Two of our network/explorers Ben Anderson and Charlie Howick went to London on Wednesday 25th of September to received the Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. They are two out of around 200 people to get this award this year. They received their awards in a lavish ceremony at St James’ Palace. They were presented their awards by Bryony Balen who is the youngest person to ski to the South Pole and HRH The Earl of Wessix (Prince Edward). This is a great achievement and we are enormously proud of them both.
Gotham Scout Group
The scout group would like to congratulate their longstanding cub leaders, Kerrie Anderson and Julie Hogg who have given up their time and Wednesday evenings for the past 14 years, been on numerous camps, outings and parades, made camp fires and shelters, tied knots and bandaged knees.
They have been given a commendation for their ‘services to scouting’ from the chief scout Bear Grylls. We would like to say on behalf of the scout group, thank you!
Considering the weather we had through the summer you may have thought us crazy to organise an outdoor fundraising activity! But the chance of rain did not dampen the enthusiasm of many people for one of Mary Howick’s Sunday lunches and their faith was justified.
On Sunday 9th September 2012 over 100 people congregated in Mary and Arthur’s back garden to enjoy a fabulous meal. We started with a variety of Mary’s wonderful homemade soups, followed by a choice of lamb dishes or poached salmon with asparagus sauce. There was a truly amazing selection of desserts and we finished with cheese and biscuits.
What’s more, the sun shone throughout so that we had to open the sides on the marquee and the chocolate mints melted before we ate them (with a teaspoon!). It was a lovely event, enjoyed by all — and as an added bonus it raised a magnificent sum for the Scout Hut purchase fund.
Many thanks go to Mary and Arthur for hosting the lunch, our excellent young waiters and waitresses and the many helpers behind the scenes. But mainly of course to Mary for the wonderful meal.