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Long service celebrated at Borehamwood and District Scout Awards in Berwick Road
Scout leaders gathered together to celebrate more than 255 years service to girls and boys in Borehamwood.
The Borehamwood and District Scout Awards took place on Monday at the headquarters of the 7th Borehamwood Scouts in Berwick Road.
Attended by the MP for Hertsmere James Clappison and Deputy Mayor Carey Keates, the ceremony celebrated the men and women who had volunteered their time and effort to help others.
Nearly 20 awards were presented to people from the seven groups in Borehamwood, Elstree, Radlett and Shenley who had dedicated between five and 30 years to the movement.
Cllr Keates said, although he himself had never been a Scout, he had gone to school in the town of Nyeri in Kenya where founder of the movement Lord Baden Powell had died, and had used the grave for quiet contemplation.
He said: “The number of people here tonight suggests Scouting has a great future ahead of it.
“I am sure there are many ceremonies like this right across the country celebrating equally dedicated and long serving people, which says excellent things about the value of the organisation. Enjoy.”
Mr Clappison said he was very pleased to have been invited to the event.
He said: “Some fantastic achievements have been recognised here and I would like to pay tribute to the hard work of everyone tonight.”
Group Scout Leader for 1st Elstree Scouts Paul Norman received an award for 30 years service.
He said: “It’s been a very good 30 years although it doesn’t seem that long. I’ve very much enjoyed helping boys and girls enjoy activities they would not experience otherwise.
“I get great satisfaction from doing this, it’s like one big family.”
Town Mayor Clive Butchins received an award for 25 years service.
He said: “We’re a small district but we punch above our weight.”
County Commissioner Rikki Harrington and acting District Commissioner David Pullen presented the awards.
Mr Harrington said: “There are 16,460 Scouts in Hertfordshire, which is the most we’ve ever had.
“We’re flying high, as tonight shows, and we’re always seeking new leaders to join our starship.
“We have 1,600 people on our waiting lists and we want to make sure everyone gets a chance to join in.”
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