Western Isles Scouts District Commissioner retires

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RECENTLY Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers and leaders gathered at the Scout and Guide Hall in Stornoway to hold a surprise tea party in honour of Ian Denny who is retiring as District Commissioner (DC) for the Western Isles.

Ian has held this role for 16 years and during that time he has made a huge contribution to the development of Scouting in the Western Isles. His enthusiasm and encouragement has inspired many young people and adults to get involved with Scouting and he will be sadly missed.

As well as having held the role of District Commissioner for 16 years Ian has been involved with Scouting for over 40 years and the gathered group on Friday evening listened as Steve Hartley-Oliver, who will shortly take over Ian’s role.

He read out Ian’s adult scouting record which showed him having been involved with scouting groups all across Britain and even in Germany, where he had been stationed with the RAF.

Ian was presented with a badge blanket displaying all the badges that young people in Scouting can achieve, which had been painstakingly sewn on by scout parent Michaela Smith.

Although Ian is retiring as DC he will not be retiring from scouting completely and will continue as an assistant Beaver Scout leader with the 2nd Stornoway colony.