25th Anniversary of the Hideaway and Adults Awards Ceremony

8th June 2019 @ 13:00 18:00

The event will be a fairly relaxed afternoon with an awards presentation, Hog Roast, Croquet and the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful campsite with Scouting friends.

The aim of the event is threefold, to thank our volunteers with a social event, to celebrate our local award recipients of 2018/19 and thank those who have made an incredible 25 years of the Hideaway possible.

The core event will run from 13:00 – 18:00. With the awards ceremony taking place at 14:00.

The Hideway

The Hideaway is a extremely well loved resource in the district. It has enabled 1000’s of young people to have indoor residential opportunities and we are extremely lucky to have it thanks to the work of some extremely hardworking volunteers.

If you would like to make either a one time or reoccurring donation to either QCW, any of our other causes/projects or Mersey Weaver Scouts in general you can do that here.

Who Can Attend?

The event is open to all award recipients, leaders, Managers, Supporters in Mersey Weaver and select guests from out side the district. Due to the size of the campsite there will be a limit of ~150 on site.

There is an option below to make a donation towards the cost of the event as some people have asked if they could so, however there is no obligation for anyone to do this. The suggested donation of £5 covers the cost of the food and a glass of Pimms but feel free to give as much or as little as you like.

What To Wear/Bring

If you hold a uniformed role please wear your uniform and necker. Otherwise the event is smart-casual.


There is limited parking on site. Please wherever possible consider car sharing.


Mersey Weaver District Scout Council


Queen Charlotte’s Wood

The Ridgeway
Alvanley, Cheshire WA6 6XQ United Kingdom
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01928 732885

Mersey Weaver Trek

Mersey Weaver Trek is an Annual expedition in July open to 10-12½ year olds from any Scout group in the District. Scouts walk approx 12km in teams of 4-6, camp overnight and cook their own evening meal. Every one who takes part receive’s a special necker and a complimentary breakfast the following morning. Trek is a fantastic way to get an introductory feel of what’s involved in participating in an event like Cheshire Hike or just opportunity for our younger Scouts to experience the Great Outdoors!


One of our Scouts, Jess is undertaking the adventure of a lifetime at the World’s most northern Jamboree in Norway! To find out what Jess is upto at NORD2017, check out the Mersey Weaver NORD2017 website or check out Mersey Weaver’s social media channels.

Search and Rescue Activity

cqzc2plwyaazl4zOn 19th and 20th August, nine of our Scouts took part in a District held ‘Search and Rescue Activity’. Here’s what two of those Scouts – Cody and Josh, had to say about it. When we got to Forest Camp, we carried our equipment to the I.C.C. (Incident Control Centre), where we were given a briefing and GPS unit. We were then told to search a sector of the forest for possible casualties.
Josh – We were very tired, but it was a fun experience.
We found the casualty, which we had to report to the I.C.C. – we also used basic First Aid to like checking the pulse and airways. We had to set up an emergency shelter, where we could keep the casualty sheltered and to also set up a sleeping area (some of us didn’t get much sleep). cqzdjkcwcaantj3We then radioed in to the I.C.C., where they arranged an air supply drop from a ‘helicopter’ – once the supplies had been dropped, we used a GPS to find them and bring them back to the base. Using the supplies, we were able to treat the casualty and also feed ourselves. After receiving the supplies and attending to the casualty, we were instructed to radio in to the I.C.C. at a set time every hour. In the morning, we had to pack up base and take our equipment and the casualty to the I.C.C.
Cody – Very tiring, but it felt real. Will definitely go again!

Royal Presentation for Queen’s Award

His Royal Highness the Duke of Kent, President of the Scout Association, honoured Mersey Weaver scout volunteers’ dedicated work in the community with the prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service during a special ceremony at The Heath Business and Technical Park in Runcorn. The Duke of Kent presented Mersey Weaver District with the royal badge of honour – the equivalent of an MBE – in recognition for their work in ‘helping young people achieve personal development skills through events and activities’. It is the highest award given to voluntary groups in the UK. After the awards ceremony, His Royal Highness chatted to representatives of Mersey Weaver District to find out more about their voluntary work. The award was received on behalf of the district by District Commissioner John Duley. “This is a tremendous honour for the district, especially so with the presentation being made by the Duke of Kent. We are delighted that the many hours of volunteering carried out by our members and the difference we make to our communities have been recognised in this way,” said John. Also attending the presentation was the Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire, David Briggs, who said: ”The work of the group benefits hundreds of families and the wider community by encouraging young people to act responsibly, and helping them to develop into responsible citizens of the future.”

Royal Honour for Mersey Weaver District

The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service

Mersey Weaver District Scouts has been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

This highly prestigious award has been made in recognition of its work in ‘helping young people achieve personal development skills through events and activities’.

Mersey Weaver district was formed on the 1st January 2012 by the merger of North West Cheshire and Widnes Districts and the award recognises the contribution of the leaders and adults working with their local communities to provide a wide range of opportunities for young people to develop while enjoying the adventure of scouting.

District Commissioner John Duley commented that this was a great honour in particular as this has been awarded in the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee year and that all within the district should take great pride in the award and the service that it reflects.

“To say we are thrilled to receive this award would be a huge understatement. A vast amount of work goes on every week to provide young people with fun and adventurous activities – work that is provided entirely on a voluntary basis by a dedicated team of adult helpers,” he said.

“We are extremely proud of what this award represents and are delighted to have been honoured in this way.”