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David Newman
20/09/2019 By David Hefferin


Our Summer Camp to Austria in July 2019, saw the retirement of one of our longest serving leaders. David Newman joined our Group as an Assistant Scout Leader in 1987 when his son Martin joined the Scouts. Over 32 years David has been a fantastic ambassador for Scouting in our Group. During 32 years of service as an Assisant Scout leader & Group Scout leader he was instrumental as part of a four man team & committee that succeeded in building the Lookwide Centre & his knowledge of building was invaluable. David also was involved in the building of the new extension to the Centre that was opened in November 2017 & Jack's shelter in 2019.

During 20 Summer camps abroad that the Scout Troop has been involved in since 1987, David took on the role of camp leader for 15 of them & included trips to France, Germany, Austria, Hungary & Switzerland. On our many camping weekends, far too many to mention here David looked after the catering & transporting the camping equipment to the many campsites we have used over the years

David was also a regular attendee at Troop meetings, helping to run them & the Troop programme & he also was part of a great leadership team that ran an extremely active District programme for the Scout section. 

We wish David well in his retirement & thank him for his OUTSTANDING & SPECIALLY DISTINGUISHED Service to Scouting & our Group which was quite rightly recognised by an external community champion award presented by our local MP Mr Guy Opperman in February.







1st Hexham Scout Group
Lookwide Centre, Maiden's Walk, Hexham, Northumberland, NE46 1DR

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