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Young Leader Training

REMINDER young leader initial training takes place on Tuesday evening - this is the compulsory training module all young leaders must attend.


The appointments team have been busy again so I'm very pleased to be able to formally welcome:

Keith (ASL at 4th)
Tim Smith (ASL at Fram)
Angela Huntley (ABSL at Belmont)
Claire Llewelyn (CSL at Coxhoe)
Bexi Denison-Smith (ASL at Fram)

Richard Leckenby (who has moved to become SL at 19th)

Frostie in the city

Frostie in the city has been cancelled due to poor uptake and spiralling costs.

District Music Day deadline this week

Participants need to register on line before the 26th Jan.

An opportunity for Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers to gain one of the staged music badges.

Details for the District Music Day on the 9th Feb are now on the website:

Leaders don't need to attend - but any volunteers with musical skills would be greatly appreciated.


A big well done a formal welcome to:
Joy Hewitson (ACSL at Coxhoe),
Rich Williams (AESL at Fram)
Louise Appleby (ASL at Belmont)
Hannah Wynn (ASL at 15th)
Hollie Robson-Marchant (ASL at Fram)
Alison Mcmanus (BSL at Coxhoe)
Jonathon Smith (ABSL at 15th)

who met the appointments team on the 14th.

Congratulations also to:
Karen Murphy, Michael Doogan, Paul Thornton, Alison Mcmanus, Claire Llwelyn and Andrew Morel for completeing their first responder training on Sunday.


The County Glider Dates are now available on the website www.glider.ne-activities.org.uk Durham Scouts have priority use to book our own allocated dates until 1st March.

Please direct enquiries to air@durhamscouts.org.uk


There is a District Module 1 course running this Thursday and a Module 3 course running next Thursday. Almost every leader needs to attend both these courses so if you haven't yet done them please book your place ASAP.

Scout Walking Weekend

The deadline for booking on the District Scout Walking weekend is next Sunday (27th January). If your Scouts wish to attend then please return your group booking form to Helen no later than Sunay.

Young Leader Training

The first (and most important) Young Leader training session is running at Elvet on the 29th Jan 19.30-21.00.
Please can every leader working a young leader make sure they attend this training if they haven't done it already.

book here

Training Meeting

Quick reminder about the District Training meeting 19.30 at Fram on the 17th Jan - this meeting is for Training Advisor's and anyone in the group responsible for supporting leaders through their training. If anyone has any particular issues they would like to discuss please let me know ASAP.

Beaver Entertainment Night - 29th Jan

Mr Twister is booked for the Beaver Entertainment Night at 1st Belmont Den, Belmont Parish Centre, St Mary's Church, Belmont.
Can beaver please arrive no earlier than 5.45 for a 6pm start and be collected at 7.00. Can section leaders please e-mail Janice to confirm their colony attendance before the 23rdBeavers@durhamcityscouts.org.uk

Walking Weekend

Stephen Ramsay has added an extra walking training weekend to the county Calender IF THERE IS ENOUGH INTEREST on 22-24 February.

The next scheduled one is 25-27 October.

National Census

The Scout Census takes place at the end of January - please ensure all your records (youth and adult) are up to date before then. Anyone who has joined the group even if they haven't been invested should be included.

Burns Night at Moor House

BURNS NIGHT is now fast approaching, 26th January 2013 between 7pm - 12.00 Midnight. ALL ARE WELCOME!!

Please see poster attached for details if you can't open this then included in your ticket price of £7.50 there will be a meal (Haggis, tatties, neaps and gravy), the haggis will be piped in by the skirl of the pipes followed by the caller of the Haggis. A Ceilidh Band with a caller, Scottish Dancing, Disco. A real ale (approx £2.20/pint) and cider bar is available.
There will be Bed and Breakfast (Full Scottish) available for £15 (included is your £7.50 ticket) these need to be pre-booked to ensure a bed is available.

Tickets are available from Moor House or can be collected on the night but must be pre-booked.

Please email with any queries or bookings to Ian Peele on: leadactivities@moor-house.org.uk


High Sheriff's Shrievalty Awards 2013

Dear Colleagues

I am again making contact to remind you all of the forthcoming High Sheriff’s Shrievalty Awards that are held each year in Durham Castle, with reference to an email that I sent to everyone before the Christmas break (20/11/2012).

Any suitable nominations must be received into this office no later than 22nd February 2013.

The awards ceremony is being held on Thursday 21st March 2013 at 11am in Durham Castle.

I am sure that there must be some worthwhile young people in your areas who warrant such a meritorious award for either facing personal hardships, helped to reduce crime in their community, performed courageous acts or helped other people in a number of ways. It is sad that we always seem to hear about these young people after the awards, if the information that I had sent earlier has been disseminated for other staff members to view maybe we might receive a better response throughout County Durham, Darlington and Stockton.

If anyone just happens at this stage have thought of a young person or persons who might be suitable for this award please do not hesitate to contact me by email at norma@daac.org.uk

I attach a nomination form in case the previous one has been misplaced.

or by telephone on 0191 3841425.

I look forward to your response.

Many thanks


Norma Cowen (Mrs)
Office Manager
Durham Agency Against Crime

I can supply the nomination form on request.

2014 Events

Bit early to be thinking about 2014 - but just an early heads up that I would like to get a 2014 provisional District program compiled before the summer.
If anyone has any new activities they would like to see at a District Level we'll need details by mid June.

County Safeguarding training

All leaders need to complete safeguarding training every 5 years - this can be on line or by attending a local course.

There are two dates for safeguarding training in 2013:
Thursday 7th March, 7:30-9:30 and Tuesday 17th September 7:30-9:30 both at Moor House. Leaders can book a place on line through the County Website.

District Executive Meeting

The next District Exec meeting is Tuesday 22nd Jan at Fram.

Faith Group Planning Meeting

The faith group are meeting on Tuesday evening to sort out final details for some of this terms program - please contact Kim if you want to be involved.

Scout Walking Weekend

Friday 1st – Sunday 3rd March 2013
Wooler Youth Hostel
The weekend will be an intensive course introducing and developing Scouting skills in map reading, taking bearings, pacing distances and route planning. The weekend will culminate with the Scouts carrying out a 4 hour walk which they themselves have planned. Scouts of all abilities and experience can attend this course, however, they should be capable of walking for at least 4 hours carrying a day sack.
Deadline for entry: Please return the section registration forms by Sunday 27th January 2013.

If you have any questions relating to this event please contact Helen.

Note date is different to the originally published date

DUSAGG Skills Training Day

Saturday 26th January 2013
10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Broompark Picnic Area
Cost: £0.50 per person
Durham University Scout and Guide Group (DUSAGG) invite Durham City Scouts to join their annual Guide Skills Day. The day will help Scouts/Guides to learn a range of navigation and map reading skills and allow them to take part in some team building and communication activities. The day is open to all Scouts in Durham City and is highly recommended for those wanting to take part in the Outdoor Scout competition as it will cover many of the skills that will be put to the test during the competition.

Deadline for entry: Please return the group booking form (attached to the advertising email sent to Scout leaders on 04/01/13) either by email to liaisons.dusagg@gmail.com or by posting it to the address in the email before the closing date of Wednesday 23rd January

Indoor Scouting Competition

Wednesday, 13th February 2013
6.30 P.M. - 9.00 P.M.
Brandon Scout Hut

Pit your wits against the other Scout sections in the District with a range of indoor Scouting challenges!

Deadline for entry: Please e-mail the number or teams you would like to enter (and number of Scouts in each team) to helen.cramman@durhamcityscouts.org.uk by no later than Wednesday 6th February.

Outdoor Scouting Competition

Saturday 9th MARCH 2013
Location will be disclosed closer to the competition

Scouts must complete a 4 – 4.5 hour walk and partake in challenges at bases along the route. Marks will be awarded for their efforts at the bases and the time it takes the team to navigate the course.

Deadline for entry: Please e-mail the number of teams you would like to enter (and number of Scouts in each team and whether they will be accompanied by a leader) to helen.cramman@durhamcityscouts.org.uk by no later than Friday 1st March.

Permission Form


Please can I ask all section leaders to email me and your ADC a copy of your program for the term. A link to a webpage is ideal.

Committee meetings

Please can I remind Group Scout Leaders and Group Chairs that the District Commissioner and District Chairman (Jonathan Roberts) should be invited to every Group Executive Meeting - unfortunately it is unlikely we will be able to attend every meeting - but we should be invited anyway!

Committee meetings

Please can I remind Group Scout Leaders and Group Chairs that the District Commissioner and District Chairman (Jonathan Roberts) should be invited to every Group Executive Meeting - unfortunately it is unlikely we will be able to attend every meeting - but we should be invited anyway!

Ivan Huitson

I've just learned today of the sad passing of Ivan Huitson on 24th December aged 78 years. Ivan was formerly an ASL and SL of 1st Eppleton Scout Group in Houghton-le-Spring and was district commissioner of HLS from 1989 - 1999. In recent years, due to ailing health, Ivan held the roles of Group President at 1st Eppleton and Vice President of Houghton-le-Spring district. Ivan was formerly a very active county scouter and spent a great deal of time working at Moor House. He maintained a great friendship with John Lowerson, former DC and County Secretary. Ivan was a dedicated and committed scout who gave vast service to his group, district and county. Ivan's funeral will take place on Monday 7th January, 11.00am at Sunderland Crematorium. Family flowers only, donations in lieu if so desired to St Benedict's Hospice Ivan's obituary reads: 'Huitson (Hetton-Le-Hole) On December 24th aged 78 years, Ivan.The dearly loved husband of Ethel (nee Donkin). A much loved dad of Christine and Paul. A loving father-in-law of John and Judith, loved brother of Dorothy, brother-in-law of Maurice and a devoted grandad of Paul and Katie, Andrew and Maddi, Amy, Ian and Stacey and the late Nicola. A treasured great-grandad of Emmi. Friends please meet for service on Monday January 7th in Sunderland Crematorium at 11.00am. No black clothing by request. All are welcome afterwards at Hetton Lyons Cricket Club for refreshments. Family flowers only, donations in lieu if so desired to St Benedict's Hospice.'

New Appointments

Welcome to Vic Menzies - who is coming on board as a Scout Section Assistant at Framwellgate Moor.

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