Akela

One of Wesley Hall’s people was ‘Danny’ – Florence Daniels.

Danny was Akela to the 27th Woolwich Cub Scout Pack for many many years. She also ran a boys’ club at Wesley Hall on Wednesday evenings.

Danny was unique.  She was amazing in her care and love for ‘her boys’.  Danny loved the simple things in life and was always cheery and chatty. She was one of those people who was difficult to say ‘no’ to. She would often visit the parents of cubs on a Saturday morning, usually to persuade them to help in some way.

Danny’s links with Wesley Hall and 27th Woolwich spanned some 40 years. Her service was incredible and her energy tireless. Such was the love and affection held of her, many of the ‘boys’ helped her in later life, doing jobs around the house and looking after her affairs. Although Danny had no family of her own she regarded her boys and their families as her family.

Akela receiving a presentation from 27th Woolwich Group Scoutleader Brian Watling. This was taken backstage at one of the  District Scout and shows held at Wesley Hall (Showtime), 1984 or 1985
Akela receiving a presentation from 27th Woolwich Group Scoutleader Brian Watling. This was taken backstage at one of the District Scout and shows held at Wesley Hall (Showtime), 1984 or 1985

Danny died in 1986. She was sadly missed by  so many. A thanksgiving service was held for her. A plaque on a wall in the chapel commemorates her life at Wesley Hall and the cross on the front wall of the church was erected in her memory.

Such was the respect that Wesley Hall people had for Danny, nobody since has taken the name ‘Akela’ in the Cub Pack.

dannyDanny his pictured here with Grace Bater who cared for Danny in the last five years of her life.

Do you have memories of Danny? Do please write in to centenary@wesleyhallplumstead.org.uk

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