Scout group leader Ted Pomeroy called the role a major part of his life after being recognised with a British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Mr Pomeroy – who lives in Hollis Way, Southwick, Trowbridge, with wife Mary – was awarded the honour for services to young people through the Scouts and to the community in Southwick.

The 77-year-old has been a part of Southwick and North Bradley Scout Group since it was formed in 1971.

He has also been the group leader for more than 40 years and said he was “very surprised” to find out about the honour.

Mr Pomeroy, who has also been a serving member of Southwick Parish Council since 1973, won the Silver Wolf in 2005; the highest award given by the Scout Association.

He said: “I was very surprised about the honour, to be honest.

“I don’t really do it for the recognition; it’s more about trying to help people within the community and I’ve had an awful lot of enjoyment from doing it.

“It’s always been part of my life and my family were really pleased for me.

“My son, Paul, was one of the first nine Scouts we had when we set the group up and my daughter, Rachel, is still a Guide leader here, so it’s always been in the family.

“The role has changed a great deal since I started and the badges are completely revamped now, which brings them up to date with the modern Scouting needs.

“I have seen so many young people go through the Scouts and some of them have children and grandchildren now.

Mr Pomeroy, who worked in agriculture for most of his life, added that the group was always looking out for more leaders, but he was grateful for the support he has received over the years.

He said: “I have had a lot of support from many people and the community has been very helpful, from the parish council to local residents.

“It’s a way of life for me and I have always given what time I can give.”

Janet Rosemary Marshall, of Crockerton, has been awarded the British Empire Medal for voluntary services with the Warminster and Westbury Visually Handicapped Club.

She declined to comment on the award, but friends at the club said they were delighted for her.

Virginia Cordy Simpson, an organiser, said: “She is the most selfless, hard working and giving person. She works relentlessly for the club.”