Dave and Alan were introduced to pioneering as Scouts and, as a Scout Leader, Dave was able to extend his knowledge and Alan’s assistance was always welcome. When they were approached to write these articles for Scouting, they were happy to collaborate on them. After a year Alan’s commitments meant he could not longer continue, which was when Lesley got involved. Although lacking in technical expertise she built a model of each project from garden canes. This was sent to David Anthony, who produced the drawings that were used in the magazine and can now be found on this site.
Meet the team
Dave BixbyPioneering Projects Creator
Dave joined the Cub Pack at the 1st Morden when he was nine years old. He progressed through the Movement, becoming an Assistant Cub Scout Leader and then, whilst in his early 20s, Acting Group Scout Leader. This role, he felt, was not for him, so he moved to the 16th Morden as Scout Leader. After a few years he returned to the 1st Morden and ran the Troop there from the mid 1980s until 2008. His other roles in Scouting have included tutor on Leadership 1 courses, Acting Group Scout Leader (again), ADC Scouts and he is currently District Commissioner in Wimbledon and Wandle District. He was awarded the Silver Wolf in 2016.
Alan GreenPioneering Projects Creator
After many years as Cub Scout Leader Alan left the 1st Morden and took on the role of District Scout Leader. He has now left Scouting.
Lesley BixbyPioneering Projects Creator
Lesley met Dave and Alan when she joined the 1st Morden as a Cub Instructor. She took out an Assistant Cub Scout Leader appointment and when Dave moved to the 16th Morden she also transferred and took over as Cub Scout Leader. After nearly six years she took a break to bring up two children but was soon back Scouting as District Secretary of Morden and St Helier and later, after the merger with Mitcham, of Wandle District. After 11 years she exchanged one secretarial role for another and became County Secretary for Greater London Scout West as well as being Badge Secretary, newsletter editor and a District Administrator. For the past few years she has been County Training Administrator and continues with many of her District roles. She was awarded the Silver Wolf in 2020.