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Wednesday, October 25th, 2006
1:50 pm
DF Althing
Anybody here heading to DF Althing this weekend? If so, pretty please introduce yourselves to me and make nice - this is my first DF event (even tho I'm 20) and I'm a little nervous...
Monday, August 14th, 2006
5:41 pm
"Welcome to Woodie land"

"Ending poverty, promoting peace and saving the planet were hot topics for young people at the Woodcraft Folk's global gathering."

John Vidal
Wednesday August 9, 2006
The Guardian

"... Wafa Othman, of Ramallah, in Palestine, said: "It is very beautiful here. It feels like the world is small. People ask us what is life like for us. So I tell them. But they do not really understand how bad it is. Some think we are from Pakistan. Not everyone knows where Palestine is. I hope we can tell them more. ..."

[Several minor factual slip-ups, but interesting].
Sunday, August 13th, 2006
9:55 am
A Big Step for Peace
It would be nice to think that GV06 played some part in helping the young people in the Middle East:

Lebanon ceasefire deadline set


"But the calls by Mr Annan for an immediate ceasefire, echoed by Prime Minister Tony Blair, may go unheeded."
Wednesday, August 9th, 2006
6:50 pm
GV:TV and Global Voice
Global Village logo

There are archives of the TV broadcasts, and the newspapers, from Global Village 2006 available on their Web site:
Monday, August 7th, 2006
6:58 am
Global Village 2006
Did you make it? (even just the open day?) It'd be great to hear about your experiences!

Did you meet anyone who might want to join this LJ community?
Sunday, July 23rd, 2006
9:34 am
Dying Forest: One year to save the Amazon?

"So far about a fifth of the Amazonian rainforest has been razed completely. Another 22 per cent has been harmed by logging ... the total is growing perilously close to 50 per cent, which computer models predict as the "tipping point" that marks the death of the Amazon. ...

Brazilian politicians say that the country has so many other pressing problems that the destruction is unlikely to be brought under control, unless the world helps to pay for the survival of the forest on which it too depends. Calculations by Hylton Philipson, a British merchant banker and rainforest campaigner, reckon that it will take $60bn (£32bn) a year, less than a third of the cost of the Iraq war."
Tuesday, June 20th, 2006
6:24 pm

Have any of you heard of a song called Back of the Bus? I'm doing a project at college on the Civil Rights Movement in America, focusing on literature (I Have a Dream, To Kill a Mockingbird, and so on). I vaguely remember singing a song called Back of the Bus around Woodcraft campfires, but I can only remember the first verse and the chorus.

Could any of you help me out? I'm dying to put it in the presentation (the thought of forcing my English class to sing along as I brandish a tambourine is just too tempting), and wondered if any of you could remember the other verses. I'm not sure if it is a 'Woodcraft' song, but hopefully some of you from the same region will be able to help!

Thanks a lot,

~ Kate

Sunday, June 4th, 2006
5:22 pm
Sunday, September 18th, 2005
7:11 am
Men living ethical lives?
Apparently, ITV are making a new programme about men who live ethical lives:

The pitchCollapse )

Anyone feels like nibbling, I got this in email, and can put you in touch... !

Current Mood: silly
Wednesday, August 17th, 2005
12:16 pm
I made a website for Venturer Camp Photo's.
I wanted to put everyones photo's of V.camp not just my own districts. {{teddington}}
If anyone has links to their sites or photo's that could be uploaded onto the site I would be thankful.
cheers guys.

Current Mood: calm
Sunday, August 7th, 2005
5:17 pm
in the past hour i have returned from venturer camp 2005 at drum hill scout camp outside little eaton, derbyshire. i would like to say how thankful i am to everyone who took part and especially those who help to run the camp. i had an amazing time. thank you
Sunday, June 26th, 2005
6:58 pm
Venturer camp
Does anybody have any idea which districts are in 'friendship' village at venturer camp? I know we are, and we need to correspond with our fellow campers before the camp! No one is replying to e-mails and such. Thankyou xxx
Saturday, June 11th, 2005
6:48 pm
i cant wait for venturer camp, 30th July to 7th August :)
can anyone help me with my Live journal?
i want to make the "post comment" and "2 comments" buttons into different named links, how do i do this?
Tuesday, May 31st, 2005
10:41 pm
times article
an article slating the use of Lurgashall campsite (in west sussex where last venturer camp was) by woodcraft kids
Wednesday, May 25th, 2005
6:48 pm
Heya. Have just joined this group. I used to go to woodie when i was little but sadly haven't been involved with it at all since moving back up to Scotland. Am trying to get a group running up here, is still very early days though. So yeah, thought i'd join this community.
That's all really,
Svenja x X x

Current Mood: optimistic
Wednesday, May 11th, 2005
10:02 am
Community gardens?
So, I'd like to see a community garden set up locally. Anyone any experience of such things?

Current Mood: creative
Tuesday, May 10th, 2005
7:55 am
Questions, questions...
So, I've made contact with my local group - and they've invited me to their next planning meeting :-)

In a spirit of preparation, may I ask a few more questions? I promise to join in with my own answers...

Are many Woodcraft DFs and kinsfolk, vegan?

How do you, and your Woodcraft friends, feel about the WWII commemorations this year?

Do Woodcraft Folk groups have any particularly successful strategies for recruitment from the wider community, or are most Woodcraft Elfin and Pioneer members from 'environmentally aware' families?


Current Mood: curious
Sunday, May 8th, 2005
8:14 am
Introductory questions
I first heard of the Woodcraft Folk a few years ago - at a CAT conference , I think :-). We only had Scouts and Guides in my area when I was growing up, and I gave up on them in disgust (too Establishment!) when I was about 12. My father comes from country stock, but my parents divorced when I was 8, so my 'woodcraft' knowledge is patchy at best.

Now I've discovered that there is a Woodcraft Folk group in my village.

Any thoughts about a thirty-something with my background, getting an invitation to visit a meeting?

Current Mood: creative
Tuesday, April 19th, 2005
11:55 am
Annual Gathering bookdeadlinebirthday

so, who's going to annual gathering (fri17th-sun19thJune)??? bookng deadline is 16th may. and its very strict this year as the venue (beaumanor hall, loughborough) is relatively small.

not sure why to go ? on top of being part of the democratic process, getting involved in the movement through workshops and (sometimes interesting) debates, you get a ceidliegh, red leicester (a choir ive been told), a funky juice bar, and palestinian/israeli food, AND ITS MY 21ST BIRTHDAY on the friday and as i have to be there i want some friends to celebrate it with me :-)

also, theres still time to stand as a rep for GC, any Q's ask me or jessieflem
The Woodcraft webpage

Wednesday, March 9th, 2005
3:59 pm
boring, but easy
Please urge your local MP's to sign EDM 849 as below.

Jeremy Corbyn
Andrew George

That this House congratulates the Woodcraft Folk for its 80-year
long contribution to the development of the youth of this country
toward active citizenship; notes that this national organisation is
one of the few that have truly empowered young people via its
commitment to international understanding through well recognised
children's and youth exchanges; also notes that in the year of the
volunteer the Woodcraft Folk is featured as an exemplary case study
on the Government's Sustainable Development website; and is alarmed
that despite all these facts Woodcraft Folk funding from the
Department for Education and Skills through the National Voluntary
Youth Organisations Grant Scheme has been withdrawn in this current
funding round and in the current funding round for the next three
years; and calls upon the Government to review this decision as a
matter of urgency so that the valuable work of the Woodcraft Folk
can continue.

here is the letter i sent to my MP's, please go to
http://www.writetothem.com and write to yours. (remember if you have
2 adresses to write to both!)

Dear Richard Allan,

I am writing to ask you to sign Early Day Motion 849, propsed by
Jeremy Corbyn and Andrew George, about the withdrawl of DFES / NVYO
grant funding from the Woodcraft Folk. The Woodcraft Folk is a youth
organisation encorporating the spirit of co-operation and respect
amongst its members. It encourages young people to think for
themselves, and respect the environment and humanity. I have been a
member since i was a child and has certainly helped me to become a
'morally aware' person.
The Woodcraft Folk have also made many resources about sustainability
and the fair treatment of refugees which are used not only by its
members, but also many teachers.
I urge you to sign this motion,

Yours sincerely,
Victoria Wakefield-Jarrett
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