Welsh Fencing

Proposed New Welsh Patch

Over the last few days, we have been running a poll over the proposed design of a new patch.  It has generated a lot of comment, both through email and through social media in general. 

It's clear that we didn't get this right, so we have 'pulled' the poll and are proposing an alternative approach to ensure we get a broader input from the Membership, both in terms of design and in selection.

Our intention is to offer you all the opportunity to submit your thoughts over a proposed design, whether that is to retain the existing design, to use a traditional design, or to use a more modern style.  You are also invited to submit your own designs.  Please submit those designs and ideas to me by 21st December, 2017.

Clearly, there will be more designs than we can reasonably submit for public selection.  We therefore propose to establish an independent selection panel, who will be charged with reducing down all those ideas submitted to a more manageable number for public selection.  That selection panel needs to be representative of all members of Welsh Fencing. The Board will have the final decision over who is on that Selection Panel, but only to ensure it is fully representative.  The Selection Panel will have the final decision on the designs to be submitted to the Membership.  If you are interested in being involved in that selection panel, please let me know, again by 21st December.

Mark Ridsdale
(mark.ridsdale@welshfencing.org)

 

I’ve signed up for the DBS Update Service – why do I need to show my Certificate?

As this is a question which comes up from time to time, we ran this past the DBS.

They explained that the DBS Update Service is in effect a status check on an individual’s certificate, pursuant to any changes which may have occurred since the DBS certificate was first issued.

As they put it:

“when an individual becomes part of the workforce for a role that is required to undertake a DBS check, and the individual confirms that he/she is subscribed to the DBS Update Service, the individual must present their certificate to the person who is to perform the status check. This is confirmed on our website within the Update Service guide to employers - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/dbs-update-service-employer-guide.”

It is on this basis that our own guidance stipulates that a copy of the Certificate should still be forwarded to the DBS Registration Officer (as above), irrespective of the use of the DBS Update Service.