Welcome to our blog about the stories behind the Promise Path. Since 2016 Scouts supporters have been ordering bricks to create a meaningful walk here at Gilwell Park. We often see visitors pause when walking and look down at the engravings. Here's what some of those engravings mean.
We hope you enjoy these stories, if you have a story of your own or would like to order your own brick, email [email protected]
39th Sunderland Scout Group laid a brick in honour of Valerie Patchett and her husband. This inspired Valerie to lay a brick in memory of her inspiring aunt Dorothy. The couple hope to visit Gilwell Park soon to see both bricks they hold dear in the path.
Howard Denyer was a Scout in Long Ditton, Surrey, before moving to Guildford where he met Fred Parker, a fellow Scout of Guildford.
Howard’s sister Jackie Churchyard (also a Surrey Scout) says, ‘They were both enthusiastic knotting devotees and spent many years explaining knots, pioneering and macramé to all sections in Scouts and Guides in the home counties as well as WIs, Probus, schools, etc, in fact, anyone who would listen!’
Carl Sterman was born into a Jewish family in Vienna in 1933, as World War 2 loomed. When he was just four years old his parents sent him to Belgium for safety and two years later, he caught the last British Red Cross train to London, escaping the advance of the Nazi Party. In England his father had joined the British Army and his mother had gone into service, and so Carl was evacuated to Eye near Peterborough. He was 12 years old before he was reunited with his parents in London.