District Commissioner Search Process

Your District Commissioner, Chris Lomas, ends his term on 31st July 2015. With this in mind, the process of finding a successor needs to begin.

The procedure has changed over the years and it is now a much more open process. To assist me I have asked George Lowe, our Deputy County Commissioner to bring together a small search group of members of the District to identify and submit to me their recommendations for consideration as a successor. To assist him, George will identify two non-uniformed adults, two uniformed adults and a younger adult member to create a search group of 6 people.

I now invite you personally to contribute to the search by submitting a nomination (or nominations) of persons whom you feel should be considered for this important voluntary appointment.

Nominations should be submitted, either using this form or by letter, in an envelope marked ‘Personal and Confidential-District Commissioner Nomination’ to: –

George Lowe, 54, Dunoon Close, Preston. PR2 3ZS
Email: – george.lowe@westlancsscouts.org.uk

Nominations should be received on or before 5th June 2015.

In order to ensure the widest possible consultation you are asked, in addition to submitting your own nomination, to circulate this request for nominations to all members of the District and Group Scout Councils within your area of responsibility. This may be verbally, by mail or via newsletters. Please note that in order to ensure confidentiality, and prevent building up false hopes, nominations should be submitted without approaching the individual concerned.

Self-nomination is acceptable, however please be aware that unsuccessful candidates will not be contacted to inform them of outcomes. Applications and nominations for individuals who are not currently members of the District are also welcomed.

I would therefore ask you to give serious consideration to people with whom you work in Scouting, at work, or in the wider community, and to identify anyone who you believe has the qualities to be your District Commissioner.  When considering a possible candidate please do not compare them against the current or any previous DC’s.   At this stage it is important to draw up a list with as wide a cross section of people as possible, so that the search group can begin the process of preparing a short list.

Finally may I remind you that as a recipient of this letter you are likely to be in the best position to know the needs of the District and potential candidates. Please play your part in ensuring that due consideration is given to all possible candidates by submitting your nomination. Thank you in anticipation of your support.

Yours sincerely,

Carl Hankinson

County Commissioner
West Lancashire County Scout Council

Nomination Form

Hungary 2016! International Adventure for Scouts, Explorers and Leaders

Hungary2016-textIn 2016 Chorley District Scouts will be taking a contingent to Chorley’s twin town of Székesfehérvár in Hungary to take part in an international Scout camp with other Scouts from all over Europe.

The trip is for Scouts and Explorers from Chorley and applicaitons are now open.

We are also looking for a leadership team for this great adventure and applicaiton for the leadership team are also now open.

Visit the downloads page for the flyer, application packs and for more information.


Intrepid Restaurant helps send two Explorers to Japan

On Saturday 29 November 2014, Euxton Methodist Church Hall was transformed into a restaurant for one night only to help fundraise for two of Chorley Explorers Japanese Adventure. Max and Izzy are two of 5 Explorers attending the World Scout Jamboree in Japan next summer. Each participant has to fundraise a certain amount of money themselves to help get on their Japanese adventure and Intrepid Explorer Scout Unit where the two are based decided to help them out and turn their meeting place into a restaurant.



As well as Parents, Scout Leaders, Beavers, Cubs and Scouts the Explorers cooked and served our very own District Chairman Steve Owen and the Mayor of Chorley. The night was met with a resounding success with all diners commenting on how attentive and polite the explorers served the tables and also how good quality the food was! Whilst we are awaiting final figures as to whether or not the total needed for Max and Izzy has been met, it can certainly be said that the night was enjoyed by everyone. So much so the leaders are certainly looking at how they can better the evening!



The whole evening couldn’t have been made possible without some kind and generous donations from local companies with the biggest bulk coming from Kiley Court Hotel who donated plates, bowls, cutlery, glasses just to name a few and generous donations from Preston North End and Tesco.

Check out the full gallery of pictures at https://www.facebook.com/268224520021561/photos/a.369684606542218.1073741863.268224520021561/369684696542209/?type=3&theater

St George’s Day Celebration a huge success

Once again Chorley District Scouts came together this year to celebrate St George’s Day. This year, the celebration took part in Astley Park, with the Beavers, Cubs and Scouts parading through the park from Astley Hall, before taking part in activities on the park. The scouts also renewed their Scout promise together, an annual tradition.

The parade was enjoyed by Lindsay Hoyle MP and the Mayor and Mayoress of Chorley.

St Georges Day

Challenges, Chess, County Camp and a cold

What a week!

Monday night visited Clayton and Whittle to see their pack and was given the honour of presenting two silver awards to Matthew Hargreaves and Sam Perkins. Well done guys a great step up the top awards available to all scouts.

Formally invested as ADC Wednesday and straight into my first meeting with the Cub Leaders at the All Leaders meeting.

I was made to feel really welcome by the leaders and assistants many of whom have been doing this job a lot longer than me. Ann-Marie Fisher was there from County to keep an eye on me to make sure I didn’t slip up on my first outing….bit like a cub helping another!

A really good meeting with some great ideas towards the district programme for the years ahead.  (Notes have been circulated, if you’ve not seen them drop me an email.) Long chat about County Camp more of which we will circulate in the next few days.In particular we need to identify two teams, one for central catering for the district for 160+ and a team to run the district bases. We’ll tell you more about that next week.

Silver AwardsOne thing we agreed to work on was maximising the achievement of top awards and for us cubs that’s the silver award. At the next meeting this will be the top of the agenda, sharing best practice and methods of all leaving cubs having achieved their Silver.

Struck down with a cold, (Mrs ADC says worst attack of man flu she’s ever seen !!!). Spent most of Thursday and Friday at home.

Saturday saw our first entry in a long time in the Cubs County Chess Championship. Our Team of Oliver Crook, William Dempsey (1st Chorley Methodist) Riley Lengden (Euxton Methodist),and Arran Curwen Ben Kirkham (Whittle and Clayton) performed really well in what is clearly a very serious competition. I had to judge a table, even I had to be trained up on the complex scoring system and rules.

But our cubs did us proud, Oliver, who told me before hand that he was “pretty good” went on to win every one of his matches and Oliver Chess Champgained overall Champions prize for the district. What a result.  This will be a regular feature in the District programme and we need to return next year to defend our win. Well done to all the team and their parents who had to sit in another room for 4 hours!

I wrapped up Saturday with a visit to Waddecar where Hollinshead Street were camping in Helme Lodge with about 30 cubs and beavers. Undaunted by the return of wintery showers, they were obviously having a great time. Led by Spy CampAlice and Paul,  I joined them for a Campfire and saw them all dressed up in their theme of Spies and Secret Agents. The leaders there were doing a great job and were well supported by several parent helpers who made their weekend away a great success. Reminded me how important our parent helpers are and we must make sure they get the recognition they deserve. A big thankyou from me to all of you mums and dads who help in our groups around the district.

A lot going on in the District watch this space for more next week. Let me know what your packs are doing so I can come along and support.

West Lancs Cub Scouts Camper Badge 17/18th May

Camper Badge       Camper Badge WeekendNights Away

Why don’t you bring your pack to Waddecar and complete (nearly all) the Camper Activity Badge. With our team of experienced leaders we will help you deliver a great camping experience to your Cubs. And at only £6 its great value.

See the Leaders form in the downloads section and call me if you need any more info.


Join us in Ireland in 2014

Ireland1The Cub and Scout sections of Chorley District are holding a joint camp in the Summer of 2014 in Ireland. This is a great chance for the Cubs and Scouts to mix, and to get a flavour of international Scouting.

Find out more about the trip and download application forms and flyers from the Downloads Area.