Celebrating the 90th birthday of a special organisation

I’m looking forward to Friday when I am going to an event in London to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the Woodcraft Folk.

The Woodcraft Folk, I perhaps should explain (particularly for those accessing this outside the UK) is often described in shorthand as Britain’s cooperative youth organisation. It began as a co-educational and anti-militarist alternative to the mainstream Scout movement in 1925 and has kept its cutting edge, encouraging cooperation rather than competition, international friendship and understanding, environmental awareness, equality and respect. You could say we need the Woodcraft Folk today more than ever.

Some of my most rewarding times came when I was an active adult member of the Woodies with my local group, and I was also involved nationally in planning for the 75th birthday. (Has fifteen years really passed since then?)

A photographic exhibition opens today in London’s City Hall (South Bank, near London Bridge) at the Greater London Authority building and can be visited until December 17th (8.30am-6pm Mon-Thur, 8.30am-5.30pm Fri). Not to be missed, I’d say.

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