This is part of a series from members across the district for the Annual General Meeting to be held online on 8th July 2020.


Our Founder, Lord Baden-Powell emphasised the importance of Scouts helping others no matter what their circumstances or background and this was set out in the original Scout laws.

Over the years and particularly during both World Wars Scouts took an active part in serving their country in numerous ways to such an extent that during the First World War Scouts were taken out of school and served as security at Southampton docks.

Such service meant physical contact such as visiting and doing jobs without reward, BUT the present crisis precludes leaders or Scouts carrying out such work as much as they would wish to.

For those who use social media clearly it does help, but for those who are isolated and do not have this facility they need to be identified and supported.

I know that many of our leaders are in the front line working long hours in the NHS as well as many others providing support to those in need.

As one who is isolated, I feel helpless in not being able to help others, but one thing is for sure and that is when the crisis is over, God willing, I shall never take things for granted again.

Roy Farmers
District President

AGM 2019-20: Thought from our District President.