A few days off…. (Just hanging around)

David (DCC Support Services), Alun and Me 30 metres above the Norfolk Showground

David (DCC Support Services), Alun and Me 30 metres above the Norfolk Showground

Hey everyone!

I was a bit lucky with my timing, I took a few days of work which luckily coincided with the hottest days of the year!

I was at the Norfolk Show on Wednesday and Thursday, I didn’t help out at the brilliant Scout and Guide Stand (well done Lee and team!!) but had a lovely time floating around in my linen trousers pretending to be posh! It is a great chance to catch up with lots of contacts from inside and outside of Scouting.

At the weekend Alun and I held our own Community Impact Project. Each year the railway bridge near us has an attempt at collapsing, this year has been a rather spectacular attempt which has seen our road closed for several weeks.

After talking to a couple of neighbours we took the opportunity and helped organise a street party. We had about 25 people come, young and old, which was lovely.

We started a 2pm and were still outside when the Lord Mayor’s Fireworks went off at 10:30pm.  We have also agreed to make the get-togethers a regular event.


It is really nice to get to know the people around you better, naturally Scouting was mentioned a few times.- could your Group organise a party for your neighbours? it might be a way to find new volunteers and build better relationships.

On Sunday, after catching up on some Scout admin, we went to the Great Norwich Duck Race, at Riverside.

This event that has been running for several years is a massive fundraiser for groups in the Norwich area, organised by the 1st Norwich Sea Scouts they allow other groups to sell ducks to raise money for themselves. It is a great example of groups working together,

This year was particularly interesting as the ducks were not sure which way they wanted to go!

The race is now a stable part of the Lord Mayor’s celebration and is one of the largest adverts for Scouting in Norwich city centre. Well done to Jane and the gang who make it happen.

Well this week looks set to be a busy one, with several AGMs and meetings (I have been to Northern Norwich tonight), will let you know how I get on.

See you soon

Matthew 🙂