Cheadle Scout leader announces retirement
AFTER more than three decades of leading the 3rd Cheadle Scout Group, Stuart Pickford has announced his retirement from the role.
Fellow leaders, parents, Scouts, Cubs and District Commissioner team members attended a pizza night in Stuart’s honour.
Speaking at the event on Wednesday 19th July, Mr Pickford said that he would always be there for the scout group, whether he is in uniform or not.
He spoke of his time as Scout Leader and how the role has shaped him as a person, bringing him out of his shell, enabling him to organise and support the group throughout the years.
Stuart has seen many young people grow up and move on within Scouting, seen them progress through their lives and has seen the training system change in many ways.
The challenge in Scouting is always there for both the leaders and the Scouts.
Throughout the past 36 years, Stuart has seen hundreds of young scouting talents – boys, but in recent years, girls too – come through the scouting experience and go on to do great things.
He said: “It is the scouting system which has helped them in what they’re doing now.
“It would be nice to see more adults coming into scouting, because the more leaders there are, the more Scouting becomes flexible within the community.
“Watching Beavers moving to Cubs, Cubs moving to Scouts and Scouts moving to Explorers is a great thing.
“I would like to thank all ex-leaders and helpers for their support, and also the people of the area for their support.
“If you think you can help, please do so, it is so rewarding helping the adults of the future.”
In 2011, Stuart was presented with a prestigious long service award marking 30 years service to the group.
Stuart started his time with 3rd Cheadle Scouts after being asked if he would like to come and see what Scouting was all about, and has remained with them ever since.
In early 2014, he saw the scouting group grow, with the new Goblin Explorer Scout Unit open at The Monkhouse School Room on Prince George Street.
The group, consisting of 14 to 18-year-olds, would meet every Thursday and make up the fourth section of the Scouting family after Beavers, Cubs and Scouts.
In March 2014, whilst leading the 3rd Cheadle Scout Group, Stuart saw three of his members gain the prestigious Scout Association Chief Scouts Gold Award.
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