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District Newsletter
July 2017

30/07/2017 By DC-Russell Brooks
To all GSLs, ESLs, ADCs, and District Exec  - Please forward to your teams.
1.  Orienteering Challenge - Everyone is invited to take part in an Orienteering event in Rothamsted Park on 7th October and/or at Stanborough Lakes on 4th November - see attached flyer.  For those Scouts intending to take part in Green Beret this year, this would be great practice for the orienteering part of Green Beret.  They can either take part individually or in pairs. Scout Leaders - if teams of your Scouts are going to attend, please let me know so that I can help the organisers plan for numbers.  There will be a prize for the winning registered Scout.
2. District Review -  Please continue to upload to the District photo archive photographs of your Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers doing all of their exciting activities.  This is  a great help when we come to developing the District Review and a slideshow for the Gang Show. 
There is a link on the District website which takes you to a transfer application called WeTransfer. It is safe, secure and virus free.  Just click on this link  OR copy/paste this URL into your browser. 
Select "Upload photos". You may get an option to sign up for the Plus version, ignore this and click on continue to Free.  
Click on the Add files button and select the photos you want to send to us. Please note that you cant select a directory (folder), just the photos themselves. It would be helpful if you said after the text "District photos for the Archive" who you are, Group and what event the photos were taken at. 
Then click on the Transfer button. WeTransfer will compress and send the photos to our server for virus checking and storage.  
3.  Redbournbury Watermill - The Mill is a popular stopping point on bicycle rides.  Please note however that the Mill itself is a private residence.  If you are stopping there, please respect the privacy of the owners and rest at the Ford/Beach rather than the grassed area outside the Mill.   The owner is very happy to take bookings in advance if you are interested in showing your section the Last Working Mill on the River Ver (
4. Upcoming First Aid training 
Within the District - 
  • First Aid Refresher on 5th September from 7.30-10pm @ 9th Harpenden
  • Please contact Jane Murray to register
Outside the District



Phasels Wood






Phasels Wood






Phasels Wood

5.  Water Activities - Training Courses - 1st Luton Sea Scouts are running the following training courses in 2017. If you, your Explorers or any adult members of your Group would like to attend any of these, please book by following the instructions in the attachment. Scout Adventurous Activity Permits are available if you successfully pass any of the courses. 
  • Dinghy Sailing (RYA Level 2) -- 30 September/1 October
  • Kayaking & Canoeing (2 Star)  --  30 September/1 October
  • Kayaking & Canoeing (FSRT)  --  14 October
  • Power Boat (RYA Level 2) -- 14/15 October
  • Rafting -- 15 October 2017
  • 1st Aid (RYA) -- 4 November 2017
6.  Compass - Remember that you all have access to your own records.  If you haven’t logged on before, go to and register.  Once registered, you can review and amend your personal details.
District Dates for the diary
  • 14th Oct 2017 - District Cubs 7-a-side football competition@ Roundwood Park Sports Hall
  • 4th December 2017 - Beavers Carol Service @ All Saints Church
  • 11th December 2017 - Cubs Carol Service @ Methodist Church
Please take a look at the County Calendar for dates of their 2017/2018 Events & Activities: 2017/2018 Calendar
All the best


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District Newsletter
June 2017

10/06/2017 By DC-Russell Brooks
To all GSLs, ESLs, ADCs, and District Exec  - Please forward to your teams.
1.  District Module 38 Training - 30th June-2nd July - Calling any leaders interested in camping and considering applying for a Nights Away Permit at some stage in the future.  We will be running a training session with the District, so that there is no need to travel, and people within the District can learn from each other. The current plan is for leaders to erect their tents, if the wish, on Friday evening after 9pm so we can start promptly at 9am on Saturday 1st July.  Leaders will then camp overnight and continue the course on the Sunday with the idea of finishing by 1pm.  There are still spaces available, so please contact Liz Jack or Elaine Brind to book a place and for more information.  
2. Manchester Bee Badge Appeal - A couple of people have asked me about the Manchester Bee Badge, which has been launched by the Greater Manchester Scout Counties to help raise money in support of the families and victims of the Manchester bomb on 22nd May 2017.  If you want to support this initiative, I can confirm my support for the badge being worn as an occasional badge.  
2.  District AGM - Everyone is welcome!!
Venue:  1st Wheathampstead Group Scout HQ, Wheatsac, Meads Lane, Off East Lane, Wheathampstead, Herts, AL4 8BZ at 8.15pm for refreshments, and a meeting start at 8.45pm.  Note that parking is limited at the HQ but there is a public car park off East Lane.  If anyone has special parking requirements please contact Keith Brooker
3. Armed Forces Day - 24th June - On June 24th between 12.30 and 5pm, on the Common near the Public Hall, Harpenden and Wheathampstead District Scouts are supporting the Town Council in their promotion of the Armed Forces Day. We will have an impressive promotions trailer that features graphics, video screen, hospitality unit and flags to attract and impress the public. There will be many hundreds, perhaps thousands walking by our promotional trailer and, because we are very welcoming and interesting, we expect conversations with adults who are likely to join us. We are looking for leaders and other adults to help us try and find more like you! 
Alongside the trailer we will run a display game called Rescuing the Meerkats which is also likely to attract the interest of the public. It involves teams of 5 cubs/scouts working together to lift 3 rafts of meerkats out of a swamp and they race the clock to win best time. Winners get prizes. Please encourage your cubs and scouts to put on their best uniform (in teams of 5) and enjoy the challenge. See attached flyers. 
4.  Have your Explorers had their say? - An email containing a link to the national survey for Explorers to complete to share their views on their Scouting experience was sent to Explorer Leaders in May. Your support in reminding and encouraging Explorers to complete it would be fantastic.  Survey closes on 16th June.
5. District Beaver Scout Leader meeting - 14th June - The next meeting will be held at 4th Harpenden Scout hut from 8pm.  
6.  Cubs 7-a-side Football competition - SAVE THE DATE - 7 a side football competition will be held on the 14th October at Roundwood Park Sports Hall from 2 to 6pm.  More information will follow nearer the time.
7. Upcoming First Aid training within the District - 
  • First Aid Refresher on 5th September from 7.30-10pm (Venue TBA)
  • Please contact Jane Murray to register
8.  Mayor’s Charity Quiz Night Attached is a poster for the Mayor’s upcoming Quiz Night on Friday 14th July, which this year will be raising money for Harpenden Connect (the Harpenden Hopper Bus Service) and Rennie Grove Hospice Care.
9.  St Nicholas’ Great Get Together Tea Party St Nicholas Church will be running a ‘Great Get Together’ tea party on Sunday 18 June in the Church Hall (those who attended last year will recall that the Church held a similar event for the Queen’s 90th Birthday). All are welcome to attend - please see attached poster.
Dates for the diary 
  • 18th June 2017 - County Cub Water Activities Day
  • 21st June (7.30pm) - District AGM @ 1st Wheathampstead
  • 23rd-25th June 2017 - Take Away Weekend @Harmergreen Wood (for Patrol Leaders)
  • 2nd July 2017 - District Cubs Summer bike ride @ Nicky Lane
  • 1st-2nd July 2017 - Beavers in Tents (BiTs) @ Well End
  • 10th September 2017 - Chief Scouts Gold Award presentation day @ Stevenage
  • 23rd September 2017 - Cub County Night Hike
  • 6th - 8th October 2017 - Born 2B Challenged @Harmergreen Wood
  • 10th October 2017 - Cubs Cyclocross
  • 14th October 2017 - District 7-a-side football competition@ Roundwood Park Sports Hall
  • 17th-19th November 2017 - Green Beret Challenge @ Phasels Wood
All the best
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ASU Newsletter
May 2017

29/05/2017 By Dave Lowndes

Hello all
The May 2017 ASU Newsletter can be downloaded from here.

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International Matters (Feb2017)
04/03/2017 By DC-Russell Brooks

Here you can find the February edition of International Matters from Herts Scouts. Its the first from Manon Burbridge since taking over from  Mike Aston.

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Gift Aid update
30/06/2016 By Rod Keen

HMRC have published new model wording for Gift Aid Declarations to be used from 5th April 2016.  The new declaration has been shortened and simplified removing references to Council Tax and VAT.  Scout groups are able to claim Gift Aid on membership subscriptions and donations for sponsored events and should use the new Gift Aid declaration form for any donations from 5th April 2016 onwards.  Declarations that are already in place do not need to be updated.

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