The 23rd issue of the Public Affairs Bulletin is available to download here.
Have you thought of all the suffering in Gaza, Israel, Syria, Iraq and the Ukraine, to name but a few countries? Have you thought how it is affecting your fellow Scouts in these countries?
If you care, and I know you do, why not consider adding your voice to Nottinghamshire Scouts Public Affairs team. We would love to hear from you so please feel free to contact Harry, Tom or John.
ERIC, WW1 & SCOUTING
As we commemorate the start of World War 1 Andrew Adam, ABSL in Southwell, has been publicising Eric’s story to show that behind every name on every war memorial is a story of a life lost. Andrew chose Eric’s name at random from a Nottinghamshire war memorial.
Corporal W. Eric Woodward died in Leicester military hospital in 1919 aged 20 years. His name is listed along with 15 others on the Memorial Windows at his church St Andrew's Presbyterian church in Nottingham (now St Andrew’s with Castle Gate Church).
Andrew has found that Scouting was a major part of Eric’s short life. He was initially a member of 1st Caledonian Scouts. When Andrew contacted the Scouting national archive they had no record of the Caledonian troops as the records weren't centralised until 1919. Since then he has managed to piece together the history of the Caledonian Scouts.
The 1st Caledonian Troop started in May 1909 and two other Troops, 2nd and 3rd Caledonian followed in 1912 all based at Blackwoods on Hucknall Road, near the City Hospital. These three Troops, which were primarily for boys of Scottish descent, disbanded shortly after the outbreak of war because the older Scouts and Scout Masters had enlisted. At this stage the 24th Nottingham moved to Blackwoods and remains there to this day. Eric then joined the 24th Nottingham. The photograph is of Eric in 1915 on a camp visited by our founder Lord Robert Baden-Powell.
Eric’s grave, marked with a military headstone, is just a short walk from Blackwoods.
If you would like to know more about Eric, the Caledonian Troops or the research methods Andrew used please contact him.
AUDITIONS FOR NOTTINGHAM GANG SHOW 2015
Senior Cast: Tuesday 9th September or Sunday 14th September 2014
Junior Cast: Sunday 12th October 2014
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DC FOR RUSHCLIFFE DISTRICT
If you are up for a challenge and the adventure of a life-time then look no further than the role of District Commissioner. You can make a difference to the lives of young people in Nottinghamshire. Role Description.
If you think you have what it takes contact the County Commissioner Matt Rooney
SCOUTING ACROSS THE SEAS
On Tuesday 5th August, a piece of history was made as a contingent from 5th Carlton took part in possibly its first truly International Activity.
Back in May they were contacted, through their website, by a Leader from 9th Wicklow (Arklow) Sea Scouts, who was looking to join up with local Scouts during their Summer Camp at the National Water Sports Centre. As you can imagine, 5th Carlton Leaders took this opportunity with both hands!
They were greeted on camp by a Guard of Honour and 'Piped Aboard' to a formal welcome by the Group's Leaders.
Then it was on to the planned activities. The basis for the joint activity was so some of the older (Venture) Scouts could plan an evening for their Chief Scout Award; this included 'Ultimate Frisbee' (we wonder how long it will be until we are playing this on a Friday night!).
1 YEAR COUNTDOWN TO ADVENTURE OF LIFETIME IN JAPAN
In exactly 12 months time the 40 intrepid explorers will arrive to represent the UK at the 23rd World Scout Jamboree in Japan. They gathered with others from the unit at Sherbrooke Scout camp site to share their hopes and aspirations for the event. There are 36 scouts aged 14-17, who will be guided by four volunteer adult leaders from the County who have been specially selected to support the unit during their 2 week global adventure.
CHILWELL SCOUT GROUP CELEBRATES HUGE SUCCESS
Over 80 Beavers, Cubs and Scouts from the 2nd Chilwell Scout Group celebrated their most recent achievements at a celebration BBQ with their parents this week.
In a packed hall a huge variety of badges and awards were presented to the youngsters including nights away, creativity, fitness, climbing, chef and PR. In total over 200 were presented, thought to be an all time high for the hugely successful group.