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Cheshire Scouting Newsletter – January 2020

Date: 27th Jan 2020 Author: Dave Hopley

Cheshire Scouts Newsletter

In this month’s issue; New DC’s, Cheshire Hike, CuBe, Census, Resources for Commonwealth Programmes and Diary Dates.

January 2020

New DC’s

The following change in DC’s was announced to take effect on 1st February 2020.

  • David Giles (currently DC Alderley) will become DC in Macclesfield & Congleton.
  • Will Burnham (currently DDC in Alderley) will become DC in Alderley.
  • Neil McAleece will become DC in Knutsford.

The County Commissioner commented;

“Collectively this represents a significant change in three Districts and I believe all three appointments will help deliver effective front line Scouting over the coming years. I am very grateful to Val Thomason who has been covering Knutsford District and Martin Relton who has been covering Macclesfield & Congleton while the search for new DC’s has been underway.

We should all be proud that Cheshire Scouting continues to find quality people to lead quality Scouting and take on these demanding but highly rewarding roles. Go Cheshire!Discover More

Cheshire Hike

The booking site is now open and is very business with Groups registering participants. At the same time the new Cheshire Hike Executive are business finalising plans for re-vamped hike.

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The booking site will go live within the next 10 days and a complete Leaders guide to the event will be released on Friday 1st February. The programme of activities looks amazing and the organising team are confident that it will be a weekend Beavers and Cubs will remember for a long time.

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Every Leader has a part to play in making sure the Cheshire census results are truthful, accurate and delivered on time. AS a Leader you need to support your GSL in gathering the data so that they can complete the Group return on time. Unless of course you use OSM because all of this can be achieved at the press of a button!

Here are the deadlines;

  • Friday 31 January – The Census date
  • Fri 8 February  – Groups need to have completed their census return for review by District Commissions.
  • Fri 15 Feb – All Districts to have signed off their District Census return

All you DC’s are keen to support you if you have any difficulties. At the same time they do not want to be on the list of shame by missing their deadline, so help them be the first to sign off their District.Discover More

Resources for Commonwealth Programmes

If you are looking for resources to help you focus on Countries in the Commonwealth then there is a wealth of resources ready for you to use.
This will be particularly useful for Beaver and Cubs attending CuBe.

The Lord Lieutenant is keen to support understanding of the heritage, prestige and enduring nature of the Commonwealth. Click Discover More below for a toolbox of presentations and informative work that can be utilised and it’s FREE.

When it asks for your organisation name just put you Group name (e.g. 5th Alderley) and you will get access to all the resources.

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Diary Dates

County Dinner – 28th March 2020
A chance to celebrate with those Leaders who have received awards over the last 12 months at Statham Lodge Hotel in Warrington.
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County AGM – 9th June 2020
This year it will be held in Alderley. More details to follow but please put the date in your diary.

County Scout Sunday – Sunday 14th June 2020
This is likely to be the last County Scout Sunday in Chester Cathedral before it goes “on tour” around the County. It will be a special occasion so get the date in your diary.

Royal Cheshire Show 16 & 17 June 2020
This a great day out and if you volunteers to help us staff pay points for half a day, you get the other half to wonder around the show. In reality you need a full day to get around the show (yes its that big) so why not volunteer on both days.
If you are interested in helping email

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