District Commissioner Chris Broom hosted and awards and celebration evening in the Wiltshire West Scout District at the Southwick & North Bradley Scout HQ when six Awards for Merit were presented to Robert Cook, Scout Leader at 1st Hilperton; Nigel Hodges, Beaver Scout Leader at Warminster; Elizabeth Williams, Beaver Scout Leader at Warminster; Jackie Nye, Section Assistant and Treasurer at Melksham; Linda McClean, Acting Group Scout Leader and Assistant Beaver Scout Leader at Southwick & North Bradley and Gary Fortune, Assistant Explorer Scout Leader at 1st Trowbridge ‘Trowle’ Explorer Unit, after which refreshments were served by the District Team.

Michael Gamble, Active Support Co-ordinator was presented with his award at a later date.

Chris Broom said: "The award is given for outstanding service of not less than 12 years, together with their dedication and commitment to Scouting over the years.

"They have all always supported the Group, District and County fully whether at District events, St George’s Day Celebrations, activities or the many other ways that each Group interact with themselves and the rest of the Movement. They have all given service of a high standard.

"Thank you, and it is a privilege to work alongside you all."