Three members of Fermanagh Scouting were recently invited to Windsor Castle as part of the St. George’s Day of Celebration and Achievement, in recognition of their prestigious contribution to Scouting.

Rosemary Forde (County Commissioner), George Irvine MBE (Group Scout Leader 1st Inniskilling) and Maurice Lee MBE (Group Scout Leader 1st Magheraculmoney, Kesh) were invited in recognition of their award for Outstanding Service to Scouting.

Rosemary and George were both awarded Bar to the Silver Acorn – awarded after at least five years of similarly distinguished service after receiving the Silver Acorn, while Maurice was awarded the Silver Wolf – the unrestricted gift of the Chief Scout, only awarded for service of an exceptional nature, not normally awarded until at least a Silver Acorn has been previously gained, and rarely awarded for less than 30 years’ service.

The day also recognised young people who have achieved the highest Scout Award – the Queen’s Scout Award, now renamed as the King’s Scout Award.

Everyone invited to the Day of Celebration and Achievement on April 23 were invited into the Quadrangle of Windsor Castle, with the award holders forming a parade along with a Scout Colour Party.

This year, the Guests of Honour present were HRH the Duke of Kent and Chief Scout, Bear Grylls; also present were Carl Hankinson, Chief Commissioner UK, and Stephen Donaldson, Scouts NI Chief Commissioner.

Maurice Lee also attended the Matins Service at St. George’s Chapel prior to the event.