As part of the commemorations marking the 75 anniversary of the Normandy Landings on D-Day 1944, one intrepid Scout from 3rdCB ventured to France with his family to pay homage to his Great Grandfather.
Bill Law, a paratrooper with the 7th Light Infantry Parachute Battalion, jumped into France on 6 June 1944 as part of Operation Tonga, just two days after his 20th birthday. He was one of 630 who landed near Pegasus Bridge in an effort to capture the strategic crossing as allied troops landed on the nearby beaches. 75 years later his great grandson, also called Billy, joined veterans and families at the 7th Parachute Btn’s memorial, proudly wearing his namesake’s medals to lay a wreath in his memory. After the service the family planted an olive tree at the Pegasus Bridge Museum in honour of Bill, who by the time it was disbanded in 1948 had been the longest serving member of 7 Para, and passed away in 2007. Billy junior had the opportunity to meet some of his great grandfather’s friends and comrades to talk about their experiences. Continue reading Scout pays homage to D-Day Veteran Great Grandfather→
This year’s water activities programme is now ready to go, with RYA Sailing Courses and open boating for all Scouts & Explorers to join in with. All courses based on national governing body standards and taught by qualified instructors, leading to formal qualifications as well as Scout badges.
As you may be aware, we are due to undertake some significant building works at The Den, hopefully starting in the next few months. This is likely to impact on our ability to run boating courses at The Den, and as such we have had to cut down on the number of courses we are able to run this year.
This year Renown scouts entered county backpack for the first time.
County backpack, organised by Essex Scouts, is a two-day Incident Hike around the local countryside, The scouts had to visit as many bases as possible each day before returning to the campsite. This was no easy task with some groups hiking over 40KM during the event.
As well as completing the tasks at the bases the scouts also had to plan their own routes, fill out the route cards and walk between the basses unaccompanied by the leaders. This was a great chance for them to practice their map reading skills ready for our next adventure.
A huge congratulations must go to all teams that took part, but especially to “Penguins” who came 6th place out of 38 teams in their category.
Ian took up his first adult appointment at the age of 18 years, and then took on the role of Sea Scout leader 4 Years Later, which he held for a staggering 47 years. In 2015 Ian became Group Scout Leader and he remained in this role until he passed away.
The video below contains memories of Ian held by members of the group and was produced for Presentation Evening 2019.