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Flintshire mother and daughter receive prestigious Scout honours

A MOTHER and daughter who have spent more than 100 years working with the Scouts are celebrating after receiving coveted awards.

May Alderson, 95, of Hawarden, has been award the Silver Wolf – the highest honour for adults in Scouting – after 67 years of service.

And her 70-year-old daughter May Castry, who lives Connah’s Quay, was presented with the Silver Acorn in recognition of her 37 years dedication to the movement.

The pair received their awards at Connah’s Quay Civic Hall and are delighted at the achievement.

Mrs Alderson told the Chronicle why she had given so much time to Scouting. “It’s simply because I love it,” she said.

“I’ve had some jolly good Cubs and they’ve done very well. Two of them were at the presentation and one received the Silver Acorn award!”

Mrs Alderson became a Cub Scout leader in Rhyl in 1944 and continued until 1970 in Hawarden, where she ran weekly meetings and took the Cubs camping and on trips.

Mrs Alderson, who is now president of the Flintshire district, went on to work as assistant leader trainer from 1959 to 1981, assistant district commissioner from 1960 to 1981 and as public relations officer from 1974-1975.

In 1998 Mrs Alderson was awarded an MBE for her services to the community at Buckingham Palace by HRH The Prince of Wales.

Like her mother Mrs Castry began Scouting as a child when she joined the Brownies in Rhyl.

And now, almost four decades later, she is the district secretary for Flintshire, appointments secretary and also looks after administration for the Clwyd area. “It keeps me busy!” she said.

“I’ve met so many different people over the years. It is so rewarding.

“I’d urge anyone thinking about volunteering their time and working with the Scouts to give it a go. We always need people.

“Even if they only have a few hours to spare they can make a big difference.”

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