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Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Mayor Johnson applauds Chris Butler

Mr Butler was nominated to receive a Team London Star certificate from Mayor Boris Johnson by the parent of one of the youngsters in his troop.
Lieutenant Butler has been involved there for 20 years.
“I’m very pleased about the whole thing. It’s quite an honour to be nominated.”
Fifty-five youngsters in the area and 13 volunteers take part in activities like flying, gliding and outdoor adventure.
There is also music and drums for children who want to learn music.
On September 12, Mr Butler was invited to collect his certificate from the Mayor.
And some of the young members of the platoon also sampled City Hall, attending the event as well.
“The Air Cadets are a thriving organisation,” said Mr Butler.
“Young people get quite a bad press sometimes, but there are some sterling ones and a few of them came.”
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  1. Kensington Resident14 September 2011 at 07:55

    Chris Butler has done a wonderful job in a totally unassuming way to give strucure and purpose to the lives some of the most deprived young people in our community. A real hero and a real good news story. Well done Chris Butler and well done Dame for bringing it to our attention.

  2. Thank you Kensington Resident
    and you raise an interesting issue.
    Politicians tediously bore us with their pretensions to civic responsibility, yet the fact is that there are thousands of 'Chris Butlers' tirelessly and selflessly bring sunshine and structure into the lives of others.
    Doubtless, Government has already spent many millions promulgating their Big Society 'vote harvester':it has been a total waste of time and money. It would have been much better to have handed the money over to those already engaged, like Chris, in working at the coal face. It is men like Chris who know what needs to be done-not some footling civil servant.


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