MANY happy returns! Scouts assistant district commissioner Peter Callender presented Matthew Beveridge, 1st Hindhead scout leader with a five-year service award.

Matthew completed his entire five years at the town headquarters, firstly as beaver scout leader, and more recently as scout leader.

“The Haslemere troop is quite small with just 10 very keen, smart Scouts,” he said.

“Father and son activities are always very popular, such as rounders, barbecues and cooking evenings, along with the more ‘Scouty’ activities, such as camping, map reading, and knife and axe safety.

“The Troop are booked in to attend ‘Scoutabout’, a large county event to be held in July and are looking forward to it.”

• FOLLOWING a 10-hour activity day for cub scouts from Churt and Hindhead, held at the 1st Hindhead headquarters, their assistant leader Stephen Evans was presented with his 40-year service certificate by Chris Lloyd, assistant district commissioner for Cubs.

Mr Evans has been long continuous service as a leader. He was a wolf cub and a Scout at 2nd Denham in Buckinghamshire, where he became assistant Scout leader, before moving to Uxbridge’s District Venture Scout Unit.

He moved to Hindhead in 1979 as Scout leader. His interests have always been mainly in traditional scouting, in particular camping, and has notched up 25 week-long summer camps with the Scouts.

For many years he hiked with the older Scouts along the South Downs Way in February. When he gained his Queens Scout Award in 1976, he received it from Lord Baden Powell, the grandson of the founder Lord Baden Powell of Gilwell. In 2009, he was awarded the Silver Acorn for specially distinguished services to Scouting.