1st Abbots Langley Scouts have paid homage to an important figure in their group who resigned at the latest annual general meeting.
Michael (Mike) Benson, a resident of Abbots Langley, resigned from chairmanship of the Executive Committee of the group after 10 years in the role.
Mike’s involvement with the group extends back over 25 years, starting with one son joining the group as a Beaver, followed by his two other sons, all completing their scouting programme.
Mike, a carpenter/joiner by trade, continued as an occasional helper to the Scout group before joining their Executive Committee.
A spokesperson for the group said: “Mike has provided solid leadership for the Scout group, particularly over the last very difficult 16 months, supported at home by his wife Aisling. Mike will continue as an occasional supporter. Richard Gabriel is the new Scout group chairman.”
Fellow Abbots resident Linda Lythaby was elected honorary group president at the AGM. Her involvement with Scouts covers over 50-plus years, as she’s been an assistant Cub pack leader and currently assists the leaders of the group’s Beavers pack.
The spokesperson added: “Lin has been instrumental in raising funds for the group that must now have reached well in excess of £120,000 by organising jumble sales, stalls at the Abbots Langley Carnival and the group’s ever popular Christmas Market.”
Lin’s role as President will be to represent and promote the interests of the Scout Group in the local community. She will also be continuing with her fundraising activities.
Both her and Mike are pictured above alongside Richard Gabriel – the new Chair of the group.