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The Co-operative Young Members' Board: join now!

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

The Co-operative Group are just about to launch their first youth board, The Co-operative Young Members' Board. This is a great step towards empowering young members to influence the Co-operative and an opportunity for young Woodcraft Folk to offer ideas and advice to the organisation that has supported so many Woodcraft Folk groups over the years!

Today is International Women's Day

Friday, 8 March 2013

The 8th March is International Women's Day, a time to remember the sacrifices and bravery of women who have fought tirelessly for a better world, whilst also recognising that the fight for liberation is far from over. From the Ford Dagenham strikes in 1968 to the women of the 2011 Egyptian Revolution, women have increasingly made steps towards equality and been part of the struggle for a world free from oppression.

Celebrating Hands In and Geocaching

Wednesday, 6 March 2013


Woodcraft couldn’t have picked a better time to get involved in the Geocaching community. As we are placing our first few caches of Hands In 2013, you helped the Geocaching community passed the 2 million active caches milestone.

Woodcraft Folk supports the people in the Western Sahara

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Woodcraft Folk have a long history of working with young people from the Western Sahara. We therefore strongly condemn Morocco’s unfair and unjust sentence of 24 Saharawi civilians who were tried before a military court on Sunday February 17, 2013.


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.

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