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On Friday 28th October 2016 around fifty colleagues and friends gathered in The Nightingale pub in Nightingale Lane to thank Christian Schöpp on his retirement for his contribution to the 12th/14th since 1993.

Christian has been involved with the 12th/14th for 24 years and has been a dedicated Leader of the group since 2002. He has supported several generations of young people to benefit from the life skills learnt from Scouting and go then on to lead constructive roles in society. Amongst his numerous achievements, his organisation of, and attendance at, many successful and rewarding Summer Camps will remain a cherished memory of those who also attended.

Of all Christian’s numerous contributions to the running and leadership of the group, one specific aspect of his involvement with the local community has been his promotion of “diversity and inclusion”. Christian was already practicing this many years before such a phrase became commonplace. He did this naturally and this will represent just one aspect of his legacy.

Gavin Ferguson, the District Commissioner made a speech and made a presentation to Christian for his long service, and a similar long service award to his wife Barbara – famous for preparing her spaghetti bolognaise for the evening meal on Summer Camps.

The 12th/14th presented Christian with a framed print designed and produced by Spike Kilburn and Ann Kelly.

The 12th/14th presented Christian with a framed print designed and produced by Spike Kilburn and Ann Kelly.

Christian leaves a thriving Scout Group with waiting lists for the Beaver colonies and Cub Packs at Broomwood and St Luke’s. Fortunately, Christian remains on the Group Executive Committee and continues to provide support and advice to the Group.