A LONG-serving Scout group member has been honoured for his years of service.
Gordon Henshaw, 88, has been awarded the Scouts’ second highest honour, the Silver Acorn, after racking up more than 50 years with the organisation.
Mr Henshaw, from Englefield Avenue, Connah’s Quay, joined as a lay person in 1963 and has worked as an administrator with 1st Connah’s Quay Scouts ever since.
His adult organisational involvement started 27 years after he first joined as a young Scout himself in 1936.
He said: “The Scouts is a wonderful organisation for starting out in life. A lady stopped me in the street once and thanked me for what the Connah’s Quay scouts had done for her son.
“That’s a wonderful thing to happen.”
1st Connah’s Quay Scouts was formed in 1908 and celebrated its centenary in 2008.
Former Connah’s Quay cub leader Sue Copp wrote a book, 100 Years of Scouting in Connah’s Quay, to mark the milestone.
Mr Henshaw has also been involved with the Flintshire district executive committee of the Scouts as their vice-president.
He added involvement in the Scouts had been a family affair.
“My son Alan was involved in the Scouts as was my late wife, Margaret, who was honoured for her work with the Girl Guides, doing the committee work.
“It really is a wonderful organisation. I was in the services and being in the Scouts made it a lot easier for me to understand.
“It taught me about discipline and working together.”
Mr Henshaw still regularly attends meetings at 1st Connah’s Quay Scouts and is currently an advisor.
Connah’s Quay town councillor Alan Roberts, 73, who has been involved with the Scouts as a leader since 1958 said: “Gordon’s been there since I was a lad and got involved with his son, when he was 11. He became chairman of the local group in Connah’s Quay and served on the executive committee.
“It’s a really marvellous achievement.”
Mr Henshaw’s long service was also praised by a county Scout representative.
Pat Royle, leader of Flintshire Scouts, said: “Gordon’s dedication to Scouting over many, many years has earned him this award.
“It goes to show that it’s not just the leaders at the coal-face who we need as volunteers.
“Those who take on management and administration roles are just as important.”