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North Yorkshire Scouts Litter-Pick & Recruitment Week 2019

On Sunday 2 June 2019, the County plans a litter-pick across the entire Scouting County of North Yorkshire to mark the beginning of Volunteers’ Week. It’s hoped that Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers, adult helpers, supporters and leaders from every section in every Scouting District of the County will collect litter on this day showing Scouts cleaning up North Yorkshire and our community spirit at its very best. A uniformed badge will be given to all young members who take part, for which there will be a competition to design an appropriate badge. The impact we could have across the County is considerable and so all Districts and Groups are requested to engage fully with this exciting initiative and to avoid all local Scouting activities on Sunday 2 June 2019.

Following the litter-pick and throughout the following week, which is National Volunteers’ Week, the County will embark on a dedicated recruitment campaign for young members and leaders. Once again, it’s hoped that all Districts and Groups will take part in this campaign at the same time to maximise impact and to achieve some amazing results.

No excuses and plenty of time to plan these events into your programmes, so put these dates in your diary NOW!


The Annual General Meeting of the Ripon & District Scout Council was held at Community House in Ripon on 23rd May 2018 and was attended by well over 40 leaders, helpers, administrators, honoured guests and friends of Scouting. The Meeting was opened by Brian Hawthornthwaite, the District Vice-President, in the absence of Tim Jones, the District President, who was away on Rotary business.

We were gathered to elect an Executive Committee to run the District's affairs, on behalf of the District Scout Council, until the same time next year and business was conducted under the watchful eye of our Honoured Guests, Geoff Haldenby, Mayor of Boroughbridge, and Lesley Hunter, the local representative of GirlGuiding.

The District Chairman's report and the District Commissioner's report were given  before ALYS ALLARDYCE formally came to the end of her term as District Commissioner and AIMÉE DUBIEL formally 'took up the reigns' as the new District Commissioner. One of her first jobs was to nominate John McGrath for a further term as Honarary District Chairman. 

The Officers were then duly elected and approved unapposed and are: Honorary District Secretary: Mrs. Toni Vauvert - Honorary District Treasurer: Mr Peter Bardon - and Honorary District Badge Secretary: Mrs. Cath McMorland.

The next item was to nominate/elect a 'working' District Executive which consisted of: Joe Hart, John Goom, Stuart Carter, Ian Bardon, Anne Collins, Mike Collins and Fiona Warrington. ALL were approved by the meeting.

Those present also approved Claire Newcombe as Honorary Auditor for the year and Tim Jones as District President for a further 3 year term.

In 'Awards and Presentations', the Former DC mentioned and gave out 16 long Service Awards and some 'thanks' certificates and gifts of appreciation and was, herself, given a bouquet of flowers to mark the end of her term as DC. 

The David Burnett Community Award Silver Salver was presented to Explorer Scout Eilis Fitzgerald from the White Horse Explorer Unit for her extensive pro-social behaviour. Runners up certificates were given to Titus Baker 6th Ripon Young Leader and Antonia Di Clementi from the Black Stallion Explorer Unit.

The evening ended with a brilliant talk (with slides) by Major Stu Cunane, who is an active member of the Swaledale Mountain Rescue Team. He explained a lot of how the team works - and the type of jobs that they have to do in all weathers and terrains.

Thanks were give to the local District Active Support Unit for providing tea/coffee and cakes and a raffle raised nearly £50 towards local young members going to the the 24th World Scout Jamboree which is to be held in West Virginia, USA, in August 2019.

14 intrepid walkers, all members of the local Scout District Active Support Unit, met at the Jervaulx Abbey Tearoom at 11am on a Saturday morning in May. They planned to walk together on, what has now become, the 'Annual DAS Walk'.

Aimée and Matt had planned the route which left the Abbey Tearooms and climbed Masham Bank and continued up towards Ellingstring. The weather was glorious, the countyside was spectacular and the company was entertaining.

After a circular walk, and at about the four mile mark, they reached the well known "Brymore Ice Cream Parlour" and everyone partook of the many and varied flavours of ice cream on offer.

Leaving Brymore Farm and crossing the A6108, the party then entered into into the grounds of Jervaulx Abbey to explore the Abbey ruins before returning to the Tearooms for a well earned 'cuppa'. 

The walk, which totalled around 5½ miles, was enjoyed by all those who took part. Thanks go to Aimée and Matt for their planning and execution of what was a 'pleasurable' event in the local DAS calendar.

Ripon & District Scout Active Support Unit (DAS) aims to organise social activities for its members, plus all Leaders, and administrators of the District, keen supporters and all their families, as well as providing support services for District events. If anyone wants to know any more about DAS (or become involved) please contact ANNE COLLINS (the local DAS Manager) on 01423 322458 or email to mike_anne_collins@hotmail.com

John Helliwell says that the following Courses/Modules will be available locally in 2018:

19  May   0930-1300 Modules 7, 8, & 9 
  9 June   0930-1300 Modules 13, 14 & 15
16 June  1000-1300 Modules 11 & 12B
  8 July   1000-1600 First Response (6 Hours)
15 Sep   1000-1300 Modules 16 & 17
  6 Oct    1000-1300 Modules 5, 6, & 19
13 Oct    1000-1300 First Response Refresher
  3 Nov   1000-1230 Modules 7, 8, & 9
10/11 Nov (2 days) Activity First Aid (16 Hours)
17 Nov    0930-1300 Modules 13, 14, & 15
1 Dec      1000-1230 Pre-Nights Away Assessment

NOTE WELL - and speak to JOHN for more info and detail

1. The above courses are open to all adults in Scouting in the County
2. Bookings can only be made through John Helliwell, johnhelliwell604@gmail.com, 01432 320731
3. In addition to the courses above, ad hoc arrangements will be made for validation of “Getting Started” (modules 1 2 & 3) and support of new members of Ripon District Scouts through the “provisional” stage (first 5 months)
4. Additional training, if required, may be added to the above schedule from time to time, including training for prospective Nights Away Advisers
5. Courses will only run if there is sufficient demand (5 participants)
6. Most courses will be held in Boroughbridge, either at Coronation Hall or in the Jubilee Room at the Library
7. Successful completion of courses will be posted on COMPASS by JH for members of Ripon District. Otherwise course completion will be notified to LTMs/DCs in other Districts, as appropriate


The County Creative Activities Team is running another photographic competition of all members of Scouting within North Yorkshire.

The theme of the competition is incredibly broad and is "Reflections”. This can be interpreted in many ways; physical reflections in water, glass etc. or memories and recollections.

Entries will be judged in 5 sections: Beavers, Cub Scouts, Scouts, Explorers, and 18+ (Network and Leaders).

Each person may enter one photograph which must have been taken by the entrant to the competition. Submissions must be in digital jpg format, with the original camera Exif data attached.

All photographs must be submitted with the name of the photographer, date of birth, Scout Group and District details. The images will be judged in the age range that the photographer was when the photograph was taken.

The competition will be open for submission between 15th August 2018 and 16th October 2018. Any entries outside these dates will not be judged. Photographs must be submitted to the following email address only: creative@nys.org.uk

The decisions of the judges will be final. All judging will be anonymous. Any photographs submitted to the competition may be used by the County Scout Council for any purpose of Scouting. All other rights are retained by the photographer.

If any Group would like to borrow digital cameras to run a photography evening etc. they are available from the North Yorkshire Creative Team.

Further information or for any queries please contact; John A Ives - Assistant County Commissioner, Creative Arts for North Yorkshire Scouts at creative@nys.org.uk

Did You Know?

Ripon and District Scouts operate NINE scout groups around the district:
  • ONE in Bishop Monkton
  • ONE in Boroughbridge
  • ONE in Masham
  • ONE in Knayton
  • ONE in Sowerby
  • ONE in Thirsk
  • ONE in Topcliffe
  • TWO in Ripon City itself
  • PLUS TWO District Explorer Units
  • PLUS a District Active Support Unit

THE SCOUT ASSOCIATION offers adventure and activity to almost 400,000 young people across the UK.

THE MOVEMENT is the largest co-educational youth organisation in the world, with over 28 million Members in 216 countries and territories.

Scouting has opportunities for almost ALL age ranges

Ripon and District Scouts 2018