Scout Leader receives community award

Jon Dalton, volunteer at 1st Wooburn Scout Group

Scout Leader Jon Dalton from 1st Wooburn Scout Group has been recognised for his voluntary work in the community; he has been awarded a British Citizen Award for service to the Community. The award is for someone who is a pillar of their local community and that local residents relate to and rely upon. British Citizen Awards recognise people who are doing exceptional things for the good of their community.

Jon first took on an adult voluntary role in 1978 and since then he has helped hundreds of young people learn skills for life. He has also been very involved in the maintenance of the Scout HQ, building a staircase so equipment can be stored and he created a veranda and decking area for children with special needs. Jon has been involved with the Wooburn Fete where he has helped with site planning and running games to help raise money for the Scout Group. He has also been heavily involved with gazebo and tent pitching the night before the fete. He has also taken on similar responsibilities for the annual Parish Show.

Jon has had a major involvement in the annual Remembrance Service on Wooburn Green. It was his idea to have a cross for each of the 146 soldiers who died in the first and second world wars. He researched the names and helped the Scouts assemble and paint templates he had made. He then added lights for both sides of each cross.

He has recently been involved in re-instating the tradition of having a Christmas tree with lights on Wooburn Green.

Les Healey who nominated Jon said, “Jon is dedicated to Wooburn Scout Group and the community. He does things without being asked and we can always rely on him to take equipment to camp or to help hang up wet tents.  He does so much to help everyone in Wooburn, whether it is with Scouts, the fete or the Remembrance crosses. I’m absolutely delighted for Jon that his involvement in Scouting has been recognised.”

Jon’s reaction to finding out he was receiving the award was “I was totally surprised and was in shock. I was very honoured and humbled.” John started the Wooburn Green Remembrance Crosses four years ago. The reason for this was to make it more personable to the Scouts. It highlighted there were people who lived in the road the children are living in now who died in the World wars. When asked why he volunteered for Scouting he said, “It’s payback! Cubs, Scouts and Venture Scouts provided me with so many opportunities including trips to Greece and Corsica. Scouting made me the person I am. I want to give young people similar opportunities that I had.”

The award will be presented at a ceremony at the Palace of Westminster in January.