The Scout flag flew at half mast over St Decuman’s Church in Watchet this morning (29th November 2019) as approximately 1,000 mourners packed into the pews, chancel and aisles to pay their respects to a great gentleman, a pillar of the community and a true Scout.
The Group Scout Leader of 1st Watchet Sea Scouts, Malcolm Bale, ‘went home’ earlier this month, after a very short illness. His dedicated and distinguished service to Scouting over the course of 60 years in Somerset (and in Gibraltar during his National Service) has touched countless lives and made a significant difference to vast numbers of young people, many of whom are now spread across the world. Malcolm was celebrated and honoured today with a moving service which included a standard bearer, guard of honour, BP’s last speech to the movement and the Last Post.
Those of us who knew and Scouted with Malcolm feel very privileged to have done so. He remained, until the very end, a truly amazing leader who steadfastly supported the delivery of exciting and inspiring programme opportunities, preparing youth members with skills for life.