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Diamond Jubilee Newsletter

Celebrating the Diamond Jubilee of HM the Queen 2012 – Newsletter 1

As the Queen is the joint patron of both Scouts and Girlguiding UK this is an ideal opportunity to reinforce the excellent links we enjoy in this District to celebrate 60 years of the reign of our Queen. A small selection of starter ideas has been produced on  There is no age specific idea as the thought is that leaders work the programme to suit their section with hopefully a link with girlguiding units where possible.

In Greenock District we would like to produce a permanent record of how we celebrated. Please, please, please send photos and short reports to Stuart Wilson at  where they will be published as a separate article in Greenock Telegraph on Saturdays.

Various events are already fixed in the diary – details will be sent out in due time

  • Ceilidh for Guide and Scout Leaders – Greenock Town Hall on Friday 2nd March
  • Planting a Royal Oak at Everton and South Newton on Saturday 21st April ( the Queen’s Birthday) with external agencies providing a programme of Outdoor Challenge related activities appropriate for both organisations. Groups could attend either location – details to follow
  • District Jubilee Camp for Scouting personnel – Friday 4th – Sunday 6th  May at Ardgowan Estate. An organising group is already thinking of activities and catering
  • Jubilee weekend – 2nd  – 5th June.

Sunday in London a flotilla of 1000 ships will go down River Thames – Greenock Scouts will send their flotilla down the Daff Burn, Inverkip on SUNDAY 3rd June at 2pm. We need 1000 boats, no longer than 30cm made of recyclable material. Each boat will be sponsored by supporters and friends ***Do you know someone who could co-ordinate this?***   Suggestions for boat designs will be available in the District HQ , but remember we will need a boat from every person in the District.  More details later

MONDAY 4th  June – a Beacon will be lit in the evening along with 2011 others from Shetland to the Isles of Scilly. Roland Shackell has agreed to co-ordinate the building of this, with help – please contact him if you are interested, or if you have access to vast amounts of wood! There will activities, stalls, entertainment etc before this event

Although not specifically a fund-raising venture donations will be made to the Queen’s official Jubilee fund for Scottish projects and Ardgowan Hospice