Bear Grylls honours Ribble Valley Scout leaders

Scouting centenary. Photo by The Scout Association. (s)
Scouting centenary. Photo by The Scout Association. (s)

Two leaders from Clitheroe have been given top awards by the Scout Association for their local work.

Joyce Stott, who helps with the 2nd Bowland Waddington group, and Bonnie Mitchell, leader at St Paul’s group, were given their awards as part of Clitheroe Founder’s Day celebrations service, which kicked off celebrations to mark a century of Scouting in the town.

Celebrations in Clitheroe for the Scouting Centenary. (s)

Celebrations in Clitheroe for the Scouting Centenary. (s)

Mrs Stott has been recognised with a long service award by TV adventurer Bear Grylls, the Chief Scout, for her involvement with the Scout Association for 25 years, while Mrs Mitchell was honoured with an Award for Merit, which is given to very few and implies keen, conscientious, imaginative and dedicated service over a sustained period.

Bear Grylls said: “Like me I’m sure you fit your volunteering around a very busy lifestyle, but my mum used to say ‘If you want something doing, ask a busy person.’

“I’d like to say a massive thank you to Joyce and Bonnie on behalf of all the young people who benefit from Scouting. It’s basically because of what you do – together you make the adventure possible.”

The 100th year of fun, friendship and adventure in Clitheroe kicked off by remembering the man who started it all.

The celebration, which was held in Clitheroe Parish Church, was attended by groups from across the Clitheroe district as well as Mayor of the Ribble Valley Coun. Richard Sherras and Coun. Janet Alcock.

As the year goes on, more events, including a centenary camp and a gang show, will take place.

Scouting in the Clitheroe area has grown in the past 100 years, with the district now having over 500 young people aged six to 25 enjoying a range of activities from abseiling to zorbing, bouldering to snorkelling.

The number of adult volunteers has also been increasing, nationally and in Clitheroe. There are now more than 100,000 volunteers nationwide and 116 of those can be found in Clitheroe, but the association is still looking for additional help to allow more young people to benefit from the experience of Scouting.

If you are interested in joining Scouting in the Clitheroe area, as a young person or an adult volunteer, contact Ian McDonald by emailing