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Full Name: Veronica Duff

Age: Over 21!

Years In Scouting: I was involved in fundraising and comittee member from 1979

Years Leader Service: May 1985

Hometown: Live in Lowestoft, always have, born here.

Previous Groups: None

Current Occupation: Driving Instructor

Ramblers. Reading.

Motto: I think the scout one doing your best is pretty good.

Bio: I enjoy life generally. My job and my hobbies. I like to keep busy. I’ve got 3 grown up sons all of whom have been in Scouting with 1st Carlton Colville. My oldest son started canoeing with the scouts and has gone on to canoe for England. He is currently a sergeant in the RAF. My youngest was the 1st Beaver in Lowestoft starting a few days before his 6th birthday & went through all 4 sections. Now in his 30’s he still enjoys hiking using the map reading skills he learnt with Scouts.

Full Name: Stephen Peter Bell

Age: 58

Years In Scouting: 50

Years Leader Service: 40

Hometown: Beccles

Previous Groups: 1st Worstead and Sloley, 2nd Coltishall

Current Occupation: Retired

Aviation Photography, Hillwalking, Private Pilot

Motto: Omni Facto Sum


Bio: I was born in Burgh Castle in 1955, but moved to Tunstead in 1959 where I live for the next 23 years before spending a spell in Frettenham and moving to Beccles in 1990.


I attended Tunstead school, thence The Paston School in North Walsham and the University of Manchester where I graduated in the Mechanics of Fluids (otherwise known as Aeronautical Engineering). As the Aviation Industry had helpfully been nationalised a year before I graduated plans to work in it were dashed, so I began training as a teacher, after three months I realised that I wasn’t much good at it so I left the course and joined Norwich Union as a Computer Programmer to earn some money whilst I looked for a proper job. 32 years later I took early retirement and with the exception of a year spent working in the US as a consultant have been retired since. I work, voluntarily, at the Norfolk and Suffolk Aviation Museum at Flixton part time.


I joined what was then Wolf Cubs in 1963 with 1st Worstead and Sloley pack, moving on to 2nd Coltishall (RAF) Air Scouts where I stayed as Scout, then Assistant Scout Leader and Scout Leader for 26 years. I have held roles as Assistant District Commissioner (Scouts & GD), Assistant County Commissioner, Assistant Leader Trainer and Leader Trainer in Norfolk. In 1997 I decided to get back to my roots and joined 1st Carlton Colville where I have been ever since (as Assistant Scout Leader, Scout Leader and Assistant Group Scout Leader). I am interested in anything to do with aviation, hill walking and photography.

Full Name: Kevin Blowers

Age: 54

Years in Scouting: 44

Years leader service: 36

Home town: Mutford

Previous Groups: None

Current occupation: Electrician

Hobbies: Ornithology, Fishing, Wildlife conservation

Motto: Be prepared, and don’t let the naughty ones get you down

Bio:  I was born and brought up in Pakefield and hence 1st CC was my local Scout Group. I enjoyed many years with the Scouts before becoming one of six founding members of 1st CC  Venture Unit in 1975. In 1978 I became a Cub Scout Leader with the group (Iris Smith being Akela), before becoming Akela myself when the then Akela (Sheila Hawes) became very ill, I took it on temporarily for six months. 18 years later my oldest daughter (Gemma, the current Akela) showed an interest in taking on the role and so I morphed to become one of the two AGSLs.

I am married to Maree (who is on the executive committee) and have three grown up daughters, Gemma (Akela), Lisa (Bagheera) and Donna (who helps out at camps). I also have a son who is a Beaver in 1st CC so you could say that 1st CC is one big family.

Full Name: Emma Castleton

Emma is our new Beaver Leader who has recently taken over from Veronica, who has taken up the role of GSL (Group Scout Leader) after around 25 years with the Beavers.

Emmas’ profile to be loaded on to the site soon.

 Full Name: Gemma Buck

Age: Over 29

Years In Scouting: 15

Years Leader Service: 10

Hometown: Lowestoft

Previous Groups: None

Current Occupation: Support Worker

Spending time with my family and Scouting .

Motto: Live everyday to the full you never know what might happen tomorrow

Bio: I have been involved in scouting for most of my life as I was 10 weeks old at my 1st Cub Camp. When I was younger, girls were not allowed to join Scouts so although I spent all of my summer holidays at Cub Camp I didn’t join the movement until i was 14 when I became a Venture with 1st Carlton. When I was 18 I took out a warrant as an ACSL. Then in 2008 I took on the role as CSL (Akela) taking over from my Dad, who is now AGSL.

Full Name: Matt Harper

Role: Scout Leader (SL)

Age: 24

Years In Scouting: 19

Years Leader Service: 6

Hometown: Lowestoft

Previous Groups: None

Current Occupation: Project Manager for BT

Hobbies: Norwich season ticket holder, The Big Bang Theory & The Apprentice, going on holiday, reading (Game of Thrones, Harry Potter, Jurassic Park, The Shining), PS4, tropical fishkeeping. In I created and run this website and more recently the new Lowestoft district website

Motto: Never settle for second best

Bio: Grew up in Lowestoft, started 1st Carlton as a Beaver when I was 5, and then went through Cubs, joined Scouts and became an APL then a PL. After Scouts, Steve (The Scout Leader at the time) asked me to stay on as a Young Leader. I took out my warrant and became a full ASL (Assistant Scout Leader) when I turned 18, and in early 2012 I became the first ever 1st Carlton Young Leader to become a fully qualified ASL, completing my official training. In August 2014 I took on the role of Scout Leader from Jess who swapped with me to become an assistant- and I’m now in charge of running the troop (which I’m really enjoying- it keeps me busy!!).

I’m the youngest leader at 1st Carlton- working alongside the Beaver, Cub and Scout leaders that were in charge when I was in the sections myself! I really enjoy my Scouting and I’m 1st Carlton through and through- and I honestly believe I would not be in the life & career position I am in today without it- in particular knowing how to get along and work in a team with people of all ages and backgrounds has been invaluable.

I’m based at Adastral Park in Ipswich for my work- I’m a program/project manager working on BTs HR Transformation Program and I also lead on rationalising BT Groups system estate.