Violet earns top Scouting award

Violet Service and Andrew Low
Violet Service and Andrew Low

Twynholm’s Violet Service has been awarded the Bar to the Silver Acorn Award for services to Scouting during a national ceremony held at Easterbrook House in Dumfries last weekend.

Violet was recognised for the work she has done tirelessly over the past 25 years in making Scouting in Galloway the success it is today. With her quiet but effective manner, she is a well-respected leader at local, regional and national levels, and instils confidence in all who work with her or attend her courses.

Violet, who is assistant district commissioner for adult training in Galloway, received her award from Andrew Low, chairman of the Galloway District Scout Council.

The Bar to the Silver Acorn is awarded by the Chief Scout for distinguished service to Scouting. It is not normally awarded for less than 25 years’ service. The current Chief Scout of The Scout Association is international adventurer Bear Grylls.

Chief Commissioner of Scotland, Graham Haddock, said: “I am delighted to congratulate Violet on her award, and would like to take this opportunity to extend my heartfelt thanks for all that she has contributed to Scottish Scouting. It is people like Violet who make it possible for us to continue to provide outstanding life, career and personal development opportunities for young people across Scotland.”

In a recent membership survey, Scottish Scouting was shown to have grown twice as fast as its UK counterparts, with a 4.2% rise in new members joining the organisation.