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Brian Ashfield

10 September 1931 - 23 February 2010

A Giant within Scouting - Brian Ashfield

Brian Ashfield passed away on Tuesday 23rd February 2010 after a battle with cancer. He will be sorely missed by many as he was heavily involved within the 8th Worthing Sea Scouts and the Scout District and a mentor to many of the current Leaders that remain.

Brian became involved with the 8th Worthing as a Parent helper when his son Stuart joined cubs in 1972. He soon became an active member of the Group and became the Group Supporters Chairman until 1976 when he became the Venture Scout Leader and set up the first mixed sex Venture Unit in West Sussex. This was just the start of a lively career in Scouting and typical of a new approach to Scouting which was Brianís way of doing things.

In 1979 the 8th Worthing was out growing itís existing Headquarters in Glebe Road and Brian was fundamental in the fundraising and development of our current headquarters in Thomas aí Becket Middle School.

In 1984 his son Stuart, aged 20, was tragically taken in an accident whilst serving with the Royal Marines in Norway. Brian continued on within Scouting and provided the momentum for the youngsters currently in the Group at that time to develop their Nautical skills with the setting up a trust fund for training in Stuart's memory. The trust fund is still in place today providing regular funding for training and development for Leaders in nautical skills.

In 1985 he was awarded the Medal of Merit in recognition of his work. After positions as the Assistant District Commissioner for Venture Scouts and Scouts up to 1989 he then became the Assistant Group Scout Leader.

Brian supported the Worthing Scout and Guide Gang Show as the Assistant Stage Manager and making of scenery for the shows for many years until 2004 when he made full size Bill and Ben costumes for what was to be one of the funniest numbers in years. As well as the Gang Show he also supported the District Chess competition for the Cubs and numerous training courses passing on his skills.

Brian retired and became an Honorary Scouter in 1996 when he became 65. His support to the Group continued as the Group Bosun. In this position he ensured that all equipment and the Headquarters were kept in pristine condition. You could always guarantee that if anything was broken or needing replacement it was done. He drove the standards of the equipment up and set the standards for all to follow Ė and we did without question. It was Brianís way and it was the right way!

On St. Georgeís Day in 2001 Brian was honoured with the Silver Acorn and this was deservedly presented to him in June 2001.

He was a Giant both in stature and in heart. He lived for Scouting and all those around him. He was dedicated to the 8th Worthing and all of its members. He will be sorely missed but very much remembered. Brianís funeral will be on Monday 8th March at 1100 hours at the Worthing Crematorium. Members of the Scout Association are asked to attend in Uniform. No flowers please but donations can be made to the Friends of St. Lawrence Surgery via Ian Hart Funeral Service.

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