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Friday, 1 March 2013

The Visa Campaign is gearing up for our first challenge, the IFM Conference in Manchester in June.

Delegates will be using our new advice about documents they need to present with their application and IFM will send us names and details that we can send to UKBA.

Harlow member and Olympic medallist Acer Nethercott dies, aged 35

Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Woodcraft Folk member Acer Nethercott died two weeks ago after fighing brain cancer for three years (unknown to all but his close family), at 35 years old. A Harlow Woodcraft volunteer remembers him:

Here are a few words about a person who I called our brightest child, since he came out top in Harlow with his large clutch of starred A's at G.C.S.E. at 16. He had grown up after joining Woodlanders Elfins and going through Woodlanders Pioneers and Harlow Venturers. After school, he went on to University College Oxford and finished with a P.H.D. in language. In his early 20's, he came back to work with our groups as a leader as part of his gold award for the Duke of Edinburgh scheme and was at the first Sherwood Forest International camp during that period. 

An invitation from Engineers Without Borders

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

"Dear Woodcraft Folk

I would like to officially introduce EWB-UK to Woodcraft, as we believe there may be many opportunities for collaboration.

Southampton Woodcraft Folk meet Dame Pauline Green

Friday, 8 February 2013

Southampton Woodcraft Folk attended an interesting conference in the Civic Centre in Southampton at the start of February, called "Southampton: A City of Co-operation". The conference was organised by Southampton City Council and SACDA (the local cooperative umbrella group) to bring local cooperators together with the Council and begin to discuss how Southampton City can move to a more cooperative model: making use of and suporting local cooperative groups.

LGBT History Month

Thursday, 7 February 2013

Many people this week will be celebrating the parliamentary vote to legalise same sex marriage. This is certainly a welcome step in ensuring LGBT people have the same rights as anyone else in society, however, let us not forget that homophobia and transphobia continue to exist, and that despite parliamentary changes in law, there is still much work to be done until we achieve full liberation for LGBT people.

"Hands In" to Geocaching at London AGM

Thursday, 31 January 2013

We are just over 2 weeks away from the launch date for this year’s Hands In, where we are asking groups to create Geocaches that reflect their group identity. Packs are currently being sent out daily with an increasing number of groups across the UK getting involved.

IFM-SEI Seminar on Right-Wing Extremism - Vilnius

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

IFM-SEI Right-Wing Extremism Seminar – calling Woodcraft participants

The horrific attack on AUF Norway in 2011 is still hard to come to terms with, but sadly this was not a one-off or freak example of right-wing, anti-democratic action in the last few years. Other IFM-SEI organisations, their partners and meeting places have also faced attacks.

The Co-operative Social Goals Update

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

The latest update from the Co-operative's Social Goals team is available to download below. It's got information and opportunities for action on all their latest activities including renewable energy controlled by communities and stories from brand new co-operatives supported by the Co-operative Enterprise Hub.   

Hands In 2013 Geocaching Launch!

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

What better way to start the New Year than connecting with Woodcraft groups all over the country in the shared experience of Geocaching?

I hope by now you have all got a taste of the Geocaching bug and have gone out with your groups to find your first Geocache. If not then now is the perfect time to start, a beginners guide can be found below.

Queer Easter 2013 - applications open

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Queer Easter is one of our annual seminars hosted by our German sister organisation SJD-Die Falken on behalf of IFM-SEI. The seminar is being held in conjunction with IUSY and ECOSY (International and European socialist youth). The week combines workshop sessions, the opportunity to run your own forums, social programme and Creative Working Groups. Each Creative Working Group focuses on a specific topic relating to the theme of the seminar, working in a group of 10-15 for around half of the seminar’s sessions.


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