Annual Gathering 2011

Event date: 
29 April 2011 - 6:00pm - 1 May 2011 - 1:00pm
Event location: 
Walesby Forest Scout Centre, Nottinghamshire

Annual Gathering is the democratic heart of the Woodcraft Folk, but it’s so much more than that. As well as celebrating our achievements over the past year & electing our General Council, we discuss future plans for the movement, share skills & experiences, and enjoy each other’s company in true Woodcraft style.

All members are welcome to attend and take part in Annual Gathering, but if you’d like to register as a delegate representing your district, please contact your district co-ordinator.

Lloyd addresses conference

Lloyd Russell-Moyle, Chair of General Council, gives the closing speech at Woodcraft Folk's 2011 Annual Conference, a key part of the festival of Woodcraft that is Annual Gathering.

Annual Gathering 2011 - Nominations deadline - 12 noon

Event date: 
15 March 2011 - 12:00pm
Event location: 
Walesby Forest Scout Centre, Nottinghamshire

The deadline for nominations to General Council and Standing Order Committee is 12 noon on Tuesday 15 March.

You can find the nomination forms here.

Please send nominatons to the General Secretary.

If you are thinking of standing for General Council, please note that the first meeting of the new General Council will be a residential meeting on the weekend of 11/12 June.

Annual Gathering 2011 - Amendment deadline - 12 noon

Event date: 
15 March 2011 - 12:00pm
Event location: 
Walesby Forest Scout Centre, Nottinghamshire

The deadline for amendments is 12 noon on Tuesday 15 March. Please send amendments to the General Secretary.

You can find the text of motions here.

Motion 19: Link age of delegates to age-group represented – RULED OUT OF ORDER

This Annual Conference believes that we are a democratic youth organisation and that as such young people should be encouraged and supported to participate as much as possible. This Annual Conference agrees that delegates for Venturer and DF groups must be of the age range that they are representing and resolves to amend the Constitution as follows:

Motion 18: Full and Supporter Membership – RULED OUT OF ORDER

This Annual Conference resolves that there shall no longer be the option of full or supporter membership of the Woodcraft Folk. Any member of the Woodcraft Folk will be a full member, with an additional option of whether the given member requires a CRB assessment or not. The membership form will explain that a CRB assessment is required if the individual works with children on more than one occasion per month or stays overnight with children.

Proposed and Seconded by Brighton Hill Fort District


Motion 17: Remove requirement to send Convening Notice by post – RULED OF OUT ORDER

This Annual Conference resolves to amend : Constitution U (Notices) (1)

Motion 16: Require meat to be on menu at national camps

This Annual Conference believes that the Woodcraft Folk is an organisation with many ways of working and with members with different needs. We support the principle that we are all different but all equal. This is especially important in terms of catering for our members at camps- kosher, vegetarian, vegan, meat etc. At recent national, centrally organised events the Woodcraft Folk has not catered for all, by creating vegetarian only menus. For most people vegetarianism is a personal choice, not a specific dietary requirement relating to health.

Motion 14: Free Education for All

This Annual Conference notes the way in which children and young people have come together to speak out against the outrageous rises in tuition fees for university students, the scrapping of the Education Maintenance Allowance, the covert marketisation of our schools, and the cuts in services to the population.

This Annual Conference reaffirms its commitment to free education for all, and also commits itself to supporting the most needy through schemes such as Education Maintenance Allowance. 

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