The Scouts of Denton and Hyde areas held their Annual General Meeting at the Headquarters of 1st Haughton Green Scout Group where they reported on another great year.

The Chair of the District, Sandra Marston, welcomed all the leaders and the Civic Mayor of Tameside, Councillor Denise Ward, her Consort, Councillor David McNally, and Ken Marks, the Deputy County Commissioner GME.

The District Commissioner, Liz Rowles, presented the Annual Report of the activities that the various Sections had done during the year. These included swimming galas for Scouts and Cubs, 5-a-side football competitions, Beaver and Cubs trips to Magna and Gulliver’s World. Other trips included visits to Blackpool Zoo. Cycling lessons and trips to Total adrenalin, night hikes over Crowden to achieve the Expedition Challenge Badge. Taking part in the Jurassic International Camp in Dorset, visiting Brownsea Island, the site of the first scout camp held by Baden-Powell. Another group visited the Chamboree International Camp in Cheshire. Camping also took place more locally at Dunham Massey Scout Camp, Ashworth Valley Scout Camp and Boarfold, the District campsite.

During the year 2 Queen Scout Awards were awarded to two Network members of the District.

Mr A Arrowsmith a representative of the Rotary Club of Denton and Audenshaw gave a short talk about the teamwork they had done with the Scouts of the District especially with the Santa Sleigh at Christmas. Last year they raised £5,500 for local charities. These included Polio Plus, Wheelchair Stars, Forget-Me-Not and Rueben’s Retreat. He presented the District with a cheque towards the cost of the Scouts going to the World Jamboree later in the year.

Ken Marks presented long service awards to Susan Hulley, 6th Denton, 30 years; Graham Hulley, 6th Denton, 25 years; Thomas Taylor, 1st Dane Bank, 10 years; Katie McCarthy, 1st Broadbottom, 5 years; Wood Beads were presented to Heather Proctor of 3rd Gee Cross Scout Group. He congratulated them all and thanked them for their hard work and service.

The Mayor thanked all the leaders and helpers for their behind the scenes work they do week in and week out. During her year as mayor she has seen the planning and training that takes place before any activity undertaken by the young members.

Liz Rowles thanked all the Leaders and Adults for their work in the past year and feels the District is going from strength to strength with their help and support.

If you would like to help in Scouting please contact Alan Fish at: alan.fish@ntscouts.org.uk or phone on: 07931 765120.