Scout leader marks 50 years of serviceBy Victoria Smith
February 14, 2012
A scout leader from Hanworth who is still going strong with the movement after 50 years has been awarded for his long service.
Ron Branchflower was handed his award by 9th Bracknell Scouts last month in honour of his contribution to scouting.
Ron, 75, started his Scouting service in Andover when he was working for the RAF in 1955, having been a cub and a scout as a boy.
He arrived in Bracknell in 1978 and offered to help the Bracknell Scouts group when he saw members on a local playing field while walking his dog. He has been with them ever since.
Ron received his award from District Commissioner of South Berkshire Scouts Andy Pevy.
Asked what he was most pleased with during his time with the organisation, Ron said: “I have always been glad that I could help disabled children get involved with activities.
“I was also extremely proud to sell the Coronation programmes for the Queen’s accession when I was a Scout.
“I got tremendous enjoyment from the Scouts when I was a kid and it set me up for life so I have always wanted to give something back.”
Ron is still involved with 9th Bracknell Scouts and holds District appointments.