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Archery Reminder

From January 2016 all archery instructors will require a Scout Adventurous activity permit (AAP) even if they already hold a GNAS certificate.

The good news is to get the AAP, GNAS instructors can just send a copy of their certificate to Stephen Ramsay.

Anyone wanting to gain a Scout Archery AAP who doesn't hold a GNAS cert can now also take part in a direct training and assessment - again contact Stephen Ramsay for details.

Moor House Update

Work in continuing at Moor House to allow Scout leaders to run activities on site.

If anyone would like to complete any relevant AAPs please speak to Stephen Ramsey who will put on courses as required.

Scouts go down under… Caving Day!

Scouts embarked on a day trip to North Yorkshire to go caving. With an early start, there wasn’t much enthusiasm, along with some pre-caving nerves. Soon the bus was alive with loud, smelly scouts and we were on the two hour journey to Ingleton, N. Yorkshire.

A Scout Elbow DeepWe arrived at the caves with 1000 questions being passed around, “What will it be like?”, “Is it dark?”, “Will I get wet?”. Scouts were given the necessary equipment and instructed on its purpose. After a short time we were off to the cave.

A lot of fun was had within the caves. Scouts got very wet, cold and tired but they were all smiling at the end, with one scouting shouting “Today was Epic!”.

Win £1000 worth of outdoor equipment with Club Quest Challenge

I am writing from Metro Radio and TFM’s Cash for Kids to inform you of our new exciting fundraising campaign – The Club Quest Challenge.

We are inviting Cubs, Scouts, Explorers, Guides and Brownies across the North East to register with us and get fundraising over five weeks to help raise money for sick, disabled and disadvantaged local children.

The group who raises the most money will win £1,000 worth of outdoor camping/play equipment to spend as they wish.

We hope that by getting involved with our Club Quest Challenge, your groups will be able to work towards their community, citizen and outdoor badges.

I have attached a letter with further information and wondered if this could be sent out to all of the beaver, cub, scout and explorer groups in your area?

If you would like to discuss this further or have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me as below.

Many thanks for your time

Kind Regards

Lynsey Thompson

Regional Charity Administrator


Remembrance Sunday

For anyone not already involved in a Remembrance Day event if you wish to attend the service at the cathedral joining 5th Durham Scout Group, please meet on Palace Green at 9.40 in full uniform. Please remember poppy & collection.
The parade will finish at 12.00 in the Market Place.

Scout Leaders Meeting

The next meeting of the District Scout Leaders at 4th Durham’s hut (St Giles Church Hall) on Wednesday 18th November 2015, at 7.15pm.

Christmas puddings

We are delighted to be offering award winning puddings from the Ultimate Plum Pudding Company specially labelled just for us. This small (but fully accredited) Cumbrian company has been making puddings for over 20 years. They make puddings for some very prestigious retailers, some very fine hotels, and for many fundraisers including us. These are absolutely top of the range products which you won’t find in the supermarkets. They come nicely wrapped in shiny foil with our special label on. We highly recommend that you give yourself a treat, use them as Christmas gifts and support us in the process. Deliciously good sense - calories don't count in a good cause!


Cub Swimming Badge - Saturday 14 November - 15:30 - 16:30

We have at last had confirmation from the pool. Hetton Community Pool is booked and we will be running staged swimming badges at whatever level is required. It would therefore be helpful if you could let me know the following

Number of Cubs attending
Stage of badge they will be participating in
Number of adults in the water with names
Number of adults on the poolside with names

As in previous years I will then prepare lists with the requirements for each badge and names of those participating in each stage.

Can you please let Sarah have final numbers and names/stages by no later than Saturday 7 November midnight.

Cub Leaders Meeting - Wednesday 11 November - 19:00 at Fram TBC


Finalise swimming Badge
A Million Hands
Cub Centenary Events
New Programme

If you have any other issues you would like to discuss, please let me know as soon as possible.

County AGM

Please find attached the AGM invite following my previous e mail.


Celebration Ceilidh

Ken Robertson’s 50 years of Scouting Celebration Ceilidh

Saturday 24th October 2015

7:30pm - 10:30 (or later!)

Brandon Community Hall

Tickets are now on sale for this fabulous evening of celebration.

Ticket prices are:

Adults: £5:00
Child: £3:50
Family (2+2): £15:00

Ticket prices cover admission and food/tea/coffee at the interval - pie and peas for the adults and hot dogs for children. A vegetarian option is available on request at the time of ticket purchase only please. You may bring your own drinks if you wish. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Please purchase your tickets on your normal group meeting night, or email tickets@5thdurhamscouts.org.uk

Hurry - before they all go!

County Administration Support Worker

Please find attached the job advert for the 20 hour Administration Support Worker.

Hilary the post will be subject to the applicant 'passing' and enhanced DBS check.

The role is over 7 days per week and may involve evening and weekend work where appropriate.



County October safeguarding newsletter

Dear all, not a lot to report this month, so no formal newsletter.

Safer Internet Day 2016
Safer Internet Day 2016 will be celebrated globally on Tuesday, February 9th with the theme Play your part for a better internet! Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre the celebration sees hundreds of organisations get involved to help promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people. Over the coming months the UK Safer Internet Centre will provide lots of helpful resources to help organisations get involved; from banners and logos, to education resources and video content.

Find out more at http://www.saferinternet.org.uk/safer-internet-day/2016


County Chairman Retirement

Morning all

I am writing to advise that Tim Grant who has been our County chairman for the last 2 years has asked to step down from the role with effect from the 7th October 2015.

During his tenure in the role Tim has retired and is enjoying his retirement spending half the year in France and the rest of the time at his home in Nottingham. As such he feels that he cannot carry out the role fully in these circumstances.

Can I place on record my thanks for all of the work he has done for Durham County and also the personal support he has given me during my time in the CC role.

Can you circulate this message as you see fit please.

Thanks and happy retirement Tim!


Cubs go to sea

Thank you to Helen for a great photo from the Cub stay at Ravengill

Free cakes!

Dear Partners of Free Cakes for Kids Durham, Thank you for expressing interest in partnering with Free Cakes for Kids Durham.

We have now begun taking cake orders! This email contains some important information regarding who we are, how to order a cake, as well as other FAQs.


1. What is Free Cakes for Kids Durham?
Free Cakes for Kids Durham is part of a network of 79 Free Cakes for Kids groups in towns and cities across the UK that bake birthday cakes for families who find it hard to provide a cake for their child. In Free Cakes for Kids Durham, we understand that every cake makes a difference, and we have extended our reach beyond children – to the elderly and the homeless. The cakes are baked by student volunteers with the child's favourite flavour and theme in mind.

Like us on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/freecakesforkidsdurham?fref=ts .

For more information about Free Cakes for Kids UK, visit http://www.freecakesforkids.org.uk/ .

2. I noticed that Free Cakes for Kids Durham is under an organisation called ‘SCA’. What is SCA?

SCA stands for Student Community Action. It is a student-led, community-focused organisation, and is the home of student volunteering at Durham University. Established in 1989, SCA aims to support the local community, and offer a unique volunteering experience to Durham students. Overseen by a student executive committee working alongside permanent staff and based in the students’ union, SCA has long been at the centre of the Durham student experience.

3. How can I order a cake?
Ordering a cake is simple!
All you have to do is submit an order via this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1H_sOpOBcmBLyuKYbhOkWgXh_0_683xV30RhLDLDqWow/viewform

Once you have placed an order with us, we will send you an email confirmation within 2 working days. It’s all free, friendly and confidential.

Please give us as much notice as possible so we have time to bake, but in the event that you have a last-minute cake order, do give us a call.

4. Is there a limit to the number of cakes I can order?
Absolutely not! We bake for individual birthdays, as well as for parties and other events. There is a section on the online form that specifies how many cakes you would like to order.

However, it would be greatly appreciated if you could reply to this email to indicate how roughly many cake orders you might be making a month, so as to give us a better idea about our baking capacity.

5. Who bakes the cakes?
All our cakes are home-made by students volunteers who bake and decorate cakes to the very best of their ability. All of our volunteers agree to meet our hygiene and confidentiality standards, and have completed an online Food Safety Level 2 course.

For many children, receiving a homemade birthday cake, perhaps with their name on it or in the shape of something they really like, will make a real difference whatever the cake looks like and there are no expectations that cakes look professional or ‘shop bought’. We hope our personalised, hand-made cakes put a smile on a child's face.

6. What if the child has an allergy or other dietary requirement?
We never use nuts, but can't guarantee nut-free cakes. We can provide gluten-free and dairy-free cakes if required. Please let us know at the earliest stage possible if there is a specific dietary requirement so we have enough time to find the right baker.

7. Who covers the costs of the ingredients?
Volunteer bakers cover the costs of their ingredients via bake sales in Durham University.

8. How will the cake be delivered?
In most cases, the volunteer bakers will arrange to meet the family/contact person from the organisation, to hand over the cake. For the safety of our students, we prefer all cakes to be collected in Durham City Centre. However, if need be, we are more than happy to arrange for delivery outside of the City Centre.

9. More queries?
Please email us at cakesforkids.sca@durham.ac.uk with any questions.

We hope that the answers to the FAQs were helpful. We will be sending out monthly updates on the cakes we have baked and events that we have been involved in. Also, please find our flier attached – it includes the cakes we have previously baked.

Once again, thank you for expressing your interest in partnering with us and let the cake orders begin!

Jess and Isabel
Free Cakes for Kids Project Leaders

Student Community Action Durham University
Tel: 0759 197 8903 (Jess) and 0747 245 3147 (Isabel)
Web: https://community.dur.ac.uk/community.action/ and http://www.freecakesforkids.org.uk/

Beaver Widegame

Hi everyone,

Just to let you know that i have asked Moor House if they can open the layby on Wednesday 14th October. Guess it would be safer for everyone if parents walked their Beavers down to the car park or a leader collects their Beavers from the front gate?

I have sufficient drinks and crisps for 100 Beavers - to ensure I have sufficient - please could you send me a guestamate of how many Beavers you think you may have coming and if your Colony is coming. Thanks.

See you on Wednesday


County AGM

We need to identify nominees from the District - if anyone is interested in volunteering please let me know.

You may recall that the date set for the Durham Scout County AGM was set at the 7th October 2015 but due to the clash with Confido preparations and also the lack of time to prepare the documentation and papers we have rescheduled the meeting for Wednesday 4th November 2015 starting at 7 pm.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused by the change of date but are working to get documents out to District Commissioners by the end of this week and will be working to make the AGM more open and transparent to al County members.




Free disco

Waterhouses Scouts just wanted to let you know they're putting on a Halloween disco at Nettlesworth community centre.

All scouts are entitled to free tickets and drinks.

The link for the event is below, if any groups or individuals want tickets they can leave us a message on Facebook and we'll get their tickets sorted.

Anyone who doesn't use Facebook can contact me directly.

Kind Regards, Kieren.


Confido Help

Hello everyone,

With over 1000 young people coming to Confido, we are in the final stages of putting together our crack climbing team. We do still have some vacancies we'd like to fill in order to ensure that every climbing activity can be used and we are therefore on the look out for volunteers to help us with belaying, climbing or abseiling and who have an existing Adventurous Activity Permit (AAP).

If you or anyone in your group/district might be able to help us, we'd love to hear from them. They can either sign up as staff at https://www.durhamscouts.org.uk/confido/staff or get in touch with me at confido@durhamscouts.org.uk.

Any help appreciated.


County Training Advisers Meeting

Can I please remind you all that the Training Advisers meeting planned for 12th October has been postponed to Monday 16th November at Moor House.

County AGM

Further to my e mail on Wednesday and as promised I am writing to you regarding the county AGM rescheduled for the 4th November 2015.

Firstly, as an executive, we have been debating the County constitution and agreement has been reached to follow the POR model and as such the agreed constitution is attached to this e mail.

Can I ask you to read the document please as agreement of this document will be the first order of business at the AGM, but that for this year any District nominations under the previous process will still be accepted. If the document is passed at the AGM, any District nominations made directly to the County Executive Committee will be transferred to nominations to the County Scout Council and that any such nominees will then be eligible for election to the County Scout Executive by election of the County Scout Council at the AGM

To continue with the preparation can I ask you to confirm who your District nominations are and also to advise your nominees the following please.

o Members of the County Scout Council will be required to identify themselves upon arrival at the AGM, to ensure that they can vote

o Members of the County Scout Council wishing to stand for the Executive Committee should make their intention known before or at the AGM, and be prepared to speak at the AGM in favour of their election

Can I thank you for your help in this matter in advance of your replies.



District Cub Camp Report

The Cubs had an excellent time, with a bat walk, den building, training with the 68th DLI Red Coat re-enactment group, and finally some fire lighting.

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