New District Commissioner for Petworth and Pulborough District

It is with great pleasure I can announce the appointment of Glyn Pullen as the new District Commissioner for Petworth and Pulborough District from the 1st August 2017. Glyn will be joined by two new Deputy District Commissioners, Martin Taylor (Hawk) and Georgina Colenutt.
I hope everyone will give Glyn, Hawk, and Georgina their support in their new roles and below is a little background about the three of them.

Yours in Scouting

Robert Sawyer
County Commissioner

Glyn Pullen

My Scouting began as a Cub Scout in Pulborough, where my Mother was a leader, and I have never really left.
I went through the sections as a Sea Scout in Pulborough and then Venture Scouts in Pulborough and 2nd Steyning, where I first became an Assistant Leader.
Scouting has provided many great adventures including working on a summer Scout Camp in Virginia, USA, to the Jamborees in Holland and Chile with the West Sussex Contingents and as staff at the UK Jamboree.
I have been a Scout leader and an Explorer Scout Leader within Petworth and Pulborough District and am currently the GSL for 1st Billingshurst.
Billingshurst Group has been like an extended family and I will miss them greatly. It is an amazing group with great leaders and an executive committee who I am sure will continue to offer young people a great scouting experience.
I am married to Helen and we have two boys, a Scout aged 12 and a Cub aged 9. Helen is also involved in Scouting and has always been a great support in everything I do.
For the past 20 years, I have worked for McVeigh Parker and have progressed to Manager of the Sussex Branch, experience which I believe will help me in this role.
I have always had a passion for Scouting. I believe young people should get all they can out of life and with the correct guidance and Scouting principles we can help them to get the start in life that they deserve.
I am really looking forward to this new challenge and working with the District team.


Martin Taylor

I have been involved with scouting on and off for all my life.
I was a cub, scout, venture and volunteer. I took a break from scouting as my career in hospitality management took up all of my time, making it impossible to commit to a group at that time.
I returned to scouting in 2009 as an Assistant Beaver Scout Leader for 1st Petworth Scout Group. I had been suffering clinical depression at the time and that one hour of fun every week proved to be a life changer. It gave me rare moments of happiness. At that time, beaver leaders in Petworth took woodland animal names. Our leader was Otter, and we had Badger and Woodpecker. Whilst trying to decide on a name, my wife suggested weasel (in fun) and Beverly suggested Skunk (also in fun). Thankfully my daughter saved me with the name Hawk! I have been Hawk for so long now that even my children call me that. I have been known to not hear when someone calls me Martin, but I react to Hawk instantly!
In 2011 I took up another role – that of AGSL alongside Beverly Hoe as GSL. Here I was able to use my lifetimes managerial experience to assist Beverly in running the group, and I have held that role to date.
In 2013 I took on the role of District Scout Leader. This role would take me back to what I love doing the most: Grass roots scouting. I feel that there is still a place for the traditional scouting skills of the past, alongside modern scouting of the present. Good scouting combines both.
Finally in 2015 I stepped up to ADC (Scouts) and have spent the last two years developing the scout section in the district. The roll is an interesting one and is more managerial based than my previous roles, but I still get to get my hands dirty with the young people
Anyone that knows me knows that my passion is scouting, but in particular: fire lighting and bushcraft. I studied for an NCFE level 3 in bushcraft some years ago and that has helped me hone my scout craft. I am at my happiest kneeling down in the mud teaching young people the myriad ways of laying, preparing and lighting a fire.


Georgina Colenutt

Georgina agreed back in 2004 to help occasionally with Beaver Scouts with her sons, Josh and Alex (now 22 and 19). Since then she has helped with all sections in the local Group, served on the Group Executive in various roles, is a member of the District Appointment’s Advisory Committee and the local Scout Active Support Unit. Alongside her husband Adrian, she and her family all continue to be actively involved with Scouting both locally and in the wider District and County.
In her day job she has worked in the NHS for over 30 years as a paediatric nurse, health visitor and is currently a Queen’s Nurse specializing in Safeguarding Children.
She is looking forward to working alongside others to ensure the future positive development of the young people and adults in the Petworth & Pulborough Scout District.

New District Commissioner for Adur Valley

I am pleased to announce that following the search for a new DC, Mike Cranfield has been appointed as the Adur Valley District Commissioner and is looking forward to the exciting challenge ahead.

Mike Cranfield

Mike is married to Jemma, and they have a daughter who is 11. In his day job Mike designs engines – for anything from a chainsaw to a McLaren, or a truck. He has been a leader within scouting for over 10 years.

I hope everyone will support Mike in his new role, and I look forward to seeing the District continue to develop and grow.

Yours in Scouting

Robert Sawyer
County Commissioner

New District Commissioner for Crawley

It is with great pleasure I can announce the appointment of a new District Commissioner for Crawley from the 20th May 2017.

Wendy Keeley, currently the District Chair at Crawley has accepted the role and is looking forward to the exciting challenge ahead.

I hope everyone will support Wendy in her new role and below is a little background in Wendy’s own words.

Yours in Scouting
Robert Sawyer – County Commissioner

Wendy Keeley

I am married to Andrew with two boys aged Max age 21 and Jamie age 19. They both went through Beavers, Cubs, Scouts. Max left when an Explorer but Jamie gained his Queen Scout Award and still attends Scout meetings when home from University. I work as a Student Services Officer in a secondary school.

I was in the guide movement and a member of the Oxford Scout and Guide Gang Show for 10 years. My father was in Scouting all his life and was Group Scout Leader of 1st Benson. When I turned 18 I became an Assistant Cub Leader at his Group. I moved to Crawley in 1988 and ran Scouts at 1st Northgate. I stepped out of Scouting for a short while and then over 20 years ago helped to start the Beaver Colony at 2nd Ifield. After having my children I had to step down from this role but then got involved in their SAS, became their Treasurer, then Group Scout Leader for 31/2 years. I took up the role of Crawley District Chair in September 2016.