Tributes to former scout leader Shirley

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Tributes have been paid and a tree planted in memory of Shirley Smith, a founding and active member of a local scout group.

Shirley died after an illness in March this year and to commemorate her 45 years in scouting, local cubs and scouts recently held a tree planting ceremony and May Fair.

She was a founding and active member of 1st Hellingly Scouts and the Seeonee Cub Scout Pack Leader for more than 45 years. She was instrumental in fundraising for, building and maintaining the scout headquarters where the fair was held and an oak tree was planted in Peake’s Gardens in her memory.

A plaque was also dedicated to Shirley and her late-husband Peter, who also contributed greatly to the scout group, and will be placed within the Scout Hut.

Andy Wyllie from the 1st Hellingly Scout Group said the day was a success.

“The good weather meant a full and fun program of races and games were possible, including a gun run display by the Cuckmere Scout Troop and a scouting display including a rope bridge built by the group’s Explorer unit,” he said. “The barbecue, cakes and refreshments were on offer to the crowds while they enjoyed craft, game and prize stalls.

“We would like to offer thanks to all who donated time, prizes and money and in making the event a great success especially our sponsors. All fundraising will go towards the ongoing maintenance and refurbishment of the Scout Hut.”

The scout group is behind plans to repaint the iconic Long Man of Wilmington as part of the National Scout Community Week.

Painting gets underway on Saturday June 1 at 10.30am and will be done in groups of scouts working in hourly shifts because only a maximum of 40 people are allowed on the site to prevent erosion.