Scout chairman hands over the reins after 20 years

Retiring chairman John Wyon-Brown (right) with his successor Roger Hussey

AFTER 20 years serving as chairman of the 1st Lym Valley Scout Group, John Wyon-Brown ended his tenure following the group’s socially distanced annual general meeting.

Whilst it was a significantly reduced gathering at the Scout hut in Uplyme, with only the bare minimum of attendees, it was by no means less momentous.

Roger Hussey, a local architect with Crickmay Stark, and father of a member of the group, was elected to succeed John.

In his leaving speech, Mr Wyon-Brown talked of the changes he had seen over the years at the group, saying: “Gone are the days of the asbestos roof, smashed windows and a cold concrete building. We now have a bright building that’s bang up to date and fit for use by the Scouts and other organisations. It really is a testament to the effort put in to the place after all these years”

Following his election, Mr Hussey thanked John for his years of service, commenting: “I hope to do right by John’s legacy”.

He went on to say that the important thing was to support the Scout leaders.

“When I was asked to do this a few months ago, it felt like the right thing to do,” he added.

“The leaders do a lot as volunteers to make a difference in our children’s lives – they’ve certainly made a difference in my son’s life – and so becoming chairman of 1st Lym Valley Scout Group is my way of giving back.”

However, Mr Wyon-Brown will still remain involved with the group; he and his wife Paula were made honorary presidents for their decades of outstanding service to the group with John joking: “They wouldn’t let us leave that easily!”

At the AGM, the group reflected on a busy year with the hut refurbishment, numerous camps at home and overseas, a growing Scout Group and more activities being delivered than ever before.

The group remains confident about its future, and hopes to deliver skills for life to even more young people in the coming months. 

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