Only time will tell


An evening with the gang of Nottingham Gang Show on Thursday also gave me an opportunity in the afternoon to meet with the County Commissioner, and later a group of DCs, GSLs and Queen's Scouts. We had a discussion and Q&A session before enjoying the show, which was celebrating its 60th anniversary this year.

With such a varied group, the questions of course covered a wide variety of topics and as always I enjoyed the debate.

The show must go on

Back to London and to Gilwell on Friday morning for a couple more one-to-ones. Then to BP House for my team meeting in the evening, which continued into Saturday morning. This meeting was devoted primarily to analysing the census returns, looking at the trends and identifying any changes that might be required to our current work plans.

It was great to take a break at lunchtime to join 90 members of the Hampshire contingents to the World Scout Jamboree who were enjoying a Monopoly run around the capital and had conveniently picked BP House for their lunch break. I got to chat with just about every participant and learn more about their journey to the Jamboree, including training and fundraising, as well as what they were hoping to get out of the experience itself. A fantastic group of young people and leaders.

Honing skills

The afternoon was taken up with the second part of our Presentation Skills training that I mentioned a few weeks ago. Look out Carlisle on Monday evening when you will be the first to find out whether or not the training for me at least has been worthwhile!

A train ride from London got me to a dinner meeting with a District Commissioner to review lessons to be learnt from a recent tragic incident as well as taking the opportunity to thank him personally for all he has done for everybody throughout. Much note writing on the journey back.

Chiefs for breakfast

A breakfast meeting Sunday with Tim Kidd and Nigel Hailey (Chief Commissioner England and International Commissioner) before heading back to Guernsey just a little worn out!

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