Marlborough’s Citizen of the Year is Andrew Barnett who was born in Mildenhall and moved to Marlborough almost 30 years ago where he has been a volunteer for the 2nd Marlborough Scouts ever since taking on various roles from Assistant Cub Leader to Group Scout Leader. Andrew volunteers because he really enjoys working with young people and seeing them grow in confidence, achieving things they believed were beyond their reach. He has arranged overnight camps and lots of outside activities as well as giving children the chance to learn new skills from archery, climbing and abseiling to axe-throwing (Andrew is actually a qualified axe-thrower!) Sometimes his work has included involving young people with special educational needs and Andrew has been pivotal in helping to make sure they are seamlessly integrated into the scouts.
It’s a family affair – Andrew even met his wife through scouting and they became engaged during a scout camp. In fact, his children (3 daughters and a son) have been through beavers, cubs and scouts. Amazingly, he fits all of this around his job as a Quality Control Engineer at a local company. Andrew, in his own words, says: “One of the best bits about volunteering with the scouts is seeing and making amazing lifelong friends.”
Thank you to everyone who nominated Andrew and others for this award. We have a very worthy winner.