As you know Nick Fordyce has moved on to be Deputy County Commissioner, we would like to say a huge thank you to Nick for all he has done for the District and we wish him every success in his new role.

As a District we have needed to replace him, so with immediate effect, Ian Merry will be taking on ADC Scouts for the District.

For those of you that do not know Ian, he has been a leader for about 20 years with Queniborough group, where he is currently the Scout Leader, and thanks to Jess his assistant who is stepping up to replace Ian, its all systems go!

The first event Ian is going to be taking over is the Raft Race - 6th July 2014, to contact Ian, just carry on using:    

Ian will be visiting all Scout sections over the next few months, but if you want him to visit or need any help, please feel free to contact him first. Please remember that he will be undertaking some training as he is new to the role so please bear with him.

Congratulations Ian on your new appointment.
3 Cubs get Bronz
Congratulations to three Cubs from the 1st Wolds, Callum, William and Xander who have worked very hard and achieved their Chief Scout Bronze Awards. Keep up all your hard work and have fun on your adventure in Cubs to complete your Chief Scout Silver Awards!





Three Explorer Scouts from the District; Robert and Oliver from Satellites ESU and George from 
QWEST ESU were awarded their Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award at St James Palace by the Duke of 
Edinburgh himself. 

The award is a lot of hard work and dedication over 12 months. Taking up volunteering, a new skill 
and a physical skill, as well as a challenging expedition in wild country is a very demanding award 
but one which is well worthy of celebration.

Congratulations to the three Explorers for all their hard work in achieving the award! 


Charnwood District Scouts stepped back in time to celebrate St George’s Day. 250 Young People and Adults took to the Great Central Railway for a 1940s themed day. The Beavers, Cubs, Scouts & Explorers all came along to the event dressed as evacuees, complete with gas mask boxes and cardboard masks.

Throughout the day they had the opportunity to ride the train to and from Loughborough, with a variety of 1940s themed activities on offer at both Loughborough and Quorn & Woodhouse Stations.

Winston Churchill and Field Marshall Montgomery even put in an appearance to explain the effects of the war on the ‘Home Front’.

Many of the younger ‘evacuees’ had never travelled on a train and this was a new adventure. While on the train they had the opportunity to write a letter home, as many evacuees did. Many of the young people really got into the spirit of the activity letting their imaginations run wild about their first train ride and what they could see out the windows. Charles and Cyril from Rothley Cubs thought that being an evacuee would have been “an adventure but quite scary”.

There were costumed volunteers on hand to answer many of the questions and to demonstrate skills including drill with the Scout Bands from Syston & Thurmaston, Bomb Disposal, Home Guard and volunteer Fire Service. There were also toys and games from the era.

Rationing struck many of the young people and they had the opportunity to see some of the portions allowed per week as well as sample game stew after learning how to prepare freshly caught pigeons, pheasants and rabbits.

Charlie (7) from Barrow upon Soar thoroughly enjoyed the day, he found it really interesting: “Listening about the world war and [that] where people had to join the army, people were needed to help run the railway. I would have liked to have helped with the trains.”

Cub Scout Leader, Jackie Sheradon, from Syston said “It’s been really interesting and nice to see all the young people dressing up as evacuees. We even had a Beaver at Loughborough this morning asking “will I really never see mum or dad again”. We had to tell him we are only pretending you will see mum and dad later. Its been especially good for the young people, it’s getting them aware of what happened during wartime. It must have been a scary time to go to a new family – total strangers”.

County Commissioner and ex-District Commissioner for Charnwood Carol Black was full of praise for the day. “Doing things differently I think is what we’ve done today. Been very inspirational for some of them and a real mix of different groups”.

District Commissioner for Charnwood Paul Smith “What a fantastic day it has been and to see so many young people out enjoying it.  Seeing it all come together has been fantastic.  Carol has done 99% of the organising, we have all had our little bit in supporting it. We would like to do something different again next year…”

Thank you to all the team who put this wonderful day together, and thank you to Great Central Railway for hosting the day.

Welcome to Charnwood District Scouts.  Hopefully you will find all the 
information you require, whether you are looking for your nearest group 
and contact for them; if you are interested in becoming a member; 
or you are already a member and are checking our latest news and events

However if you cannot find what you are after then please click on 
contact us where we will do our best to help.

If you feel you can offer Charnwood some of your time as a leader, a 

fundraiser or have any suggestions for new and different activities for our young people to get involved in, then again please drop us an email.

Yours in Scouting,

Paul Smith
District Commissioner