Very sad news – Brian Milner gone home

Date: 12th Dec 2020 Author: Jacky Bottrill

One of North Yorkshire longest serving Scouters Brian Milner has passed away in Darlington hospital aged 85.

Brian was a Scout with 1st Richmond Scout Group. During National Service he became an Assistant Scout Leader in an Army Group abroad. On returning to civilian life he returned to the 1st Richmond as a Scout Leader; his wife Brenda joined him as a Cub Leader in the Group. Later Brian became the District Secretary and also the Appointments Secretary. Brenda became the District Badge Secretary a role she filled until her death two years ago.
After many years of service Brian retired as District Secretary but continued as Appointments Secretary until his death on 11 December. Over the years Brian was presented with a number of awards, culminating in the presentation of Scouting’s highest accolade, the Silver Wolf, by the Chief Scout in 2008.
When Brian and Brenda had completed nearly 120 years joint service to Scouting in 2013 the District held a special Dinner when the Lord Lieutenant presented Brian with his sixty years service certificate. Recently Brian was appointed Honorary President of Richmondshire Scouts to recognize his wonderful service to Scouting.
Up until the last few years Brian & Brenda were seen at many Scouting events providing catering, be it cups of tea or full catering for a weekends camp.

The Chair of Richmondshire District Scouts Cllr. Richard Good said ” Brian Milner was an exceptional man; his service to the Scout Movement was legendary together with his late wife Brenda; they made a massive difference to Scouting in Richmondshire and North Yorkshire. Brian will be sadly missed by all his many friends in Scouting”.

Put your phone down and what are you left with? Just teamwork, courage and the skills to succeed.’
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls