ERIC, WW1 & SCOUTING
As we commemorate the start of World War 1 Andrew Adam, ABSL in Southwell, has been publicising Eric’s story to show that behind every name on every war memorial is a story of a life lost. Andrew chose Eric’s name at random from a Nottinghamshire war memorial.
Corporal W. Eric Woodward died in Leicester military hospital in 1919 aged 20 years. His name is listed along with 15 others on the Memorial Windows at his church St Andrew's Presbyterian church in Nottingham (now St Andrew’s with Castle Gate Church).
Andrew has found that Scouting was a major part of Eric’s short life. He was initially a member of 1st Caledonian Scouts. When Andrew contacted the Scouting national archive they had no record of the Caledonian troops as the records weren't centralised until 1919. Since then he has managed to piece together the history of the Caledonian Scouts.
The 1st Caledonian Troop started in May 1909 and two other Troops, 2nd and 3rd Caledonian followed in 1912 all based at Blackwoods on Hucknall Road, near the City Hospital. These three Troops, which were primarily for boys of Scottish descent, disbanded shortly after the outbreak of war because the older Scouts and Scout Masters had enlisted. At this stage the 24th Nottingham moved to Blackwoods and remains there to this day. Eric then joined the 24th Nottingham. The photograph is of Eric in 1915 on a camp visited by our founder Lord Robert Baden-Powell.
Eric’s grave, marked with a military headstone, is just a short walk from Blackwoods.
If you would like to know more about Eric, the Caledonian Troops or the research methods Andrew used please contact him.
The 22nd issue of the Public Affairs Bulletin is available to download here.
Harry, Tom and John are still looking for additional people to join the Public Affairs team as a Public Affairs Ambassador. They are looking to better reflect the demographic profile of Nottinghamshire Scouts and therefore would particularly welcome expressions of interest from girls and any Explorers from the ethnic minorities but they would still like to hear from anyone who might be interested.
AUDITIONS FOR NOTTINGHAM GANG SHOW 2015
Senior Cast: Tuesday 9th September or Sunday 14th September 2014
Junior Cast: Sunday 12th October 2014
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DC FOR RUSHCLIFFE DISTRICT
If you are up for a challenge and the adventure of a life-time then look no further than the role of District Commissioner. You can make a difference to the lives of young people in Nottinghamshire. Role Description.
If you think you have what it takes contact the County Commissioner Matt Rooney
1 YEAR COUNTDOWN TO ADVENTURE OF LIFETIME IN JAPAN
In exactly 12 months time the 40 intrepid explorers will arrive to represent the UK at the 23rd World Scout Jamboree in Japan. They gathered with others from the unit at Sherbrooke Scout camp site to share their hopes and aspirations for the event. There are 36 scouts aged 14-17, who will be guided by four volunteer adult leaders from the County who have been specially selected to support the unit during their 2 week global adventure.
LIGHTS, CAMERA, ADVENTURE!
On a hot and thundery weekend, three Nottinghamshire scouts, Ben (15), Josh (16) and Emily (14) joined 150 others from across the UK on a two-day intensive media and communications training weekend at Gilwell.
The climatic conditions where perfect training for the scouts who will be facing tropical conditions on the Jamboree site in Kirahama, south-west Japan next summer.
The training included tv, radio, social media and press journalism to help the scouts be prepared for any kind of media opportunity between now and when they return from the life changing Jamboree experience.
Emily (14) said “this weekend has been awesome, I’ve made tonnes of new friends and learnt loads of new things, I can’t wait for the Jamboree!”
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CHILWELL SCOUT GROUP CELEBRATES HUGE SUCCESS
Over 80 Beavers, Cubs and Scouts from the 2nd Chilwell Scout Group celebrated their most recent achievements at a celebration BBQ with their parents this week.
In a packed hall a huge variety of badges and awards were presented to the youngsters including nights away, creativity, fitness, climbing, chef and PR. In total over 200 were presented, thought to be an all time high for the hugely successful group.