News and stories

An Open Letter to Lloyd Russell-Moyle MP

Monday, 3 December 2018

Dear Lloyd,

On behalf of General Council and Woodcraft Folk I want to express our support and admiration for the speech you gave in parliament last week. Since you became MP for Brighton Kemptown it’s been a pleasure and delight to see someone who was chair of our organisation and who lives and breathes Woodcraft Folk giving a voice to young people in the commons, and your brave decision to publicly share your HIV positive status only adds to our pride.

Winning winter group night ideas share

Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Over 60 people from all Scottish districts got together for a day of fun and sharing ideas in Falkirk in mid November. Young people and adults rotated around 5 idea stations where they picked up different ideas for group nights. These stations were smoothie making, soup making and knifework, craft origami book marks, anti plastics campaigning, Common Ground camp, and water issues. In true co-operative style each person was invited to bring a vegetable or fruit to add to the soup and smoothies.

Vote for your favourite Membership Badge design 2019

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Earlier this year we asked our members to take part in this year’s Membership Badge competition. The theme was ‘Widening Participation’. We had 173 entries from 13 District and we’d like to take this opportunity to thank all those members who submitted a design. They were all fantastic and the “secret panel’ had a hard time choosing the finalists.

Louise Medus - an inspiration

Monday, 12 November 2018

 Last week Louise Medus-Mansell sadly passed away. Her energy, passion and laughter is being remembered fondly by many leaders up an down the country.


Duncan Siret of Cheltenham Districts writes

Widening Participation - Webinar Series

Monday, 12 November 2018

This autumn, Woodcraft Folk's development team are running a series of webinars to share good practice from around our movement, and give volunteers the knowledge and resources to make our vision of Widening Participation a reality.

Sessions in this series include:

New to Folk Supply- Mugs, recycled & non chip

Thursday, 8 November 2018

 New to Folk Supply November 2018.

New Mugs, recycled & non chip

Not only are these mugs made from recycled materials, with their non-chip finish you will be able to reuse them again & again.

Reflecting on the Many Histories of Woodcraft Folk

Thursday, 1 November 2018
On Saturday 15th September, members, researchers and interested members of the public came together at University College London's Institute of Education for a day of talks and discussions exploring the many histories of Woodcraft Folk. The event celebrated the move of our archive materials to the institute and opened up conversations which we're sure will continue as we move towards our centenary in 2025.
The presentations and Q&As were recorded so if you were unable to join us, or just want to refresh your memory if you were there, you can now listen back at your own convenience. The recordings are hosted on UCL's website and the day is divided into individual presentations and sessions. Just click on the title below to be taken to the relevant recording. 

Eastern Region Pioneer Meet Up

Thursday, 1 November 2018

On 22nd October some Pioneers from St Neots, Cambridge and Peterborough got together for a day filled with fun! They met at Hinchingbrooke Country Park in Huntingdon. Pioneers worked together to put a tent up following instructions, they then had to take it down with half of them having their eyes closed! They cooperated to collect wood and build a central fire. Whilst it was still light there was a whittling activity to make a marshmallow stick each and the pioneers fed everyone with hot dogs cooked on trangias (raised outdoor stove). 

Central England Cooperative Members Meetings

Wednesday, 31 October 2018
At the Central England Cooperative Members' Meetings in early October, Woodcraft Folk were represented in Peterborough and Norwich. Norwich Woodcraft Folk took some activities and had a stall at the event at Norwich City FC, whilst one of our Pioneers from St Neots, Kier (12) gave a speech about what he likes about being part of Woodcraft Folk at the Mariott Hotel in Peterborough. 

Switch to 100% renewable energy and raise funds for Woodcraft

Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Co-op Energy’s dual fuel and single fuel tariffs don’t just offer value for money, they also put their principles before profit. This means only making decisions with you in mind and always offering fair prices.

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