District Scout Pioneering Course (18-20 Mar)

At this weeks District Exec Meeting, the funding request to purchase District equipment to allow the Pioneering Weekend to take place was agreed.

I can now therefore formally launch the event and I include a Leaders Info Letter and Booking Form.

Please download, digest and put it to your Troops.  We have a maximum of 19 places (depending on gender makeup) to offer but I will only be accepting bookings after 1st February.  Bookings are to be accompanied by a £5 deposit per person, refundable if I can fill the space if you have to cancel.  Total cost is £25 for the weekend.

If you are, or know of any leaders who are, inexperienced in Pioneering, then get in touch.  I am more than happy to have people along to learn the ropes (pardon the pun).

If there are any questions, please get in touch.

Pioneering Course Info Sheet

Pioneering Course Booking Sheet

Lilford District Network Launch

Come and Join the Adventure

What: An evening for anyone between 16 and 25 as well as Explorer Leaders and GSL’s who are interested in the launch of a Lilford’s Network group.

The evening will be a short presentation of who can be in Network and what Networker’s can do followed by discussions

Where: District HQ Shuttle Street Tyldesley Manchester M29 8BS

When: Sunday 31st of January, 7pm start

Contact: Please confirm your attendance with Robert Rigge network@lilforddistrictscouts.org.uk

Join The Adventure Lilford District Network


District Carol Service

This year’s Lilford District Christmas Carol Service will be held on Wednesday 9th December 2015 at St Stephens Church, Manchester Road, Astley  from 7:00pm till 8:00pm.
Limited parking is available on the School car park, additional parking is available round the corner near DamHouse, on Astley Hall Drive http://www.damhouse.net/contact-us/find-us/
There will be a collection taken during the Service the proceeds of which will go to Derian House Children’s Hospice.  Light refreshments will be served after the Service in School.
Please pass this invite on to ALL at your respective Groups and Sections and their relatives.  It would be really nice to see as many people there as possible.

District Beaver Cooking Competition

Congratulations to 1st Atherton on winning our annual Beaver cooking competition this last Sunday. The theme this year was ‘Jam,’ all three courses had to have jam as an ingredient. The beavers were also judged on hygiene, tidyness, teamwork and presentation. Well done to all beavers and leaders who took part. Big thank you to our judges Franki Proudman, Jacob Bond and Greg Archer . Thanks also to Steve Ralph for coming along to present the trophy and certificates as well as sampling the food


District 5 a Side Competition

Congratulations to 1st Astley Mowgli pack for winning the District 5 a Side Football competition last Sunday at Leigh Sports Village.

4th Tyldesley came 2nd and 5th Tyldesley Wednesday pack came 3rd.

Congratulations and thank you to the 6 teams that took part

Message from District Youth Comissioner

Hello my fellow scouters!
As your new District Youth Comissioner I am currently in the motions of setting up our very own Youth Council.
I am looking for keen scouters, aged between 14-25, but any younger ones who believe themselves to be capable will of course be considered.
The Youth Council will meet up every few months to discuss the wants and needs of our young people in the district.
This is an opportunity to contribute to the running of your district.
Please notify me of your interest by email to

Remembrance Parade Info

Please see the details below for the Remembrance Parades being held next Sunday, 8th November

In Atherton the parade will assemble at 10.10am at Atherton Collieries in Alder Street for departure at 10.20am.
The parade will leave via Alder Street, turn left onto High Street and turn right onto Tyldesley Road, stopping at the Baptist Church Memorial.
It will then proceed to Tyldesley Road via Market Street and Leigh Road to the war memorial.
The parade will reassemble in Leigh Road and return along Hamilton Street to the junction with Tyldesley Road.

In Leigh the parade will assemble at Marsh Gymnasium in Ullswater Street, at 10.15am proceeding at 10.30am to the war memorial in Church Street Gardens via Railway Road, Market Street, Lord Street, Charles Street and Church Street. The Service at the war memorial will be conducted by the Clergy of Leigh during which wreaths will be laid by the various organisations.

There will be a return procession at the conclusion of the service and the route will be via Church Street, Vernon Street, Bradshawgate, Market Street and St Mary’s Way to the Town Hall Square.

A salute will be taken on the Town Hall Square when the parade passes along Market Street and those assembled on the Town Hall Square will be thanked for their attendance.

In Tyldesley the parade will assemble on the Market Square at 10.05am, proceeding at 10.25am to the war memorial in Tyldesley Cemetery via Elliott Street, Manchester Road and Hough Lane.
The Service at the war memorial will be conducted by Reverend J Hartley during which wreaths will be laid. Following the service, there will be a return procession to the Market Square via Hough Lane, Manchester Road and Elliott Street. As the parade passes the Town Hall, a salute will be taken by ward councillors and senior ex-servicemen.

District Scout Leaders Meeting

Lilford District held is first meeting of the “2 Hour a Week” Club, or more traditionally, a District Scout Leaders meeting last Thursday, 15th October at 1st Atherton HQ.

At this, a quick catchup of the Six Troops represented was heard and the Vision for 2018 was laid out with particular emphasis being placed on becoming more Youth Shaped within the District remit.

District Events for the Scout Section were discussed, in particular the value of Competition against Experiences.  Given that the new Scout Programme is perceived as being more challenging to attain top awards, District will switch focus from Competition to providing Experiences / Activities designed to assist in the delivery of the Programme.

To this end a number of activities were discussed, details of which can be found in the attached minutes.

This is early days and so we are open to suggestions – if you would like to comment, I’m all ears.  My view is that as much as you, as Section Leaders or Young Leaders, are there for the benefit of your Young People, I am there for the benefit of you in delivering Scouting, in whatever form, to those same Young People.

Keep a lookout for details of events coming soon and I look forward to developing Scouting in Lilford District alongside you all……

Thanks to 1st Atherton for the use of their HQ and to those Leaders who attended for giving up another “2 Hours a Week”.

Keith Morris

ADC(S) Lilford District


Lilford District Scout Leaders Meeting – 2015-10-15 Minutes

2nd Atherton – Chariot success!

The Chariot Race is an extremely popular event held every year at Bispham Hall Scout Camp, normally during the first weekend in October and is attended by groups from all over the UK.

The basics of the race are that a team of 5 scouts pulls a chariot and jockey around a cross-country assault course in the qualifiers on Saturday with the highest placed 20 teams for Scouts and the highest placed 8 teams (depending on entrant numbers) for Explorers going through to Sundays’ final. Each team must have their own chariot and it must complete the course, but not necessarily in one piece! The racing takes place over a cross-country style assault course with some obstacles thrown in for good measure, the most intimidating of which is the dreaded pond!

After 12 years or mud, sweat and tears (see 2014 video for best example), continuous improvement, scrapping and re-engineering of the chariot this was to be our year of glory…..finally bringing it all together with a new hi-tech chariot and a group of scouts at their physical peak we excelled and came 2nd overall in the Scouts age group due to a tremendous effort on the part of our A team Jon, Liam and Nathan providing the brute strength, and plucky Ryan clinging on for dear life while driving them on over the course just like Lester Piggot and Red Rum in the grand national (and even a liberal dose of the whip on the home straight!).

Determined not to let the side down our B team also put in a great performance qualifying for round 2 and coming in the top 10 scout teams overall

See the pictures below and check out our FaceBook page and YouTube channel for videos past and present: –