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.

Timber!!!!!!!! Thank you Hamish White, Bill Weller, Norman Hopkinson, Philip German and Gary Thain

Big thank you and well done to Hamish White, Bill Weller, Norman Hopkinson, Philip German and Gary Thain for taking down a dead and potentially dangerous tree at Garners Field today and others in the last month or so.

Without volunteers like these it would not be possible to run Garners Field – this crew will be back next weekend to clean up if you are able to help then please get in contact. (

Remember the Monday Crew meet at Garners Field for maintenance each week 9am until about 12 and always welcome more hands.


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……





Farnham District Scouts – Remembrance

I am very proud that so many of our Scouters have been taking part on parades and services across the District.

2nds, 3rds and 11th Groups, with Explorers, Network and SASU were again the largest continent in the town centre:

4ths in Tongham

8ths in Rowledge

12ths in Wrecclesham





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

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!


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

FDSC AGM and Philip German’s Farewell as DC

Hi All

Thursday July 11th – Start Time: 8pm

This year this date for the AGM is very important, for two reasons.

Apart from the normal business required of an AGM this year we have our brand new extension to show off and after 9 years as our DC Philip German is stepping down and being replaced as DC by Ann-Marie Vinnicombe.

Philip has been an important part of our district for these 9 years as DC, steering and helping to shape the way the district is run and operated, making the Farnham District Scouts one of the better districts and certainly prosperous with over 1,000 members.

We will all be sorry to see Philip go, but he is staying involved with district as the Campsite Warden.

The extension and upgrades to the centre were completed at the end of April this year.  The centre is enhanced greatly with new toilets, shower, disabled facilities, upgraded kitchen and a new first aid room/office.

The AGM is open to ALL leaders and group committee members in the district, as well as helpers, to attend and given it is Philip’s “leaving” as well we really would like, or love, as many members of the district scouting movement to come to the AGM to help see Philip off and also welcome the new DC.  It’s also a chance to take a look around if you have not seen the new facilities.

We have a finger buffet, so you won’t starve!  We also have all types fo refreshments.  Like a glass of wine?  We have some.  Tea/Coffee we have this too.  Soft drinks?  Yep….

So please do come to the AGM and see Philip off.  We really would like to see you there.


What Scouts Wear

FROM The Scout Association: (this is open to adults and children)
What Scouts wear. If you haven’t yet had your say on our current uniform and its future direction, head to to take part.
We want everyone to get the chance to take part. Views on variation to suit the needs of Sea Scouts and Air Scouts – and align with faiths and nations – are especially encouraged.
Please share the link with parents/carers so they can give permission for their young people to take part, and get involved themselves.
Remember: No decision has been made at this stage, and there are no immediate changes to uniform. If changes are proposed in the future, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and make sure the process is gradual.

DC’s Newsletter May 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.

Garners Goes Bananas.

Well we have moved into the Activity Centre and I would like to thank the team at 360 Construction for finishing just in time for Family Camp, they did a great job.

The Mayor declared the building open as part of St Georges Day  Celebrations and we toasted with tea and doughnuts.

Still some fund raising to go, about £10,000.00 will finish it off and settle our debts.

Thank you to all those who have helped with the project and raised funds.

Special thanks to Matt Saker whose marathon run has made us £4,500.00 and the leaders at the 12th whose cyclathon raised over £600.00

Family Camp

Was great!

High winds meant we couldn’t have all the bouncy castles, but I think we were better off without them, all the youngsters seemed to have enough to with the more traditional Scout activities.

Climbing, Shooting, Archery, Canoeing, Cross bows, Branding, Backwoods cooking, Hot tub, Ballisters, Aerial runway, Silent Disco, Craft, Raft making, tin can alley, marathon, bingo, campfire singing and Taiko Drumming. (Did I forget anyone?)

Hanging out, eating cake, home made sausage rolls and drinking hot chocolate.

Nice clean toilets and nice well-behaved children (adults??).

This is all made possible by a big team of helpers and organisers, thank you.


Thank you Vicky Hiorns for your fiendish quiz is wasn’t a fix that my brother in law won it!

St Georges Day

We were joined by Waverley and Farnham Mayors , our County Chairman Martin Gerrard and the address by Jacqueline Drake Smith was both relevant and amusing. Farnham Scout band had a lot of support from Farnham Town Band, thank you.


Congratulations to wood badge recipients, Steve Bailey, Ant Cook, Simon Lomas-Clarke, Tony Marshall and Steve Shepherd. There are more on the way.

There is a minibus course for any leaders wanting to use one for Summer Camp 20th June 7pm at Garners Field, email me if you are interested.


Campsite is very busy at this time of year and the Monday crew have lots to do. Thanks to the climbing instructors who give up their time teaching campers from in and outside the District.

A note from Colette Grist SL at the 8ths

I thought you would be interested to know that a team of 6 of my Scouts took part in the County Expedition Challenge at the weekend.  They did amazingly well in a very tough challenge and achieved a Silver Award.  I am very proud of them.

Well done Scouts you look very happy!

Queens Scout

Here is Millie Deere at the presentation in Windsor Castle, she’s the happy one!

We also had a Queen Scout  presentation at St Georges Day to Stuart Duffel who is a Scout Network member

Queens Scout is the pinnacle of Scout achievement well done Stuart and Millie.

Long Service Award.

Sue Croucher has served 30 years most of them as Akela of Tiger pack at the 5ths. Sue is standing down at the end of this term, she has invested hundreds of boys in that time. Sue must be the most loved lady in The Bourne.


Our Annual General Meeting is on 11th July, 8pm at Garners. This is my my last official event before handing over to Ann Marie so I would love to see all my friends.

Dates for your Diary

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