
• Green – Scouting and Alcohol –

District Managers:
Scout Groups:

Scout Shop:
Thursday 6pm to 8pm
Saturday 9:30pm to 12noon
Open except for Main School Holidays
Always looking for volunteers
Roy Tubbs – Shop Manager

Skills and Activities – Taster Day 2019

When: 2nd November 2019.

Times: 10:00 – 16:00


Royal Alexander & Albert School, Gatton Park,
Reigate. RH2 0TD

Who: New leaders, established leaders, occasional helpers, anyone with an interest in finding new things to do with their young people, or for themselves! Any adult in Scouting.

Cost: Free!


Lots of activities to try!
Axe throwing
Camp cooking
and loads more!
Advice on:
Youth Shaped Scouting
Top awards
Young Leaders
International experiences

Visit the:


County SASUs


The Event Support Team

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Fame At Last!

Old DC out, new DC in!

The story hit the press!

Yes the Farnham Herald has posted the attached article this week, covering the story of Garners Goes Bananas plus change of DC’s.

Though they give the impression that Philip has left scouting, which of course he has not!



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Hi All

Please note that this event has now been updated as follows:


10.30-12.30 (FULL) or 13.30-15.30*  

(*please arrive 30 minutes early for safety briefing)

FARNHAM HEATH RSPB RESERVE, The Reeds Road, Farnham, Surrey GU10 2DL  

Email:    Tel: 01252 795632  Mob: 07714 271024


             SATURDAY 30  NOVEMBER 2019

ARRIVE AT 9.30am TO START AT 10.00.   FINISH AT 1.00pm

Enjoy a day out, have fun helping us manage our Nature Reserve by removing invasive young Scots pine trees. Put on some outdoor shoes, wrap up warm, bring some outdoor gloves and join teams of Scouts and Guides at this event. To save using disposable cups, please bring your own mug/cup for hot or cold drinks.

Free car parking on the day will be on the site of the Rural Life Centre. Toilets are available in the Rural Life Centre but we have no facilities out on the heath. Hot and cold drinks will be available on the day. Please bring snacks/lunch as food will not be available.

We will provide tools such as tree poppers, loppers and bowsaws to help with the removal of the trees. Instructions on the use of these tools will be given on the morning along with a Health & Safety briefing at 10.00am

Groups thinking of attending should be prepared for wet, uneven ground and should dress appropriately for the weather.  The Reserve is not suitable for mobility scooters or wheelchairs. All participants will be the responsibility of their respective Scout/Guide Group.

Your Group is welcome to take away as many pine trees as you can manage.



NAME OF SCOUT/GUIDE GROUP  …………………………………………………………………………………………..

CONTACT FOR GROUP EMAIL ADDRESS  ………………………………………………………………………




Getting to Farnham Heath:  By road.

Take the B3001 south from Farnham. Drive past Farnham Railway Station on your right, immediately past the level crossing bear right, signposted Tilford. Keep to that road for about 3 miles. Just outside Tilford village, there is a sharp right turn signposted to the Rural Life Centre. Follow those signs. Entrance is on the right after 0.5 miles. Follow the RSPB sign to the car park on the grass.



AGM 2019

Farnham District held their AGM on the 11th July at Garner’s Field in the evening. 

This was a special occasion as Philip German was stepping down as District Commissioner and Ann-Marie Vinnicombe became the new DC.  Guest were invited, Mayor of Waverley, Mary Foryszewski, Mayor of Farnham, Pat Evans, Councillor David Attfield, County Commissioner, Joe Rogerson and Rev. Jaqueline Drake-Smith. 

During the AGM procedure, Philip made his annual report, in which he reflected on the nine years he had been DC.  

Philip expressed his pride with what has been achieved from building projects, great District Team & leaders, providing good training programmes, increased by 43% the number of young people who have joined Scouting and the re-opening of 12th Farnham Scout Group. Marching with nearly 200 people behind him through Town on many Remembrance Sundays and so much more. 

Philip also thanked Davide Attfield who was Mayor last year and chose Farnham Scouts as his Charity raising £6,000 towards “Garners go Bananas” project. 

Ann-Marie Vinnicombe was invested as the new DC by Joe Rogerson and made her Scout Oath to Joe, along with Scout members attending the meeting. 

Philip then gave the DC Commendation to Ken Powell, Eric Goulding and Adam Chambers of the 12th Wrecclesham Scout Group.  Matt Larkin, district secretary, also received his 10 year long service award.

Joe Rogerson made a lovely speech extolling all that Philip had done for the district for which the District and Philip should be enormously proud.  This was followed by a standing ovation to Philip. 

Lastly a presentation was made by the District Chair, Manda Bragg, who presented Philip with a plaque in acknowledgment of his time as DC along with a present, a Seiko watch with the Scout logo on its face.

Also a card beautifully created and made by Marion Stagg, District Beaver Scout Leader, in which all the Scout Groups, Leaders, District Team and more signed was given to Philip.  Manda also presented Linda German with a bouquet of flowers thanking her for sharing Philip with us and supporting him for those nine years and for all she has done. 

Philips Plaque
What a Watch!
The Dignatories!
Marion with DCs card

Some of the Explorers who are going to the Jamboree in Japan then gave a presentation and explained more about what they will be doing and how they are looking forward to the trip.

The meeting was followed by refreshments and a finger buffet provided by Janet Watts and Bob & Joyce Peerman from the SASU.  Janet also made a lovely fruit cake, on one half of the iced cake was the words “Thank you Philip” the other half “Welcome Ann-Marie”. 

It was a great evening and it was wonderful to see so many people come to “thank” Philip and to officially welcome Ann-Marie as our new DC. 

The DCs with cake
The cake
Ken receives his award
Ken and Jenny Powell
Adam receives his award
Eric receives his award
The lucky Jamboree Explorers
Old and new DCs with CC