David Wilkins BEM

David Wilkins was presented with his BEM by the Lord-Lieutenant of West Yorkshire, Dame Ingrid Roscoe, at a lunchtime celebration function held at Bowcliffe Hall, Wetherby.

The British Empire Medal was re-introduced as part of the Honours Awards in 2012 and David was one of just seven recipients in West Yorkshire.

For 46 years, David Wilkins has provided selfless and inspirational work with young people through Scouting and has helped in all aspects of village activities in a lifelong commitment to helping people and enriching life in the area.

David’s association with the 14th Huddersfield Scout Group began when he was a scout himself at the age of 12. He went on to become a leader at the age of 20.

In the ensuing years, he has held the position of Assistant Cub Scout Leader from 1966 to 1969 before taking on the role of Scout Leader, a position he held until 1982, before becoming Group Scout Leader, a post he continues in to this day. David has also held the position of Assistant District Commissioner for almost 10 years.

Despite periods when the continuation of the group has been in doubt due to difficulties in recruiting leaders for the various sections, David has worked hard to secure suitable individuals to fill the roles, sometimes undertaking the position himself on a temporary basis to ensure the group continued.

The success of the group as a flourishing organisation is credited to David’s tireless work and, over the years, he has been awarded the Scouts Medal of Merit in 1991 and later the Silver Acorn in 2009 in recognition of good services to Scouting.

David is also proud to be a member of the Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team and has assisted in many search and rescue events. He continues to be a support member and was awarded a 20-year service certificate by the Mountain Rescue Association.