THIS year marks a very special occasion for a local Scouting volunteer, marking 70 years of involvement with the Scouting movement in Redditch, an amazing 61 of those as an adult volunteer.
Alan Brinkworth, better known to his Scouting friends as ‘Doc’, has been with 1st Redditch Scout Group since 1960 taking on various volunteer roles, including Scout Leader, Assistant Scout Leader, Group Scout Leader and Group Chairman.
He has also held a number of District roles over the years, including Assistant District Commissioner, District Advisory Committee and Scout Active Support Unit.
He has also played a key role on the organising committee for the annual Redditch District Orienteering competition, known as ‘The Trek’ for the 38 years it has successfully been running.
Supporting 1st Redditch Scout Group, from their Greenlands Scout Hut, affectionately known as ‘Doc’s Place’, hundreds of children and adults have had the pleasure of working with Doc over the years.
Even now, as a very spry octogenarian, Doc continues to support the group as a trustee on the Executive Committee and his experience and commitment are greatly valued by the team.
Sallie-Ann Group Scout Leader (Acting) said: “He has always given 110% to the movement and is an excellent example of the values that Scouting embodies; integrity, respect, care, belief and co-operation.
“A very big and well deserved thank you from those you have helped and supported over the years Doc, from all at 1st Redditch and the Redditch Scout District.”