Alton Webteam: October 2016
Duke of Edinburgh's Award
There are lots of successes to record since the last newsletter!
Andreas Burr, Matthew Richards and Josephine Adeyemi have all gained a Bronze award. They were on expedition in the New Forest together a few weeks ago, and that was the final piece of the Award to fall into place. They had volunteered for three months or more in BB and GB, helping with the younger ones, and had followed musical skills — Andreas and Matthew in the BB band, and Josephine with a percussion ensemble. Their physical activities, however, were quite divergent. Matthew played rugby, Andreas chose judo, while Josephine improved her street and tap dancing over a six month period.
Lottie Fellows has gained her Silver DofE, having chosen to volunteer at the HART charity shop, to undertake fitness training at the Sports centre, and to learn coaching skills, working with Year 4 Netball players and gaining her Level 1 Sports Leader Award. Her expedition took place last year in Shropshire — in glorious weather!
Charlie Murrell has achieved his Gold award. You will have read about his Scottish expedition in a recent newsletter, and you will have seen him playing drums at the 10.45 morning service over a twelve-month period. What you won't have seen is the six months' enjoyment he obtained from building his own high-spec computer, nor the year he spent improving his running, under the watchful eye of Helen Wallace. His residential week was at Sparsholt, during which time he built, programmed and flew his own model quadcopter!
Well done, everyone!
Our Silver team — two girls and three boys — had mixed weather in the Peak District on their epic 30-mile three-day expedition. Their journey started at Wildboarclough, near the Cheshire border, and they enjoyed walking on The Roaches, visiting Lud's Church (a deep chasm in the rocks), and picnicking by a stream in the Staffordshire moorlands. They enjoyed much less the day-and-a-half of continuous rain, but it never once dampened their enthusiasm, and they reached their destination near the foot of Dovedale in high spirits.
And to cap an eventful month, several of our Achievers received certificates from Sandra Bowers, a GB ultra runner (with a team of huskies!) at an East Hampshire event at Ditcham Park School.
1. Award holders with Sandra Bowers and dog at the Award Presentation
2. The Silver group in the rain, Staffordshire
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