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We've launched #DreamBigAtHome!

Our new lockdown website has hundreds of activities and games to do at home, weekly challenges to try and a regular programme of live workshops and events online, as well as information on how our groups can operate during the COVID-19 outbreak.


Grow Wild

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Last spring three Woodcraft groups were asked to pilot a new project run by Kew Garden that aimed to encourage 12 to 25 year olds to transform their local area by sowing native wild seeds. Each group was sent a pack to help them to organise their activities. Here is Kat Budd from Sheffield reporting back on her pilot of the pack with the Venturer group:

Woodcraft Folk statement on March 22 actions: for press and public release

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Woodcraft Folk supports March 22nd Actions against Racism and Fascism

March 22nd is UN Anti-Racism Day, which commemorates the 1960 Sharpeville massacre when 69 peaceful demonstrators were shot by police in South Africa.

Dear members: please don't undermine teachers' right to strike

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Dear Member

You may be aware that an article in the press last week revealed that the DfEE have issued new guidance to schools, suggesting that they use volunteers to stay open during the teachers’ strike planned for 26th March. General Council believe that this is an underhand way of undermining the ability of Trade Unions to negotiate on behalf of their members.

Woodcraft Park Farm Camp

Tuesday, 25 February 2014


Woodcraft Park Farm

Park Farm want to be able to extend the use of our site this year to enable smaller groups with fewer resources to enjoy the wonderful surroundings and facilities.

Darsham working weekend – 29/30 March

Monday, 24 February 2014

Darsham had a good year in 2013 but needs help with their working weekend on the 29 & 30th March.

Digital penpals in Senegal?

Monday, 24 February 2014

Did your group enjoy writing stories for Hands In! 2014? Do you want to make friends with young people on another continent? We'd like to hear from any Venturer group interested in becoming penpals with young people in Dakar, Senegal, where young Woodcraft Folk member Fred is volunteering as part of the European Voluntary Service.

80 Years Young

Friday, 14 February 2014

Newham Watersmeet Woodcraft are taking a whole year to celebrate their 80th birthday.

They've set themselves the challenge of doing 80 Great Things during 2014. These will include great things on group nights, great things on camps and great things for local communities and environments. A celebration of these is planned for November 2014.

Year of the Horse

Sunday, 9 February 2014

Woodchips and Elfins from Dyfrdwy Gwerin y Coed spent a brilliant day in Liverpool last week, joining in with the celebrations for Chinese New Year. 

The Ghost of St. Andrew's Hall Bake Off

Thursday, 6 February 2014
Pioneers in Sheffield made this rather spooky film for their annual Merry Moot. The Pioneers came up with the idea, one of their mums wrote the script and a dad with film-making expertise helped them direct and produce it.


Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Waltham Abbey and Harlow Woodcraft Folk enjoyed a rather muddy winter ramble in January.

Over 30 adults and children met early Sunday morning in the lashing rain at Epping Forest. Destination – bikers’ tea hut at high beach where our soggy group munched away on bacon and sausage sandwiches and drank steaming hot chocolate.

The puddles were orange from the clay soil - so Essex! And wellies filled with water and stuck in the mud. A fun day was had by all. (Well most…)

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