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Melksham Scout leader recognised for 57 years of service

Sarah Troughton Lord Lieutenant and Frank Alford

LOCAL man Frank Alford has been awarded the Chief Scout’s Silver Acorn award in recognition of his 57 years in the scouting movement.

Frank was praised for his dedication as a Scout leader and his hard work in developing scouting locally. He was presented with the award at a special presentation last week by the Lord Lieutenant of Wiltshire, Sarah Troughton.

Chris Broom, District Commissioner said, “Frank has been an active member of the District Scout Active Support Unit, working continuously to support events and activities in the district.

“Frank has also been a fundamental link with the fundraising team, planning and organising activities with the Bowerhill Scout Group where he is currently a sectional assistant, working with and involving the Scouts and Explorer Scouts and other section members within the group. All sections have taken part in events such as bag packing and many other activities, which have raised several thousand pounds to date.

“Frank is integrally involved in the decisionmaking process to assess how this money can provide muchneeded equipment in the group and also making donations to local charity groups.”

Frank said, “I was very pleased to receive the award from Sarah Troughton. I haven’t done it for the recognition though, I’ve done it for the young people.”

Frank became a Scout in 1951 at the age of 11 and became a Young Scout Leader at 19. He then went on to become Assistant Leader and later Scout Leader at Melksham Scouts where he remained for 35 years. He moved to Seend in 1995 and then again moved to Chippenham in 2005 where he stayed for nine years. Frank then moved on to Wiltshire West District Scout Active Service Unit with 1st Bowerhill Scout Group where he remains as Assistant Scout Leader.

During 1980 to 1999, Frank worked with scouts in America through International Scouting and Camp America, working as a Provisional Scout Leader and Camp Programme Leader in North Carolina, Tennessee, New Jersey and New York.

During Frank’s 12 trips to America, he covered over 14,000 miles and 32 states. He regularly gives talks to sections across the district and county of his travels and experiences.