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18/11/2021 By Angela Knight


?For the attention of all Members in Fareham East and Meon Valley. 


As you are aware, on the 31st Jan 2022 Meon Valley District will officially close. At the same time, Fareham East will also close and be renamed, and the two Districts will become one larger District. Following a voting program, in which all our Young People and Leaders in both districts were asked to vote on a final selection of three potential names. The voting for the two names we put forward to County for approval showed a clear lead from “Solent and South Downs”, by “Denewulf” (which had a majority of 119 over the second option “Forest of Bere”). Both of the proposed options were sent to the County team for a decision and approval. 


It’s worth looking at how the new name was chosen. Once it was decided that the two Districts would merge, having a name that was a mix of the two names felt that it would always be viewed as a winner and a loser. So, one of our Beaver leaders, who in her professional life is a product and brand marketing specialist, completed work on a list of possible names and some back ground reasoning on each. These 7 options were available to vote on at the Leaders meeting of the 25th Sep 21, from which the top three were selected to be voted on by all remaining volunteers and Sections. 


We wanted a name that linked the two Districts, or the area they covered, and Denewulf has some clear historical background. He was a Bishop of Winchester. In 904 he exchanged land in Portchester for land at Bishop’s Waltham, where the ruins of the palace stands. This was completed with King Edward the Elder – son of Alfred the Great. This is a historic link between Portchester and Bishop’s Waltham. The name has no specific geographical connotation, meaning it is a new name that we can all be part of in the future. 


At their recent meeting, the County Board of Trustees approved the new District name of ‘Denewulf’. We will be launching a competition for Young People across both Districts to design a new District badge. Details of this will follow shortly. 


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