Goosnargh’s much loved Scout leader, Jean Outhwaite - more recently known as “Kim” and previously “Akele” - has decided to retire after more than sixty years.
To mark the occasion, a presentation was made to Jean at the end of a church parade held by the lst Goosnargh Scout Group at the village’s Trinity Methodist Chapel.
Group Scout leader Nik Birkby presented Jean with a certificate and a large bowl of flowers in recognition of the six decades plus she has served as a cub leader.
“As she is no longer able to dash around and keep up with the Cubs these days she decided it was time to retire to the background and leave it to the younger people to take over although she hopes to keep in touch and offer assistance if needed.
“Once a Scout, always a Scout!” said her husband, Norman.
Jean first started as a leader in Alderley Edge, Cheshire in 1955, continuing after moving to Stockport when she married Norman in 1961 and finally, after moving to Goosnargh in 1985, Norman says she was roped in again to help out.
During this period Jean received the Silver Acorn for 40 years service and also had the honour of going to Buckingham Palace to receive the MBE for services to Scouting.
Jean said she has thoroughly enjoyed her time being involved with the movement, which has included camping with the Cubs on many occasions and attending two International Jamborees, one in 1957 at Sutton Coldfield and also in 2007 at Chelmsford.
She said: “I have met some grand lads over the 60 years and I am pleased to see how many have made good careers for themselves. I feel the challenges and discipline they came across in Scouting has played a part.”
Norman, who has also been involved with Scouts - for 50 years - added: “The presentation to Jean was a moving moment, particularly as it took place during a church parade at her own chapel at Trinity.”
* Jean was awarded the MBE in the New Year’s Honours List in 2007 and the Silver Acorn service award in 1995 and believes both accolades were good adverts for the Scouting movement.