Marching on in Scotland

Friday, 8 December 2017


 Marching on in Scotland

The new Woodcraft Folk Scotland banner has had it’s first outing.  Over 40 Scottish members of all ages accompanied it on the STUC anti racism march in Glasgow on 25th November.  The idea for the new banner was conceived at Scottish Gathering in January.  Scottish members wanted to demonstrate and stand up for Woodcraft Folk values in a context where these seemed increasingly under threat.  We believed that visibly doing so would help us reach new members and strengthen our movement.

Over the course of 2017 our Scottish Committee worked with members to develop the banner from idea to finished product.  The front which carries our name and logo was completed at a Scotland wide event in Edinburgh in June.  The back was completed locally across Scottish districts in the autumn; all children and young people had the opportunity to design and make hands for it at their group nights.   Special thanks have to go to Scottish Committee’s Laura Pickavance for assembling and attaching the many hands – her own were suffering by the end of the sewing !



In the lead up to the march, as well as making hands for the banner,  groups across Scotland were encouraged to run group nights exploring racism and signposted to resources to support this.  Feedback from groups on this was really positive; “The children enjoyed it a lot.  I was surprised how much they got involved.  Most of them contributed to the discussion, from age 9 to 14.” (Group leader from Edinburgh).

On the afternoon of the march over 50 Scottish Woodies of all ages congregated in Garnethill Multicultural Centre in Glasgow.   Adult volunteers participated in a workshop about outreach and inclusion.  There was a ‘Gathering of the Smalls’ our young people’s committee for Scotland which was also on the theme of outreach… and we finished up with some dancing.   Participants fed back that they liked ; “Through the year theme of march, banners etc coming together.”, “Attending a march with Woodcraft, opportunity for discussion, dancing , snacks.” and “Meeting people from other groups.”  

The next opportunities for members in Scotland to come together will be Scottish Gathering in Crianlarich, Fri 2nd to Sun 4th Feb 2018.