Scout leader Brenda was ‘backbone’ of Long Crendon

Scout leader Brenda Cole
Scout leader Brenda Cole

An ‘amazing’ scout leader of 30 years has died of cancer.

Brenda Cole, 75, of Monmouth Close, Aylesbury, helped lead the First Bernwood Forest Scouts, covering Long Crendon and Dinton.

Mrs Cole joined the scouting movement in September 1972 and since then held 18 different positions in the movement. She joined the First Bernwood Forest Scouts in 2004.

Secretary at the group, Sarah Grimwood, says that had it not have been for Mrs Cole, the First Bernwood Forest Scouts would never have continued.

She said: “If Brenda hadn’t got involved scouting in Long Crendon wouldn’t be here.

“When she joined, there were just 18 children across all beavers, cubs and scouts, and now we have a complete pack of beavers, two packs of cubs and a full pack of scouts.

“Brenda really was an amazing lady. She had a huge amount of energy and commitment to the scouts.

“She was also very traditional, which I think was good for the children to see, and was totally committed to making sure all the children who took part had a great time.”

Mrs Cole worked hard to ensure the Long Crendon Scout Hut was rebuilt after an arson attack in March 2007.

This will now be named The Brenda Cole Memorial Scout Headquarters in her honour.

Fellow scout leader Colin Pearce said Mrs Cole’s friends are still coming to terms with her death, as she was incredibly popular.

He said: “Brenda knew scouting inside out. She really was the backbone behind the Long Crendon scouts. She was a great help to all of us leaders, and was a really wonderful lady. Scouting was her life.

“Brenda was very much firm but fair. All the children had to be in uniform, with their shirts tucked in. They wouldn’t like it, but Brenda always used to say that one day they’d be grateful for it.

“It’s all very sad. We’re all still trying to come to terms with her death.”

Mrs Cole’s funeral took place yesterday in Amersham.