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Having thought I had written my last County News contribution, here I am again.  I’m confident (I think) this will be my last missive.  So, what’s been happening in the County?  January and February are always quiet months but there are a few events of note. 

At the beginning of January I was privileged to present the Queen’s Scout Award to Daniel Jackson of 1st Pakefield.  Daniel was also presented with his Woodbeads.  It was a fabulous evening with Daniel’s friends and family members who were all very proud.  Thank you, Lowestoft District, for making the evening extra special for me.  The cards and photo mugs are tremendous and so very thoughtful.  Such a wonderful reminder of my time as County Commissioner.

Also in January, on a bright sunny afternoon, I was at Bradfield Park for the unveiling of a bench in memory of Paul Ruthven.  Paul had been Bury St Edmunds’ District Chairman and the Treasurer of the Bradfield Committee.  He had worked tirelessly to help develop the site.  The bench is outside Constable Cabin and overlooking the park.

The African Expedition had a camp at Bradfield on what was possibly the wettest I have seen there.  Everyone was up to their ankles in mud but it didn’t dampen their sprit and a lot of work was carried out under the watchful eyes of Arnaud and Bill, our camp wardens.  Jane Dickinson has worked her magic once again!

Our Youth Commissioners, Ollie and Beth are doing tremendous work in the County.  I am very grateful to them for their hard work and dedication.

I saw the Shotley Panto during half term.  Brian Harvey, ACC Beavers, not only directed it but also starred as the Dame in Robinson Crusoe.  What fun they had – I was so envious I wanted to join them on stage.  Well done to all involved, especially Wolsey DC, Steve Leach, who was stage manager.

I am very pleased to announce the appointment of Charmain Southgate as DC Sudbury District.  I know she will take the District forward.  It is good to know that I leave the County with its full complement of District Commissioners.

On a sad note, Albert Newland, the oldest member of Wolsey SAS, went home in January.  He had a fine send off, having given over 70 years’ service to Scouting.

At the time of going to press, there is no news yet on the appointment of the new County Commissioner but I am optimistic that the announcement will be made soon. In the meantime, the County is in good shape and a first check of the Census figures shows that numbers are up, so thank you all once again for all you have achieved.

Best Wishes


PS – MOOT 6, the most exciting camp that Suffolk hosts has 143 days left to go before it starts over the August Bank Holiday weekend – are you going to be there? Book now for a discount – see the MOOT 6 website