Monica Clarke – Gone Home

It is often said that the most important person in a company is the person who answers the ‘phone, because the way you are first treated gives you a good insight into the way the organisation is run.  It is also said that to work efficiently you need a good secretary.  Monica certainly gave credence to both those principles, because, as secretary of the Appointments Advisory Committee, she ensured that potential newcomers to the Movement were given a warm welcome, and their path through the induction period was as smooth as possible.

Monica completed over 40 years’ service to Scouting and has fulfilled a variety of positions, including being a GSL, a section leader, an ADC and a District and County Appointments Secretary.

She was awarded the Silver Acorn by the Chief Scout in recognition of her active and sustained support for Scouting in Solihull.

Monica was an exceptional, hardworking, dedicated, experienced, hands-on and resourceful leader who cared so much about the members of the Movement for whom she worked tirelessly. She was always willing to listen to the views of other members of the movement, being aware of their needs and sensitive to their feelings.  She will be sorely missed but the results of her hard work will certainly live on.

Written by Ian Carnell and Greg Dodd


By taking part in this each Young Person who takes part will be entitled to 1 Night Away for each night they participate (as long as they aren’t sleeping in their bed). To qualify for a night away each young person must:

o Pack a bag – what needed for that nights sleep.

o Pitch a tent or just sleep under the stars in your garden / build a den at home (whatever you can do).

o Sleep in your shelter of choice.

o Build a virtual ‘campfire’.

o Take part in a “Scouty activity” – lots of activities from 5 minutes to 2 hours are covered in the “Great Indoors” on the Scout Association web site – .

o Help with cooking a meal.

Take a photo and share with your young person’s section leader to claim a night away.

There is nothing wrong with parents joining in as well and experience looking up at the stars in the night

and hearing the dawn chorus from a completely new perspective.

Please ensure that every thing is carried out safely.

World Record attempt – 30th April 2020.

Co-ordinated by Northumberland Scouts, #CampAtHome on 30th April 2020, and with enough participants we could get a World Record.



Trevor Richmond – Gone Home

It is with great sadness that we share the news that Trevor Richmond has Gone Home.

Trevor passed away this morning (15 April). He had not been well recently so this news was not unexpected, but has still come as a great shock to everyone who knew and loved him. Trevor dedicated his life to Scouting, particularly at 1st Shirley. We recently celebrated Trevor’s 90th birthday and you can read much more about Trevor on this article

We will celebrate the lives of all the Solihull Scouters who have recently Gone Home in the Autumn.


On the 19th & 20th September 2020 we will be running #SkillsForAdults at 1st Solihull Millpool, an opportunity for us to come together as a county, share skills, learn new ones and celebrate everything we do in Solihull!

The County & District AGM’s will form part of this weekend on the 19th September.

This event will include an evening social event with the opportunity to camp over.

Please check for more information