Farnham District Update

So we are in December already….I hope your terms have been successful.

Garners Field – 30-Nov-19 – 4th Farnham Scouts

I recently attended the Surrey Scouts Managers Moots which focused on Volunteer Recruitment.

Our District is not unique in struggling to get volunteers and I think we are doing well in accommodating anyone who wants to be part of  scouting in Farnham – the main thing is to know who you need / what you want from volunteers, it would be great to have uniformed leaders front and center but if you break down your needs into tasks we may be able to encourage more volunteers.

I personally started doing Cub Scout badge admin which quickly moved on to programme planning and leading session before putting on a uniform.

There are many resources including flyer and poster templates in the Members Resources area on the Scouts Association website: https://scoutsbrand.org.uk/home


Your section leaders or Group Scout Leader will know what tasks your Group needs help with.

From a District prospective we have a lot of hidden invaluable volunteers who really help support across the Groups – we welcome morecampsite maintenance, Scout shop volunteers, executive committee members, events organisers, appointment committee members – there is something to suit so if someone you know can give time let me know.

Talking of invaluable district teams……the Appointments Advisory Committee (AAC) has welcomed 15 new Leaders to the District this term.

3 members of the committee meet for an evening about once a month to greet our new leaders, giving them an insight into what is needed to become a leader and what support is out there, it is a great chance for the new leaders to ask questions.

So big thank you to:

Steve Thames – Manager

Jane Twitchin – Secretary

Joan Binfield

Janet Jones

Marion Stagg

Eric Goulding

Ted Milam

Please do contact Jane on appointments@farnhamscouting.com if you would be happy to sit on the committee – existing leader, committee members all most welcome – full training will be given, it would not be every month, the more volunteers the less work for each, and helps us to give the right impression to new leaders.

And most welcome to our new leaders: (ASL=Assistant Section Leader)

Jo Strange                                                                   ASL – Beaver Scouts – 7th Elstead

Jack Fidler                                                                  ASL – Scouts – Bourne Troop – 5th Farnham

Mark Potter                                                                ASL –  Cubs – 8th Farnham

Carl Ingram                                                               ASL –  Beaver Scouts – 7th Elstead

Rebecca Gregory                                                     ASL –  Beaver Scouts – 8th Farnham

Gert Droogmans                                                     ASL –  Beaver Scouts – 7th Elstead

Claire Shorter                                                          ASL –  Cub Scouts – 7th Elstead             

Harry Fidler                                                             ASL –  Cub Scouts –  Wolf Pack – 5th Farnham

Frank Hammersley                                               ASL –  Cub Scouts – 7th Elstead             

Lizzie Hetherington                                             Section Assistant Scouts – 8th Rowledge

Richard Farrant                                                     ASL –  Beaver Scouts – 12th Farnham

Mark Mulberry                                                       ASL – Cub Scouts – 3rd Farnham

Liz Rhodes                                                                   ASL –  Beaver Scouts – 8th Rowledge

Haydn Burkett                                                           ASL –  Beaver Scouts – 12th Wrecclesham

Thomas Edwards                                                      Section Assistant Explorers Scorpions


Dates to Remember:

11th January – Water Activities Permit Workshop, Taylor Hall, 1pm-4pm – contact gsl@5thfarnham.org.uk


12th January – District Thank you – Daniel Hall, 1pm-2pm – all welcome

25th January – First Aid (Scout First Response Course)  – Garners Field, 9am-4pm – book with Eric Goulding, mandegoulding@lineone.net

First Response Course

14th March – Leaders Training Day – format is in planning more details to follow – if you would like to make suggestion please e-mail me.

25-27th April – Family Camp – booking system is open – £12.50 for weekend, after 30th March £15 on the door.  DBS required for all over 18’s staying overnight.


16th-17th May – Beavers Go Wild – Bentley Corpse – https://www.surrey-scouts.org.uk/events/beavers-go-wild

26th-27th June – Surrey Scoutabout – South of England Showground, Ardingly – register your interest with Surrey Scouts –  Karl Arnold, ADC Scout will communicate in due course. https://www.surrey-scouts.org.uk/events/scoutabout-2020

2nd-4th October – District Camp

Out of County Events: https://www.surrey-scouts.org.uk/upcoming-events/out-of-county-events


Garners Field – closed for out of District camping until March 2020 (District camping on discretion of Campsite Committee); can be booked for evenings please use the booking system:


If you want to book the site-check the calendar, https://farnhamscouting.com/website/campsite/campsite-booking-2019/campsite-booking-calendar/

Help us find the Chief Scout’s Unsung Heroes.
Bear Grylls is on the lookout for 20 young people who’ve gone above and beyond. They’ll be Scouts aged 6-24 who really live our values and show courage, kindness and resilience. Each of these 20 young people will receive £500 to spend how they wish.
Read this blog (https://scouts.org.uk/news/2019/november/unsung-heroes/?dm_i=31ME,YTRR,3D79E2,3NMRY,1) from Ollie Wood, UK Youth Commissioner, and these FAQs to find out more.
If you want to nominate a deserving young person, complete the form (https://members.scouts.org.uk/supportresources/4867?dm_i=31ME,YTRR,3D79E2,3NMRX,1) by 5pm on Monday 20 January.

Adult Training:



Scout Association Important Info:

Little What do Do Cards –these can be found in the Scout Shop or alternative follow the links below:

Reporting an incident.
We’re releasing a new online incident reporting system which’ll allow you to report on incidents yourself, out of Information Centre hours. You’ll still be able to contact the Information Centre to give any incident reports over the phone, and if a critical incident occurs, it must be reported at the earliest opportunity to help us provide you with support. You’ll be able to find this new report online (https://members.scouts.org.uk/supportresources/4752/emergencies-and-reporting?cat=299,301&moduleID=10&dm_i=31ME,YTRR,3D79E2,3NMRX,1).

Take to the Skies!

Time for something a bit different?

Dates are booking for the GLSW and Surrey Scout Paragliding Club.  Download the information pack and booking form for more details.  Available to Scouts over 10½ years at the time of the flight.

  • 7th & 8th March
  • 21st & 22nd March
  • 18th & 19th April
  • 2nd & 3rd May
  • 30th & 31st May
  • 20th & 21st June
  • 4th & 5th July
  • 19th & 20th September
  • 10th & 11th October
  • 24th & 25th October

Information Pack – click HERE
Booking form – click HERE
Personal Consent form – click HERE

Ann-Marie Vinnicombe, District Commissioner, dc@farnhamscouting.com
Web:  https://farnhamscouting.com/website/
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/farnhamscouting
If you would like to contribute/add events/provide photos to the next newsletter – please get in contact with me.


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