FOSE-UK News Autumn 2021

Gilwell Reunion 2021

The timing for the virtual reception on Saturday 4th September 2021 has now changed to 11am (BST) from the previously published time.

We will be delivering an Interactive Workshop including presentations, break out groups, and a Q&A followed by an informal quiz and opportunity for Friends of Scouting in Europe to network.

Please watch out for further details.

FOSE Friends News

It was with deep regret we heard of the passing of Kevin Wallis after his long health battle that he shared with us on Facebook.

His memory we live on with us all due to his work in Eastern Europe, and we look forward to continuing his legacy.

We congratulate Anne Whiteford upon the award of the Bronze Wolf by WOSM and many of us were able to join her at the Zoom presentation in Scotland Scout HQ.

We also congratulate Stephen Peck upon his similar Award. Steve is not a FOSE friend but a friend to many of us.

The statue of Baden-Powell has now relocated from it’s perch in South Kensington to the spiritual home of Scouting at Gilwell Park (photo by Andrew Thorp).

Membership Renewal

We currently have 22 Life Friends and 31 Annual Renewal Friends.

We thank those annual friends who have renewed their subscription again this year and would ask those who have not to do so before the end of the European Scout Foundation year on 30th September 2021. As many of you renew your subscription at the Gilwell Reunion, we would appreciate if you could do so now. Please visit Become a Friend

Eric Frank

On 10th July Prof Eric Frank would have been 100 years old.

His legacy founded The Eric Frank Trust which provided grants over the past 10 years to dozens of projects worldwide for the development of leadership skills in young people principally through the World Organisation of the Scout Movement.

We are particularly pleased to have helped to develop ways of measuring the social impact of the 54 million young people in the Scout Movement worldwide. The results are outstanding and fully support the UN Sustainable Development Goals. These are the leaders of tomorrow – and we need them as never before.

Eric Frank

The European Scout Foundation

Following the appointment of the new chair Vivian Fankhauser-Feitknecht, the ESF members have been working on a new plan and future arrangements. Initial details were given during the recent zoom meeting between the ESF board and co-ordinators.

Vivian’s message can be read here >>
Vivian Fankhauser-Feitknecht

ESF supports projects through grants and donations here are some of the latest projects looking for help…

Full detail and all the projects can be found on the website or on facebook.
Currently a new form is being prepared for new applications in September.

Future Events

FOSE Visit to Slovakia
22nd Annual Gathering of the Friends of FOSE Europe is in Bratislava, Slovak Republic 7th-10th Oct 2021 and we hope this is taking place subject to Covid restrictions.

Future planned receptions – further detail to come
FOSE UK Reception: Scotland

FOSE UK Reception: London with a speaker (Houses of Parliament)

The current Friends of Scouting Europe in the United Kingdom comprises of:

  • Alan K B Beavis, OBE: UK Co-ordinator
  • Anne Whiteford: Trustee Eric Frank Trust
  • David McKee: Recently Retired Director of WOSM European Region
  • Steve Morton: Team Leader, Regional Scout Plan Co-ordinating Team – European Scout Region