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ASU Newsletter
March 2018

04/03/2018 By Dave Lowndes

Hello all
The March 2018 ASU Newsletter can be downloaded from here.
Lunch menu can be downloaded from here.

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District Newsletter
Jan 2018

22/01/2018 By DC-Russell Brooks
Hi everyone, 

I hope you all managed to see the Gang Show.  What an inspiring start to the new year!

There are a couple of upcoming fundraisers within the District.  Please support one or more of them if you can.

There is also information below in relation to the upcoming annual District Training Day.  Please make every effort to attend and progress with your Personal Learning Plan.  This is a great way to complete training locally, while meeting fellow leaders from the District.

HESU Quiz Night with Godfrey's Supper - Friday 2nd February

The HESU Parent Support Group (PSG) is organising a fund raising Quiz.
It promises to be a really fun and relaxed evening and you don’t need to be a mastermind to take part!

Come and support HESU and either bring your friends, family or fellow leaders and form a team 6-10 or if you want, we can build a team around you!


Date:       FRIDAY 2ND FEBRUARY    Time: 7.30pm for 8pm 

Venue:    HESU and 10th Harpenden HQ, Crabtree Fields, Waldegrave Park.

Price:       £10 including Godfreys’ supper (fish, meat and vegetarian options will be available). There will be a cash bar to buy drinks.

We would love you to support the evening and the Unit, by putting a leaders or group team together.

Many Thanks from the HESU PSG

Ghanaian Dinner & Quiz Night - Saturday 24th March

District Development Day

  • The annual training day will take place on 10th March 2018 at Kimpton Junior School.  
  • The following modules will be available:  5, 8, 9, 14, 15 & 17
  • You can reserve a place for any of the sessions on the Country Training website.  These should be available early this week.
  • We will also be running a District update from 9.15am, which will include a briefing on the new Data Protection requirements. 

Other training

  • The next First Aid training within the District will be an all-day session held on Saturday 17th February 2018 at 3rd Harpenden.  Please reserve a place by emailing Jane Murray (
  • There is a Module 25 Assessing Learning being delivered on 3rd February at Phasels from 10am-12.30pm. Book here

Forthcoming Dates

  • 20th June - District AGM

Please take a look at the County Calendar for dates of their 2017/2018 Events & Activities: 2017/2018 Calendar

All the best

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World Challenge 2018 Wine tasting and Ghana
22/01/2018 By Emmanuelle Bentley-Sanders

Dear Scouting friends 😊


As some of you will already know, during the summer of 2018 Dylan and other students from Roundwood Park will be taking part in World Challenge expedition in Zambia & Botswana. They will be out there for 28 days during which time they will have the opportunity to experience a fair amount of both countries and learn about the culture primarily by taking part in 2 community projects. Having signed up for this in November 2016, this is becoming more and more real with teams sorted, itinerary decided, flights booked and we even started with vaccination last week!

Dylan has worked hard the last 14 months to fundraise for his trip and we would like to thank everyone who has supported him along the way either by attending fundraising events or offering babysitting and other odd job opportunities. He is also lucky to have had regular work coaching tennis.

Whilst he’s doing well, he isn’t quite there yet so to help boost his fundraising efforts, together with 2 other families, we are organising a WINE TASTING Evening to be held on 24th February at Roundwood Park School.

Doors will open at 7.30pm, ready to start at 8.00pm.

Tickets are £15.00 per person and include a cheese platter, bread & crackers, pickles & chutney half way through the evening; up to 8 people per table.

See attached poster for more details.



Dylan is now also going to Ghana in July/August 2019 as part of an Expedition organised by Harpenden and Inverness Scouts. The Expedition will be based in Hohoe in the Volta region midway between the Togo border and Lake Volta. The purpose of the Expedition is to build a playground at the Volta School for the deaf in Hohoe, working with Ghanaian Scouts. The school currently has 300 deaf and 3 deaf & blind students.

The Expedition comprises of 14 local scouts and explorer accompanied by a small number of Leaders and they are raising funds to help with the cost of their trip. Please come along for a fun Quiz and a delicious Ghanaian meal on 24th March at 10th Harpenden Scouts Hut.

Tickets are £15 per person; Tables of up to 8 people.


If you would like to book tickets for either or both events, please contact me on or please respond to this email.

Many thanks for taking the time to read this and we hope you will be able to support Dylan & friends with their fundraising efforts.

Kind regards,

Emmanuelle – for Dylan 😊

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Ghana Expedition 2019
22/09/2017 By Rod Keen

Jo Busby is putting together an Expedition to Hohoe in Ghana for 2019. The school for the deaf that the District have been associated with for the last 12+ years need a playground. The Explorers & Leaders will be building the various equipment that you will find in a playground. Between now and 2019 they will be organising various events to raise funds for their trip.  Please help these young men and women on their adventure by taking part in their fund raising.  More about these events later on. See the Flyer here.

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Gift Aid update
30/06/2016 By Rod Keen

HMRC have published new model wording for Gift Aid Declarations to be used from 5th April 2016.  The new declaration has been shortened and simplified removing references to Council Tax and VAT.  Scout groups are able to claim Gift Aid on membership subscriptions and donations for sponsored events and should use the new Gift Aid declaration form for any donations from 5th April 2016 onwards.  Declarations that are already in place do not need to be updated.

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