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About uncletom

Hi, my name is Mel Cameron and I am both Booking Secretary and Web Master for Danemead Scout Campsite. Danemead is a backwoods style Scout Campsite in Hertfordshire but jointly owned by the four Districts of Chingford, Barnet, Enfield and North London.

Fun Camp 2016 Fast Approaching!

No doubt lots of you are preparing for, or acually on, your annual camps (or maybe on your own family holidays!).

However, please don’t forget that the Danemead Fun Camp will soon be here over the weekend of Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th September 2016.

View our flyer for full details. Lots of fun activities are being planned and it should be an exciting addition to this year. The event is open to all Youth Groups and not just members of the Scouting Association.

Bookings can be made using the booking form. Please note that this is a new version and different from the one previously posted. It has a revised date for deposits and a revised contact name if you want further details.

Also, as we don’t want anyone to miss out on the fun, if you think you’ll have problems getting a deposit cheque to me by the 31st July (perhaps your second signature person is away!), just let me know and I’m sure we can work something out :)

Elaine Maul – Danemead Booking Secretary

Fun Camp 2016

Stop Press!!

An exciting Fun Camp is being planned at Danemead for the weekend of Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th September 2016.

View our flyer for full details. Lots of fun activities are being planned and it should be an exciting addition to this year. The event is open to all Youth Groups and not just members of the Scouting Association.

Bookings can be made using the booking form. However, watch this space! There will be an on-line booking form very soon :)

Elaine Maul – Danemead Booking Secretary

 

Apologies from Booking Secretary

Hi….. just a little post from Danemead’s booking secretary, Elaine Maul, to apologise for the lack of response to enquiries and bookings sent through during the latter part of November and December.
I’m afraid my Mum was very ill in hospital and I was pretty much spending all my time there. Unfortunately, she passed away on 21st December.

However, I am this afternoon going to start ploughing through the various messages that have come through, so thank you for your understanding at a difficult time for me and my family.

Paths in the Woods North of Danemead

At Danemead, we pride ourselves on being a perhaps old fashioned, backwoods site where young people from the Scouting Organisation and other youth groups can enjoy outside activities.

At Danemead, not only can you enjoy backwoods camping but there is access to a fantastic woodland area surrounding our site where young people can learn traditional map reading skills as they hike in the area.

However, if you carefully examine the 1:25000 scale map of the area, a number of the tracks are not marked as rights of way but just as tracks. For many years, to my knowledge, people have stayed at Danemead and used the surrounding tracks and paths without any problems. However, in the last two weeks, this has changed! In actual fact, some of the woodlands are privately owned and the owners have started being very heavy handed in warning people off from using the tracks …… tracks that have been used by people for a very long time.

The local British Horse Society is trying to do something about this! They are organising a meeting on Friday 12th June 2015 at 7.30pm at Brickendon Parish Hall to discuss the issue and get evidence of how people have been using the tracks. The flyer giving full details is here.

What they want to do is to get evidence of when people have used these tracks so they can make a case to have the tracks designated as rights of way.

The tracks have been split into four different sections, so if you have walked any of them, please fill them in and send them to Alison at the British Horse Society (her email is on the flyer).

The four sections are:

  1. Through Broxbourne Woods.
  2. Through Highfield Woods.
  3. Through Bramble’s Woods and Cowheath Woods.
  4. Through Cowheath Woods and Broxbourne Woods to Pembridge Lane.

If you love walking and feel it is important that our young people can access the outside to learn traditional Scouting skills, please fill in these forms if you have used any of them at any time. Thank you.

The completed froms should be sent to the following address:

Alison Balfour-Lynn
British Horse Society Regional Access & Bridleways Officer, Eastern Region
Dog Kennel Farm
Lilley Bottom
Lilley N. Herts
LU2 8LQ

2015 Rates Now Live

At Danemead, we always close for the winter due to the problems caused by frost. However, those warm days will be here before you know it and now is the time to plan your summer camping.

Here at Danemead, although we have slightly increased the cost of hiring our indoor accommodation, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, after chatting with a number of Scout leaders, we feel it’s very important to encourage as many Scout groups as possible to get out camping and not worry too much about the cost.

So ……. we have reduced our camping rates for 2015. If your group belongs to one of our four owning DIstricts (ie Barnet, Chingford, Enfield, North London) our camping rate has reduced by 50p to £3.00 per person per night. If your group is from any other District, our camping rate has reduced by 50p to £4.00 per person per night. If you are organising a camp for any other youth organisation or school, our rate has stayed the same at £5.00 per person per night.

We look forward to receiving your booking.

Emails Spoofed & Fake Bills Sent Out

On Tuesday, I thought I’d set up email addresses under the danemeadcampsite.org.uk domain for all the various people involved with Danemead.

Unfortunately, yesterday I received loads of bouncebacks that made me realise that an email address on our domain had been spoofed and bills were being sent out allegedly from someone called Katharina Wellbrock from a company called Schleifring Systems Limited but from the Danemead domain.

Needless to say, I have contacted the company who hosts our website, Webhosting UK, and they have sorted it out and stopped it happening again.

However, if you have received an email allegedly from proposition@ followed by the Danemead domain ie danemeadcampsite.org.ukplease ignore them and delete them. Do NOT open any attachment they might have.

Thank you.

Haynes Outdoor Adventure Manual

Danemead is a great backwoodsman campsite where you can forget just how close you are to civilization and practice all your Scouting survival skills. The authors of this book certainly thought so as some of the photos were taken at Danemead. If you buy the book, see if you can work which were taken at Danemead.

This book is a fantastic buy for any Scout Troup, with lots of practical information on all aspects of outdoor Scouting, including shelter building, fire lighting, knotting and much more.