Blyth Valley Focus

Post date: Jan 6, 2014 2:45:10 PM

Welcome to the 4th editon of the Blyth Valley Focus. A new communication tool to advise and inform all members and supporters of Blyth Valley. Happy new year to you all.

Award Presentations

I am pleased to announce the following recent awards:

Ian Irving - Award of Merit

Wood badge training awards for the following -

Les Blewitt, Doug Mitchley, & Dave Mason

Gangshow 29th Oct—2nd Nov. 2013

What a fantastic success. A real achievement for the cast and crew, old and new, and a great piece of PR for Blyth Valley and Scouting in general.

District Leader Changes

Kelly Reay is moving away form the area for new adventures on the Isle of Wight. Best wishes to her. Robbie Leese is stepping down as ADC (Cubs). Thanks to

him for his efforts in this section. Mariliyn Grimshaw will be appointed District Cub Scout leader. Stuart Griffin, Jonathon Finlay and Dave Mason will be appointed District Scout Leaders.

Census & Membership

All groups should have received their codes to enter the census figures as at 31st January 2014. This years membership fee has been set at £37 with a rebate of £2, assuming all groups pay on time.

New HQ Database

The new HQ database, ‘compass’, is now being introduced across the country. Northumberland will probably be going live Sept/Oct 2014.

Memorial Badges (Lest we forget)

Further to my e-mail dated 27th November. These badges will soon be at County office for purchase. Cloth £1 each or pin badges at £2. Can be worn on uniform during 2014.


The District Network is alive! Are you 18-25 years old? Then get involved.


Reminder that all incidents involving emergency services must be reported to HQ.

Tel 0845 3001818. A form will then be sent out for completion.

Dates for your Diary

District International experience 2015 launch — 19th January at 2nd Cram HQ.

Whitley Bay Gangshow 28th Jan to 1st Feb, Seaton Delaval Arts Centre.

GSL support day - 22nd Feb 2014

Newcastle Gangshow 22nd-26th April 2014 at Peoples Theatre.

Marra County Camp 23rd to 26th May, 2014

Community week - 2nd –8th June


Executive training on 4th march. Open to any exec members whether new to role or been in post a while. Primarily for chair, sec and treasurer but any member welcome. Venue and times to follow. Still in training? Wood badge overdue? Dust off that file and get cracking. Help available if needed.


New County activities manager is Graeme Popay.


Remember, all adventurous activities must be reported to the DC prior to the event (As per NAN forms).

Pop up banners

Planning a parents evening or a spot of fundraising? Did you know the District now has advertising banners that can be lent out. Contact : Stu


Have you checked out the Blyth Valley website?? A really useful tool for news, diary, forms and factsheets.

Neal Armiger, District Comissioner