Paul BentleyDistrict Commissioner
I first began Scouting in 2005 when I was volunteered to be Chair for our local Scout Group. My Children both became members as Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and one an Explorer and Young Leader. Also my Wife became involved as Treasurer and then with Beavers and is currently a Cub Leader.
Subsequently I have held roles at District Level as well as Locally as Section assistants for both Scouts and Explorers.
Having been Assistant District Commissioner (ADC) Communications for a number of years, I am now ready for the challenge of joining the DC team in East Somerset.
Frances FawcettDistrict Commissioner (Avalon area)
Heather PittsDistrict Commissioner (Camelot area)
Pete WardDistrict Explorer Scout Commissioner - Camelot
My scouting started back in Hove as a cub scout where we spent many a weekend out on the South Downs and camping in the New forest nurturing my love for the outdoors, unfortunately there was a long waiting list to move on to scouts so I moved across to Sea Cadets. I later joined the Royal Navy as an aircraft engineering mechanic and spent ten years working from Portland and small ships flights. After leaving the RN I have spent most of my working life within the cheese industry as an engineering manager or in project management where my main focus and passion is within the automation and control of factory systems. I restarted my “career” in scouting in 1998 when I became an occasional helper at my son’s cub group where I stayed until I became a DCSL some 8 years ago before taking up the role of 14-25 commissioner. I have recently become the District Explorer Scout Commissioner for the Camelot area. In my spare time I love hiking and climbing in the British mountains and when the opportunity allows abroad as well. What do i get from scouting? Well I enjoy seeing our young people challenge themselves and the satisfaction they get from succeeding, there is also the satisfaction of working with a great District Team across all sections to deliver “Skills for Life”.
David FrowdeDistrict Explorer Scout Commissioner - Avalon
I started my Scouting as a Cub here in Somerset before moving across the border to Wiltshire where I went on to join Scouts and Venture Scouts. I then took a break from Scouting whilst I started my Career in Retail Design but was always involved in Youth activities helping my Mum with her various Girl Guide Events.
It was not until I moved to London that my Adult Scouting started when I was asked to become a leader in a newly formed unit in Leatherhead, Surrey. A change in jobs though meant I had to leave the area and move back to Somerset where I joined 5th Frome Scouts as an Assistant Leader. It was here that I learnt most of what I know about Scouting and also met my Wife who was the Beaver Leader at the time.
Eventually I wanted a new challenge and I became the Assistant Leader at Edor Explorers. It was during my time with them that I was lucky enough to be selected to go to the 2007 World Scout Jamboree as one of the Counties Leaders and got to meet Scouts from all over the world.
Eventually my job changed paths again and I no longer could commit to a weekly evening and I accepted the position County Shooting Advisor. Target shooting is a sport I have enjoyed for many years and after attending training courses locally in Avon Scouts, I set up the Frome Scout Rifle Club. Along with other adult coaches we had Scouts from the Club go on to represent both the County and their Country in shooting.
I have now recently become the District Explorer Scout Commissioner for Avalon where I hope to be able to use all the Scouting knowledge I have leant over the years to help other Leaders, to offer great programs for the young adults and give them the skills they need in Life.
Charlotte Redfearn-WardAssistant District Commissioner (Scouts)
My Scouting adventure started as a Scout in Langport where I benefitted from varied outdoor activities and the chance to camp locally and internationally. After University, then travelling in Asia, I returned to The Levels as an ASL then SL. On moving to Yeovil, I swapped Troop responsibilities for District, and with some trepidation accepted the role of ADC Scouts. It’s been rewarding to see the Scout Section through the transition to East Somerset, working with a hugely experienced DSL Team, and we now have great cross-District participation in the extensive programme of Camps, Hikes, Competitions and Activities we offer throughout every year – although I particularly enjoy running Backwoods Camp twice a year with my husband, and fellow District Leader, Pete. In our own time we have a passion for hiking and climbing mountains, in Britain and abroad, while at work I am a Partnership Contracts Manager with responsibility for compliance, audit and quality assurance. Many friends made through Scouting are now like family and it’s with their support I’ve continued fully in my role since having our son – whose first camp was Backwoods at 12 weeks old! For me, seeing young people challenge themselves, acquire and apply new skills from opportunities provided by Scouting, and gain confidence as an individual, team member and leader, is what it’s all about.
VacantAssistant District Commissioner (Cubs)
VacantAssistant District Commissioner (Beavers)
Carol TrowbridgeDistrict Young Leader Leader (Avalon)
Louise MacDonaldDistrict Young Leader Leader (Camelot)
Ruth AllenDistrict Media & Marketing Manager
I grew up as part of Brownies and Guides and went through the Girl Guiding leadership programme. I assisted at my own group for nearly 10 years after I’d left guides.
In 2007 I went to university in Bristol and joined an Explorer group there, as a leader for the Young Leaders. I enjoyed this part of my life so much that when life brought me to Yeovil in 2012, I looked for a similar challenge. I visited a beaver colony and was made an ABSL pretty much straight away, and a BSL shortly after. I now run 2 beaver colonies in Yeovil as a BSL with Holy Trinity Scout Group.
I run my own digital marketing business by day, so when I was asked to take on the role of District Media & Marketing Manager in 2018, it seemed like an obvious pairing. I love the challenge of finding new ways to promote the local groups and district as a whole, whilst supporting all the young people on their scouting journeys
Becky HaynesDistrict Secretary
Pam BurchDistrict Treasurer
I was born in East London but moved to what was then Essex but which is now part of Greater London, when I was about 6 weeks old. I was a Brownie & Girl Guide but could not go on to Rangers as I started work and could not get to the meetings.
My first involvement with Scouting was when I moved with my job to Clacton on Sea in the late 1970s and asked what there was to do in the evenings. I became an ACSL and have had a warrant ever since, moving through Devon, Herefordshire and back to Essex/Greater London, where I met my husband who was the Venture Scout Leader.
We moved to Somerset in 1989 and both joined 2nd South Petherton Scout Group. I continued in uniform until our son started Cubs when I became Treasurer to the Group. In 2017 I was asked to take on the role of District Treasurer to East Somerset District.