Joyce Hoyle, a Cub Scout Leader at 1st Wickford Scout Group, has be rewarded for years of community work by Basildon District Council.

Joyce Hoyle from Wickford has been presented with the Alf Dove award, which recognises her commitment and dedication as Cub Scout Leader at 1st Wickford Scout Group for over 30 years.

Joyce said “I really love my scouting. I enjoy our meetings, outings and camps. When you look, there are so many opportunities to learn things. I can put up a tent, light a campfire and tie knots. It’s no good being Akela if you can’t do everything you ask the youngsters to do.! I believe scouting is so good for youngsters. It offers them all sorts of activities and interests they wouldn’t normally come across.”

Councillor Mo Larkin, Chairman of the Council presented the award and said: “Joyce has inspired the young people in the community and left them with many fond memories of their time with her. She has freely given her time to endless fundraising, camps and events and deserves this award as a personal recognition of her work.”

Joyce also added, “Scouting offers young people sorts of activities and interests they wouldn’t normally come across. I look at what activities are available when we go to camp, and have a go myself.”

When Councillor Alf Dove retired from the Council, it was decided to establish an award in his name that would recognise significant contributions made by individuals to the well being of the local community.

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