Chairman explores Scouting history

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Chairman Liz Webster celebrated the district’s unique link with scouting by hosting the annual civic lunch at Gilwell Park.

Joined by chairman and mayors from Essex and neighbouring London boroughs they were treated to a tour around the world famous Gilwell Park Scout Activity Centre, situated on the London-Essex border on the edge of Epping Forest.

Civic lunch 2015

The group were shown around the 108 acre site by Caroline Pantling, the Scout Association’s archive and heritage manager. Caroline explained the rich history of the site which was a farm until 1919 when Scout Commissioner William de Bois Maclaren bought it and gave it to the Scouts. The park now has facilities for up to 3,000 people to camp.

On show at Gilwell Park are the last remaining pieces of London Bridge in the UK and a caravan given to Lord Baden-Powell in 1929 as a thank you from the Boy Scouts Association. The group were also invited to make a wish in the Gilwell wishing well.

Following the tour Chairman Liz Webster invited her guests for lunch in the White House. Scout Association Chief Executive Matt Hyde spoke of the wonderful work the movement has accomplished and the it’s future aims to continue to help develop young people at a key time in their life.

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