FOSE-UK August 2023 News

Annual Donations to FOSE

Already 2023 has been a busy year as the Board of the European Scout Foundation has been deciding on their new strategy. We look forward hearing about how this will be achieved in the coming months and years, and no doubt, how we are donors can contribute to the strategy and making the Foundation more responsive to the growing needs across the Region.

We are aware that many member organisations close to Ukraine are planning to host young Ukrainian Scouts – some coming from within Ukraine and some who are refugees and currently outside the country. If you are aware of any who need this help, please let us know so that we can share the process. There is a limit, but there can be a per diem allocation for those supported.

Your kind donation to the European Scout Foundation is needed now more than ever with the increased applications for grant aid to Scouting projects across in Europe.

May I thank whose how have given their annual donations to FOSE and to those that will make their donation at the Gilwell Reunion. For those who are unable to attend the Gilwell Reunion, please make your donation now by sending via the UK Co- Ordinator, or through the Eric Frank Trust, or direct to ESF.

European Scout Foundation News

You will have received on 10 July 2023 direct to your e-mail the ESF newsletters from the Chair of the Foundation, Vivian, outlining the support being given in grants to projects. visit

If you are not receiving these direct messages, please contact me to check your spam. We are aware of some messages that have gone to spam. However, please advise us so that we can check – and please ensure that you have added ESF emails to those that your service provider will accept.

Also sent, on the 17July, was an invitation to join them at the FOSE Reception in Korea: Celebrate Scouting in Europe at the 25th World Scout Jamboree.

Gilwell Reunion 2023

Preparations are ramping up, and we again have an opportunity to promote the Friends of Scouting in Europe – UK and seek support to Scouting across Europe. Find out about the boundary changes to our Region and the possible implications to extending the work of the European Scout Foundation as well as the changes to the region itself.

To those who have offered to assist the FOSE UK Team – thank you. We will be in the International Marquee. Additionally, we are hoping for a short informal reception, the time and location will be confirmed as soon as we receive it.

We welcome your support and your friends as it gives us an opportunity to talk and explain the work of the Friends of Scouting Europe to new leaders the UK.

Date: Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th September 2023
Venue: International Marquee, Gilwell Park, Chingford, Essex
FOSE Reception Venue: TBC

FOSE-UK Reception with the Speaker of the House of Commons in Westminster

This is going to be on Monday 23 October 2023, at 6.00pm, so why not take a weekend break in London. The invitation and application form is attached. Please use this opportunity to encourage friends and family to become donors to the Friends of Scouting in Europe. Bring them along as your guests and note the deadline for applications is extended until 15 September 2023.

Erik Frank
Trust News

We are grateful that the EFT provides a facility for our annual donations to FOSE to go through the books of the EFT enabling the reclamation of Gift Aid, while ensuring that support is provided to ESF projects across the Region. 

We extend out thanks to the outgoing Chair of the EFT, Dr Derek Pollard who has led the Trust for about 12 years, since its creation. The Trust’s principal focus has been to support leadership training in the member programme of the youth constituency, primarily though not exclusively. Derek has recently received his 60 years service certificate and has held a plethora of appointments across the UK and internationally. Thank you, Derek, for your service to Scouting and your continuing commitment.

We recognise the appointment of David McKee, one of my small support team, as the new Chair of the Trustees of the Eric Frank Trust and wish him well in this new role.

Dates To Note

  • Gilwell Reunion: Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 September 2023. International Marquee, Gilwell Park, Chingford, Essex
  • FOSE Gilwell Reception: Venue and time to be confirmed.  
  • Speaker’s Reception: Houses of Parliament, Parliament Square, London. Monday 23 October 2023 at 18.00 – 20.00 hours. By personal invitation only, contact Alan for details.

Recruiting Donors

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