At Large: Browning welcomes a prodigal

Plus: A shared society, mountain rescue in the lakes and is Shawcross a tiger or a bear?

Shere Khan and Baloo: remind you of anyone?
Shere Khan and Baloo: remind you of anyone?

A reminder that there is more joy in heaven over one repentant sinner than 99 of the righteous. Soon after Vicky Browning took over in February as leader of the charity chief executives body Acevo, she tweeted enthusiastically that Sir Stuart Etherington, head of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, had just rejoined. Observers will recall that relations between him and her predecessor, Sir Stephen Bubb, were not always sweetness and light. Browning also emailed Acevo's 1,200 members saying she'd like them to get in touch, and was inundated with replies, leaving her with a rather full inbox. It must be what they call a honeymoon period.

Tin hats on for a shared society bombardment: since Theresa May fired the first salvo at the Charity Commission annual meeting, it's coming in from all sides. One recent hit was in a statement from the Office for Civil Society: "a shared society where we work together on issues that affect us"; another was from charities minister Rob Wilson, praising a social bond fund partnership between Big Issue Invest and Columbia Threadneedle. "I hope others will follow their lead in helping build a shared society that benefits everyone," he declared. It'll get worse before it gets better.

The former Tory minister Baroness Warsi confided in her recent speech at the Muslim Charities Forum awards ceremony that she would sleep better at night if she could be sure that "the nice William Shawcross", chair of the Charity Commission, was a Baloo rather than a Shere Khan. The Disney Wiki - an online authority on The Jungle Book - says that Baloo the bear is "fun-loving, easy-going and good-natured", whereas the "powerful and suave" Bengal tiger Shere Khan "has nothing but disdain for his victims" and "needs only to show himself to intimidate the inhabitants of the jungle".

On balance, it sounds as if the baroness is expecting a few more disturbed nights.

On the day when Storm Doris hit the UK, the mountain rescue team at Wasdale rescued four of a party of 36 that were climbing Scafell Pike for charity. Over time there's been a lot of grief from three peaks challenge events, not least over teams peeing in local gardens before setting off. The Institute of Fundraising guidance says organisers should be prepared to cancel events in extreme weather conditions, but torrential rain, severe winds and 20-yard visibility didn't deter this lot. Perhaps Lord Grade, a sailor familiar with the weather, should get involved here.

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