Scouts collect certificates from mayor

Scouts (left to right) Henrietta Walker, Harry Groocock, Claire Merriman and Josh Bettles, with District Commissioner for Nene Valley, Chele Height, and Rushden Mayor David Jenney

Scouts (left to right) Henrietta Walker, Harry Groocock, Claire Merriman and Josh Bettles, with District Commissioner for Nene Valley, Chele Height, and Rushden Mayor David Jenney

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Scout groups from across East Northants have picked up awards in a ceremony in Rushden this morning (Sunday, May 19).

The Chief Scout’s Gold Award was given to local Scouts, the silver award to Cubs and the bronze award to Beavers.

The ceremony was held to allow all the groups in the area to be present and so the youngsters could gain maximum recognition for their achievements, Nene Valley District Commissioner Chele Height said.

There are 12 groups in the district, of which eight – from as far away as Oundle, Nassington and King’s Cliffe – were represented at the ceremony.

Chele added: “As a district, I wanted us to recognise the achievement. When you see everyone here, it’s really nice.”

New Rushden mayor David Jenney, who helped present the awards, said: “I am absolutely delighted to come to something like this.”

Cllr Jenney also said he was pleased the Scouts would be taking part in the Get to Know Rushden Week, which is taking place at the beginning of July.

He added: “We would like to involve every youth movement we can find within the town, because we do owe our youth a lot of investment.

“When you walk into a hall like today and see the number of parents and the smiles on their faces – it’s exceedingly important.”