Newham’s Magpie Venturers have launched a Woodcraft campaign to stop the DSEI arms fair at the Excel Centre.

In September an arms fair will be hosted in east London where countries from all over the world will be invited to buy and trade weapons.

Countries can buy weapons from tasers, batons, tanks and warships which they can then continue to sell on to countries such as Saudi Arabia and Israel in order to bomb countries like the Yemen and Gaza. We find this an abomination and are aiming to end it.

It would be amazing if you could talk to your young people about this topic and how we can work together to end the arms trade. To find out more about DESI why not check out these sites we’ve found online:

There is also training for young trainers on this campaign to be held on the 20th February. People will be taught how to deliver training on non-violent direct action. The focus will be on stopping the DSEI arms fair. We will then roll out the training at Woodcraft events in 2019. If your a Venturer, DF or young Kinsfolk who’d like to learn how to deliver this training, then this event is for you. It’ll be delivered by Campaign Against the Arms Trade at a central London location. Book through Eventbrite – there are only 20 available places.

Click here to book your place!!

To help support our campaign or want more information please email stopdsei@woodcraft.org.uk.


We are the co-operative youth movement where everybody is welcome and we’d love to have you join us. Watch our video to find out more, and when you’re ready get in touch at www.woodcraft.org.uk/startvolunteering.

Current volunteers can find a range of resources to support the induction of new volunteers created to support the campaign at www.woodcraft.org.uk/welcome

Our Annual General Meeting is on Weds 13th March 2019.

Venue – Godwin Junior school, Cranmer Rd E7

starts 6.15pm

Food, entertainment and democracy

This video produced and directed by Milo Cumpstey was filmed at our recent district camp and shows Woodcrafters talking about what Woodcraft means for them.

Magpie Pioneers, a new group for young people aged 9 – 13, opens on Wednesday 6 September 2017.  We will be meeting every Wednesday evening at 6pm at the Lodge, Magpie Close, E7.

Over the summer we held a number of open days to give young people a taste of Woodcraft activities.

If you are interested in joining, please come along on Wednesday evening or email Alicia and Stuart at newham@woodcraft.org.uk

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Newham joined the demonstration at the Kindertransport memorial near Liverpool Street Station to encourage the UK government to allow the homeless children of the Calais Jungle into Britain local press


Newham joined Woodcrafters from all over the country marching through London to show solidarity with refugees.





Newham Venturers joined groups from all over London for the annual camp at Stubbers Activity Centre.


Elfins and Pioneers held a successful camp at the Lambourne End Centre in September.