Steve Brine MP - a virtual first with the 12th Winchester

Steve Brine today joined the 12th Winchester Cubs in a way that, even during his ten years as the city’s MP, he never thought he would.

Like many, the 12th have adapted to the Coronavirus pandemic and have been holding their meetings via Zoom every week. Today, the Winchester MP joined them from his office in Parliament.

Steve told the cubs what the scout movement has meant to his family, and was also able to give the children a virtual tour of an empty Portcullis House, before holding a Q&A.

Steve Brine MP said: “It was huge fun to join the 12th Winchester and to answer their questions. You tend to think you’ve done it all but then along comes something completely different.

“As well as having a lively chat, and seeing a rather wonderful magic show from one of the boys, they also got a virtual tour of a rather empty Portcullis House in Westminster.

“The scouts are a wonderful organisation that remain a real force for good in our society. I loved my time in the movement and recently found out, while writing the eulogy for my Dad’s funeral, that he was a Queens Scout so it all means a lot to me.”

Ian Plummer, leader of the group, said: “The cubs have now got used to the weekly sessions they are having on Zoom and it is really nice when we can have external guests to widen their knowledge and help them to achieve different aspects of their badgework even with all the constraints that we are living with.

“It was enlightening to hear their questions and well done to Steve for providing answers that kept them engaged, especially some of their more unusual thoughts and concerns.”

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