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Woodcraft Folk youngsters' help for Syrian refugee children

Monday, 11 November 2013

Youngsters from Leighton Buzzard Woodcraft Folk donated a dozen shoe boxes to the British Red Cross today. Filled with a variety of essentials as well as some gifts, the boxes were destined for refugee children fleeing the Syrian Conflict.

Anne Marsh awarded Midcounties Co-operative Member of the Year 2013

Friday, 8 November 2013

Anne Marsh of High Acres Woodcraft Folk - where she has worked with their groups for 33 years - has been awarded The Midcounties Co-operative Member of the Year 2013. 

Midcounties Co-operative wanted the opportunity to recognise the contributions five of their members have made to their local communities this year, and Anne was chosen by the judging panel for her region. Their article is here.

Worried about Energy Price Rises?

Friday, 25 October 2013

The news is full of stories about the big six energy companies putting up prices just as the cold weather starts to bite, so it seemed like a good time to remind members about Co-operative Energy.

Western Sahara Study Visit - 28 Dec 2013 to 4 Jan 2014

Thursday, 24 October 2013

Those of you who attended Annual Gathering in April will remember the harrowing update on the situation of the Western Saharawi refugees and the emergency motion we passed in solidarity with our sister organisation USJARIO. We were pleased to be able to host a representative from USJARIO at the IFM congress in Manchester in June and are honoured to have been invited to send a delegation to their congress, which will be held in the refugee camps in Tindouf, southern Algeria at the turn of the year. 

Woodcraft Park Farm Bushcraft Camp held 4-6 October 2014

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

This was the first real bushcraft camp to be held in the newly created bushcraft area in the woods at our very own camp site at Lurgashall, West Sussex.

The camp brought together 33 members from Portsmouth, Knaphill, Waltham Abbey, Spelthorne and Walton Districts. All the children and leaders worked really well together and we all had a great time. We were also joined for meals, in the evening, and at the final circle by members of the Woodcraft Park Farm young volunteers group including Josi, the new volunteer from IFM-SEI who will be with us for the next year.

Venturer Camp Evaluation Meeting

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Was Venturer Camp

Woodcraft groups - please complete the TREE survey

Thursday, 19 September 2013

Over the last four and a half years, Woodcraft Folk has been running a national development programme called TREE. Just to remind everyone, TREE stands for Training, Representation, Equality and Engagement. We’ve provided a wide range of activities for children, young people and volunteers and developed lots of new resources. Some of the main elements of the programme can be found at

Design the Membership Badge for 2014

Thursday, 19 September 2013

Earlier this year we sent out a request to all groups asking them to submit designs for the 2014 membership badge.

We’re encouraging all members to get involved and design a badge around the ‘Burston School Strike’. Its great activity for group night and an opportunity to inspire interesting conversation.

Become an Ambassador of Youth Participation for Woodcraft Folk

Friday, 13 September 2013

Young Woodcraft Folk from Pioneer age upwards are warmly invited to become Youth Participation Ambassadors by attending a jam-packed, free training weekend in October. It's a hugely important event to make sure that the voice of young Woodcraft Folk can continue to thrive, within the movement and outside it. 

Development Conference: Sustaining Groups

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Two months until Development Conference (2nd & 3rd November 2013)

This year’s Development Conference will focus on the sustainability of existing groups and Districts – one of the 3 priorities of the new strategic plan Bigger & Better.

Previous Development Conferences have produced:

1. Woodcraft Folk’s Volunteers Guide
2. New and reviewed policies
3. New leader recruitment postcards
4. Factsheets for new groups
5. Motions to Annual Gathering
6. Volunteer Toolkit

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