On Wednesday 17th April 2013, Croydon Scouting held their 4th annual and much coveted District Awards Night at Whitgift School, South Croydon. Around 150 members from Croydon Scouting and especially invited guests enjoyed an evening of recognition and celebration of outstanding levels of development, achievement and best practice by the Scout Groups and Explorer Units of Croydon.
Inspiration and encouragement from the guest speakers including Cllr. Eddy Arram the Mayor of Croydon, Rob Atkin (Deputy Borough Commander – Croydon Police), Tim Kidd (Scout Association Chief Commissioner for England), Cllr. Sara Bashford (Cabinet Member for Corporate & Voluntary Services – Croydon Council) Sam Allan (Chairman GLSW Scout County) and Rev. Andrew Dovey (Croydon District Chaplain). First class musical entertainment was also provided by Alison Plant and James Beale.
Awards were presented in the following categories:
Winners 2nd S & A Scout Group
Runners-up – 8th Purley Scout Group
Highly Commended – 7/12th Croydon Scout Group
Winners – 1st Purley Scout Group
Runners-up – 19th Purley Scout Group
Highly Commended – Pinewood Seahorses ESU
Best Practice Award:-
Winners – 5th S & A Scout Group
Runners-up – 29th Croydon Scout Group
Highly Commended – 9th Purley Scout Group
Chief Commissioners Award:-
Winner – Jon Slade (GSL - 1st Purley Scout Group)
Runner-up – Sonya Dyer (DSL - 24th Purley Scout Group)
Highly Commended – David Martin (DSL)
Highly Commended – Anthony Crackett (ESL)
Winners – 2nd Croydon Scout Group
Runners-up – 29th Purley Scout Group / PCESU
Outstanding Group 2012:-
28th Croydon Scout Group (Best Practice Winners 2009 – 2011)
Steve French (District Commissioner) for Croydon said that this was undoubtly the best event held so far with quite rightly much praise and thanks being given to our Scout Groups and Leaders in Croydon. Many compliments were paid by all our influential guests including the Mayor and Mayoress of Croydon and Tim Kidd our Chief Commissioner for England.