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Lockerbrook Hosts the First Meeting of The Co-operative Young Members Board

Thursday, 15 August 2013

Last month Woodcraft Folk’s outdoor activity centre Lockerbrook Farm hosted the first residential meeting of The Co-operative Young Members Board. The Co-operative recently recruited 15 young people from over 300 applicants to sit on this new board. Its aim is to make sure young people have their say in how The Co-operative is run.

Some Woodcraft Folk trainers attended and facilitated discussions and activities on topics including: consensus, shared values, youth participation in democratic structures as well as various teambuilding activities.

Last minute International Opportunity!

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Do you believe in Solidarity? Do you want to have fun? Do you want to visit Palestine?

Last chance to attend the ‘International Volunteer Camp’ in Palestine from 19th to 25th August 2013.

Tribute to Margaret White, first female General Secretary of Woodcraft Folk

Monday, 5 August 2013

[With apologies for the late publication; the Woodcraft Folk website was down on the day Linda kindly submitted this article.]

As some of you may know, Margaret White, a former General Secretary of Woodcraft Folk for nearly 30 years, died last week. Today at her funeral I will be remembering her in a different light. She was my Elfin Leader, the lady who used to relay the message of the Folk to me as I in turn have tried to do for others that followed. My granddaughter will be in Catalonia on a woodcraft friendship delegation as a venturer and many others at Venturer Camp and I will be glad that so many young people have these opportunities to help to make a difference in the world because of Marg's teachings.

Sizzling PlayOut Stirling begins!

Monday, 15 July 2013

Our PlayOut Stirling project got off to a fine sunny start with our first of six PlayOut days this weekend. The warm breeze was appreciated on an otherwise blazing day, even if it did mean chasing brightly coloured craft feathers around the park!

23-25 Aug: European youth come together

Friday, 12 July 2013

In the context of the crisis we all face, social movements exist, but act separately. Moreover, all over the world, the youth are becoming more visible: from the Arab Spring to the Indignados movement, from Occupy Wall Street to the protests of the Chilian students.  The youth have the potential to be a a strong force in  civil society!

Bushcraft Camps @ Woodcraft Park Farm 2013

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Following the recent work day at WPF and thanks to the efforts of members of Walton, Hounslow and Spelthorne Districts, the new bushcraft area is now ready to start camping.

More grant success!

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Azania Pioneers grant

One of Brighthelmstone's Pioneer groups has been successful in obtaining a grant worth over £3700 to develop further its bushcraft and outdoor work.

Paul Bemrose, one of the group leaders explained:

"We applied for the funding and have been accepted. The money will be in the bank next week! The grant will allow our group to train 4 volunteers in bushcraft with Woodcraft School, which runs level 3 accredited training. So all volunteers will have a A level equivalent.

Leicestershire District Walk 2013

Saturday, 29 June 2013


On Wednesday 26th June, 68 members of Leicestershire Woodcraft Folk gathered in beautiful Bradgate Park to play some games and to go for a walk. We were pleased to have representatives from all of our groups, all of our age ranges and some new members from the brand new group that we have piloted this summer to start properly in September. 

Camping with Southwark Young Carers group

Thursday, 27 June 2013

During May half term Southwark Woodcraft linked up with Southwark Young carers group for a 3 day camp at Lurgashall Park Farm, part of an outreach project funded by Southwark Youth Community Restoration Fund. Around 20 Venturers and Young Carers got a chance to go mountain biking, do archery, play night games and experience what its like to camp and live in a co-operative way.

Changes to the Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) June 2013

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

From 17th June 2013 the Disclosure & Barring Service are introducing the DBS Update service.

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