It is with great pleasure I am able to announce the appointment of Emily and Matt Morris as joint Activity Centre Managers for one of our most treasured possessions, Queen Charlottes Wood. Matt and Emily will be responsible to the day to day running and long term development of the site, while Ben Nugent will continue in his role as Bookings Manager for both Queen Charlotte’s Wood and our sister site in North Wales, Clogwyn. I asked Matt and Emily if they could write a little bit themselves and what they are most excited about the role.

Emily, Matt and daughter Dora

“We are thrilled to be taking on the role of QCW managers. In Short, our vision for QCW is for it to become the go to place for back woods and back to basics scouting.

Let us introduce ourselves to those who may not know us..

We have both grown up through scouting, Matt was part of 4th Runcorn and Emily was part of 14th Widnes. We met through Explorer Scouts, on a weekend away at Clogwyn – So if it wasn’t for scouting, we wouldn’t be happily married and have our Daughter, Dora.

Matt has carried on his involvement in scouting by becoming a Assistant Explorer Scout Leader at Cestrian, among other roles including DESC and a District Executive Committee member along the way. Matt currently balances this with a career as a process engineer in chemical manufacturing. Emily helped to run Mersey Weaver Network and organised the Network Ball on a number of occasions, before deciding to take a break from scouting whilst she pursued a career within the emergency services.

We are extremely keen to develop on the legacy that April and Ian built over many years of hard work and dedication. As a family we feel that this is an amazing opportunity for us and we are ready for whatever challenges QCW may throw at us. This includes the current Coronavirus Pandemic; which will inevitably impact on what we can achieve in the immediate future. However, we hope that within the next 12 – 18 months we can develop some of the teams ideas into reality.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the current volunteers at QCW, who have overcome many challenges in recent months and continue to do a brilliant job. We hope that moving forward, we can work alongside you to develop and expand the on site volunteering.

With that in mind, this is our ‘Call to arms’ – If you believe that you could help us with weekly maintenance, warden duties or a particular project please contact us via
Or if you think you have any other skills that we might be able to make use of then please, do not hesitate to get in touch.”