Our New District Commissioners

Date: 28th Aug 2020 Author: Chelmsford Scouts
We are pleased to announce that the County Commissioner has approved the appointment of two joint District Commissioners for Chelmsford. Suzanne Ball and Leanne Oscroft will take over when Rob stands down as our DC at the Chelmsford District AGM on 22nd September.

Rob has served the District for 8 years and was due to stand down earlier this year, but agreed to continue during the Covid pandemic whilst a search group explored options and potential candidates for his replacement.

Whilst not unique in Scouting, nor indeed in Essex, joint DCs are certainly a first for us in Chelmsford. But this recognises the challenges a large District like ours presents, the more so given the considerable development currently happening in and around our city.

Suzanne and Leanne will be spending the next few weeks getting ready to take-over the reins from Rob and I would ask you all to give them your support during this phase and into the future. We will no doubt hear from them in due course their plans for managing our District.

I would also like to express my personal thanks and that of the District to Rob for his dedication and commitment to Chelmsford Scouting at all levels. As District Chair, I am privy to the considerable amount of time and effort he devotes to this task.

As well as our thanks, I would like to personally wish him well as he moves on to new Scouting challenges.
Roger Cole (District Chair)

A few words from Suzanne

I grew up in Chelmsford and was in guiding from the age of 7 gaining my queens guide. I joined Scouting as a Venture Scout in Phoenix VSU and made most of my lifelong friends there when I was 16. I did my service part of my Venture award at 14th and have scouted there for many years in the cub pack. I have been a member of Chelmsford Gang Show both on and off stage currently; I help with mini gang . I am an active member of Chelmsford ASU and enjoy helping out at events and activities I wouldn’t normally attend in my other roles with like minded people. I have attended many jamborees including the world jamboree in Chelmsford as part of the ceremonies team, I’ve cleaned the loos and feed lots of people both at Essex and Norfolk. I have been very lucky to have the support of my family to enable me to dedicate the time that I do to scouting. I am very much looking forward to taking up the role as Co-DC with Leanne, we have worked together on the District Cub team for many years. Our immediate plans will be to support everyone through the challenges we have with Covid.

A few words from Leanne

My first step into Scouting began over 20 years ago when I married an Oscroft. Joining a family with such strong Scouting values I never really stood a chance of not being involved at some level.

I undertook my Cub Scout leader training at 1st Writtle Scout Group having never been involved with Guides or Scouts before. In more recent years my scouting has been with the 14th Chelmsford Trinity Methodist Group in the Cub Scout section together with Suzanne. I have also worked with Suzanne for many years as part of the District Cub Scout Team, holding the post of ADC and District Leader over the years. I have also been lucky enough to work with another wonderful team of dedicated adults and young people in my role as Gang Show, and GS ASU, Manager. One of my other recent appointments has been as a County Cub Leader. None of my scouting would have been possible without the support and guidance of my family, and my scouting family.

I am excited to be working with my friend as Co-DC and look forward to supporting our Adult volunteers and Youth members in developing our District. Together we are looking forward to the challenges and rewards which a District the size of Chelmsford will bring.

Every great adventure requires a first step and Suzanne and I are looking forwards to taking ours together. We are ready for our adventure to begin and hope that together we can all work towards making our District even better than it already is.

Put your phone down and what are you left with? Just teamwork, courage and the skills to succeed.’
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls