It is my sad duty to announce that our great friend and fellow Scout leader Mr Richard Moore passed away in hospital yesterday, aged 27. He had been ill for some years and soldiered on regardless, with great zest for life. Richard was an outstanding example to young people and adults, and was always present when there was hard work to be done. He made a tremendous contribution to the life and work of both our Troops, to us as a Group and to the 1st Tatsfield Scouts, and also to East Surrey District. Only in recent weeks he received a citation from the Scout Association for meritorious conduct in the face of great adversity. Richard was himself a former 1st Oxted Scout and was also a holder of the Queen’s Scout Award – the highest award a uniformed Scout can earn. He served in the Royal Navy, and until only recently was working full time as an air-conditioning engineer. We will all sorely miss our dear friend Richard Moore.