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The Ghost of St. Andrew's Hall Bake Off

Thursday, 6 February 2014
Pioneers in Sheffield made this rather spooky film for their annual Merry Moot. The Pioneers came up with the idea, one of their mums wrote the script and a dad with film-making expertise helped them direct and produce it.


Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Waltham Abbey and Harlow Woodcraft Folk enjoyed a rather muddy winter ramble in January.

Over 30 adults and children met early Sunday morning in the lashing rain at Epping Forest. Destination – bikers’ tea hut at high beach where our soggy group munched away on bacon and sausage sandwiches and drank steaming hot chocolate.

The puddles were orange from the clay soil - so Essex! And wellies filled with water and stuck in the mud. A fun day was had by all. (Well most…)

Elfin Singalong

Sunday, 2 February 2014

Elfin music Singalong

On Sunday the second of February Volunteers and children gathered to sing some Woodcraft songs, learn how to play the drums, to hear some great stories, make our own shakers, play some great games and did a rhythm workshop which was a lot of fun for all of us.

Brighthelmstone projects

Saturday, 1 February 2014

Brighthelmstone District has initiated a couple of projects over December 2013 and January 2014.

The first was initiated by one of our groups in Woodingdean near Brighton. Nomad Pioneer leader Mark Hedgecock obtained 200 saplings of various trees and organised a planting in Lockwood Park. Lots of Elfins, Pioneers and adults braved a horrible rainy day to plant all the trees with the help of the Sussex Wildlife Trust. It was a great success and covered in local media.

The Courier Online AGM & Elections 2014

Saturday, 25 January 2014

Hello one and all Woodcrafters,

The time has come again for The Courier to hold it's annual elections, this year things are working slightly differently as both the AGM and elections will be held entirely online.

Courier AGM

European Voluntary Service position in IFM-SEI

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

IFM-SEI is looking for an enthusiastic and active volunteer to work full time in Brussels for 11 months between October 2014 and August 2015. We will apply for a fund called European Voluntary Service to cover the living costs of the volunteer.

Ice skating in the south east

Monday, 20 January 2014

For the third year running, over 100 members and parents from Knaphill, New Malden, Spelthorne, Tolworth & Kingston and Walton districts came together for an ice skating session at the Hampton Court Palace open air rink on 10th January. It rained a bit but not enough to dampen the spirits of those gliding around on the ice. New contacts were made and we plan to do other joint activities in the future.

Last Chance for £500 to run an Action Project!

Friday, 17 January 2014

With the TREE Programme coming to an end in March, this is your group’s last chance to apply for the opportunity to run a £500 youth-led community Action Project. An Action Project needs to meet these four simple criteria:

Link your stories together

Wednesday, 15 January 2014


"They started with a map, as all great adventures do: OS1, the Ordnance Survey map for the Dark Peak area. They spread it out on a table to begin with, and read the names..."

So starts one of the stories that have just been posted to the lucky Woodcraft Folk groups who are first in the chain for this year's Hands In! story telling activity. What do you think happens next?


Tuesday, 14 January 2014

On the 21st December (The Winter Solstice) Mahlangu Venturers and others from Brighton Central and Hove District braved the elements to continue to publicise the visa campaign, by taking part in the Burning the Clocks Parade held every year in Brighton. 

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