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SW Notts District Scouts Blog


Stan Walk Flyer

A personal note from Stan

Now that I am retired I have taken up several charitable appointments and currently I am helping raise funds for two of these. I chair the SW Notts Scouts Executive Committee which is raising funds to help Scouts attend the International Scout Jamboree that will be held in the USA in 2019. I am also the lay-chair of the St Michael and All Angels (Bramcote Parish Church) Parochial Church Council which is raising funds for a number of commitments, repairs and projects that will benefit the church and the local community. I would really love it if you could help me support both of these causes.

On 26 August I will walk with my dog Charlie from my home in Bramcote to Langley Mill and back. We will use part of the Erewash Valley Trail along the Nottingham Canal Nature Reserve. After we return (hopefully at around 4pm) I will be hosting a barbecue at my home.

Would you please consider sponsoring me and Charlie  for the walk, and/or come to the barbecue and make a donation towards these two worthy causes? I would be very grateful indeed. All donations that are made out to Stan Heptinstall will be put in a special account and then the whole will be split 50/50 between the two charities. Alternatively you can donate directly to either ‘SW Notts Scouts’ or ‘Bramcote PCC’ if that is your wish.

Thank you


Mchristine Sheardatt Rooney, County Commissioner for Nottinghamshire has announced that Christine Sheard has been appointed Deputy County Commissioner (Adult Support) – a role which she will combine with that of County Training Manager. She succeeds Margaret Cooper who has held this role for several years.

This is a well-deserved appointment and we offer our heartiest congratulations to Christine and wish her well in her new roles.

Christine will remain District Local Training Manager in SW Notts. She has been and will continue to be a huge asset to the District in this role.

I am sure the skills and commitment she has shown in managing and spearheading Leader Training in SW Notts will be echoed at County level.


Vacancy: District Stores Quartermaster

We are seeking to appoint a volunteer Quartermaster to take responsibility for our District’s equipment store based in Toton

A knowledge of caring for tents and other camping equipment is essential.

If you are interested in this role please contact Simon Clark via this link


The District’s Trustees are delighted to announce that, after many years’ discussion and negotiation, a new 10-year Licence Agreement has been reached with the University of Nottingham Estates Department which allows SW Notts Scouts and, for special events, Nottinghamshire Scouts, to use Hemlock Camp Site (also known as Bramcote Woods) for all activities permitted by the Scout Association.

Maintenance of the site, which is accessed from Common Lane in Bramcote and comprises 68000 sq. metres (16.8 acres) of woodland and grassland, will remain the responsibility of the Estates Department at the University. The day-to-day use of the site will be managed by SW Notts District Scout Council with responsibility for ensuring that only permitted activities are undertaken being vested in the “District Commissioner”.

The site will remain a “Green Field” site, and can be used for evening and weekend activities, camps and community events – not least being our annual Fireworks Extravaganza.

Simon Clark (District Commissioner for SW Notts) said “We ae delighted that we have been able to secure the use of this site for Scout Groups and Explorer / Network Units in the District. As in all negotiations of this complexity, there have some compromises on both sides, and we are particularly grateful to the University for recognising the issues we raised relating to child protection. This 10-year Agreement, in the form of a Licence to use the site, means we can provide a fantastic range outdoor adventure activities to our Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers and Network members. It is good news for Scouting.”