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Tom Webb Hampshire Vice President – Gone Home

It is with sadness that we have this week heard of the passing of Tom Webb, one of Hampshire Scouts Vice Presidents. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife and family at this time



Arrangements for Toms funeral are;-

10 April 2015 at 1200 hrs

Kingsdown Crematorium, Kingdown Lane, Swindon, SN25 6SG

Post funeral drinks and light refreshments at The Crown, 11 High Street, Shrivenham, Swindon Wilts, SN6 8AN. from approximately 1330 hrs

Family Flowers only please, but if you wish Donations to Parkinson’s UK

Please advise if you are able to come so that catering can be arranged.

A couple of tributes;-

During my time as Deputy County Commissioner and County Commissioner from 1983 to 1991 I had the benefit of a superb county team all of whom had brilliant qualities of leadership and commitment.

On hearing of the death of my friend Tom Webb it brought back memories of a remarkable man of considerable-enew: grand-devotion to the Scout Movement and particularly during the period between 1983 and 1988 when he was responsible for employing scores of unemployed people under the umbrella of Hampshire Scout Enterprises Ltd which was a government imitative {Manpower Services Commission.} Tom was appointed ACC (Community Programme and Hampshire Scout Enterprises)

This took up hours of Tom’s spare time but as an accountant and management consultant he took that in his stride. However, Tom was also a member of the County leader Training Team having been a Scouter in Southampton Basingstoke. Chandlers Ford, Dartford in Kent and in Oxfordshire before settling in Hampshire. By nature Tom was a modest and caring man and an excellent counsellor.

From 1992 to 1995 he was a Director of The Scout Association Trust Corporation and was auditor to the Brownsea Island Scout and Guide Committee. His international service started in 1978 as an Advisor to the World Scout Bureau in Geneva where he was also an Instructor with the Geneva Troop of Boy Scouts of America

Ironically Tom was not a Scout as boy and did not join the Movement until he was 33 and had served 15 years in the Territorial Army leaving in the rank of Major. Tom was awarded the Silver Wolf in 1991. Tom will leave an indelible mark on Hampshire Scouting

We send out sympathy to his devoted wife Eileen and family at this sad time

Roy Farmers Vice President;


After reading Roy’s appreciation of Tom there is not much I can add. For short time during Roy’s time as County Commissioner I was one of three Deputies with Ron Townsend, and Tom.


Whilst Ron looked after administration and I was in a programme and training role, Tom seemed to pick up all the other responsibilities including development and external contacts.


Tom was a true ‘back room person’ who quietly and confidently sold Scouting to all who we felt needed to know what was happening. His long list of roles both in Hampshire, the UK and Europe demonstrate his wide experience and huge contribution to Scouting in all three arenas.


It is only when a person like Tom moves on into another role that those left appreciate the huge amount of work he did and how valuable his legacy is to Hampshire Scouting.


I will always recall his quiet persistence which always won the day when all the emotion and shouting had died down.


I last met Tom at the gathering when Dame Mary received her Silver wolf, and he told me how much he missed the hustle and bustle of being active in a County role. He added that he had persuaded his grandson to bring him down to Ferny Crofts from his home in Swindon, but talking to his grandson later he said there was no need for persuasion it was a reward to see his grandfather so happy in the company of his many friends.


Richard Merefield, Vice President

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