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Peter Lewis (GSL)


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Group Scout Leader

Born in 1951, Peter has been involved with Scouting both as a child and an adult for many years. He brings a wealth of Scouting experience to the Group, having started as a Cub Scout at 72 nd Epping Forest South. As a Scout, he was the 'founder member' of the 6th Chingford Scout Group and then went on to become an adult leader. He was Asst Cub Leader, and then Scout Leader at 2nd Chadwell Heath Scout Group before becoming the Group Scout Leader, and then Chairman at the same Group.

Peter joined Ash Green Scout Group in 2012, taking on the role of Asst Group Scout Leader. In October 2015, he was appointed as Group Scout Leader and took over responsibility for the Group from Alan Gordon so that Alan could start the Excelsior Explorer Unit. Peter, who is also a County Training Advisor and the Deputy District Commissioner for Swanley, is a firm believer that the 'traditional' values of Scouting - camping, cooking, practical skills, duty and respect for others etc - are still relevant today and can work hand in hand with modern Scouting activities and programmes to benefit our young people.

Peter was awarded the Commissioner's Commendation Award in February 2021 and Chief Scouts Award for Merit in July 2021.


Michael Banks (AGSL, CSL, Webmaster, Youth Centre Liaison)


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Assistant Group Scout Leader, Cub Scout Section Leader - Jungle Pack, Group Webmaster and Youth Centre Trustee

Mike - Akela, born in 1969, has been a Cub Scout Leader (CSL) for Jungle Pack since 2014. Mike was ACSL for two years before this and achieved his first set of Wood beads in June 2017. Mike became Assistant Group leader (AGSL) in 2022. He’s a fully trained Archery GB level 2, Rifles, Fencing and Tomahawk instructor, popular activities in the group.

Mike has lived in New Ash Green most of his life. He was one of the first attenders at the Ash Green Cubs and Scouts in the late 1970s.

After starting his working life in magazine publishing, he went on to be Head designer for a South African advertising agency for many years. He now works as a TA and Support staff at a local primary school, he is involved in lots of areas of village life. This includes being part of the Youth Centre Trust, where the Scout Group meets.

He got involved after his son joined Beavers in 2014 and hasn't looked back. Mike finds being a section leader hugely rewarding, helping children learn new skills and overcome their fears and build their confidence.

Mike was awarded the Chief Scouts Commendation for Good Service in November 2019.


Kelly Calow (BSL)


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Beaver Scout Section Leader - Little Dambusters

Born in 1979, Kelly was more of a book worm and not really into sports but did always enjoy climbing trees and making camps in the woods outside her house. It wasn't until her daughter was 6 and joined beavers that she became an occasional parent helper and went with her daughter to her first camp at Hope Hill.

It was at beavers that Kelly saw how much fun the kids had, and the confidence it gave them, that she started helping out more. It wasn't long before she was asked to become an Assistant Beaver Leader with the little Dambusters.

Kelly was awarded the Chief Scouts Commendation for Good Service in January 2022.


Jasper Holliday (ABSL)


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Assistant Beaver Scout Leader - Little Dambusters

Jasper grew up in New Ash Green, and was an active member of Ash Green Scouts in the 1980's & 90's, as a Cub, Scout and Venture. He has very fond memories of the amazing experiences that Scouting opened up for him, and an appreciation for the range of life skills he learned during that time.

Jasper is very pleased to be Assistant Beaver Scout Leader for Little Dambusters Colony, where his elder daughter Rhiannon has been thoroughly enjoying her early years of Scouting.

Jasper has spent the last 18 years in a range of roles with Barclays, where he is currently a Commercial Manager in Branch Transformation. Outside of work he is Chairman of New Ash Green and Hartley Cricket Club, for whom he plays mainly social cricket(!), he acts with both Act One in NAG and Hartley Players, and is an active member of the congregation at St Peter & St Paul, Ash.


Sarah Jacobs (ABSL)


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Assistant Beaver Scout Leader - Little Dambusters

Family time growing up involved a lot of time being spent outdoors, from camping holidays and time at the beach, to horse riding, and this is where my love for the outdoors came from. As a Brownie I completed every badge available and loved my time there so much, I stayed on to help the Brownie Pack and the new children who started.

It wasn't until later in my life, once I had my children that I found my vocation in life and became an Early Years Educator at my son's Pre School. At age 6 my son joined the Little Dambusters and he absolutely loved it. I attended many outdoor activities with him, such as hikes and outdoor sports games and quickly grew to love my time there as much as my son did. In 2019 I became a parent helper which quickly led to me becoming a uniformed Assistant Leader. Beavers learn so much through the activities and it is a joy to watch them grow in confidence before they leave us for Cubs.


Mike Hazlewood (ABSL)


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Assistant Beaver Scout Leader - Little Dambusters

Mike started with Ash Green Beavers (Little Dambusters) shortly after his daughter started. Mike is a carpenter by trade and has lots of practical skills he shares with the Beavers. He is fantastic at fire lighting and camp cooking to name a few.

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Penny O'Reilly (BSL)


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Beaver Scout Section Leader - Little Foresters

Penny is the proud daughter of a Queen's Scout and a former District Commissioner. Some of her earliest memories are from her mum's Guide camps, where she had 30 'big sisters' looking out for her. Penny gave up her post as Brown Owl 20 years ago, knowing one day she'd return. Two weeks after her son was invested as a Beaver, she said "I'll do it". 

Penny lives in New Ash Green with her husband, son and cat, Ziggy. She works part time at the local school and is a member of a residents committee.

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Tracy Wood (ABSL)


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Assistant Beaver Scout Leader - Little Foresters

Tracy became involved in Scouting when her son joined Beavers. She took on the role of Assistant Beaver Scout Leader with Little Foresters Beaver Colony. Tracy comes from a Scouting family where her mother was a Group Scout Leader and also an Assistant District Commissioner for Cubs. Her father, Peter Lewis, is the Group Scout Leader of Ash Green Scout Group (and is also both the Deputy District Commissioner for Swanley District and a County Management Training Adviser.

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Lindsay Ketcher (ACSL)


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Assistant Cub Scout Leader (Forest Pack and Jungle Pack)

Lindsay (Raksha) first joined Ash Green Scout Group in May 2011 as a ACSL & became CSL in September the same year and stayed on until July 2014 before moving out of the area. She returned in January 2017 and became ASCL for Forest Pack & then joined Jungle Pack as well in April 2017. Lindsay enjoys walking, being outdoors & building campfires. She loves the community feel of Ash Green Scout Group & teaching the Cubs new things.

Lindsay got her love for scouting from her dad, Alan Gordon who originally bribed her with chocolate to be an occasional helper before convincing her to take on a more regular role. They often used to discuss programmes & camps & come up with ideas together.


Tanya Williams (ACSL)


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Assistant Cub Scout Leader - Jungle Pack

Tanya started with Ash Green Cubs as an occasional helper when her children started with cubs. She then took on the role of Assistant Cub Scout Leader and then Cub Scout Leader when the previous Akela left the area.

Working as a lecturer at a local college Tanya is a firm believer in working with young people. She likes that a uniformed group can help them develop confidence, make friends and to participate with various activities, including adventurous and traditional scouting accomplishments. Tanya is also a uniformed officer with the Royal Airforce Cadets.


Julie Bass (CSL)


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Cub Scout Section Leader - Forest Cub Pack

Julie joined Ash Green Scout group in July 2015, following encouragement from her friend Helen Richardson, SL of Wilderness and the late Alan Gordon who persuaded her to take on a uniformed role as Assistant Scout Leader.

Her first year was as Assistant Scout Leader with Timber Troop for which she gained her first wood beads, and she still helps Timber Troop on occasion with camps and activity days. In September 2016 she was asked by Charlotte Jarvis to help out with Forest Pack taking on an Assistant Cub Leader role and then becoming Akela (CSL) in April 2018.

Not being from a Scouty background originally, Julie has found that it has become an integral part of her life and has made some amazing friends in her fellow leaders across all sections of Ash Green Group, especially her fiancé Steve Bass (ASL of Timber Troop).

Julie has now lived in New Ash Green for a couple of years and become immersed in village life - as well as working with the Cubs and Scouts she is also a member of NAG Social committee who arrange various village events and support village projects.

Julie finds being a leader really worthwhile - helping young people make friends, develop their confidence and overcome their fears when trying new adventurous activities whilst also learning traditional scouting skills such as backwoods cooking, survival skills and first aid. She is just as keen to take part in (and photograph) the activities as the young people having become both a Fencing and Tomahawk instructor.

Julie is a Chartered Accountant for an ecommerce company, so with her work hours spent indoors at a computer, outside of work she enjoys exploring the outdoors - camping, walking, travelling and anything involving fire!

Julie was awarded the Chief Scouts Commendation for Good Service in July 2021.


Kelly Wills (SL)


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Scout Section Leader - Timber Troop

Born in 1978, Kelly was born into a family who were heavily involved in sea scouting. Her grandfather was the Skipper & Group Scout Leader of 5th Putney sea scouts where her father also attended as a boy.

Kelly attended Brownies as a child & then later on moved to Girl Guides, but later left to pursue other things.

In 2012, her daughter joined the Cub section where Kelly signed up to be an occasional helper. Little did she know that not even after six months she would be in a Leaders uniform being invested by Emma Jones ( our then Group Scout Leader ) as a Assistant Scout Leader where she worked closely along side Alan Gordon. She was then approached to take on a challenge to open a second Beaver Colony & hold an additional role as Beaver Scout Leader for the Colony which she named Little Foresters which started in February 2014.

In 2014, Alan stepped down as Scout Leader & she took on the role, where she underwent & completed all of her training which led to her receiving her Wood Badge. She now currently runs Timber troop.

Kelly was awarded the Chief Scouts Commendation for Good Service in December 2018.


Steve Bass (ASL, ACSL)


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Assistant Scout Leader - Timber Troop, Assistant Cub Leader - Forest Pack



Helen Richardson (SL)


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Scout Section Leader - Wilderness Troop

Born in 1974 and not allowed to be a Cub with her friends she refused to be a Brownie, and preferred to climb trees, fish, and play football! Joined her first Group as an Assistant Cub Leader over 11 years ago, a year after her 2 sons joined as a Cub and a Beaver, becoming first the Cub Leader and Assistant Scout Leader, running both for a while, before passing over the Cubs to be Scout Leader.

She joined Ash Green Scout Group in 2014, having met Alan Gordon at KIJ in 2009 and eventually joining his group to help open the second Scout Troop, Wilderness. She believes strongly that Scouting gives young people opportunity they may not have otherwise, and is always looking for new adventures! She hasn't had a paid job in over 10 years, having given up to home educate her second son, the eldest son stayed in school, firmly believing in doing her best by each child. Her youngest is a daughter of 6, and she also has a grand-daughter of 1. She still loves football, and fishing, being outdoors if possible, making cakes and sweets, and big campfires!

Helen was awarded the Chief Scouts Commendation for Good Service in March 2021.


Clare Peto (ASL)


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Assistant Scout Leader - Wilderness Troop

Clare joined Ash Green Scouts in 2015 and is now an Assistant Cub Scout Leader for Wilderness Troop after spending 6 years as an Assistant Cub leader in Jungle Pack. Having discovered how much fun scouting is and how much she loves a camp fire. She attended Brownies and Girl Guides as a girl and has worked in childcare all her adult life. She has a passion for Special Educational Needs and has worked at a local special needs school for the last five years. She has also taken her enthusiasm for scouting into the school and helped establish and run the scouting group across the secondary department.

Clare has such a 'can do' attitude, which she blames on her inability to say 'no' when anyone asks her for help, but all her friends just say its because she genuinely is a very positive person!

Clare was awarded the Chief Scouts Commendation for Good Service in January 2022.


Mark Jennings (ESL, ASL, Quartermaster)


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Explorer section Scout Leader, Assistant Scout Leader - Timber Troop and Group Quartermaster

Mark first joined Ash Green Scouts in 2002 as a Cub and is yet to leave, moving up to Scouts, a Young Leader whilst an Explorer at Speedwell Explorer Unit and then moving on to become a leader.

Mark became Assistant Cub Leader, Assistant Scout Leader & Group Quartermaster in 2012 when the group was down to only three uniformed leaders, since then he has gained his Nights Away & Climbing Permits. Mark is now the Explorer Leader for our new Unit 'Excelsior Explorers', Assistant Scout Leader with 'Timber Troop' and Group Quartermaster. Mark is often heard saying "The campfire can always be bigger".

Mark was awarded the Queens Scout Award in Novmeber 2018


Paul Richardson (AESL, ASL)


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Assistant Explorer Scout Leader and Assistant Scout Leader - Wilderness Troop

Born in 1972 in Dartford, I didn't come up through scouting unlike most leaders I was an air cadet and then when I was a bit older I joined the territorial army and became a member of 222 field squadron part of the London 101 regiment of royal engineers explosive ordnance disposal but I had to give it up due to work and family commitments but I'm still in touch with most of them.

I finally got involved with scouting in 2009 when I became a group helper at my old group in Wilmington, then I started the same way at new ash green until finally taking on a leader role which I really enjoy I am an assistant scout leader at wilderness troop and assistant explorer scout leader at excelsior explorer unit.


Louise Banks (Exec Chair and Publicity)


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Louise Banks, Executive Group Chairperson and Committee member

Born in 1975, first started helping Ash Green Scout Group in May 2014 after our son joined the Beaver group. I have taken part as a parent helper on a number of camps and provided support to Jungle pack Cubs with some of their activities and badge work.

My role in the committee is to help market and promote the group and celebrate its successes. In my day job I am full time Head of Communications working in healthcare specialities. I also run a local drama group and Secretary of the New Ash Green Junior Rugby club.


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