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14/11/2021 By Matt Jones

Today we joined together to remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.

Matt Jones, District Commissioner, said "Today Squirrels, Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers, Networkers and Adults all came together with other uniformed organisations and members of the public to remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our safety and freedom. We will always stop to remember those who have and still do put thier lives on the line for our freedoms at home and abroad."

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

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Blog | DC's Ramblings November 2021
11/11/2021 By Matt Jones


I like many of you took time today to remember those who we have lost who fought for our freedom. On behalf of Birkenhead Scouts I want to ensure that we never forget and ensure that we will always continue to stop and remember. As they shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old. Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them.

I can't believe that its the last contact of 2021 already! What a year this has been. It's felt much more positive and 'normal' than 2020 and I am truly hoping that 2022 will be even more normal and even more positive! 

I want to start with a Save The Date.... Saturday 11th December 2021! Last year we started an annual tradition of saying Thank You and sent all our members a thank you tent and decoration. This year, since we are allowed to get together we will be doing something slightly different and details will be coming out soon.... So stay tuned for a Contact+! 

However... enough talk about the end of the year and onto the DC Ramblings proper!

As ever October and November have seen me delivering several Module 10A sessions and a Module 10B Session. If you are still outstanding with your First Response training please take a look at our What's On page for more information! You must complete this by 31st January 2022 at the latest. 

We've hosted a County Nights Away Assessors CPD day at Birkenhead Scout Centre and 2 of our 3 Nights Away Assessors attended to get all of the latest information and training! 

I attended the Merseyside Police Public Order training facility at a super secret location with Viking Explorers and invested a whole host of new Explorers into the Unit. I have also visited Viking (but for one night only...) Wizard Adventure Quest Golf with Wizard ESU and invested even more new Explorers into the ranks! Amazing to see us retaining and recruiting so many 14 year olds! Massive thank you to all our Explorer Leaders for their fabulous work!

Every month PJ (DDC), Kathy (District Chair) and I sit down to review and recap on the progress we are making and this month was no exception. A really great night and it made us realise just how far we have come over the last 5 years! 

I've also attended the Scout Shop Business Committee and heard about the amazing work from our Retail Volunteers! Last Saturday alone they served 27 customers in 4 hours! I know the team have had real supplier difficulties these last few months so my personal thanks to them for their perseverance and commitment to the Shop. If you are interested in giving up a little chunk of time, even just 1 night every other month, then please get in touch with Lynne Southerin, our Retail Operations Manager. 

Of personal note, this month, after a long break I've started swimming again and it's reminded me that we all need to take time out, to focus on ourselves and our own wellbeing. So in the run up to the festive season, with a little more time on your hands than usual due to the postponement of the Wirral Charity Christmas Post I'd recommend to you all to take a moment for yourself and do something just for you

Finally, I do like to use these Ramblings as a moment of reflection and our current climate emergency seems a fitting place to reflect upon given the ongoing COP26. Sir David Attenborough said "We are, after all, the greatest problem solvers to have ever existed on Earth. If working apart, we are a force powerful enough to destabilize our planet. Surely working together, we are powerful enough to save it.”.

I'm a keen advocate for trying to save our planet as are The Scouts with our #PromiseToThePlanet. Bear Grylls, Chief Scout said, "Today, we’re faced with a hard, stark choice. Take action now, and stop climate change. Or leave it for another generation. With the excuse it was too difficult. Too demanding. Too impossible." 

So, if I may, ask for 2 personal plea's this Contact. My second plea is for you all to take another quiet moment of reflection to see what you can do to try and help reduce your carbon footprint and take another step forward to helping save our precious planet, their is no planet B. I will be making a personal plea to our District Executive tonight at our Trustees meeting to help Birkenhead Scouts further reduce our Carbon Footprint, to help us be the leaders, the do-ers, the give-it-goers for climate change. 

I sincerely hope that you all have a wonderful break over the festive period. If you celebrate Christmas then Merry Christmas but if not I hope that you still have a relaxed time with family and friends whilst also making time for yourself and I am looking forward to seeing you all refreshed in the new year. 

Yours in Scouting,

Matt Jones

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Wirral Scout Shop Opening Hours
20/08/2021 By Matt Jones

Wirral Scout Shop

Current Opening Times:

Monday 18:30 - 20:00
Tuesday 18:30 - 20:00
Wednesday 18:30 - 20:00
Saturday 10:00 - 14:00


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Volunteers' Week 2021
01/06/2021 By Matt Jones

Thank You! 

Today it's all about saying Thank You to our amazing Volunteers, we've got over 200 of them you know!

Matt Jones, District Commissioner, says "Words simply aren't enough for me to express my sincere and heartfelt thanks to all of our amazing, incredible and dedicated Volunteers. Without all thier time and effort The Scouts simply wouldn't exist and that would be incredibly detrimental to the 10+ communities we work in across Birkenhead. Their time is valued so much by the Young People whos lives they enhance and help nourish. So simply saying thank you doesnt seem to cut the mustard for the hundreds of hours they will have each dedicated but hopefully all of our Volunteers know how much thier time is appreciated and how heartfelt this thank you message is."




  • Try something new
  • Make friends 
  • Spend time with their children – or gain experience with young people
  • Do something good for their community and themselves
  • Keep their bodies and brains active and happy – whether that's by scaling mountains, sharing skills or serving tea 

Join us today by visiting the Join section of our website

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Earth Hour 2021
27/03/2021 By Matt Jones

It's Earth Hour 2021 today and we're taking part!

Today we are deomstrating our commitment to conserving natural resources and helping to do our bit to save the planet by taking part in Earth Hour 2021. We'd love all our members and local communities to do the same and commit to doing everything we can to save the environment.

Matt Jones, District Commissioner says, "In the Scouts we care about our environment and we help to shape future generations and so it is only right that we do this with the most conscious of mindsets. We know we are in a global environment emergency and so we're committed to reducing our impact and helping to shape better futures."

In Birkenhead we have continued to replace our lighting with energy efficient LED lighting, improving the insulation of our buildings and replacing old inefficient windows with modern double glazed units to help conserve heat.  

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