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Angela Scott

Dear Scouting Friends,

It is with sadness that I share the news of Angela Scott’s passing.

As most of you will know, Angela worked at both Moor House for many years and was well known and liked by many members of the county in her other role working in the county shop. Sadly, Angela had to retire a while ago due to health issues.

Angela was 52 and had been diagnosed with cancer, which progressed more quickly that was originally anticipated.

we are advised that that a service will be held to remember Angela’s life on Feb 26th at 12:45pm St Edmunds Church, Bear Park followed by cremation at Durham Crematorium at 13:30.

Instead of flowers, we have been requested to make donations to MacMillan Cancer Support (https://www.macmillan.org.uk/donate)

We have been advised by Angela’s family that she would have loved an honour guard, so please can members intending to attend the service at St Edmunds please arrive by 12.30pm and wear full uniform.

Please would you pass this information along to all those who knew Angela and who would like to attend.

Welcome to

Joanne Teesdale, Assistant section cub leader (Framwellgate Moor)

The Gilwell Oak

There's still time to log your vote (ahem) and help the glorious Gilwell Oak win European Tree of the Year: treeoftheyear.org

Scouts Digital Day

The Scout Association's Digital Team wants to share their plans for the next few years, and to get your feedback. We’d like 100 members of the Movement to join us at 65 Queen’s Gate (Baden-Powell House) on Saturday 14 April to discuss the digital strategy and help shape our work going forward.

More Information: https://digital.scouts.org.uk/

Could you help us become more digital ?

We're looking for some volunteers to help us become more digital, get active on social media and have fun in the process.

if you're interested in helping out just let us know !


Module A Young leader Training - 19th February

The next Module A for Young Leaders will be running on Monday 19 February at Elvet Methodist Church from 7:30pm. This is a requirement for all Young Leaders covering safeguarding, risk and Scouting fundamentals. If you have had any Young Leaders begin working in your section recently, please encourage them to attend. Young Leaders can book onto the training by emailing Ben Hodgkiss at benhodgkiss@btinternet.com

First Response Course (MOD 10)

The next available first response course will be at Waterhouses on the 25th February, the course will run 9am-4pm (Approx.) and will cost £15, you should be able to reclaim this cost from your group.

This course can be booked by emailing Firstaid@Durhamscouts.org.uk

New Branding Coming Soon

the Scout Association will be launching a new branding in the spring, with a two-year changeover period. It is therefore suggested that all groups hold off on any materials (e.g. letterheads, building signage, website launches etc.) until details of the new brand and support resources are available.

POR, Badge and Activity Updates

Please make sure that you, your teams and leaders are up-to-date with respect to the following updates:

• Multiple updates to POR – see http://scouts.org.uk/media/906994/Amendments-January-2018.pdf

• Activity Rule updates - http://members.scouts.org.uk/activitiesupdates

• Programme / Badge updates for Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorer Scouts – see http://members.scouts.org.uk/supportresources/search/?cat=767,856

• Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme changes (changes to POR 4.37, 4.56 and 5.44) and updated resources– see http://members.scouts.org.uk/supportresources/search/?cat=767,856

Scouts Go Wild at Flamingo Land

Here's an early notification of a super day out for Scouts from across the North East Region - a special day our for Scouts at Flamingo Land!

Details are still being finalised and we'll keep you up-to-date as plans are finalised, but as well as access to the zoo and all the rides, the price includes

• Sole use of Plaza indoor facilities throughout the day as base and for lunch (not provided)
• Education worksheets/trail sheets
• Web-link booking.
• Animal encounters.

Places are bound to fill quickly, so why not ask your Scout Troop now if they'd like to go and join in with hundreds of other Scouts from across the North East for a great day out?

Where? Flamingo Land Resort Yorkshire

When? Sunday 16th September 2018

Cost? £18.00 each (Adults and Scouts - excludes food and transport)

County Programme Support Meeting - Tuesday 7th February 2018

We currently hold 3 or 4 county-wide meetings every year at Moor House, to which all sectional commissioners are invited along with all section leaders. Some section meetings are poorly attended and we need to think about making changes. We are thinking about:

• Moving our regular meetings 'on-line' (to use web conferencing), to allow leaders to obtain updates, discuss issues and share ideas - without travelling to Moor House
• An annual conference for each section, to allow leaders to network and meet one another, discuss issues and challenges and to present and share good programme delivery ideas
• Increased use of social media groups for all sections, to keep up-to-date, ask questions and share ideas
• Better use of the county website to share programme ideas and resources
We will be discussing this at the programme support meeting on 7th February at Moor House - if you want to have your say please come along or send someone to the meeting.

Alternatively, if you can't make the meeting, please email cc@durhamscouts.org.uk with your ideas on how we can improve programme support in the county

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