70 years old – what an achievement! I am proud to have been associated with the Group for 60 of those years – being invested as a Scout on June 26th 1944 and retiring as Group Scout Leader on December 31st 1970, and since then in various capacities watching from the sidelines. We are indebted to those first leaders in 1934 who took up Baden-Powell’s vision and created what was then the 41st Beckenham Scouts, and to the succession of leaders who over the years have ensured the continuation of the Group. How many boys I wonder – and now girls! – have passed through the Group during this time? Young people who it is hoped have continued the Scouting ethos in their daily lives, and made a difference in the localities in which they live. On behalf of St John’s Church, who are proud to support and sponsor the Scout Group, I offer their congratulations and my own personal congratulations on the Groups 70th birthday, and may God continue to inspire boys and leaders and all who are connected with the Group during the years ahead.

Ken Gaved

Curate (St Johns Church) & former Groups Scout Leader