LONG Sutton scout group may have to close unless new adult leaders volunteer in time for a September start.
Wednesday marked the end of an era for the group as Jo Cashmore bowed out following tributes to her dedicated work for the group since 2004 – and that of her late husband, Ian, who died aged 41 in December.
Ian and Jo joined the group when their son, Hayden, now 16, wanted to step up from beavers to cubs.
Hayden and his sister Emily (14) are still explorers.
Jo (41) is calling it a day but wants to see the group go from strength to strength.
She said: “We need a cub and a scout leader in order for the beavers to progress up through the movement.
“Long Sutton scout group has been running for well over 60 years with Jane Webb, Janet Neaverson and Pat Beba to name a few over the years. Therefore it would be terribly sad to see it fold – particularly as the next nearest group is Holbeach.
“Long Sutton caters for Sutton Bridge, Tydd St Mary, Tydd St Giles, Long Sutton, Gedney, Gedney Drove End, Lutton and probably more villages along the way.”
Jo was presented with a plaque bought with donations at Ian’s funeral and that will go on display in the hall.
She described her late husband as an “inspirational” scout leader.
Ian became district commissioner for Holbeach and Spalding with 400 scouts under his wing, including 80 adults.
He was also media manager for scouts across Lincolnshire.
Ian had a following nationally for his TV programme, Ghosthunters, but described himself as a “healthy sceptic”.
l South Holland District Commissioner Paul Taylor said Long Sutton needs leaders for cubs and scouts and assistant leaders for beavers. Anyone interested can contact him at email@example.com or 07948 878104