New Year's Honour for Bob Bushell
Bob Bushell, District President of Royal Kingston, has been awarded a Medallist of the Order of the British Empire in recognition of his forty five years service to scouting.
Bob began his scouting career as a Troop Instructor and then Assistant Scout Leader, he was appointed Assistant Venture Scout Leader at the 1st Hook in May 1973 for three years. In 1982 Bob took on responsibilities within the district and was Surbiton District Commissioner from September 1986 for ten years. Bob held the Assistant County Commissioner (Activities) appointment for four years from May 2000 then, for a further six years he was the Royal Kingston District Commissioner.
The British Empire Medal (BEM) was established in 1922 to replace the Medal of the Order of the British Empire. The British Empire Medal is a British medal awarded for meritorious civil or military service worthy of recognition by the Crown. Recipients are entitled to use the post-nominal letters "BEM".
In 1922 the original medal was split into two new honours. While the Medal of the Order of the British Empire for Gallantry and the Medal of the Order of the British Empire for Meritorious Service.
The BEM was awarded to subjects of the United Kingdom until 1992. Following the 2011 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, Prime Minister David Cameron, announced that the medal would once again be issued in the United Kingdom, beginning in 2012, to coincide with the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.
Many congratulations to Bob together with thanks for his service to scouting.