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Thank you

I'd just like to say a very big Thank You to Ken, Kieren, Sarah, Angela and Claire for helping David and Vic with Wednesday Scouts last week while I was not well. Thanks also to all the other people who offered to help out. It was great that the District could come to the rescue - Thank you all so much.
Fram Wednesday Scout Leader - now recovered

Cub 6 a side Football

Congratulations to our newest Cubs Pack Coxhoe for winning the District Cub Football. It was a very tight competition with the final score being a draw. Rules state that if we have a draw that the winner is decided on Goal difference. Coxhoe won by a difference of 1 Goal. Congratulations to Fram (Tuesday) who were a very close runner up. Well done to all the Cub teams who took part, they all played really well. We had an excellent turn out with almost 50 Cubs taking part. All in the good spirit of Scouting teams pulled together to make up numbers where teams were short.

Team Points Goals
Coxhoe19 14
Fram (Tuesday)19 13
4th A 16
15th/Waterhouses 15
Fram (Wednesday)13
4th B and 5th 11
Belmont 9

Points are awarded as 3 for a win, 2 for a draw and 1 for playing.

Cotswalds tent show at Moor House

We are proud to announce that the annual COTSWOLD OUTDOOR tent show will be taking place this Easter weekend at Moor House Adventure Centre on Friday 28th March-Monday 1st April 2013.

There will be over 50 tents pitched for you to look at and purchase and don't forget you will get your discount on the full price this is am offer you cant miss out on.

There will be experts on hand to answer your questions and a full range of accessories available to look at and purchase.

We would love to see you and all your groups there over the Easter weekend.

Wig Wednesday (22nd May)

Dear Durham Scouts,

I am writing to invite scouts from across Durham to take part in CLIC Sargent’s national fund raising event Wig Wednesday. The event takes place on Wednesday 22nd May and we are asking groups to wear a wig at their meetings to raise awareness of childhood cancer and raise funds by asking for a small donation to CLIC Sargent.

To take part you will need to register at www.clicsargent.org.uk/wigwednesday and we will then send you a simple fund raising pack with ideas, an event guide and how to pay your money in.

Every day, 10 families in the UK hear the shocking news their child has cancer. CLIC Sargent is the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people and their families. We provide clinical, practical and emotional support to help them cope with cancer and get the most out of life.

Please do see the attached document for more information and please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

Caroline Ormiston

National Census results

The basic national Census results have now been collated, and I am delighted to say that not only are we the fastest growing County in the North East Region, but we have also grown significantly faster than the national average.
The headline increases in membership are:
Durham County: Youth +5.4% Adult +4.8% Overall +5.3%
NE Region: Youth +1.2% Adult +3.2% Overall +1.6%
National: Youth +1.7% Adult +2.8% Overall +1.9%

My thanks and congratulations to all of you for the part you have played in our County's growth. I will be grateful if you will pass this positive news on to your Districts, Groups and Sections, and please congratulate and thank Leaders, Executive Committee members and other adult supporters on my behalf.


Newcastle Scout Gang Show

The Newcastle Scout Gang Show runs 2nd-6th April

Louis Robdrup

I am afraid that Louis Robdrup passed away on Sunday 10 March.

Louis did not hold a role within the District but may have been known to some.

Louis’ formal service was as ASL and CSL with 1st Newcastle from 1964 to 1988 (apart from a four year break as ADC (Venture Scouts) 1984-86). In 1988 he joined the Scout Fellowship and then moved into City of Newcastle (Red Scarf) Scout Active Support Unit.

As part of that Unit he was involved in the organisation of the BP Walk, indeed one of his Scout Active Support colleagues noted that it was “solely Louis's idea and inspiration”. In February 2012, the District Cub Scouts – 100 of them – undertook the BP Walk, led by members of the City of Newcastle (Red Scarf) Scout Active Support Unit. Louis made sure he was there even though he was unable to participate in the walk itself due to illness.

My understanding is that there will be a committal at Whitley Bay Crematorium on Tuesday 26 March at noon.

Food Hygine Course

The food safety course is already proving popular - numbers are limited so if you want to attend please book ASAP.

Durham City District in conjunction with Fram Scouts are very pleased to be able to offer a 'CIEH Level 2 Food Safety in Catering' course which will be specifically tailored to Scouting needs when catering, particularly on camp. The course on the 14th April is open to both leaders and helpers.

This course will provide essential knowledge for anyone feeding Scouts (or anyone else) and will be run by a qualified provider with experience of camping and Scouting.

The course will cost £15 which includes the CIEH certificate. The cost can be paid on the day or in advance (please email for details) - cheques payable to '1st Framwellgate Moor Scout Group'. All bookings are considered final after the deadline.

The booking deadline is the 24th March (but you can swap people after this date)

Leaders can book on the course HERE
or by emailing:

The course will be held at the Fram Scout Hut
and will start promptly at 13.00 and should be completed by about 17.00 on the 14th April.

If you have any questions please do get in touch.

Welcome new volunteers

We would like to welcome:
Ashleigh Day as Beaver Sectional Assistant at 1st Framwellgate Moor
Janet Thompsonas Assistant Group Scout Leader at 4th Durham (Gilesgate)

I am sure everyone will support them as they progress through the appointment process and their training.

District Secretary Required

We still need to identify some to take over from Neville at the District AGM in a couple of months time. If you know someone who might be suitable and willing to take on the role please let me know.

Training drop in session

Saturday 23rd sees our training drop in session running from 16.00 at Elvet Church. Training advisors will be on hand to advise or asses as required. While booking isn't essential if you plan to attend please do let me know. Afterwards we'll be going out for dinner - probably at the Court Inn - everyone welcome.


To Nicky (AGSL at 19th) and Lynsey on the birth of Benjamin Hayes on the 13th March.

St George's Day Service

The District St George's day parade is confirmed as taking place on Sunday April 21st at Elvet Methodist Church.
Please arrange for Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explores, ... to arrival from 2.45pm to sit in the Church for a prompt 3pm start.

Flag Bearers and colour parties should wait outside the church.

We will dismiss from the Church at 4pm.

Manager Training

Module 20 to 24 manager training will take place at the Fram Scout Hut starting at 19.00 on Monday 25th and Wednesday 27th.


Reminder that the Group Chairman (or a deputy) have been invited to a meeting on the 12th March at 7pm at Fram Scout HQ to share problems and solutions.


Well done to Sian Greeves on completing her Wood Badge and to Helen Willcox on getting her 5 years service award.

1st Aid Course - 4th May

Simon and Kieran will be delivering a District First Responder course for Leaders and Occasional Helpers on the 4th May.
You can book online here or drop me an email.

M1 Course

The next Module 1 course will be on Tuesday 16th April 19.00 start at Fram. You can book online here or drop me an email.

Outdoor Scouting Competition

Congratuations to everyone who took part in Saturday's Outdoor Scout Competition and to Mike for the photos.

There were 13 Scout Teams entered and competition for the top slot was very tight with 5th Durham taking the prized first place.

Unfortunately Helen has decided she does not want to continue as District Scout Leader - thank you to everyone who has supported Helen over the part few months. Helen will be continuing with her ASL role at Fram.

UK Contingent Management Team roles - Japan 2015

Hi All

The UK Contingent are seeking a group of 26 volunteers to work with the Contingent Management Team (CMT) to deliver the United Kingdom's participation in the 23rd World Scout Jamboree. Details of these roles can be found at http://www.sunderlandscouts.org.uk/23rd%20cst%20advert.html.

Can you please forward this information to all leaders and network members in your District please.

International information and updates can be found in the Leaders section of the Durham County website or on the Sunderland District website, http://www.sunderlandscouts.org.uk/international.html


Dave Russell

Photography Competiton

Following on from our telephone conversation, I thought that some of the young people you work with would be interested in a national photographic competition being run by Road Safety GB for budding photographers to support the Second UN Global Road Safety Week (6 to 12 May) and its theme of pedestrian safety.

The competition , called ‘Footprints’, is open to young people aged 11 to 18 years and requires competitors to snap away on the theme of pedestrian safety. The competition launched on Monday 4th March and runs until Sunday 21 April.

More Info

Advanced Canoe Camp

Quick reminder that if anyone wants to train and get signed off for canoeing or kayaking you need to attend the Advanced Canoe Camp More details

Coxhoe Group opening

The Coxhoe Group opened with a bang on Monday night with 21 Cubs (and one Beaver...) turning up and taking part.
Tuesday saw the opening of the Beaver section with 16 young people taking part.
It's great to see such enthusiasm behind the new Group and a particular credit to Janice, Sarah and all the new leaders.


The following leaders met with the appointments team on Tuesday and have been approved for their roles:

Emily Scott (Assistant Scout Leader at 15th Durham)
Paul Atkinson (Assistant Cub Leader at Coxhoe)
Vic Menzies (Scout Section Assistant at Framwellgate Moor)
Matt Snowdon (Assistant Cub Scout Leader at 5th Durham)
Richard Dickinson (Assistant Beaver Scout Leader at 4th Durham)
Emma Thompson (Assistant Beaver Scout Leader at 5th Durham)
Simon Beal (Assistant Scout Leader at 4th Durham)

Funding opportunities

There are a couple of funding deadlines coming up:
Shakespeare Trust applications must be submitted to the District Commissioner by the 1st April - late applications will not be accepted. Each application will be judged on its own merits so don't be shy!
DUCKs deadline is the end of March

District Directory

The District directory in the Leaders Area of the District website has now been updated to include all the basic contact information for all the adults registered to your individual group.

Chairs Meeting

We are organising another meeting of the Group Chairs on the 12th March to discuss anything that's useful to discuss - but particularly:
New developments for young people
Joint projects
Safety updates
Recruitment of adult volunteers
Executive training
Financial management

DOE training

One for Explorer leaders (i assume) if they haven't already heard by other means:

Please see details below of free e DofE training Print screen from e DofE News

The Durham venue is St Leonard's School on the 7th March 5.00 - 7.00pm

Please try to come along - it could be a useful 2 hours especially as the achieved offline facility will go after the 1 April so everyone will have to use e DofE

To book a place contact pam.higgins@dofe.org Tek 0191 2703000

County Safeguarding Newsletter

The latest County Safeguarding Newsletter can be found here.

In particular County are still expecting all leaders to complete the NSPCC online training as part of their M1.

Cub Night Hike

Before it got dark:

After it got dark:

Scout Walking Weekend

A big thank you to Helen for organising a very innovative Scout Walking Weekend - and thank you to everyone who supported her. Well done to all the Scouts for getting their navigator badge.

St Georges mini films reminders

Please forward to Kim (faith@durhamcityscouts.org.uk) by March 28th.
The premiere (all welcome!) 7-9 p.m April 19th at Waterhouses community hall.

Joint Meeting Success

Last Friday evening 5th Durham and 1st Fram held a joint Troop meeting building bridges (literately) - plans are already being discussed for future joint nights - keep up the good work.

Chester Le Street - new DC


I am delighted to inform you that Greg Piskosz has agreed to take on the role of District Commissioner for Chester-le-Street with immediate effect. I am sure that you will all wish him every success in his new challenge, and will offer him the support he needs to develop, strengthen and grow the District.


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