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18 Sep 2017

This month marks a series of initiatives which are designed to recruit new members. Youngsters are being addressed in school assemblies in Austwick, Settle and Hellifield, and flyers are being distributed in Clapham, Long Preston and Giggleswick primary schools by Alan Bennett, a member of the Regional Growth and Development Team, which supports Groups and Sections across England.

The hope is that youngsters will be given a taste of the fun and adventure that Scouting can offer, and that adults will also discover that volunteering with the Scout …

4 Sep 2017

This month we have a fascinating report from Youth Commissioner, Tom Haigh, who has just returned from an amazing adventure.
“I’ve just got back from the World Scout Moot in Iceland and what can I say, I loved every single minute of it! In my Patrol there were people from Sweden, Germany, Holland, Austria, Italy, Iceland and Australia and they were all amazing and will be friends for life! A few of these patrols together was called a Tribe and for some reason I was elected their leader; the tribe was …

4 Sep 2017

Long Service Awards
Congratulations to Rich Hall and Charlotte Turner who have received five-year service awards, and to Jane Nelson, Jackie Rowe and Jenny Wood who have received ten-year certificates for long service to Scouting.
It is especially pleasing to hear that Ashley Morgan has earned a forty-year certificate; rarely does anyone show such continued commitment since joining the Movement as a child. It is only through the dedicated service of volunteers like these that Scouting in Ingleborough District is able to thrive! Grateful thanks go to them all.

5 Aug 2017

Tom Haigh, Deputy County and District Youth Commissioner, is one of 500 Network members who represented the UK at the 15th World Scout Moot in Iceland. After a massive Opening Ceremony in Reykjavik, the 5000 participants from 92 different countries travelled to one of several Expedition Centres where everyone had a fantastic time completing community service tasks, hiking up mountains and in lava fields, learning about Icelandic culture and history, visiting stunning caves, geysers and waterfalls and making friends with Scouts from across the world. They then returned to the …

5 Aug 2017


In July, during an afternoon of good food, lively music and games in the beautiful surroundings of Eldroth, Cherry Flitcroft was delighted to receive a cheque for £2,000 on behalf of 1st Castleberg Group. Cherry commented that “The weather was kind, the food delicious and it was interesting to spot former members of our Scout Group there in other guises.”
The retiring President, John Diggles, had nominated the Settle Scout Group as his chosen charity during his time in office. This donation, which had been raised during the Rotary Settle Saunter …

5 Aug 2017

Last month we welcomed three new volunteers, Beth Jenkins, who progressed from being an Explorer and Young Leader to Ingleton Assistant Scout Leader, Valerie Chandler from Settle, who becomes a Troop Assistant and Gill Counsell, who joins as an Ingleton Pack Assistant.
At an Ingleton Beaver Investiture and ‘Swimming-Up’ ceremony, the DC, Anne Cox, took the opportunity to invest two other newcomers, Graham Shults, Ingleton Assistant Beaver Scout Leader, and Steve Tunn, District Scouter. We thank them all for volunteering and wish them well in their new roles.

16 Jul 2017

                   
“I had a brilliant time!” “It was really good!” “Bell Boating was best!” That’s how the youngsters summed up the District’s summer Go4it Camp at Great Tower on Windermere. The contingent, consisting of 65 Scouts, Explorers, Leaders and supporters, all arrived on the Friday evening anticipating an action-packed weekend and they weren’t disappointed!
After exploring the lodges and being welcomed at the Opening Ceremony by the District Commissioner, Anne Cox, everyone entered into the spirit of the camp by joining in a …

16 Jul 2017

Rain and drizzle throughout the day didn’t put off the hardy Ingleton Scouters who ran a stall at Ingleton Gala. The smell of sizzling bacon wafted from the Ingleton Group tent, while ping-pong balls bounced around the District publicity stall. A welcome £115 was made from the refreshments but the goodwill gained by supporting the community, plus the publicity value, were also valuable.
Having worked hard from early in the morning, the huge entry of Scout leaders into the Egg Throwing Competition at the end of the day was a spectacle …

16 Jul 2017

      
We wish Settle Scout Leader, John Nelson, well on his travels during his exciting Explorer Belt expedition trekking across Morocco with four other Network members from York Ebor District.
The criteria for the award are that the team must undertake a 10-day expedition outside of the UK with a minimum travelling time of 50 hours over the 10 days, by foot, cycle, horse, canoe, boat or dinghy. In order to take part the participants must show competence in navigation skills, expedition cooking, lightweight camping, language, acceptable home hospitality, fitness, proficiency …

16 Jul 2017

We wish Ingleton Assistant Cub Scout Leader and District Youth Commissioner, Tom Haigh, well as he takes up his appointment as Deputy County Youth Commissioner.
This is an exciting new role created by the County Commissioner, as part of his County restructuring. Tom will be working with Luke Roslin, County Youth Commissioner, to establish a vibrant youth team across North Yorkshire. It’s hoped that he will be joined by a third member in the near future. Watch out for exciting new initiatives as the team gets into action in the months …

19 Jun 2017

 There was a brilliant turnout at this year’s AGM, probably the highest attendance for many years, with Leaders, Young Leaders and Executive Members all showing their support for Ingleborough District. Following the first part of the meeting which dealt with the annual reports, approval of accounts and election of officers, the County Secretary, David Forster, delivered an upbeat message from the County Commissioner outlining his plans for the future. These include restructuring the County Team, with an emphasis on the ‘Three P’s’, People, Programme and Perceptions. This was followed by …

18 Jun 2017

As part of Save the Children’s Den Day initiative, Ingleton Beavers, Cubs and Young Leaders had great fun making shelters in the grounds of Mealbank Hall. Collections of cardboard, plastic, tarpaulins, rope, poles, canes and even tinsel were skilfully utilised to create dream dens with secret entrances, pop-open windows and des-res décor! The younger members were delighted with their low-tech versions but, not to be upstaged, the Young Leader’s embarked on a much sturdier design which then became an exciting climbing frame for the Beavers!
As well as enjoying the great …

18 Jun 2017

As part of an initiative to boost Scouting in the Settle area, section leaders and the District Commissioner met Alan Bennett, North of England Growth and Development Officer, to discuss how to strengthen the 1st Castleberg Group. As a result of the very positive meeting, Alan is making contact with local schools and a Beaver Taster session is being organised for September so that potential Beavers can be encouraged to join the Colony. Hopefully, by engaging new youth members, adults will also offer support.

18 Jun 2017

Recently members of the 1st Castleberg Scout Group were only too pleased to be able to support The Rotary Club of Settle’s annual walking and running event. The longer routes along local footpaths and bridleways had checkpoints with light refreshments along the way is how Carole Ogilvie, Group Secretary, and Jane Nelson, executive member, were able to assist.
Cherry Flitcroft, Group Chairman, reported that it was extremely busy at the start in Victoria Hall where she was volunteering, along with executive member, Rachel Rabjohns. 170 participants of all age groups …

3 Jun 2017

Lots of bargains were to be found at Ingleton Scouts latest Jumble Sale which was held in the Ingleborough Community Centre on Saturday, 3rd June. The books, clothing, bric-a-brac, toys, household and cake stalls proved popular, along with the refreshments, raffle and tombola. It was encouraging to see not only leaders and helpers from the village, but also several youth members, manning the stalls. Thanks to the hard work of the whole team, the sale raised the splendid sum of £561 which will go towards the running costs of Mealbank …

30 May 2017

Steve Shaw first got in touch earlier in the year looking for a floor for the night when he, along with his brothers, was considering cycling the 970 miles from John O’Groats to Lands End. Riding the epic journey to raise money for the 14th Huddersfield (Marsden) Scout Group, as well as other charities, was nothing new, but, with a combined age of 193 and between them three replacement joints and one more on its way, they deserved a little support. Cherry Flitcroft, Settle Scout Group Chairman, rose to the …

30 May 2017

Settle Group held a successful AGM with the whole Scout Troop present, making it the highest attendance for many years! The meeting started with a poignant two-minute silence in memory of the victims of the Manchester Arena bombing. The reports were then read and accounts accepted before the existing executive was formally re-elected. Following pleas from the Chairman for more parents to come forward to support the Group, everyone was thanked for all their hard work throughout the year. Finally, the District Commissioner, Anne Cox, added her thanks on behalf …

30 May 2017

“Wow!” That’s how the Ingleton Beavers summed up their sleepover! The fun began at Mealbank Hall when the Beavers arrived, complete with sleeping bags, and set about making their own packed lunches. A walk to the park was next on the programme, where playtime and lunch were enjoyed by all. For the afternoon, the Colony was split into two groups, one to tackle bouldering on the Inglesport climbing wall, and one to enjoy the fresh air around Storrs Common doing tracking and art with natural materials.
This was followed by a …

30 May 2017

Settle Drill Hall was filled with colourful stalls at the Group’s Table Top Sale. Items for sale included bric-a-brac, cards handmade by a Scout, cosmetics, nearly new, books, DVDs, artwork, etc. Delicious homemade cakes and drinks were also served in the café area, which widened the appeal for both locals and visitors. Thanks to the hard work of the committee, £373 was raised for the Group.
 

30 May 2017

 
 
 
 
Who says training is formal and boring? Not so, it would seem for some of these participants! Four modules were covered during this year’s second ‘Training in a Basket’ session which was held in May at Mealbank Hall.
After a full-on day, the enthusiastic and dedicated participants left a little wiser about challenging behaviour, international Scouting, running safe activities and residential experiences. All the leaders now have to gather evidence to show that they have put their learning into practice so that the modules can be validated by their Training Adviser …