On Saturday I had the very real pleasure of being the Activity Leader for the annual trip to Wandsworth for the Pantomime. This years 'Dick Whittington' was as usual up to a very high standard and I know the audience almost enjoyed it as much as the cast!.
It was my last 'official' trip with 8th Ashford and my last as Group Scout Leader. I was very touched by the fantastic rendition of my leaving song by all present. The presents are greatly appreciated but were not necessary as I have always had so much in return from Scouting within 8th Ashford, however the book on Cornwall signed by all the Leaders will be treasured by me forever.
I leave the group in the very capable hands of Julie 'Otter' Reed and a very enthusiastic leadership team. In the past 15 years since my son, Matt and I, joined Beavers, 8th Ashford has held a very special and proud part of my life. The founder of Scouts; Sir Robert Baden-Powell said "The scout is not governed by don't, but is led by do". 8th Ashford has always been a Group of Leaders and young people that are happy to do.
I will keep in touch and if all my plans come off you will be able to visit and camp in my forest garden in Cornwall. I wish you all the best in Scouting and Life, enjoy both, they are the same. Be Prepared. Michael Wierenga GSL Emeritus.