SCOUT volunteers from across Ingleborough celebrated the achievements of several of their colleagues at a presentation event held at The Knight’s Table in Little Stainforth, near Settle.

They included the presentation to Tom Haigh of his ‘wood badge’ by chairman, Dick Chalmers, for completing and validating 20 modules as part of his leadership training.

The Scout Association formally recognises the service of volunteers in two ways, with long service awards, which are presented every five years, and through awards for excellent or outstanding service.

Gemma Tyrie received an award for five years service, while Carl Unsworth and John Allan received 10 years service awards.

Dick Chalmers also received a certificate and brooch for an impressive 20 years of service.

Sue Haddrill, Ingleborough deputy district commissioner, said it was fitting that several inspirational leaders and administrators, who had been nominated earlier this year, were invited to to listen to the reading of glowing citations and to receive their awards for excellent or outstanding service.

Gemma Tyrie receiving a commissioners commendation, a local award given in recognition of her dedication and enthusiasm,while chief scout’s commendations for good service were presented to Carl Unsworth, Gill and John Allan, Jackie Rowe, Katrina Unsworth and Jane Nelson.

Carole Ogilvie, Gill Pinkerton and Jenny Wood were also recipients of good service commendation but were unable to attend.

Awards for merit, given for outstanding service, normally of not less than 12 years, were presented to Dick Chalmers, Cherry Flitcroft and Dan Nelson. Anne Cox and Mike Fitzsimmons also received this award but were also unable to attend.

The evening also included a presentation made to Carl Unsworth, who has stepped down as a district commissioner after ten years, and an audio-visual presentation of scouting photos from the last decade.