A Tribute to Jean Reville

It was with great sadness that we all heard the news that Jean Revill (BALOO to the Cubs) passed away peacefully on the 13th July 2016. As you may know she has been struggling with her health for some time but managed to attend our Thanks event, the Queens Tea Party, the joint pack night with Bailgate and receive her Silver Wolf on St Georges Day this year.

Jean

80 years involvement with Scouting and Guiding What an achievement!!

On Friday 12th June 1936 Jean finally reached her 7th birthday, she had been waiting for that day for many weeks looking through the old School room window where the Brownies met in Bailgate, as she passed with her mum every Saturday morning.

So on 13th June 1936 Jeans involvement with Guiding and Scouting began, she idolized her Brown owl Miss Miller, in Jean’s words, she could, tie knots, light fires, make a bed with the ends tucked in, knit, sew, make toys, tell wonderful stories, sing songs and play lots of games. That same year Jean went with the Brownies to Hartsholme Park for the visit of Robert Baden Powell to Lincoln.

After an exciting 3 years in Brownies Jean Joined Guides and continued to be fully involved and enjoy everything they did, it was the war years so things were not easy. In 1942, Jean became a Ranger, she started to help out at the Brownies and the following year as most young men were away on War duties, she was asked to help at the Cub Pack. She was a little unsure, as she had not worked with boys before but agreed to give it a try and found it great fun. After doing her training and getting a warrant, she attended camps and St Georges day parades. St Georges day Parade was still the main occasion of the year, at that time, on the Friday night before the Sunday parade all the District met at Bailgate Church for a practice march to the Cathedral. It was at the Friday practice in 1946 that Jean met Geoff and romance blossomed. Geoff had restarted the Saxilby Scouts just after the war ended, and so the link between Saxilby and Bailgate got stronger. After coming over to Saxilby regularly to help Geoff with Scouts, Saxilby Cubs were finally started in 1949. Jean married Geoff in 1951 at Bailgate Chapel with a Guard of Honour, made up of Cubs and Scouts carrying their Flags. Jean then came to live with Geoff’s mum in Saxilby and left her Bailgate Pack to concentrate on her Saxilby Pack, which by that time was thriving with a long waiting list.

In 1953 the Saxilby Group was officially registered with Scout HQ in London and was growing quite fast. By 1955 it was decided that the group needed its own HQ and  Mr Morton (Snr) kindly supplied an old Painters hut from Pelham Bridge, on the understanding that the scouts raised £100 towards its cost. Fundraising took place and the wooden building was erected on the Memorial field on the same site as the current HQ. The Saxilby Group produced a Panto in 1955 “Little Red Riding Hood” it was very successful so the following year “Humpty Dumpty” .  Geoff’s Medal of merit for his services to Scouting was awarded in 1956.

In 1959 the girls of the village wanted to start a Brownie pack and Guide company, so as Tawny owl, Jean assisted Gill Pacey and Mary Gelder, in starting both.

In 1961 Jean, Geoff and the family moved to Bridge Place, with   the HQ just outside their back gate! Numerous activities and events took place in the 50’s and 60’s, including a visit of Olave, Lady Baden Powell to Market Rasen in 1965. During this time Ian Joined the Cubs and Janice helped her mum as an assistant Leader (Baloo). Jean was always very proud to show the picture of Ian, Janice, Geoff and herself at the Castle in 1969, when Ian carried the flag at the St Georges day Parade.

Sadly in 1970 Geoff passed away. It was a very upsetting time for everyone but Jean knew Geoff’s wish would be for her to carry on with Scouting, so with help from Gillie and Colin Hardwick Scouts kept running. Derek came along to help in the early 70’s and in 1971 Jean received her Scouting Medal of Merit, followed in 1973 by her Guiding long service award.

Jean married Derek in 1976 and as her picture show’s Brownies, Cubs, Guides and Scouts lined the path from the chapel door.

In 1977 the decision was made to build a new brick HQ next to the wooden building on the rec. it was completed in 1979 and opened by Jean.

In 1981 my wife and I joined the Group and took over the Cubs, Jean became Baloo, a title she held for 35 years! We did our first Gang Show with Jean’s help in 1982 and built the first extension to the HQ in 1983. Jean was invaluable with her advice to leaders and children, sitting to help with records and pass on her vast Scouting knowledge. In 1996 Jean achieved her 60 years since joining Brownies, but was determined to carry on with her Scouting with Cubs and the fellowship, for as long as she could. In 2005 she was awarded her Silver Acorn and 2011 saw her awarded the Bar to the Silver Acorn. She continued supporting as many events as she could completing 12 Gang shows with the Group and a number at the Theatre Royal with the District. As her health deteriorated over the last two years she was unable to be so active but always tried to be present at Church Parades, remembrance services and of course St Georges day Parade at the Cathedral.

At St Georges day Parade this year Jean was awarded a Silver Wolf, the highest award in Scouting, and helped us organize our thanks Event to celebrate 100 years of Cub Scouting.

On 12th June, her Birthday, she came over to the HQ to join us for the Queen’s Birthday, and we all celebrated Jean’s 80 year involvement since joining Brownies, so many years ago.

It has been a privilege for me to be associated with Jean for so many years, she was a very Special lady and  her example has been an inspiration to everyone.