In about 1989 the first of my sons became a Cub at the 4th Worcester Park Scouts Group and over the years my other two sons joined via Beavers and all worked their way through the system, ending up as Venture Scouts or Explorers.
During this time my wife and I started helping the fundraising team within the group and eventually I became Chair of the fundraising group and then moved on to be a member of the group Executive Committee.
It was a great family experience with all of us getting the pleasure of conquering new challenges while meeting new people. Over time we all also developed long term contacts and friendships.
It was therefore a great way to spend Saturday afternoon when my wife and I attended their annual Summer Fete and had a chance to catch up with many old friends from the group plus other Worcester Park residents who I have come to know since being asked to stand for election as a councillor. In case you are wondering, yes, the 4th Worcester Park Scouts’ HQ is across the road in Nonsuch ward but with many years of involvement with the Scouts finding my way across Central Road and down Balmoral Road was no problem!
As always the fete was a good value afternoon out for all ages and it was comforting to know that everything we spent was going towards the huge cost of running such a large group and in turn helping the youth of Worcester Park.
This time there was a new dimension to attending the fair with many people knowing about my election and taking the opportunity to discuss their ideas and problems. It wasn’t my reason for attending the fete but it was a relaxed way of communicating with the residents of Nonsuch and Worcester Park wards.
I was never a member of the Scouts when I was a child but having seen the fun my children had and the way it helped them develop into confident men I regret this decision. The connection with Scouts has a habit of carrying on and I am pleased to see my children returning the favour with one a helper with a Cub pack at the 4th and another helping to run an Explorer group near his new home of Wigan. My daughter-in-law is not from a Scout/Guide background but has been drawn into being a helper with a Beaver colony and my eldest grandson is loving being a Beaver. It seems the connection with the Scouts looks set for another generation!