Greenford Times

July 2003

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 All Change at the Top

 

The District Annual General Meeting held at Southall Activity Centre on Saturday 28th June 2003 saw the Deputy County Commissioner, Mr Terry Kingham, officially appoint Andrew Norman as District Commissioner. Andrew succeeds Phillip Bicknell who has led the District for the last four years.

 

Phill as done a sterling job and there have been many major milestones during his term of office including the Millennium, the joint St George’s Day Parade and Service with Ealing & Hanwell District and “Big M.A.C.” - that slightly damp camp at Glaxo’s - the introduction of the new uniforms and new age ranges, overseeing the amalgamation of Wembley & Sudbury District into our own, the formation of the Explorer Scout section within the District, District Camp at Tolmers and the introduction of the new youth programme.

 

Phill will not be leaving altogether as he has agreed to stay on as a member on the District Executive Committee and has joined the Scout Fellowship.

 

On behalf of the District, we pass on our thanks to Phill for the suburb job that he has done on our behalf and we wish him well for the future.

 

Andrew Norman, for those that do not really know him, was a Cub, a Scout and a founder member of the “Alan Wood” Venture Scout Unit all at 9th Greenford (Holy Cross) Scout Group. Andrew has been a Scout Instructor at 4th Perivale and an Assistant Scout Leader at 9th Greenford where he has also been Assistant Group Scout Leader and Group Scout Leader. Andrew is also Chairman of “The Brambles” - a campsite in Greenford managed by the Scouts and Guides at Holy Cross.

 

Andrew has also held several District appointments including Assistant District Commissioner (General Duties) and, most recently, Deputy District Commissioner.

 

I am sure that we all welcome Andrew to the role of District Commissioner and wish him well with his new challenge.

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 Other Appointments

 

Ian Chick (ADC (General Duties)) has been appointed Deputy District Commissioner.

 

Pauline May retired as Assistant District Commissioner (Cub Scouts) in early June. A very big thanks to Pauline for her years of service to the Cub section in the former Southall District and in Greenford & District.

 

Pauline has agreed to become the Appointments’ Secretary which will be a big job as the Adult Training and appointments procedures are all about to change.

 

Marian Wilson (DCSL and ACSL 2nd Northolt) and Andi Brown (DCSL and CSL 9th Greenford) have been appointed jointly as Assistant District Commissioners (Cub Scouts) to succeed Pauline.

 

Daljit Singh Aubby has recently been appointed as the District Explorer Scout Commissioner (DESC). Daljit is the Group Scout Leader of 13th Southall (Sikh) Scout Group.

 

Josie Cole, currently ADC (Adult Training), will be taking up the new County appointment of Local Training Manager (LTM). The position of ADC(AT) will no longer exist from 2004. Josie will be responsible for overseeing all of the adult training and development in Greenford & District and Ealing & Hanwell Scout Districts. The adult training programme will be changing in 2004 and Josie will be letting us all know what is required in due course. Josie will be keeping her office at DHQ so you can still pop in for a chin-wag!

 

Louise O’Leary (DCSL) will be assisting Josie as the Local Training Administrator (LTA) which is another new county post which is non-warranted.

 

Roy Chick (Gang Show Box Office Manager and former Treasurer of 9th Greenford) has taken on the role of Assistant District Treasurer and will be looking after the District’s ‘252 Club’.

 

Tom Hankins has decided, after a couple of decades as an Assistant District Commissioner, to step back from holding a District position. Tom is currently Scout Leader and Scouter in Charge at 2nd Northolt (Wood End) Scout Group and Acting Group Scout Leader of 8th Greenford Scout Group.

 

Tom has held several appointments at District level including ADC (Scouts) for more that fifteen years, ADC (Venture Scouts), ADC (Projects) and DESC. Tom is a work horse of the District and is a recipient of the Silver Wolf.

 

A great big thank-you to Tom for all of his time and commitment over the last twenty plus years working as a member of the Team in Greenford & District.

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 District Camp 2004

 

There will be a District Camp held next year.

 

Venue:     Tolmers

Dates:      Saturday 28th May 2004 to

                Monday 31st May 2004

 

Activities already booked are archery, air rifle, climbing tower, The Rock (revolving climbing wall), and the vertical tower (an artificial rock face with four hydraulic belays).

 

We are also investigating other activities including quad bikes, laser clay pigeon shooting, inflatable assault course and bouncy castle as well as others more suitable for Beaver Scouts.

 

More details will be available after the summer.

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 Communications

 

Communications is always a problem and especially in a District the size of ours and in a County the size of GLMW.

 

We are actively trying to make sure that we communicate better and quicker within the District and use as many types of media as possible.

 

The website, www.greenfordscouts.org.uk, is run for the District and will have as much information as possible.

 

We have a District email list with which we can send emails to everyone on the list. This is the quickest method of sending out information. To join the list, visit our website and register or send an email to greenford-scouts-subscribe@yahoogroups.com.

 

We utilise the pigeon holes at DHQ on a very regular basis and we also occasionally send out mail shots to selected people or even the whole District.

 

Whatever method we use relies on people informing others so that they may spread the word and on people ensuring that the information gets to the relevant people.

 

If you put out some info via the pigeon holes, please email webmaster@greenfordscouts.org.uk so that that info may be added to the website. Please send it out via the email list, if appropriate, too.

 

If you collect the ‘post’ from the pigeon holes please ensure that you give the information to the people concerned as soon as possible.

 

If you feel that you are able to assist the District with its communications, please feel free to speak with Andrew or Ian about your ideas or your offer of help.

 

The County have also reviewed their communications needs and have produced a list of the various key personnel needed to keep everyone informed. The job descriptions for these roles are detailed on the County’s revamped and up to date website, www.glmwscouts.org.uk under the heading Communications.

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