As some of you may have heard, last week we had the shocking news that Phil Bentley had passed away.

Phil – or Chil to give his Scout name – was Group Scout Leader at 1st Rossett, but much much more beyond that. He was 1st Rossett, arriving during Beavers each Thursday night and then staying for Cubs and Scouts, where he was also Scout Leader, as well as looking after the hut.

He had been Group Scout Leader for almost 30 years and before that a Leader since the 1980s, and a member of 1st Rossett Dealyn Venture Scout Unit. He had followed in the footsteps of his father Ron who had been awarded the Silver Wolf, the highest award in Scouting – Phil himself held the Silver Acorn for specially distinguished service to Scouting.

Phil was a fiercely loyal person, a great mentor to his fellow leaders and above all a friend. He will be very much missed and our thoughts are with all those at 1st Rossett, and of course with Suzie, Joe, Libby, Jacob and Bekah.