On Saturday 5th October 2019, we will be holding a celebration event at Gilwell Park to celebrate our 75th anniversary. This event is open to all current and former members of the QSWP, and their partners.
There are two options available for the weekend; you can either attend just for the Celebration Event, or you can attend the Celebration Event as part of our annual Weekend Away.
Booking is now closed. If you missed out on a ticket, please contact the QSWP Manager to be added to the waiting list should any tickets become available.
Both the Celebration Event and the Weekend Away are for adults (18+) only.
Celebration Event Only
The Celebration Event will start at 1630 with a drinks reception and speeches. There will be a group photo at 1700, followed by an ice breaker activity. At 1800 there will be a hog roast, followed by live evening entertainment. The evening will finish at 2230.
Partners of current or former members are welcome to attend the celebration event.
The cost of the Celebration Event is £25, and includes a drinks reception, a hog roast, and evening entertainment. Drinks during the event (except for the drinks reception) are not included, and you should bring your own as we will not be operating a bar.
The dress code for the event will be smart, with a dash of red, green or gold.
Camping is available on the Saturday night for an additional charge of £10 per person. This includes camping on the Saturday night, and breakfast on Sunday morning.
If you choose this option, you may arrive after 14:30 on the Saturday to pitch your tent, and will be expected to leave before 10:30 on the Sunday. This is to enable those staying for the whole weekend to take part in other activities.
The Weekend Away will follow the usual format, with the Celebration Event replacing the Saturday evening meal. A rough outline for the weekend, which will be confirmed nearer the time, is as follows:
- Friday evening - Meet in a local pub for dinner and drinks
- Saturday morning - Sweet making and trading game activity organised by EIJ Enterprise Zone Core Team
- Saturday early afternoon - Activities (TBC)
- Saturday late afternoon and evening - Celebration event
- Sunday morning - Walk in Epping Forest
- Sunday afternoon - Depart
At this time, the Weekend Away is only open to current and former members (i.e. not partners) due to limitations on available accommodation. We will review this nearer the time once we have a better idea of demand for sleeping space.
The cost of the Weekend Away is £50, and includes the Celebration Event as detailed above, camping accommodation on Friday and Saturday evening, food from Saturday Breakfast through to Sunday Lunch, and some additional activities.
Please note that the cost was previously £60 and included indoor accommodation, but this option is now sold out and only camping accommodation is currently available (at a reduced price).
Accommodation for Weekend Away is either in the Branchet Lodge, or camping. If you signed up early and paid £60, then you will have a bunk bed in the Branchet Lodge (you will need to provide your own bedding). If you signed up after all the beds were taken, you will have paid £50 and will be camping nearby (you will need to bring your own tent).
For those sleeping in Branchet Lodge, please be aware that all the rooms will be full and are likely to be mixed.
To celebrate our 75th anniversary, we have released a commemorative badges for you to add to your camp blankets. These are available exclusively to current and past members of the QSWP (although you are welcome to trade them on if you wish). Any proceeds from the sale of badges will go towards funding our celebration event in October.
Badges are £3 each, and £2 per order for postage (or free delivery at one of our events).
T-shirts and Hoodies
A special 75th anniversary design for QSWP t-shirts and hoodies is available during 2019. These will be available exclusively to current members and can be worn to our less formal events (such as Gilwell Reunion) alongside existing QSWP t-shirts and hoodies.
Current members can order via the Carrie Lou Print and Embroidery shop. Please note that we will be checking orders against the list of current members.
If you have any questions regarding the 75th Celebrations, please contact email@example.com.
If you are a past member and not currently on our mailing list, you can also sign up to our Former Members mailing list here.