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Good Times – Old Friends

Well that week went very quickly! The nights are pulling in which make the days seem to pass quicker.

I have been very at work this week, not strictly doing my job, but supporting with an initiative called Wellbeing, which does pretty much what it says on the tin, looking at ways that our employees can take steps to keep healthy and happy.

On Tuesday was our first ‘Wellbeing day’ where a number of market stalls filled our breakout area for the lunch hour. There were some great organisations there including Nelson’s Journey, our charity partner, Active Norfolk and My TIme Active – all of whom could contribute to some great programme activities.

Also there were Evan’s Cycles with a demo of a couple of nice bikes, and what was nice was their representative was Will, one of my old Network members. It was lovely to have a chat with him whilst he tried to sell me a very nice new bike. (you can never have too many!) (he has already sold me one!)

Me with My Time Active's pickled liver, the result of alcohol abuse

Me with My Time Active’s pickled liver, the result of alcohol abuse

Thursday evening was our Programme and Development Team Meeting, we meet using a telephone conference to save unnecessary mileage and to make the best use of time.

It was a really productive and great meeting with lots discussed. – Thanks Team!

Friday was time to catch up with more old flames. Louy, Al and I took part in a pub-crawl quiz raising money for the Kearns Foundation, a local charity focused on Young People and community values, they own the Trimingham Log Cabin. James, Managing Trustee for the Kearns Foundation is a long time friend and he had organised a really fun night.

We did really well and won! (even with Louy!!)

Saturday morning I was a bit slow… but caught up with some emails in bed and had a catch up on the phone with Nickie (all a bit lazy!) but then it was Wedding time!

Lunchtime we made our way to Bradwell for the Leon and Tracy’s wedding, Leon was also in Network when I was Network Commissioner, he met Tracy five years ago and they make a lovely couple. Both have held adult appointments and have recently taken a break to plan their wedding, I will let them have their honeymoon then see what the next Scouting adventure is for them!

Leon and Tracy, Mr and Mrs Wilde

Leon and Tracy, Mr and Mrs Wilde

The service and reception was spent with a number of Networkers, it was lovely to catch up and spend time with a great bunch of friends.

Today (Sunday) was about catching up and homework! but I did slip out this afternoon to our County Duke of Edinburgh presentations.

Also a chance to catch up with more old friends!! – I sat next to Marylyn Evans, a member of our County Appointments Sub-committee and Scouter I have known since I was a Scout myself.

I also was able to present Mickey Tucker-Lowe with her 20 years service award, Mickey and I first worked together 15 years ago in North East Norfolk district and I was really pleased to give Mickey her award.

At the D of E event we heard from three groups about their experiences working towards their Bronze and Silver Awards. Unfortunately the projector at the event stopped working so we were unable to see the slides the groups had put together, however I don’t think this detracted from the presentations at all, the young people held the audience attention and delivered a wonderful insight into their achievements.

The presentations are available here for you to look at:

Bronze

Silver1

Silver2

I was also able to present Zoe and Adam with their  Bronze awards, which was brilliant.

Adam

Adam

Zoe

Zoe

A great end to a lovely weekend.

Next week looks to be just as busy, with CMT tomorrow night then 3 days away with work, I’ll make sure I tell you all about it!

See you soon

Matthew