A SCOUT group has made awards to those who have given it outstanding help and service over the years.
Two leaders, Rosemary Ashworth and Dave Dunkley, from the 8th/26th Calder Valley (Central Methodist) Scout Group in Todmorden, have been awarded the Scout Association’s Award of Merit.
The awards were presented by the Scout District Commissioner, Rob Goldthorpe, at a ceremony in front of the current cubs and scouts. This award is only given to leaders who, over a minimum period of 12 years, have given outstanding service to the Scout Association.
The contribution of both leaders to scouting in Todmorden and Walsden more than meets these criteria, said Group Scout Leader Dave Payne.
Mr Payne added that these awards are by no means commonplace, and were indication of the excellent work that they have done to ensure generations of young people can continue to have access to the benefits that scouting can bring.
For more than 25 years the 8th/26th troop has run a Christmas card delivery service to Todmorden addresses, he said.
Money raised by this service has been used over the years to fund the group’s minibuses, ensuring that the group can offer as wide a range of activities as possible, at minimum cost, to the boys and girls. The current bus is also used by several other community groups within Todmorden.
The successful running of the Christmas card deliveries depends very much on the voluntary efforts of a large number of people, be it collecting, sorting or delivering the cards.
Three ladies - Betty Crabtree, Margaret Stansfield and Tonia Taylor - have been helping this service since it first started and were awarded Scout Association “Thanks Badges” as a token of their appreciation by Mr Payne.
Help like this from the community was invaluable and he hoped that Betty, Margaret and Tonia would continue to help the group for many years to come.