Unfortunately, after 33 years of successfully delivering on average 25,000 Christmas cards each year, the Dorchester and West Dorset Scouts have had to cancel this years much valued Community Service. Whilst we are extremely saddened not to be running this year, we will always put the safety of our young people and volunteers first.
The scheme initially started by The late John 'Scutty' Scutt, the District Secretary and Chairman at the time together with Ken White and Ray Alpin it served the Communities of Dorchester and surrounding villages before being joined by Bridport in 2013.
As can be seen in the photographs it is a major operation and demands hours of organisation by an amazing team of volunteers in order to run smoothly. The post is delivered in all weathers to the Communities and some inventive forms of transport have been used, one example of which you will see in the photos.
The money that is raised has always directly supported Scouting activities over a wide area and promotes the kind of positive citizenship we all want to see in the next generation as well as providing the skills that will serve our youngsters well for a lifetime.
Many of you have already been asking how you can support us going forward so we have created our own Crowdfunding Project for anyone to provide a donation if they so wish to do.
With the money that we raise we will be able to continue to provide Scouting activities for hundreds of young people across our District and to give the adult volunteers the support and tools that they need to carry this out safely and to ensure that it is fun.
It only remains for all of us all at Dorchester and West Dorset District to wish you a very happy Christmas; to thank our army of volunteers; and, to assure you we will "do our best" to be up and running again next year and to expand our famous service further across the District.