District Comissioner Blog – September 2015

Posted on Sunday, September 13th, 2015

I hope that everyone has a really good rest from scouting over the summer and that we are all raring to go again. I have to say I managed to get some rest and I look forward to a great year ahead. For those that took the children on camp over the summer well done and thank you for the time you gave for them. I hope you all had a wonderful time.

We have much to look forward over the next year with the 110 years celebration of the Cub section and our district camp next year being the highlight events. Let us make 2015/2016 great fun.

I would like to say a big thank you to Stuart Ganney for his support over the past five years with the scout section he and I have agreed that due to home commitments he will step down from being ADC Scouts. I really hope that Stuart can return to us in a new role when he is able. I am pleased to welcome Andy Clasby to the role of ADC Scouts. Andy is a very experienced scouter who is very well known in the district and he starts his new role with great energy and enthusiasm I am sure everyone welcomes him to the district team. Andy will be assisted by Andy Sager and Luke Hall who take up the positions of district scout leaders. I wish the new team and all of the scout section a great and rewarding time.

A big congratulations go to Hannah and Sophie Lockwood of the 22nd Scout Group on being awarded their Chief Scout Gold Award. Very well done to you both and the leaders for a great achievement. Also a huge thankyou and congratulations to the following Leaders for the recognition of the service and training of our adult volunteers:

Ant Wilkinson 15 Year Service 2nd
Cheryl Parker 5 Years Service 2nd
Lesley Murphy 5 Years Service 7th
John Edsall 5 Year Service 11th
Michelle Crooks 5 Year Service 11th
Lewis Gallacher Wood Badge 22nd
Jennifer Oates 10 Year Service 26th
Ben Mc Donagh Wood Badge 29th
Kerry Budd 15 Years Service 13th
Linda Westerman 5 Year Service District
Adrian Norton Wood Badge 25th
Sarah Durham 10 Years Service 11th
Gary Coen 10 Years Service 22nd

Our next district team /GSL meeting will be taking place at Bevious Town School on Wednesday 7thOctober 2016 at 7pm. Please put this date in your diary and I will send you an invite soon.

Don’t forget to ask for more adult volunteers, we have a Southampton City wide adult recruitment page if you have anyone at all who would like to get involved in our scouting please refer them to southamptonscouts.org.uk that will tell them of a range of different opportunities to join us and our adventure!! We are also looking to recruit more adults to help us with the Tuesday morning maintenance team at Wilverley. If you know of anyone who would like to get involved please ask them to contact me or Laura Dyer the camp Site Manager. We would love to hear from them.

On a personal note I enter my last year of scouting as my term of office ends on the 27th July 2016. Some of you have been asking when the new DC will be appointed. That is not a matter for me that is the work of the district and Hampshire Scouting. I continue to hope that an appointment will be made soon to help me over the next year and have a good period for me to pass over the reins so that the change is smooth and beneficial.

That’s about it from me for the moment any queries or concerns or better still good news please get in touch.

Yours in Scouting,

Colin Floyd, District Commissioner,

Mob Tel 07770364711 or colin.floyd@ntlworld.com