Managing the risks

As Scouts we have a good track record at assessing and managing risks. We do it on a weekly basis for the activities we run in our sections, we do it on an occasional basis when we go out and do something different. Sometimes we write our risk assessments down and sometimes we do them dynamically, on the fly.

Over the last few weeks there has been increased focus on our decision-making processes and how we manage risks as an organisation. Firstly, we learnt of the sad news of the Explorer Scout who fell and passed away on the Great Orme. More recently the COVID-19 pandemic has led to organisers of Scouting events and meetings large and small to consider the risks to participants.

In Module 1 and our on-going safety and safeguarding modules we learn about how to assess the risks of activities and the risks to young people and our fellow adults. Our validation process ensures we understand this. This is why it is vital that every adult member completes this training – in just the same way as we routinely complete our disclosure checks.

I am therefore asking every one of you to check your Compass record now to see if your Module 01, safety, safeguarding and GDPR training is in place and current. You can log in to Compass at

If any of these are outstanding, then please head straight over to the following webpages:

Module 01 and Module 01E (for Exec members) –,223&moduleID=10. This page also has links to all the other modules, many of which have e-learning and workbook options.

Mandatory on-going Safety and Safeguarding –,223&moduleID=10


Module 01 (and indeed all other Modules) can be validated by a Training Adviser. Speak to your Group Scout Leader or email if you don’t know who can do this for you. We are also planning some validation sessions to be run from County HQ in due course and also video call alternatives.

The safety, safeguarding and GDPR modules are simply validated by uploading your certificate via our website. Have a look at You’ll also find details there of Module training courses being run by ourselves and our neighbouring Counties.

In terms of the most present risk to weekly Scouting and activities, our response to COVID-19 is informed by the guidance which is coming from national authorities. If a local school is closed due to COVID-19 risk, then it is probably appropriate to stop meetings, activities and events in that area. At District and County we are keeping events we organise under review and will publicise any decisions to cancel. You may also like to start thinking about how you could use technology to enable regular weekly Scouting or badge work to take place if we do have to postpone physical meetings.

As always I would like to thank you for everything you do and for all of your on-going support, particularly at this time.

Shirley Brookes, County Commissioner – Solihull,

Three Solihull Scouters have Gone Home

In the last two weeks we have received the sad news that three Scouters have gone home who between themselves gave Solihull Scouts over 100 years of service.

Firstly at the end of February we learnt of the passing of Ron Wild. Ron had been particularly involved with 3rd Olton (St Margaret’s) and in the old Solihull North District. Ron was also formerly a District Commissioner in Solihull East. Ron’s funeral will be held on Friday 20 March at 12.15pm at St Margaret’s Parish Church in Olton. Our thoughts are with Sandra and the rest of Ron’s family.

Just over one week later Ken Hughes passed away. Ken served the County for many years as an SL, GSL, ADC, ACC and County Secretary.  He was very involved with the Gang Show and for many years organised the County Chief Scout’s Bronze, Silver and Gold Award Ceremonies. Ken’s exceptional service was recognised with the award of the Silver Wolf in 2013. Our thoughts are with Margaret, a long-serving Scouter in Solihull herself, and the rest of Ken’s family at this time.

And just yesterday (7th March) Dal, Derek Lardner, passed away after a short illness. Dal has been an inspiration to many of us over the years in his roles as SL, Leader Trainer, ADC, ACC and SAC. Dal gave over 50 years of service to Solihull Scouts and was rightly recognised with the award of the Silver Wolf in 1996. Our thoughts are with his daughter Jackie and the rest of Dal’s family.

As soon as we have details of Ken’s funeral and of Dal’s funeral we will post the information.

Shirley Brookes – County Commissioner, Solihull Scouts


Trevor Richmond

We wanted to shine a light on a true legend of Scouts in Solihull, Trevor. Many of you have probably met Trevor at some point in your time in Solihull and for those who haven’t, you have probably benefited from his vast knowledge of Scouts.

During his long career, he has never been one to stand back when things need to be done. He’s fulfilled a variety of roles for 1st Shirley, Solihull District of Warwickshire, West District of Solihull, Blythe District and Solihull Scouts. This includes his most recent role as Blythe District Chair – for the last 14 years. Trevor now has a new role as the first-ever Blythe District President.

We are also pleased to announce that Jackie Butterworth has taken on the role of Blythe chair and can be contacted at:

Trevor has recently enjoyed a big 90th birthday party, which was hosted by 1st Shirley Scout Group. During the Party, Bob gave a lovely speech talking about his fond memories of Trevor.

Read Bob’s kind words below:

“I’ve known him for about 55 years when I moved up from Cubs into Scouts, and Q, as we knew him as, was one of my leaders. He shared the initial with a character from James Bond and in fact, they were both Quartermasters, but Trevor had slightly less interesting equipment.

One of his claims to fame was the design of the Patrol Boxes that we still use today. Not only did he design them, but he also supervised the Scouts in putting them together, some very more successful than others. The design was submitted to the Scout magazine who published them, not sure how many other groups copied the idea, but they certainly worked for us.

I have many memories of Trevor when I was a Scout, especially at camps. He would patiently stamp each piece of patrol equipment with a specific letter, so we knew we all had the right kit. All of this was kept in the already mentioned patrol boxes and it was our responsibility to check it and keep it clean, woe betide anyone who arrived at camp and found they had something missing,

Catering was one of his principal activities and he produced meticulous plans of exactly what was required for each meal and then dole out the exact quantities to each patrol. 2 items that spring to mind are surprise peas which were a dehydrated vegetable that almost tasted of peas but took up less space than tinned peas and the legendary half brillo pad. You were never given a whole pad although I can’t remember if you had to return the used one to get another.

The call to get provisions was always via his Kudu, a horn that had been adapted to contain a bugle mouthpiece with a very recognisable sound. Clogs were worn on numerous occasions and if you asked nicely you could borrow his Hindu Crinoline to play with. This is a small wheel with a spiders web of cord attached and at the end of each cord was a cotton reel, the idea was to turn it around faster and faster so that the whole thing was spinning, you then moved it until it was over your head and the hoped you kept it up otherwise it slowed down and clouted you round your head, great fun if sometimes a little painful.
I remember getting soaked on more that one occasion as Trevor enjoyed, and was a dab hand, at water fights.

We spent several years at camps as leaders where I started to take over the catering side of things using the same ideas as Trevor, in fact when Wendy asks me to work out quantities for Brownie camps, I still use the same principals. There are lots of things I could talk about involving Trevor at camp most of which are about the fun we used to have but one thing I should mention is “wood chips”. I’m not sure who started it but we went through a phase were one of the leader’s would end up with some wood chips in his sleeping bag and that led to a week of various sabotages to sleeping bags ranging from wood chips to inside out bags, folded inner bags and other extraneous items finding their way into sleeping bags. Might not sound much like fun but it certainly provided light relief after a hard day at camp.

One of my roles in the Group was all to do with the group Pantomimes and quite early on I persuaded Trevor to make a cameo appearance. Try shouting “Come on Abdul” if you need Trevor as that’s what he responded to when he was a sand dancer with Vicky, my daughter, and Dawn Chambers/Tullet. Other things I go him to do included a Fairy Queen. Nobody loves a fairy when she’s forty, a Belly Dancer, a Landlord, a jockey together with a dancing horse and a Hawaiian dancer who because of his makeup converted to Keith Flint of the Prodigy to perform Twisted Firestarter at the after-show party. He did also sing “Help” by the Beatles in one of our shows but perhaps the least said about that the better. Whenever I mention Trevor and the Pantomime to Wendy, she has one abiding memory, lipstick. Whenever she had to put lipstick on Trevor it turned into a real fun fest as Trevor has very ticklish lips and it was difficult to stop him laughing when it was being applied.

Never one to stand back when things need to be done, he’s fulfilled a variety of roles for 1st Shirley, Solihull District of Warwickshire, West District of Solihull, Blythe District of Solihull and Solihull County. There are too many to mention but include Water Activities Advisor and District Chairman.

Just before the 100th birthday camp, I picked Trevor up from home to take him to an Exec meeting. In his front garden was a pile of bits which he said was from his garage that he’d been tidying up. He told me that amongst the various items he’d found was some sheets of metal that he’d acquired to replace the window shutters for the Pridmore Riley hut in the park, that’s the hut we left 50 years ago, think he was right to get rid of them because I don’t think we need them anymore.

As I mentioned at the start, I’ve known Q/Trevor for about 55 years and I’m sure that he’s helped mould me into the person I am today. A great inspiration and someone I’m proud to be associated with and consider a Brother in Scouting and friend.”

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