Our recent "Grown Up Give It A Go" weekend. Read more about it later on!
In This Edition...
Our New Look
Service Crew Update
Upcoming Events and Courses
Welcome our new look Newsletter. A lot has been going on at Frylands Wood recently - we've had a bit of a change. I am now the 'Centre Manager,' not the Warden any more, and we have been busy updating our website, and improving our brand identity.
We have also been busy re-building our pond and installing a new Traversing Wall - both of which you can read more about later on!
We also ran our Adult Give It A Go weekend back in September - an opportunity for adults to have a relaxing weekend without the young people. All who attended had a great time including some lovely karaoke!
As we now approach the winter season, the site starts to get a little quieter. Not much, but a little! It seem an apt time then to reflect and think about the year.
The thing that stands out most for me is the number of people that are willing to give up their time to come and support the site. Whether it's people doing the catering, or general site maintenance, from helping with activities to putting time in to fix our plumbing, the sheer volume of time given up by our volunteer service crew is amazing. The site simply wouldn't function without them.
I hope you enjoy our new look Newsletter and our new website, and we look forward to seeing you at Frylands Wood very soon!
Frylands Wood now has a new logo and brand. We have ditched the old tree and crown, and opted for a much cleaner and brighter logo that reflects the brand of The Scout Association and is also much more in line with the image of Lewisham District, by whom Frylands Wood is managed.
The logo is formed of an oak tree, with a fleur-de-lis in the top corner, which is a historical nod to the first logo fro the Centre, which had a fleur-de-lis in the middle of the tree.
Over the next few months you will notice our signs, uniforms and providore stock changing to reflect the updated logo.
For now, our communications have changed with all our Newsletters being sent out via Mailchimp, a new look website has been launched - which we would encourage you to look round - here. We took on board your feedback from the survey that we completed last year and found that many of you liked the content and the structure, but not the appearance. We hope you like it now!
A particular and special thanks must go to Jamie Slattery,our Deputy District Commissioner for Media Development, PR & Communications, for the extraordinary amount of time and effort he has put into redesigning and developing our brand identity, which includes our new website, logo and communications media. Thanks to him, we now have a clear marketing strategy that we hope will bring more business to the Centre from schools, businesses and youth groups that will enable us to invest in more over the coming years.
If you would like to help develop the Centre's strategy, have skills in Adobe Illustrator and InDesign or have a passion for creating posters and flyers then please get in contact with Jamie at firstname.lastname@example.org, as we will be looking to put together a larger Marketing & PR team to drive our strategy forward over the coming years.
We are very proud to announce that we have a brand new activity – a Traversing Wall. It is based on a Climbing Wall but you climb around the wall rather than up. No ropes are needed so you run this activity yourself. You will be given some instruction sheets which give you a guide on how to make the best of the activity. There are different coloured hand and foot holds which make routes to suit all abilities.
A huge thanks goes to Andy Kerwin and the team who planned, led and did the majority of the work on the project. They were supported by many hours of hard work including other service crew, Third Thursday Club, Croydon Young Offenders, & GLSE New Zealand Expedition members. Apologies to anyone we’ve missed off the list but a great team effort has made this project happen. Special note of thanks to Elliot of Craggy Island Boulding Centre who set the routes.
We also need to say a big thank you to Don Coombe of the Coombe Trust and Micky Fleming and team from their Charity Golf Day who made generous donations to help fund the construction of the wall. The following companies kindly supplied quality materials at greatly discounted prices: Movac paint for wall; Richard Russell for Plyboard sheets and Rob Dixon for the holds.
Some of you may have noticed that our pond has been undergoing some 'maintenance'. The water levels had dropped quite a bit and it had become very overgrown.
We have now replaced the decking and fencing, and put a new liner in - it is already teeming with wildlife again and looks a lot better!
Thank you to everyone involved in improving it - Mark, Brian, Pam, Jason, Natwest Bank via Croydon Commitment, MACE via London Wildlife Trust, and the Lewisham District Kenya Expedition Team.
Service Crew Update
Frylands Wood would not be the same without its dedicated volunteer service crew and it’s something we are very proud of. Our 75+ volunteers come from all walks of life including students, teachers, designers, engineers, plumbers, librarians, TV agents, HR Operations Managers, the list goes on…
Over the years, our service crew has gained a vast amount of experience at running and supporting large events, from traffic and parking, maintaining the facilities, running activities to dealing with any problems or issues that occur. Our service crew pride themselves in going that extra mile for our campers.
Frylands Wood has a large number of activities available to groups; the service crew are able to instruct all of them. Many of the crew members have qualifications such as GNAS for Archery, and NSRA for Rifle Shooting, and climbing. Most of the qualifications are gained whilst at Frylands Wood.
The Frylands Wood service crew are not just a group of volunteers. Although they work hard, they have a great time doing it. Many of the crew socialise outside of the campsite, and many have got married and had children, some of whom are now service crew members themselves! They are a family!
Could you join them? Maybe you’d like a new challenge, or have practical skills to offer? We are particularly looking for more weekend service crews. Perhaps a group of leaders from your Scout Group, Explorer Scout Unit, District or County might like to spend a weekend having fun with each other and helping our campsite?
The service crew have their own dedicated accommodation building, with three toilets, two showers, bunkrooms, big kitchen and a large living area with sofas and a TV.
To be a member of a service crew, you must be over 14 and be willing to be a member of The Scout Association.
We recently held our third 'Grown Up Give It A Go' weekend in September which saw record numbers of adults attend. It was weekend for adults to try out our activities, find out more about what the campsite has to offer, and have a bit of fun!
Activities ranged from our normal site activities to quad biking from Almah Quads and inflatables from NCS Entertainments. At lunchtime on Saturday we opened our brand new Traversing Wall - a real work of art that was created by Andy Kerwin and a team of volunteers from numbers of service crews, and generously funded by Don Coombe and Mickey Fleming.
In the evening, guests enjoyed a hog roast provided by our volunteer service crew. They played bingo, and sung karaoke (badly), kindly provided by NCS Entertainments. We were also very lucky to secure a mobile bar from Bar Anywhere who took care of guests' refreshment needs throughout the evening!
Huge thanks to our Events Chairman, Nick Smith, and well done to the L & C Crew who gave up their opportunity to be part of the event in order to make sure that others could have even more fun and that activities were staffed.
Watch out for next years dates to be published soon...
Upcoming Events and Courses
Dates for the diary!
Pirate Funday Sunday 19th June 2016 - For 6 to 10 year olds only
Archery Equipment Maintenance and Range Setup Course:
Alan Britchford - Chairman
Barry Goswell - Centre Manager (Ex-officio)
Mark Thomson - Deputy Centre Manager (Ex-officio)
David Wallis - Frylands Treasurer
Nick Smith - Chairman of Events Committee
Angela Kerwin - Providore Manager
Tom Nixon (Ex-officio)
Lawrie Smith (Ex-officio)
Frylands Wood Events Committee
Nick Smith - Chairman
Barry Goswell - Centre Manager
Mark Thomson - Deputy Centre Manager
The District Commissioner and District Chairman for Lewisham District are ex-officio members of the Frylands Wood Operational Sub-Committee.
Frylands Wood Scout Outdoor Centre
T: 020 8657 1154
Frylands Wood Scout Outdoor Centre is managed by Lewisham District Scout Council. Registered Charity in England number 1001668