Christmas Training and Social

If you start to get fed up of turkey sandwiches and boxes of chocolates over the festive period then why not come along to the annual HH Christmas Social on Thursday 29th December at Mardley Heath.

We will start with training activities from 10:30 to 12:30 (details below) and will follow-up with a buffet meal in the hut. If you don’t fancy the exercise then just come along to the hut for the camaraderie! We should be done-and-dusted by 14:00 at the latest.

Please bring a savoury dish with you if you are going to attend the buffet. We will provide tea, coffee, squash and a selection of cakes and biscuits.

Location Mardley Heath Scout Hut (Elizabeth of Glamis Hall), Canonsfield Road, Woolmer Green, AL6 0QA, TL 242 179
Terrain for training Runnable deciduous woodland with a good path network and a series of pits from old gravel workings.
Parking Limited on-site parking, otherwise use Canonsfield Road. Please car-share if at all possible.
Public Transport Nearest rail stations are at Knebworth or Welwyn North. Buses 300/301 run between Welwyn and Stevenage along the main road which is about 0.5 miles from Mardley Heath.
Organiser Stu Levene:, (07920-510511)

Non-HH members welcome. Competitors take part in the training at their own risk.

A printable version of this information is available.

Welcome to Christmas Training at Mardley Heath

Once again we are using Mardley Heath as our venue for Christmas training and we shall start at 10.30.  The start is situated about 5 mins walk from the Scout hut.

By popular demand we will be making the most of HH’s most technical area so come along and be confused and/or excited by orienteering amongst the lumps and bumps of Mardley.

Our main coaches Frances and Kevin have put together two exercises making full use of the area.  Kevin explains: ‘There will be a “Twelve Kites of Christmas” course. This involves following a line on a brown-only Mardley Map to collect stickers representing the twelve days of Christmas (12 drummers drumming, 11 pipers piping etc.) in order. The controls will be both on the line, and situated on obvious point features. There will be prizes for those collecting the most controls / stickers.‘   Frances’s exercise is inspired by her visit to Canada: Give your map-memory skills a refresher on a short green course which challenges you to remember not one but a group of controls.(She does comment that you are unlikely to see any bears).

In addition we will offer such old favourites as

  • Attack Points
  • Naughty Numbers and Naughty Control Descriptions

And anything else we can dream up before the 29th December

As usual if you can let us know if you plan to attend that would be most useful by emailing Keith on

Best wishes from the coaching team – Frances, Kevin F, Susan and Keith.