Exploring faith in the most multi-cultural city in the UK

Inter Faith Week kicked off in a frenzy of activity with over 800 Scouts and Guides taking advantage of the Young People’s Inter Faith Trail. The trail, organised by the St Philip’s Centre, saw six places of faith and New Walk Museum Leicester open their doors to young people curious to learn what lay within.

JEDH - 20141115 - 23004With seven centres to visit and explore, there was something for everyone. The ISKCON Centre entertained with a variety of activities including musical meditation and sweet rolling; while Guru Nanak Gurdwara offered ‘Langar’ to the hungry trail followers around lunch time. New Walk Museum offered the opportunity to further explore many religious artefacts amongst its collections.

Central Mosque provided the opportunity to take in the huge space the main prayer hall has to offer. Many of the younger visitors were fascinated by the decorative tiles and Islamic script decorating the walls. However the Jain Centre left all those who took part in the trail awestruck by its impressive décor and beautiful statues.

There was also the chance to explore Leicester Cathedral and see where King Richard III will be reburied in March 2015. While the Salvation Army introduced the travellers to their rich history of social action and community projects. Some lucky visitors were even invited to play the drums.

Kameron Ram, 98th Leicester and Ryan Haughton, 1st Bowdens really enjoyed their day on the trail. Kameron enjoyed going around with his friend Timmy. “The Sikh Temple [Gurdwara] was my favourite, it was nice. I really enjoyed the drums at the Salvation Army”. Ryan liked exploring the city “I liked going to new places. My favourite place was New Walk Museum. There are loads of artefacts and information to see.”

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It wasn’t just the young people who enjoyed the day. Leicestershire Scouts Facebook Group was full of positive comments summarising highlights from the day. Binita Patel posted “This was a great day…Leicester Scouts of all backgrounds/cultures visiting each other’s places of worship/faith and learning about each other’s cultures.” While Liz Young is already planning for next year! “It was great and I’m really hoping it runs again next year; already planning the building up for Beavers/Cubs!”

Every centre was very welcoming and a huge thank you must be said to all the volunteers who opened the doors to allow all the young people to visit and ask questions. Thank you to the St Philip’s Centre for co-ordinating the day.

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We congratulate a number of adults for their Good Service to Scouting across the County.

Awards include:

◾The Chief Scout’s Commendation for Good Service is given in respect of not less than 5 years good service, which stands out. It should be regarded as the Chief Scout’s recognition of the very real contribution made to the Association by the individual concerned.

◾The Award for Merit is given for outstanding service of not less than 12 years and 10 years exceptionally. It implies keen, conscientious, imaginative and dedicated service over a sustained period.

◾The Bar to the Award for Merit may be awarded after a period of not less than five years of further outstanding service.

Bar to the Award for Merit

bar to merit

Simon Falkner – Leicester South West District

Award for Merit


Paul Callis – Loughborough District

Ian Cliffe – Melton Mowbray District

Adrian Coleman – Leicester South West District

Jim Gildea – Hinckley District

Clive Sparling – Leicestershire

Claire Thorpe – Loughborough District

Martin Widman – Loughborough District

Stuart Wilson – Hinckley District

Peter Bailey – Leicestershire

Louise Bailey – Leicestershire

Chief Scout Commendation for Good Service


Darryl Adams – Leicester South West District

Christine Capell – Leicester South West District

Kieran Dexter – Leicester South West District

Chris Faulkner – Leicester South West District

Kathleen Frisby – Leicester South West District

Justin Garratt – Leicester South West District

Nicholas Kettle – Leicester South West District

Elizabeth Newman – Leicester South West District

Susan Payne – Leicester South West District

Liam Ruddy – Leicestershire

Lynsey Waters – Leicester South West District

Chris Wedd – Leicester South West District

Tracey Whitelaw – Hinckley District

Tony Withers – Leicester South West District


Ready, Pedal, fundraise!

Market Harborough District Scouts took to pedal and feet to raise money in a sponsored event at Pitsford Reservoir.

Over the course of the day 115 Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers and their parents completed laps of the 7 mile route around the reservoir. All had been pledged sponsorship to complete a number of laps or just to take part.

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Beaver Scout Tate Harrison-Wild, 1st Kibworth said “I did 2 laps. It was quite hard as I had a flat tyre.” While Liam Cheverton-Wynne, 1st Foxton Scouts was tired after his laps; “I did 3 laps. It was exhausting”.

The route around the reservoir is a mix of country paths and tarmac pavements. James Towson from Dragon Explorers completed 6 laps in 3 hours. “I really wanted a challenge. They don’t come around that often. I just can’t wait for a jet wash when I get home.”

JEDH - 20141116 - 23280Oliver Beal & Bryn Guy from Inclined Explorers were just as muddy; “We did 6 laps. We were aiming for 7. It was very good. Our fastest lap was 32 mins”. They both agreed that the event was well worth while and would do it again, but both wanted to head home for a hot bath.

Coming in last but winning the costume prize was ‘Team Weasley’ from Mad Hatters Explorers who had chosen to walk the route – in reverse. The team made up of Henry & Alice Linsell, Richard Duffus, Hannah Dove and Melissa English had walked the route twice. They claim “it’s the quality not the speed of the lap.”JEDH - 20141116 - 23331

District Commissioner, Debbie Billington agreed with the Explorers’ enthusiasm , that the event had been well attended and a great success. “The support from the young people and especially their parents’ has been brilliant. It was billed as a family event and its been just that. The parents who often struggle to be involved have been part of our adventure today. ”

In total the 115 participants completed 175 circuits of the 7 mile route, totalling 1225 miles (1925KM)  – That’s the distance between London and Helsinki.

The highest number of circuits completed on bike by an Explorer was 6, Scout 4, Cub 2 and a Beaver 3! So far the £1824 has been pledged which will be shared between Market Harborough District, mainly to support our World Scout Jamboree Contingent to Japan next summer and the supporting Groups. All in all, it means we can provide an even bigger adventure for more young people.


Hinckley shoots to the top

On the 17th – 19th October, the 38th National Scout Rifle Championships took place at the NSRA’s shooting grounds in Bisley, Surrey – the world home of target shooting.

Over 750 Scouts, Explorers and adults competed in the annual championships, including a contingent of 22 competitors from Hinckley District’s Scout Shooting Club.

The championships cover a vast array of shooting competitions; ranging from the six yard disciplines of air rifle and air pistol, the ten metre air rifle, three positional and knockout, the field target, advanced field target and summer biathlon, and the small bore and full bore cartridge classes, as well as many more.


All of Hinckley’s shooters performed admirably, but special mention must go to David Clemow, who won the senior ten meter air rifle knockout competition – winning a succession of nine rounds to claim the title; and Ashlyn Simmons, who came 7th in the six yard air rifle and 9th in the six yard air pistol for her age category.

The shooting club will now be turning its attention to the Hinckley District Shooting Competition in March, and the Inter-County Scout Competition, where Hinckley District will be representing Leicestershire.
James Cannam








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