history

Folk Symbol session

This session was run with an Elfin group as part of a term's work on 'Community' to explore the theme of 'Our Woodcraft Commiunity'. We discussed the meaning behind the Woodcraft logo, and then used a selection of postcards to explore our understanding of Woodcraft Folk's values.

90 years of Woodcraft Folk project to launch in the New Year

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

In the New Year Woodcraft Folk will be launching a new project to reflect on its 90 year history. The project will involve opportunities for members of all ages to explore:

• The difference Woodcraft Folk has made on people’s lives, leaders and children
• How society has changed in the last 90 years – do we live in a fairer more equal world?
• Personal stories and memories through oral history recordings
• Material held at the Youth Movement archive at LSE and the National Co-operative Archive

Cheltenham District

Woodcraft Folk - “A movement for children and young people, open to everyone from birth to adult. We offer a place where children will grow in confidence, learn about the world and start to understand how to value our planet and each other”.
Read a bit about Cheltenham Woodcraft Folk's history. 

Welcome to Cheltenham District Woodcraft Folk

Spend a few minutes exploring our webpage find out about some of the exciting things we get up to here in Cheltenham. 

We have four groups at present for boys and girls of different ages. Each group follows the national Woodcraft Folk (link) aims to help our young members develop into confident and socially active individuals. We encourage this through group nights and through other activities we arrange throughout the year. Activities include cooperative games, arts and crafts, drama, environmental work, camping, - anything we feel will give our young members new experiences and new skills to help them on their way. We welcome parents to come along and join in and we encourage our young members to help plan and run the activities and events we take part in. 
 

The four groups in Cheltenham are:

Cheltenham Woodchips
This group is for children under 6 and their Mums & Dads.
Cheltenham Woodchips meet from time to time and use the following Facebook page to organise meetings and events. 

Kingfisher Elfins
This group is for children aged 6 to 9 years
Kingfisher Elfins meet at the Leckhampton Scout Hut on a Monday evening (5.45 to 7pm) during term time and costs £1.50 per session (£1.00 for children whose parents become Woodcraft Folk members). You can find out more about the group on their page.

Howler Monkey Pioneers
This group is for children aged 10 to 12 years
Howler Monkey Pioneers meet at the Leckhampton Scout Hut on a Monday evening (6.45 to 8pm) during term time and costs £1.50 per session (£1.00 for children whose parents become Woodcraft Folk members). You can find out more about the group on their page.

Urban Peace Panda Venturers

This group is for young people aged 13 to 16 (and a bit more).

The Urban Peace Panda Venturers meet at The Kings Hall, Church Piece, Charlton Kings, on a Thursday evening (7pm to 8.30pm) during term time and costs £2.00 per session (£1.50 for children whose parents become Woodcraft Folk members). You can find out more about the group on their page.

 

 

 

 

Responsibilities
District Coordinator and Venturer contact – Sally Davies. Tel: 01242 581126
Membership Secretary – Dave Boon. Tel: 01242 690497
Treasurer – Chrisman! 01242 604475
Safeguarding Officer and Elfin contact – Duncan Siret. Tel: 01242 263017
Pioneer Contact – Jenny Barker. Tel:01242 226885
 


 

A Little bit of history


Cheltenhem District Woodcraft Folk Elfins was kickstarted again in 1991, after previous leaders decided enough was enough. The batton was handed over to Maxie, Dorothy, Katharine and Duncan (with a lot of help and support from Liz). The group met in a youth centre in Pitville Circus in Cheltenham.

Women's Liberation Workshop

Women’s Liberation group night activity

This activity is relevant all year round, but was created for the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day.

It deals with the history of the Feminist and women's moments and the discrimination that many women continue to face in today's societies.

This is a taster for a larger pack that is being created and if you are inspired or wish for further materials get in contact with open.accessable@woodcraft.org.uk

FACTS (as of 2010)

History

Woodcraft Folk still bears a strong resemblance to the first groups that were set up in 1924-1925 in south London. We have been a registered chairty since 1965 and further details about the legal assocation Woodcraft Folk, can be seen here.

Back then it was fairly radical for a youth movement to include both boys and girls, which is how Woodcraft Folk has always been, though today it is becoming more mainstream.

Family tree

If we want to know and understand other people better, we need to start with knowing ourselves. One part of who we are is our family and our ancestors.

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