As you may know Nick Taylor has stood down from being Friday night Scout leader. We, Nick’s colleagues, wanted somehow formally to recognise the contribution he has made to the Group during the 20 years up to his retirement in July. We knew he wouldn’t want a big, flash presentation so, following a bit of guidance from his wife, we organised a photobook covering his time with us. An unsuspecting Nick was then lured to Friday evening’s meeting, ostensibly to judge the Patrol cooking competition. Towards the end of the evening, a short presentation of Nick’s Scouting life culminated in the handover of the photobook, plus a pioneering model flagpole, made by Chalky, flying a flag of Bradway Group colours made by Janet Powell.
The photo, taken by Alex Harrison, shows the full current Scout Leadership team, plus Malcolm Brewer – Nick’s Scout Leader from his time with Dore – and Barrie Hocking whom Nick still supports at the Sunday evening Scout Swimming. Other Leaders who were invited but unable to turn up include Steve Tozer-Loft (from Norton Lees), Julia Jacobs-Johnson (from Old Norton), Chris Jordan, David Hines, Mark Collier and Phillip Baines.
He’s a good man. We miss him. But Scouting goes on.