Bradford on Avon Cub leader packs it in

This Is Wiltshire: Sally Tanner is stepping down as Bradford on Avon’s cub leader after 22 years of service, with her last pack.                                   Photo: Trevor Porter (41611) Sally Tanner is stepping down as Bradford on Avon’s cub leader after 22 years of service, with her last pack. Photo: Trevor Porter (41611)

Bradford on Avon’s cub leader is stepping down at Easter after working for the Scouts for 22 years.

Sally Tanner, 53, is leaving her role at Bradford on Avon Scouts in April to spend more time with her family.

“I am really going to miss the children and I have really enjoyed myself. “They are such an enthusiastic pack and all the parents have contacted me to say they are sorry to see me leave,” she said.

Mrs Tanner first took her son to Bradford on Avon Beavers in 1991 and helped as an assistant cub leader. From there, she became cub leader, then assistant district leader before spending the last few years as cub leader again.

“Scouting in Bradford is still very popular and numbers have increased as a whole due to media coverage. “I hope the club can continue its success with a new leader,” she said.

Mrs Tanner is keen to continue her link with the group and will work on a flexible, volunteer basis for Scout Active Support, who provide extra help and can teach skills that the existing leadership team do not have.

“I will happily work in the background and support the new leader,” she said. “The cubs are a thriving pack and people wanting to apply will need to be enthusiastic, fun loving and get on well with children. “It is, obviously, essential to love the outdoors.”

The group meet at the St Margaret’s Hill scout hut every Wednesday for pack meetings and activities and attend adventure weekends around the country several times a year.

Tony Moth, group scout leader for Bradford on Avon, will be in charge of selecting a new cub leader and is also on the lookout for more volunteers for a number of roles.

“Anyone can apply for either role, but there are procedures and checks that they will need to go through,” he said.

“We are always looking for people to help out, whether that’s leaders, assistant leaders or people to help look after and run the building.”

For more information or to offer help, call Mr Moth on 01225 866100 or Mrs Tanner on 01225 864560.

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