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Wayne attended our second annual thanksgiving service, which highlighted why so many lives are changed by Scouting.

Changing lives

Scouts and Guides shone in Westminster Abbey last weekend at our second annual thanksgiving service. The address from Richard Winslade, a minister and District Commissioner in Bedfordshire, used the theme of heroes from hit songs by Bonnie Tyler and Mariah Carey to highlight the ways volunteers change so many lives through Scouting and Guiding.

Scouting heroes

This year's Silver Wolf recipients were treated to lunch following the service and to recognise their exceptional service to young people and Scouting. We were also delighted to be joined by Victoria Borwick, Deputy Mayor of London, and two of our Vice Presidents, Michael Walsh and Lord Robert Baden-Powell.

Pictured here are members and young leaders of 22nd Southgate Scout Group and District, who provided the Scout Colour Party. Also pictured is Tim Kidd, Chief Commissioner of England as he and I 'working the queu'; chatting to people who were waiting to get into the Abbey (it wasn't coincidental that we picked the sunniest area outside the Abbey).

Scouts of the World Award

The service was supported by members of the Queen’s Scout Working Party, and I took time out to present James Stafford, a member of the QSWP, with his Scouts of the World Award

The global award makes the most of Scouting’s international reach and contributes to the enrichment of the Network section, through community service, environmental awareness and international cooperation.

Friday evening provided an opportunity for a joint meeting of the Chief Guides team and ours to share ideas and discuss areas of mutual benefit.

Supporting others

I joined 70 recently-appointed District Commissioners on their induction day at Gilwell on Monday and also took the opportunity to catch up with our Commercial Partnership team, our newly-appointed Assistant Director of Digital and Volunteer Communications and the Head of IT.

A visit to Preston (primarily in connection with my St John review project) on Wednesday gave me the chance to pop into Speke, Merseyside, to catch up with our exciting development project in the area and look at the next steps in extending our development further.

06/11/12

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