Monday, 21 June 2021

Men who kept scout group going step down

TWO stalwarts of the 1st Henley scouts are stepping down from their roles.

TWO stalwarts of the 1st Henley scouts are stepping down from their roles.

Richard Moyle, the chairman, secretary and treasurer, and group scout leader David Adamson will retire next month.

Mr Moyle, from Harpsden, has been helping the organisation since 2007 and took on his triple role five years ago.

He is involved with other organisations, including the Harpsden village hall committee, and wants to cut down his commitments.

His posts were previously held by three different people but the group struggled to fill them when they left.

Mr Adamson has been in charge since 2002, when the group had only half a dozen members and two leaders.

Closure looked likely but Mr Adamson, of Damer Gardens, Henley, encouraged others to join and there are now more than 130 beavers, cubs and scouts aged five to 15 and about 30 adult volunteers. He will be replaced by Joe Robinson, of Berkshire Road, Henley, who has been a cub scout leader since 2003.

The married father-of-two took on the role when his eldest son Nathaniel, then eight, joined and has stayed ever since.

He is seeking three new faces to replace Mr Moyle, who along with Mr Adamson will continue helping informally.

Mr Robinson said: “Richard has been an absolute pillar of strength and dedication. It is a real loss as he could always be trusted to get things done — he was highly reliable and conscientious.

“Looking ahead, we’re looking for separate replacements as he was quite exceptional in being able to fill all three roles.

“We believe many hands make light work and that having different perspectives is a better way to run things.” Mr Robinson, a former governor of Trinity Primary School, said he wanted to improve the group’s website and to refurbish its headquarters in Greys Road.

He praised his predecessor’s “incredible enthusiasm” in reversing the decline in membership.

He said: “It was teetering on the brink and in serious danger of folding but Dave was a real powerhouse and got lots of people involved. He has made an unbelievable effort for us over the years and I don’t know if I’ll have the time to do anywhere near as much.

“I’d never have thought I would get roped into helping but I’m totally committed to the scouts and look forward to taking on the challenge.

“It’s hard work as we’re all busy people and give our time on a voluntary basis but it’s incredibly rewarding.”

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