Trawden Scout chief Eric dies

THE inspirational man behind Trawden’s scouting movement has died, aged 86, after suffering a short illness.

Keen gardener Eric Hounslow helped to form the first Cub group in the village in the 1970s with his late wife Marian.

Among other ideas, Eric, who was a pupil at Christ Church Primary School, was the founder of the local Scout and Guide band, and the popular gang shows. He also organised many camping trips.

Much of his work lives on to this day, and can be seen in the Scout, Brownie, and Guide groups, as well as in the Cubs.

Eric leaves his wife Shirley, children Steven and Christine, two step-children Alwyn Lord and Sharon Hargreaves, and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Paying tribute to his dad, Steven (59) said: “He was the inspiration of it all.

“He was well known in the village through his involvement with the youth.

“The children were so involved and were doing something nearly every day — he got the parents’ backing.

“There were sometimes more than 100 Cubs, Scouts and Guides at the monthly church parades.

“It wasn’t just him, there was a lot more people involved, but he was the one that started it off in the beginning.”

The former caretaker at Trawden Forest Primary School, who also worked for over 20 years as a driver at Trawden Laundry, stepped down as Cub leader after 15 years in the role.

It was at this point that he began spending more time on his garden, which was awarded various prizes by Trawden Parish Council. He also enjoyed whist, travelling, and was one of the founding members of Trawden Forest Bowling Club.

His wife Shirley (84), of Lachman Road, said: “He was such an unassuming man.

“I will remember him with a lot of affection. People admired him.

“He was caring, very very caring. I couldn’t ask for more.

“He was never left once in his final days, which gave me strength.”

A service was held for Eric at Skipton Crematorium, where the final song was The Carpenters’ classic “Yesterday Once More”.

The family would like to thank Denis Hartley and Son Funeral Services for their continued support, as well as to all their friends.