Wilkinson, who was in the 90s Scout Leader in 1st Farnsfield Scout
Group and also International Adviser in the County first went to Uganda
as part of the Unite Study visit. Sometimes he visited more than once
a year, often taking with him Venture scouts from his own group but
more recently Scouts from 3rd Royal Eltham in London.
mission has been to travel the country supporting Scouts and Leaders
in the Districts and the staff at BP House Kampala. Often just shaking
hands, siting and talking with children, listening to Leaders. The
friendships made have been considerable and these have developed into
projects often undertaken by others in the Network.
project became known as Friendship First because it concentrated first
on establishing friendships which have later grown into substantial
the activities of the Farnsfield Group have been a children's nursery
in a hospital in Bushenyi, support for the Outspan School Band, bicycles
for orphans attending Secondary Schools in Kampala and for health
work in Iganga, the creation of Secretarial and Tailoring courses
in Kasse District and capital for a craft workshop.
1998 the Group hosted the first ever visit of "young" Scouts
from Uganda to the UK, aged 8 to14, paying all the costs of the orphans
and meeting all UK costs for the full party. The visit was a "text
book" success providing instant experience for families in the
UK and building friendships between Scouts in one of the poorest countries
of the world and the UK.
Group members supported an orphan to the World Jamboree, and provided
computer equipment for BP House Kampala.
Chris's acute embarrassment a college in Bwera, Kasese District bears
his name. The "Chris Wilkinson College" offers courses in carpentry,
stenography, secretarial, tailoring and driving to young people who
have dropped out of education and look to Scouting for a "Return to
Learn" approach. His brother Canon John Wilkinson and vicar of Kings
Heath Birmingham has recently been to the college to find it in need
to substantial support. The recent troubles in the area leave the
college in a precarious financial position.