Duke of Edinburgh Awards

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. 

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Service at St Philip’s.

On January 27th 2019 we held our Annual Duke of Edinburgh Awards’ Service at St Philip’s.  It was great to see the church full of young people and their families to celebrate the achievement of gaining their Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards.

This year we had 37 Awards to be presented and the service was attended by Karen Green, MBE, who is the ‘Edsential’ Duke of Edinburgh Award Manager for our region.

We have had expeditions in N Wales, Shropshire, Yorkshire, Derbyshire and the Lake District and we have over 60 young people enrolled with us at all 3 levels of the Award. Already this year we have enjoyed our first ‘training’ day hike on the Sandstone Trail with all 21 newly recruited Bronzes and 2 groups of enthusiastic Silvers.

We are particularly proud of our Gold Award group, seven of whom are attending Buckingham Palace on May 13thto be presented with their Certificates.  They are:  Anna Robinson, Annabelle Jones, Tom Adkins, Sam Grinter, Rebecca Goodier, Anna Richardson and Lucy Phillipson.  Congratulationsto them all!

Two other ‘special’ awards were presented at the Awards’ Service.  One was to Jonty Pattinson, who has done both Bronze and Silver with us, which was a West Cheshire Youth & Community Award for a ‘Young Person showing Outstanding Achievement’ and is richly deserved, and the other to Peter Moore who set up the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in Kelsall ten years ago and achieved the CWAC ‘Adult volunteer of the year’ which is for unpaid volunteers in the community working for the benefit of young people.

We surprisingly received further awards in February, as Daniel Gaskarth, Elaine Shakspeare and Pete Moore were given ‘Ten year’ certificates for service with the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in Cheshire and Sue Hannan a ‘Five year’ award.  We also have two keen new leaders, Phil Manley and Steve Sheard, and the Duke of Edinburgh group seems to go from strength to strength.

Thank-you for supporting this venture and for your prayers and for letting us share the young people’s achievements here in church.

Elaine Shakspeare