18 Oct Shawbury resident Gail Mathews receives special award
For her tireless dedication to her community, Gail Mathews has been awarded this special award on behalf of the people of Shawbury. This award was due to be presented by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Shropshire, Mrs Anna Turner but unfortunately was not able to take place in person.
For 38 years Gail has led the weekly cub pack here in Shawbury, organising outdoor activities, weekend camps and fundraising events. The cubs benefit from the discipline of a well structured, well run group offering a wide range of activities, crafts and outdoor pursuits. Gail has also recruited, trained and encouraged many to lead both cub and beaver groups ensuring that both packs can run effectively. Without her leadership and training of others these packs would not be the thriving groups they are today.
Gail also acted as Assistant District Commissioner of cub scouts for 6 years. In this role she established a range of district events which are now a fixture in the calendar. Gail helped lead the training in the district, ensuring new leaders were developed, supported and incorporated fully into the Scout Movement. Over 1,000 youngsters have benefitted directly from her leadership locally and countless more throughout the District.
As well as her commitment to scouting, Gail has been a dedicated parish councillor, contributing to many council activities and being a committed advocate for the younger members of the community. Also she has, for over 10 years, organised the post Christmas party for 100 local senior residents – definitely a highlight of their year.