Don't miss a story sign up to Sidmouth Herald's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

‘Once a Scout always a Scout’

11:30 29 April 2014

Brian Foulkes is presented with a world Scout flag signed by all past and present members of the cub pack

Brian Foulkes is presented with a world Scout flag signed by all past and present members of the cub pack

Archant

A long-serving Cub Scout leader has hung up his scarf after four decades as part of the scouting movement – years which have seen him involved in eight different groups across five counties.

Brian Foulkes, Akela of the 1st Tipton St John Scouts, was treated to a surprise party in typical scouting style around a campfire at the group’s Harpford woodland campsite.

The pack’s new leaders presented him with a set of thank-you gifts including custom whisky tumblers bearing the scout logo and a flag signed by every member of the pack - past and present.

Brain said: “I knew they were going to say ‘thank you’ but it was a big surprise when I saw how many people were there.”

Born in Birmingham, Brian joined the scouting movement as a cub in 1943.

His work as a contracts manager for an aerospace company saw him travel the world, and during his trips overseas, Brian made the effort to experience how scout groups are run abroad.

“I’ve been with scouts on the foothills of the Himalayas, a group in Phoenix, Arizona and visited a Mormon scout troop in Los Angeles,” he said. “But the last three-and-a-half years have been the most satisfying.”

The Newton Poppleford resident served as scout leader with Sidmouth Sea Scouts for four years, a scout leader with 1st Sid Vale Scout Troop for 10 years and played a key role in resurrecting the Tipton cub pack in 2010.

“I will definitely miss it, but I’m 78 in August,” he said. “It’s a big commitment – and I’ve always said you’re either in there doing it properly, or you are out of it.

“Although I’ve not always been active in a leader role, I consider I have been scouting ever since I joined in 1943.

“There is an expression we use in scouting – ‘once a scout always a scout’.”

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Sidmouth Herald visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Sidmouth Herald staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Sidmouth Herald account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Other News Stories

Yesterday, 19:30

Thanks to person who found debit card

Read more
Yesterday, 16:37
(From L toRr) Laura Stevens and Gail Welsh, Exeter Sands Co-Chairs; Eiry Bladen, Midwife; Steph Maslin, Matron; and Debbie Stevens, Matron.

An Exeter-based stillbirth and neonatal death charity has made a generous donation of equipment designed to enable bereaved parents to spend more time with their babies.

Read more
Yesterday, 16:08
Two people stroll into the path of a massive wave. Picture: Eve Mathews.

Big waves don’t deter walkers along Sidmouth seafront

Read more
Yesterday, 13:54
Seth Lakeman

Organisers say only a few Super Early Bird tickets remain for Sidmouth’s famous week of festivities

Read more
Yesterday, 12:53
Gale force winds brought tree down in Toadpit Lane on Monday forcing police to close the road

Highways teams work to clear aftermath of Storm Imogen

Read more
Yesterday, 12:01
Proposed boundaries for the new West Hill Parish Council. The black outline is the boundary campaigners in favour of independence have put forward. The hatched parts are areas that EDDC is suggesting should remain part of Ottery Town Council, subject to further consultation.

District bosses look set to give the go-ahead to the next stage of a process which would see West Hill split from Ottery St Mary and form its own parish council.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:40
How the gingko tree is set to move at Knowle

A beloved tree at Knowle will be relocated to make way for a retirement community if developers get the go-ahead – but how will they do it?

Read more
Yesterday, 11:27
Ian Rosenblatt is the founder of the Branscombe Festival.

Event returns to village from July 29 - 31

Read more
Temple Street road closure. Ref shs 03-16AW 1234. Picture: Alex Walton

The closure of one of Sidmouth’s main artery roads has halved the takings in some shops because customers have ‘given up’ trying to reach the town, say concerned traders.

Read more
Yesterday, 06:01
Claire Wright

County council watchdog to pressure MPs on austerity budget

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 8°C

min temp: 3°C

Most Read News

Great British Life

Great British Life

Useful Links

Family notices
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Submit a Story
Buy Photos
Competitions
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the Sidmouth Herald e-edition E-edition

Local business directory

Devon's trusted business finder

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists


Find planning applications