News and stories

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.

Celebrating Spelthorne

Monday, 29 October 2018

Woodcraft friends past & present, and visitors form Denmark and Belgium joined together for a weekend residential to celebrate the

 many years of volunteering by Folk members in Spelthorne.The members met at Cudham, Woodcrafts own centre and made the best use of the beautiful countryside.

Woodcraft Folk Endorses Call For A Cabinet Minister For Children

Thursday, 18 October 2018
Ofsted Head, Amanda Spielman, categorises children as either born ‘lucky’ or facing ‘disadvantage right from the start ... unable to
follow what’s going on. Unable to keep up with their classmates. Unable to reach their potential.’ Our children may become the least healthy adult population in living memory, severely affected by five key issues:
  • obesity and physical inactivity
  • adverse childhood experiences
  • rising mental health issues
  • dominance of social media and screen time influence
  • socioeconomic disadvantage and cultural/ethnic divide

A warm welcome from our new Chair Pip Sayers

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Hello! My name is Pip Sayers, I’m 22 and I’m a music teacher and performer. At the start of this month I was elected Chair of General Council, potentially making me the youngest chair of a trustee board in the country. I started my Woodcraft life as an Elfin in Bradford. One of my earliest memories of Woodcraft is being encouraged by my Elfin leader to perform on saxophone at the Christmas Merrymoot, a skill which has gone on to shape my education and now career. Woodcraft has offered me countless valuable and character defining experiences from Elfins right through to DFs, and now as a Venturer leader in

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