The D of E group continues to prosper and grow. The Kelsall group operate under the umbrella of St Philip’s for support such as insurance, DBS processes and checks, using the lounge (and Methodist premises) for meetings. Several church members are leaders, notably Elaine Shakspeare and Daniel Gaskarth, and some church parents are involved, notably Jane Knight leading the steering group.
In 2017 the young people achieved 23 bronze and 14 silver awards, and 12 are making progress with their gold awards. There were 5 major expeditions, the last one being a combined Silver and Gold event with a record 30 young people under canvas, all at one site on one of the nights. In 2018 enrolment has continued to be high (21 bronze, 16 silver and 6 new gold). The annual Awards morning service was held on 4th February with a church full of young people and their families.