Sunday, August 31, 2014

Welcome back from Summer 2014

The DC’s bit

Hi and a BIG Welcome back after the summer break, I hope you all had a good summer and enjoyed your camps and family holidays and were lucky to have had the warm dry weather which I seemed to miss out on (again).

I know the District joins with me in sending our thoughts to John Taylor-Williams family and friends on the very sudden death of John during his holiday in Cornwall. I have been informed that the family were overcome by the kind messages and the number who attended John’s funeral. Thank you all.

September has already given us the challenge of NATO coming to Newport and that helpful message of “Plan a Head” ? I know the Air scouts have been enjoying the air show and spotting a number of different air craft flying over the City.  I know some groups will have problems meeting due to the “Lock down” of parts of the road system etc. in and around Newport.

Newport is still looking for a person or persons to manager our Cub section, so please look at what you might be able to do to support the District so the cubs get the best cub scouting Newport can offer. I believe that anyone who comes forward for this rewarding job within the District should continue to work in their cub section / group as I believe if you’re not working in the section you often miss out when it comes to understanding the needs of that section. Training and support will be on offer.

Please remember the DISTRICT TEAM meetings are open to all ADCs, GSLs, Managers and reps from other supporting groups in our District. We meet the 1st Tuesday of every month excluding August at the Civic Centre, room 3, meetings start 19.30hrs til 21.00hrs. Allowing people in work etc. time to get to the venue (better parking when the footballs on). So please make every effort to attend or send a group rep (parent note taker etc.).

Well done the Newport Boat Group - who are making great progress in their training and are now at the stage of their development to run their own committee to ensure better use of their time and resources. So I hope we might have our first training session during 2015.

Diary what Diary?
Well nothing is simple these days, it seems they are now about to be printed and sent out . Like any diary for them to be effective you will need to keep them up todate and filled in with information that you’ll need to work effectively. So please let’s not spend time looking for problems.
For those of us in the digital age there is the District ONLINE Calendar / Diary (
If you want to add your own events please use the form online.

We also have a social media connection with a Facebook Group (which has a membership number of 113 from the District and is growing) and a Twitter account (@Newport_Scouts)

A new computer system is coming on line bit by bit so again any problems remember just like you the District Team are also end users so if it doesn't work as you would like then  please be patient.

Wood Badges
Well done to:
Toni Mears, Gaynor Christine and Mark Williams, I look forward to being able to present these awards
Well done great effort from all the teams in supporting these Scouters gaining the WOOD BADGE.

Welcome to Sue Messager who takes up the management of the Beaver section so let’s make sure we all give Sue and the Beavers all the support we can.

So a quick recap:
ADC CUBS manager needed.
Team and Executive meetings are held at the Civic Centre - room 3 - 19.30-21.00hrs
Sue is the new ADC Beavers

September is the start of the NEW SCOUTING YEAR 
so let’s make it fun and enjoyable for all.

Have a great year


Saturday, August 30, 2014

Civic Centre Meetings

Please note that the District Team Meeting (held the 1st Tuesday of every month except August) and the District Executive Meeting (held the 2nd Tuesday of every month except August) will now be held at the Civic Centre - Room 3

Chris Marsh

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Youth Parliament

News from HQ

The UK's largest youth consultation launches, as we start our journey to give 1 million young people a voice (aged 11-18). Some of you will have taken part in Make Your Mark in 2013, for others it might be new. For those of you attending the British Youth Council Convention in Cardiff (20th Aug), a full briefing will be given, and paper ballot papers available to take back home.

Dear all

Please see this opportunity for young people to take part in the UK’s largest young people’s vote – Make Your Mark. It is important for young people to have a voice in both local and national government so please take part in this and ballot or nominate yourself for the UK Youth Parliament – the only organisation allowed to sit in the House of Commons.

Last year over 470,000 young people took part in a national ballot, Make your Mark. This is the UK Youth Parliament’s annual ballot of 11-18 year olds, Members of UK Youth Parliament will come together to debate and decide at UKYP House of Commons sitting the most important issue to campaign on for the year ahead. The UK Youth Parliament is the only organisation that is allowed to sit in the House of Common

I understand this comes at a sensitive time, particularly with the situation with Funky Dragon. We’re hoping to increase the total turnout, to ensure the elected young people who take part in the House of Commons debate do so with an increased mandate. The ballot runs from now until 10th Oct –full details and FAQs  are in the attachment

We’re recruiting 11-18 year old volunteers to help consult other young people- these will be called Make Your Mark Champions. In return for them registering online (; gathering, counting and returning the results. MYM Champions with top number of ballots will receive the same rewards as Members of Youth Parliament.

click here to download a FAQ

Go to the Make your Mark website for more info

25th Air Scout Leader gains his Wood Badge

Mark (Winger) Williams was presented his Wood Badge by Newports DC Dave (Polly) Pollard while on Holiday in Devon. We all wish Winger congratulations for his hard work and dedication to the Newport Air Scouts.

Well Done Winger

Training - Executive Support Day

Training Executive Support Day - 12th October 2014

The day is designed to help executive committee members understand their roles and work more effectively.
Sessions will focus on roles, finance, recruitment and effective executives.

Wendy Mustow

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Newport Scout and Guide First Aid Training 2014/15


The partnership between British Red Cross and the Scout Association ends March 31st 2015
So the First Aid training team is re-aligning with a new well respected training provider.

The revised course remains a 2 day outdoor course which is recognised by a majority of the lead bodies which require a specific level of qualification, which include ML both Summer & Winter, IML, WGL, SPA, MIA, MICRYA, BCU, WECA, SMBLA, CTC, BASI, etc.
The 2 day practical certificate offers a greater in-depth knowledge designed for outdoor pursuits, having elements relevant for the out doors
Day 2 of the course will be conducted out doors and there must be at least 6 candidates to run the course with a maximum of 12 persons

Day 1 at Skip Jennings Hall, Newport (Indoors)
Day 2 (Outdoors) Caerleon Scout Hut Cold Bath Road,

Click here to download the application form with time table Download doc

Roger Swabey

Thursday, July 10, 2014


Hello Everyone
I have been asked to pass this on, sounds really interesting and something to do over the Summer Holidays.

Also can anyone help with any archives that you hold spanning across 
and beyond 100 years of Scouting for the planned October showing as more details will follow.

Regards  Rita Anstee