This weekend members and supporters of 3rd Wisbech (St Augustine’s) Scout Group celebrated two people who demonstrate one of our founder’s best known quotes – “”The real way to gain happiness is to give it to others.”
Whilst they may be several generations apart there is no doubt that both Brian Sleight and Richard Noot-Davies must be some of the happiest people around, given all they do for others.
Brian has been part of scouting for over 65 years, earning his Kings Scout Award when much younger. He is known in scouting as Skip, and was recently appointed to the role of Group President. Over the years he has held a variety of roles, but always with a keen focus on outdoor adventurous activities, such as climbing, sailing, canoeing and hill-walking). Thanks to his dedication thousands of young people have grown in confidence and skills, many of them earning the Top Awards in scouting and their Duke Of Edinburgh Awards too.
The celebration event saw him presented with a well-deserved British Empire Medal by the Lord Lieutenant for Lincolnshire, Mr Toby Dennis. This was in recognition of services to the local community, and in particular the Scout Group.
The event was also reported in the local paper too, with some great photos of Brian’s scouting past.
At the same event Richard Noot-Davies was presented with his hard earned Queen’s Scout Award. Having joined as a Beaver Scout he has made the most of all that scouting can offer, achieving excellence in climbing, mountaineering and kayaking in particular. Like many young people moving away to University simply gave rise to more scouting opportunities. He took part in the 22nd World Scout Jamboree in Sweden (2011) and the World Moot in Iceland (2017). Professionally he is an outdoors instructor in the Lake District, a career which he loves and very much owes to 3rd Wisbech and Skip – who have had a huge influence on so many aspects of his life.
Chris Ward, County Commissioner, said “It was an uplifting afternoon and I was really proud to be there to help recognises the efforts of all involved. It is fantastic to see each generation continuing to help shape the next. ”