DC Notes March 2019

Hi District

This newsletter goes out to all leaders and adult members but it doesn’t get to parents and children so please can you pass on any relevant info, or just send them a copy.

Painters are in at Garners

Floors are going down this week and we are on course for Family Camp. Most of the builder’s rubbish has gone and the Monday Crew are setting about titivating the outside areas.



Garners Goes Bananas



We are getting there with the fundraising only need another £20,000

Thanks to Adam Meara, Adam Chambers, Rick Lawrence and Glen Tofts all leaders from the 12th who entered Farnham Cyclethon and raised over £500 for Bananas.

Thanks also to Matt Saker a leader at the 8ths who is running The London Marathon in aid of Scout charities including 50% to Bananas.

Matt is trying to break the Guinness World Record for the marathon run in Scout uniform. Watch out for him on TV and more importantly go to his funding site and sponsor him.

Matt says..

“Many of you will know I’m a keen runner….fewer will be aware that in my spare time I help to run my local Scout group.  Although at a little over 2 hours the marathon world record is perhaps a little beyond me(!), in 4 weeks’ time I will be putting on my Scouts uniform (see picture below) for the Virgin London Marathon in an attempt to break the current Guinness World Record for running a marathon in full Scouts uniform, which stands at a very challenging 2 hours 58 mins 44 secs.

The money I raise from my World Record attempt will go to the Scouts Association Nationally, which helps 460,000 boys and girls in the UK from every background to develop the values, self-belief and faith in others that will help them mature into confident, resilient and active adults.

Locally, half the money raised, will go towards our local Scout Activity Centre Building project at Garners Field, Farnham, Surrey.

 No pressure at all, but if you’d like to sponsor me in this attempt then please follow the link below.


 All contributions gratefully received.

 Thank You

 Matt ”

Skills Day

Was a great success well done everyone. Pioneering, fire lighting, axe and knife skills, backwoods cooking, hammocking, archery, shooting and a good number of rafting permits gained.

Thanks to Eric Goulding and Dominic Getting, shall we do it again next year?

The Great Scout Art Competition and Exhibition



 The Mayor and two prize winners

We had a brilliant exhibition with well over 300 exhibits and lots of visitors. Thanks To Janet and John Fraser and their team. Thank you also all the talented artists and to The Mayor David Attfield who was chief Judge.




Best in Show!













Family Camp

Advance bookings are now closed but you can still come on the day (£15/head). Adults who want to camp will need a current Scout DBS.

I’m looking forward to hearing what activities each group has arranged.

Farnham Scout Wind Band

By popular demand we are getting the band together again for Family Camp. All musicians who are grade one and above and can cope with a couple of sharps are welcome. Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers, Network, leaders and parents are all welcome. There will be a rehearsal on Sunday morning 28th of April and the performance at St Georges Day that afternoon.

Fiendish Quiz

There is a quiz going round, get your copy from the Scout Shop or at Family Camp £2.00 a go.


Thanks to training team who have run another full first aid course, next one will be in the Autumn      


The camping season has started early this year. The grass has been cut, the wood pile sorted out, we are repairing fences and getting our fab site ready for a busy year. Volunteers are welcome Mondays from 09.00 till about 12.30

Anyone got a nice single bed for our new first aid room?

Dates for your Diary

4th April Sasu Rural life talk 8pm at 11ths H.Q.in Guildford Rd Trading Estate (all welcome)

26th-28th April Family Camp

2nd May Sasu back at Garners!

18th May Beavers Go Wild at Bentley Copse

4th. June District Executive 7.30pm Garners

6th June Sasu visit to Medics museum at Keogh Barracks

22nd June SCRAM County Cub Day.

4th July Sasu BBq at Garners 6.30pm

11th July District AGM 8pm Garners

5th September Sasu Bright Bricks Lego evening 

3rd October Sasu

4th-6th October District Cub camp Garners Field

12th November (Tuesday) Sasu Skittles

12th December Sasu Christmas Dinner at Daniel Hall

‘Outstanding services to Farnham’ celebrated

The worthy recipients of this year’s Services to Farnham awards were celebrated at a glittering ceremony

FRIENDS, family and local dignitaries packed into the Farnham Town Council chamber on Monday night to celebrate the outstanding public service of 12 community heroes.

The 12th annual Services to Farnham awards, sponsored by Tindle Newspapers Ltd, saw much-deserved recognition heaped on an array of figures from all fields of town life.

Celebrated achievements ranged from the establishment of Farnham Hospital’s pioneering integrated care hub to empowering disadvantaged children through dance, orchestrating Farnham’s Remembrance Sunday parade and increasing opportunities for young people through the scouting and cadet movements.

Each recipient was nominated for the award by a member of the public, colleague or family member, with the final shortlist endorsed by councillors at the full council meeting in January.

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Family Camp 2019

Howdy Folks….

Don’t forget Family Camp!

Places are going fast.  Also hopefully the new facilities will be open for you to enjoy.  Certainly all the fun activities that we have arranged you will DEFINATELY enjoy.

So don’t delay, book today!

Go to the web site and follow the links.

Have fun…..

Music In The Vineyard – Feb 2019

Experience some fantastic free music this February and come along to the second Music in the Vineyard of 2019.

The venue is the Farnham Vineyard Church . Click on the link on the left for directions.

Enjoy live music from the very popular Vic Cracknell Swing Band.  More info on the band HERE

Here is a video on their web site:

Led by Vic on vocals and piano the band play a set of “swing” songs (including some “Rat Pack” favourites) associated with the likes of classic singers Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald and Sammy Davis Jr. along with newer interpreters such as Michael Buble and Harry Connick Jr. The band also mix in latin, rhythm & blues and rock’n’roll from Ray Charles, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Fats Domino, Chuck Berry and others. Irresistible toe tapping rhythms!

Music in the Vineyard is free to attend so why not bring an indoor picnic or enjoy homemade treats and warming drinks from the charity refreshment stand, which will be hosted by Garner’s Goes Bananas. There will also be a raffle in aid of the Mayor’s charity.

Funds raised from the event are being donated to YOUR local Farnham Scout Campsite so your children can enjoy more comprehensive and exciting facilities at Garners Field.

So come along.

To get tickets call or email below:

Mayors Charity Concert

Hi All

The Mayors Charity concert is on this coming Saturday…..


Farnham District Scouts and the building of the extension and upgrade to the Activity Centre at Garners field.

This extension will add great and better facilities to the camp site your child or charge uses for their camping, or you use for Family Camp.

Tickets are only £15 per head.


Saturday 9th February, 7pm start.


DC Newsletter January 2019

DC Notes January 2019

Hi District

This newsletter goes out to all leaders and adult members but it doesn’t get to parents and children so please can you pass on any relevant info, or just send them a copy.

Roof’s on!! (View looking at old kitchen window)

Garners Goes Bananas

We are well ahead of program, the roof is on, drains are in and paths laid, looking forward to Family Camp.

We are still trying to raise more money to finish the job off so please keep thinking about fund raising.

The Mayors Charity Concert

Its Saturday 9th February at Weydon’s Medici Theatre in aid of us! Tickets are going fast so please get them while you can. Tickets available at The Scout Shop or from Farnham Town Council (see their website).

The Great Scout Art Competition and Exhibition

Thank you for getting behind this great project, we have had lots of entrants. Entries are due in by 15th of March so you still have plenty of time to get involved. Please see the poster attached with these notes.

Family Camp

Booking is now live, go HERE to get yourselves booked in. I have just booked, the cost is the same as last year £12.00 in advance.  Payment is £15.00 on the day.

We need a great support team for this great event so please step up and volunteer.

Farnham Scout Wind Band

By popular demand we are getting the band together again for Family Camp. All musicians who are grade one and above and can cope with a couple of sharps are welcome. Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers, Network, leaders and parents are all welcome. There will be a rehearsal on Sunday morning 28th of April and the performance at St Georges Day that afternoon.


We have had module 25, shooting and safeguarding training in the past month thanks go to Eric Goulding and Dominic Getting for making this happen.

We hope to offer a first aid course in March, details to follow

Dates for your Diary

5th February SASu planning meeting 8pm at 11ths

9th February Mayors Charity Concert at Weydon School Medici Theatre.

5th March SASu 8pm at 11ths doing art.

7th March District Executive 7.30pm 13b Lodge hill road

9th March Leader Training skills day.

15th March Art Competition closing date.

30th & 31st March Art Exhibition at The Daniel Hall.

26th-28th April Family Camp

4th. June District Executive 7.30pm Garners

22nd June SCRAM County Cub Day.

11th July District AGM 8pm Garners

24th September District Executive 7.30pm Garners

4th-6th October District Cub camp Garners Field

Bear Grylls style Skills challenge Training day


Section leaders, assistants and adult helpers

Saturday 9th March 2019

Garners Field – Drop in anytime between 10.00am -3.00pm

  • Can you light a fire without any matches?
  • Can you boil an egg without any utensils?
  • Can you tie knots that will support you hanging from a cliff?
  • Can you build a bridge across a river?
  • Can you light a Tilley lamp?

These are the sort of skills we are going to be teaching, they are fun to learn and even more fun to share with your young people, come along all day or just drop in for an hour or so, whatever suits you, the choice is yours.

This activity is open to all leaders and adults in Scouting whether you are an old hand or just joined last week. This is for all sections, not just for the Scouts, we will be expecting adults from all sections (Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers). Come along for a bit of adult scouting fun, learning something new in the outdoors, and as a bonus the skills learned will go towards module 18 in the training scheme if you need it for your wood badge.

Hot soup and rolls provided to keep you warm.

More details after Christmas but put the date in your diary now.

Family Camp 2019

Hello everyone….

The event of the year is upon us!

Family Camp 2019

Dates: April 26th to April 28th

You can book HERE

Advance bookings are £12 per head, children under 5 go free.

Payment on the day is £15, so save yourself £3 per head by booking in advance!

Great event, loads of activities, loads of fun for the WHOLE family.

See you there…..


Tickets for Mayors Concert

Hello everyone.

Good news!!

There will be tickets available to buy from the Scout Shop, situated at Daniel Hall in the centre of Farnham, from this coming Saturday.

So you will now have three choices:

Buy from the Scout Shop

Email: mayor@farnham.gov.uk

Phone: Jenny on 01252 712667 – she will take payment from you.

See you there!

Mayor’s Charity Concert ….

Charity Concert

Hello Everyone.

Farnham’s Mayor is holding a proms-style Charity Concert in aid of the Garners Goes Banana’s fund raising event for the new activity centre extension at Garners Field.

Garners Goes Banana’s is the Farnham mayor’s chosen charity of the year.

The Farnham Herald (our local paper) has a half page article about the event, Page 11.

The article tells you more about both the Charity Concert and the Garners Goes Banana’s project.  The Herald are also giving away a pair of tickets for the concert, absolutely FREE, saving the lucky recipient £30! So don’t delay, get the Herald today!


Saturday 9 February 2019 – 19.00 – 22.00


The Medici Theatre

The Mayor’s Charity Concert will feature the Farnham Taiko Club, Farnham Rock Choir and the Friary Brass Band.

Taking place at the Medici Theatre at Weydon School, this concert will have a diverse range of music styles and will be an enjoyable evening for everyone.

Garners Field is at the heart of YOUR scouting community in Farnham and boasts a whole host of facilities for your child or scouting member.  Climbing wall, Archery Range, Shooting Hut, Canoeing, Activity centre with full catering facilities.  We are trying to improve the site all the time for visitors, the Activity Centre upgrade is part of this improvement campaign.

So please come to the Mayor’s Charity Concert.  Your child or scouting member with thank you all the more for your support….

Thank you



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