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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.

From the County Commissioner, Mark Edwards, about the recent Appointment: 
"Following a recommendation by the County Appointments Advisory Committee, I am pleased to announce that I have approved the following uniformed Scouting appointment with effect from Wednesday 23rd May 2018":


"Aimée has been a Scouter for over 10 years in the County, helping and leading in three different Cub Scout Packs in both Ripon & District and, more latterly in Easingwold District. During this time she has also continued as a member of the Ripon & District Active Support Unit. I am sure that you will join me in supporting Aimée in her new appointment as DC in this large and rural District. Ripon and District currently operate NINE Scout Groups around the District, plus TWO Explorer Units, and a large District Active Support Unit.

Aimée will take up her new appointment at the Ripon & District Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 23 May and will bring her leadership, management and vision to the benefit of the District and its leaders. In doing so, I am confident that she will help the uniformed members of the District and its Executive to move forward positively. I hope that all members of the District will support Aimée as she begins the next chapter of her Scouting career.

I am delighted that she has agreed to take on this important role, and I would be grateful if everyone would give her their continuing encouragement"

I'm sure EVERYONE in the County will be behind Aimée in her new role.

Alys Allardyce, who has been our District Commissioner for nearly seven years, began her term in June of 2011 and finished her term at the District AGM on 23rd May 2018. 

Back in 2011, she was asked by the, then, County Commissioner to take on the role as the District Commissioner of this largely rural District. At this time it consisted of 2 City Groups, 3 Rural Groups, a large District Explorer Unit and a busy Active Support Unit. She took on this role in addition to her commitments as booking secretary for the County Scout Centre (a role that she maintained for a further two years or more).

In May 2014 the Scout District immediately to the north of Ripon District disbanded due to being unable to find District Leadership and Alys was asked, as DC, to take on the 4 existing Groups and integrate them into Ripon & District. This integration brought membership numbers up from a previous 396 to a massive 618. Alys ensured, throughout this turbulent time, that ALL the Groups were properly catered for and that the transition of the 4 Group’s management and assets went as smoothly as possible. 

Now, in 2018, membership in the District is a massive 754, nearly twice the size of the District Alys originally took over in 2011, and a successor for her, Aimée Dubiel, has been found. Aimée hopefully will continue to move the District forward positively into the 2020's and will bring her leadership, management and vision to the benefit of the District and its Leaders & Administrators.

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

The Scout Mechanic Activity Badge is now partnered by the Army (REME - Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers)

Mike Collins. GSL of 1st Boroughbridge Group, tells us that he has had the following communication from Trevor Holding who was a Leader with the Boroughbridge Group for a while during the time he was posted to Dishforth and, since moving on, he has helped to get the new Scout Mechanic Badge sponsored by REME: 

Trevor writes to Mike: "I am writing to you today because I wanted to give you a small update on what Dylan (son) and myself have been doing since we left Boroughbridge Scout Group.  I know it was around 8 months ago but we would never have started if it wasn't for you.

Dylan moved on to Cubs and settled in almost immediately. After enjoying being an Occasional Helper at Boroughbridge Beavers I decided that I would join as a Leader and I am now ACSL in Lyneham Cub Scouts. I would like to thank yourself and the rest of the Boroughbridge Scout Group for introducing both Dylan and myself into Scouting,

Shortly after moving to Lyneham I approached REME Regimental HQ and put forward the proposal that the REME sponsor the Scout Mechanics Activity Badge and the Army have taken it forward and, in this quarter's Scouting  Magazine (in the GOING WILD section), it is being advertised (pages 10 & 11).

I hope that the Boroughbridge Scout Group will take up the challenge of completing the badge and  that you can turn to your Scouts and say that 'one of the guys that pushed for the sponsorship was one of my leaders and I introduced him to Scouting'." 

Mike expects that Trevor will be heavily involved with an event for the Mechanics Badge which is being run by the Scout Association and the Army for 300 Scouts on Saturday 28th April 2018. (To celebrate the launch the partnership, the Army are hosting a Scouts Takeover Day at MoD Lyneham on the 28th April 2018 to earn their Scout Mechanics Badge. Scouts will learn from professional REME engineers and will perform the badge practical tasks on a variety of Army equipment, including tanks and helicopters!)

This from Iris and the Cub Team at Hillside:

A total of 52 people and assorted dogs took part in the District Cub Hike at Thirlby on 10th March.  24 Cubs braved extremely muddy conditions which one described as epic.  We do hope he meant it and wasn't just trying to be kind. 

Taking in Lake Gormire and Herriot Country the walk was just over 6 km in length and enabled the Cubs to map read and use a compass as well as achieving a Hikes Away Award.

A pair of small orange gloves were left if anyone would like to claim them.

Photos of the Cubs on the Hike can be viewed HERE or direct via the HILLSIDE SCOUT GROUP facebook page at  - https://en-gb.facebook.com/HillsideScoutGroup/posts




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