A Brief History of Amblecote Holy Trinity Scout Group 1911-2011

By
Bernard Robert Hewins MBE GSL

Introduction

     Researching the history of the group proved difficult but interesting.

     It is probably like many Scout groups, Amblecote began by a few lad’s meeting together to practice skills set out by Lord Baden Powell and published in fortnightly issues called ‘’Scouting for Boys’’. From this simple start the group was born, being run by the clergy of the time, the Reverend Henry Milton Crabbe (1879-1942) and his assistant, the Reverend Lionel Charles Littlewood. Reverend Crabbe was the vicar of Holy Trinity Church, Amblecote, from 1913 to 1936.

In the Beginning

     My history really starts when the group was organised by Rev. H M Crabbe at the end of 1914-1918 war.

     By 1920 group camps were being enjoyed by members of the group, and the membership had increased enough to warrant the building of a new headquarters.

     In 1921 the group started raising money to build a suitable building.

     After several meetings a building was found which was twice the size of the one at the Vicarage (in Vicarage Road), at a cost of £50.

     The money raising was started initially by each lad paying on a subscription card to which parent and friends could make contributions. When £20 had been raised it was decided that the Scouts should put on two plays to add to the funds, and a further £10 was raised. Lady Grey (of Enville Hall) then donated £5 which brought the total to £35.

     The group had to wait for a while before any more money was forthcoming. The County Commissioner, Lord Hampton, gave a lecture about his experiences in Egypt and Palestine, and, with a concert given by the Guides, the target of £50 was raised and passed. A further donation by Mrs Thompson boosted the funds to over £60.

     At this point it was decided to go for a larger building of 60ft x 20ft at a cost of £85 (this building stood where the shop in Vicarage Road above the hospital now stands). With the building fund well on target, the group was enjoying camps and sporting activities, so, from a few lads forming the Lion Patrol and meeting at Thomas Webb Glassworks, Holy Trinity Scouts were now a thriving group.

     The group continued to progress, and by 1936, when Rev. H M Crabbe left, moving to Temple Balsall, the troop and Cub pack were well established. Little has been said about the pack, yet the Cub pack is very important for the grounding of all good Scouts.

     In the early days this valuable work was carried out by Lady Cub Leaders, Akala Miss D Hinds, assisted by Miss R Levi. In 1936 our old friend Tom Chance had taken over the pack assisted by Victor Gill and G Gibson. However, war again made things look bleak. R Shotten and H Watson kept things going with help from C Leyland and E M Ashford because, V Gill, Scoutmaster G Wilkinson and A Chance were in uniform along with many of the older Scouts.

     At this point the group met in a building in Hill Street opposite the “Darby Bake House’’.

     They were difficult times, but true scouting spirit prevailed and patrol camps were held at Kinver, Hillpool and Dodford, transport being the famous Trek Cart, which was pulled by Scouts.


Rev. Crabbe is in the centre at the back - place and year are not known.

     At the end of the war many of the lads returned to pick up the threads. Unfortunately, V Gill, J Perry and E Holt were killed in action, and they are remembered by a memorial window in Amblecote Church.

     By 1946 A J Chance had taken over the group and the first seaside camp since the war was held at Criccieth, North Wales. Tom Chance had once more returned to the pack. Food from ration books was donated by the parents, and, travelling by train with a patrol or two from the Wollaston St James group, we set out for Criccieth.

     After a good camp the groups recovery was well on the way, aided by a fine Rover Scout Crew, so good scouting was assured.

     1947 the group once again camped in Wales, this time at Harlech, but Scout Leader A Chance and Scout P Hewins attended the peace jamboree at Moisson in France, this was the first jamboree after the war hence its title.

     The following years places like Fairbourne, North Wales and Seaton in Devon were visited for camps.

     In 1953 senior scouts R Hewins and B R Hewins attended the Scout Coronation Service in Westminster Abbey as members of the Worcestershire Party.

     Other members of the group visited the World Jamboree held in Sutton Park in 1957. K Fellow was an Amblecote scout who camped, while other scouters helped on the service crew. The 50’s saw Amblecote group putting on their first ‘’Gang Show’’, it was such a success it was soon followed by a second show with such items as the Ladies Choir and Educating Alfie, the last of these being written and produced by scout David Penn, son of one of the groups first Scout Leaders.

     About this time a change of leaders came, A Chance had taken on district duties, so Ron Hayden took over as Scout Leader, with Percy Hewins as his assistant. The senior scouts were functioning well under leader N Meredith, R Chapman and C Hewins, and held their meetings in the control room at the rear of the Church Hall.


Inside the Old Coach House.
On the left is Martin Yardley, from the right is Martin Dangerfield, Paul Whiley,
William Heathcock and David Jones.

     At the end of the 50’s the group was looking to build new headquarters and move from the Old Coach House at the Vicarage on the High Street.


Christopher Watson, Stephen Bills and Martin Yardley in the grounds of the Vicarage
(on the high Street).
The single storey building is where the Guides meet.
The church tower is behind the trees.

     The troop was now being run by B Hewins assisted by M Walker and R Hewins, A Chance being Scout Leader. The pack had expanded so it was necessary to form a second pack, one being run by T Chance and the other by S Bashford, both being assisted by M Davies and D Bourne, and later joined by R Mills and M Jay.

     The pack and troop continued to camp together assisted by a never tiring rover crew, with rover scout N Rudge being a wonderful quartermaster and catering officer.

     The troop and pack at this time were having much success in district competitions, winning at camping and cross country running. The group continued to develop its annual camps usually by the sea, supported by smaller camps at local sites, a favourite being at Stone, Kidderminster.

     During this period a headquarters committee was reformed but progress was slow, A Chance had returned from district duties and began to speed things up. Group Committee Chairman, J Jay got a waste paper drive organized, which brought in valuable funds.

     It was at this time that the scout troop started some new activities, including mountain walking and canoeing, building its own canoe from wood and canvas. The troop also enjoyed two weeklong canal cruises, one on the Stratford canal, and the other on the Grand Union canal. Scout Malcolm Dixon represented Amblecote at the world jamboree in Tokyo 1971.

     In 1970, after several years of hard work, the group were able to purchase a piece of land in School Drive, Amblecote, which is where our present headquarters now stand. It was built partly by professionals and partly by group members, with Group Chairman Mr E Walsh being a never tiring force.


Inspecting the foundations.
The houses in the background face onto Collis Street.


Scout Hut being built in School Drive.

     When the headquarters was finally completed, it was opened by G Wilkinson, ex Amblecote Leader and supporter, who expressed tribute to all who had made it possible. Shortly after the opening, A Chance once more returned to District Duties.

     A new Group Scout Leader, Mr B Jordan, was appointed but unfortunately, after three difficult years due to pressure of business, was forced to retire.

     The pack was again re-organised, being taken over from D Smythe who had to finish due to ill health. At this point the group recovery was in the hands of scout leader B Husslebee and assistants B Hewins and M Walker. With two fine cub leaders M Delves and B Avey, and with R Hewins returning as group scout leader, the stage was set for first class scouting at Amblecote. However after getting the cub pack really well organised, once again we lost an excellent leader to the district team, Mike Delves taking up the role of ADC for cubs, and soon making his mark.

     So in 1982 the group was once more reorganized, for Amblecote always tried to keep up to date, and a mixed venture unit was formed run by ASL B Hewins and Mrs Irene Worrall, further moves were made with Trevor Worrall becoming scout leader with M Walker and B Hewins assisting.

     The cub packs was now being run by Akala J Roden assisted by Mrs R Dyche and D Dando. The group was soon getting good results with scouts gaining chief scout awards, and venture scouts gaining Queen scout awards along with explorer belts, which took the venture scouts to Austria in 1981 and 1983. Along with the other section of the group numbers grew and a second pack was started, one being run by J Roden, S Ludlam and Mrs R Bridge and the other by Mrs P Butcher, Miss J Tomkins and Mrs J Dixon.

     But once again fate struck with the loss of A Chance and B Husselbee after long illnesses.

     During the end of the 70’s the group was getting involved in two new activities, one being marching band and the other pedal car racing. I will mention the pedal car racing first, in 1978 the group gained its first trophy, I will give more details later. At this time our marching band was also making good progress.

     Throughout the 80’s the group was enjoying success in most fields, district competition, band engagements, and pedal car racing.

     The 80’s also saw more development with the formation of a Beaver colony under the leadership of Miss S Ludlam and Miss V Bristow, H Atkins and Mrs S Povey. This new section also bought rise to the numbers in the other section. Soon a second colony was formed, also the scout troop expanded to two nights per week.

     At this time the leadership team had changed, B Hewins GSL, scout leader T Worrall, cub leaders Miss S Ludlam, Mrs R Bridge, Mrs P Butcher, D Bristow and K Worrall. Venture scout leader B Avey and Mrs J Dixon. Mrs Irene Worrall had joined the scout troop along with D Heathcock and R Butcher, other leaders were Colin Robins cub leader, Mrs J Bedworth and Mrs W Barnett.

     The 80’s and 90’s bought new activities once again with the venture scouts taking up rock climbing and canoeing, while the scouts started sports days, target shooting, fishing and cooking competitions.

     It was at this time the group started overseas visits for annual camps. First camp was held in Holland at a scout hostel at Overahssel at Gilwell St Walrick, this was followed by a visit to Delft and the Lech Valley, Austria.

     The group also began to do more community work, raising money for ‘train a dog for the blind’, and raising money by holding carol services with the guides for such causes as Dr Barnados, special baby care unit, as well as other charities. The group also sold poppies for Amblecote British Legion and made up parcels for senior citizens in School Drive.

     The group continued to flourish throughout the 90’s and into the 2000’s.

     In 2010 the group once again experienced a change in leadership with group scout leader Brian Avey retiring and the Rev. Allan Williams taking over with Tim Alcock scout leader and helper D Hawkins, the cub pack Akala Mrs P Butcher, Dave Green and helper Mrs P Hawkins.

     In 2011 the group celebrated its centenary with an open day which had displays of photographs and models, along with reports and log books which had to be written through some thirty years. The scouts also did some cooking and erected an arial runway which was enjoyed by both young and old.

     The celebrations were concluded with camp at Blackwell Court near Bromsgrove to which all sections of the group visited at some time, many on-site activities were enjoyed and the camp closed with a camp fire and pig roast.

     I hope all who read this report of Amblecote Group History will understand some of the pleasure I have enjoyed being a member of this group.

     Bernard R Hewins MBE - Ex-Group Scout Leader and Hon Member

     Please read on for some highlights:
  1) An article from Stourbridge Crystal Gazer 1921
  2) Report by Rev. H M Crabbe
  3) The 1940’s
  4) Chief Scouts Challenge
  5) Pedal Car Events
  6) The Band
  7) International links
  8) Refurbishment
  9) A day at Buckingham Palace
10) Group Warranted Leaders
11) More community work
12) Service and Awards

1) Report from Stourbridge Crystal Gazer

     A cricket match was played at Hagley school ground between Hagley Ramblers and Amblecote Holy Trinity. The latter won the toss and put Hagley in to bat. The first four wickets fell for no runs, Amblecote bowling and fielding being very keen. After this Hagley suddenly remembered that it was as well to score runs in a match and after a useful innings by C Harvey, a stand by the Captain, P L R Perry and S Oldnal producing some 30 runs. After Perry had been run out the innings soon came to an end leaving Amblecote 70 to win. They opened well with Bridgens and Brick batting well until with 12 runs on the board, the latter was caught by Foley for seven. For the third wicket Bridgens and Walker put a good stand producing 13 runs, and at 30 up, with Bridgens and Walker scoring freely, it looked as if Hagley’s chances had gone. However on the departure of these batsmen the remaining wickets fell cheaply, the last five only putting on six runs.

2) Camp Report by H M Crabbe

     Leaving Stourbridge by train at 8.50pm on Friday 2nd August, we has a good run into Brean Road Station which we reached about 8am on Saturday. We spent several hours in a siding at Hereford which gave those of us who could curb their excitement the chance of a few hours sleep, a couple of farm waggons and a few seats in a motor bus enabled us and our baggage to cover the two miles or three miles to the campsite. This is about five miles north of Burnham on Sea and two or three hundred yards from a wide expanse of sand. The tide however goes out a long way and this made bathing difficult to arrange. We have a large level field big enough for camp football and cricket. On Saturday 3rd August we just had time to get the majority of the canvas pitched before torrents of rain, continuing through the night, began to pour down on us, but we were glad to turn in early, and we did not believe in leaky tents.

     Sunday morning broke with the weather still threatening, but the scout master gave orders at 7am that an attempt would be made to attend the Holy Communion Service at Brean Church at 8am. It was a great joy that in spite of one intervening shower we were able to continue our custom unbroken. The general spirits, discipline and health of the camp are excellent in every way, and everything points to Brean being a worthy successor in every way of our past camping efforts.

     Mrs Robinson, who had four sons in camp, is in a little cottage nearby, and her help in the store tent is invaluable. The astonishing willingness, indeed, eagerness on the part of rovers and patrol leaders to visit the farm for supplies of milk, butter, eggs etc., is quite a feature of the camp life. There must be something to account for this. The heavenly twins, messrs Tom and Arthur Chance, are having their fourth camp and are both now thoroughly experienced and reliable patrol leaders of the Kangaroo patrol and Peewit patrol, and an equally good service is being given by P L Joe Billingham, Otter patrol and Reg Woodall, Hawk patrol.

     We continue to send our love to all our friends at home and hope later to continue this account of our doings.

     As previously said camp started with Church parade, marching with flags flying and drums playing, we nearly filled the little Church and while the Vicar was vesting we sang unaccompanied ‘’Hallelujah Sing to Jesus’’ and our post communion hymn was ‘’Now thank we all our God’’. About 21 of us made communion. After the service the sun broke through and until evening we had a glorious day.

     Monday was ‘’visitors day’’ and as we were expecting a large muster, we were up early breakfasting at 7.30am, getting the camp tidy before making plans to entertain our friends.

     The first arrived just before lunch and others came in parties, some having come by train and some by road. A few from the description of their exciting adventures seemed to have explored the greater part of Somerset before reaching camp. In the end we had about 50 visitors, and we all sat down to tea together in camp at 4pm and a very jolly party it was. We were all very proud to act as hosts to such an appreciative gathering. We are sorry not to be able to make a complete list, but among those who came were Mr & Mrs Henry Wilkinson, Mr & Mrs Chapman, Mr & Mrs Woodall, Mr & Mrs Perkins, Mr & Mrs Cole, Mr & Mrs Webb (Brettle Lane), Mr & Mrs Harper (Vicarage Road), Mr & Mrs Walker (Brettle Lane), Mrs Rudge, Mrs Lowe (Villa Street), Mr & Mrs Simpson, Mrs Hiscocks, Mrs Edmonds, Mrs Bills. After the visitors left the rain came down again, and most of the younger people spent the evening in the scout masters tent with the gramophone.

     This Tuesday was Rover scout George Wilkinsons eighth birthday in camp, he is now 18. His brother scouts as usual had a birthday present ready and this time it took the form of a small axe, which was enthusiastically presented to him on parade, it is a suitable present because George has always cut plenty ice.

     For a birthday outing with a few friends we chose to visit Cheddar caves this morning in the car. We are a party of 49 all told, the cubs number 11 in the charge of ACM Arnold Webb assisted by Frank Cole.

     Other leaders include troop leader Howard Gibson and rover scout Billy Robinson, as well as patrol second Jack Brooks and assistant scout master Billy Robinson, Tom Robinson and Jack Brooks.

3) The 40’s

     My memories gained from the 40’s both sad and happy, sadly several of the group were killed in action, J Perry, E Holt and Victor Gill. On the happy and adventurous side saw A Chance and P Hewins join the Worcestershire contingent at the World Jamboree in France and senior scouts C Hewins, L Rowbottom, M Walker and M Davies hitchhiked from Brierley Hill, at 4am, to the docks to board a ferry to France. Their first visit was Bleriot Plage and their first campsite Sangratte, they then journeyed on to Wissant and Ambleteuse after covering about 29km along the coast and the same distance back. They made their way back to England, making a visit to the group camp at Dawlish, Devon, then returning home by train in all some 805 miles.

4) Chief Scouts Challenge

     In 1983 the chief scout challenge was first instituted and four scouts from Amblecote decided to go for it, full of enthusiasm Kevin Worrall, Darren Lea, Andrew Butcher and Paul Smythe set about deciding on a project and working out a route with campsites, for what was to be a three day expedition.

     On return they were required to give a written report to the district commissioner and give a promotion to a public meeting. This was also watched by the DC, and if satisfactory, which it was, they passed the test.

     The project they chose was a life in the Clee Hill’s, during the period of mining and how it affected the area. They spent three days researching the project hiking through the area and camping overnight.

     These lads did extremely well, being the first lads in the county to receive the award.

5) Pedal Car - The Road to Championship

     Earlier in my history I have mentioned this popular, successful event. The lads who rode the cars, and the dedicated management team who developed the team and cars.

     They started getting involved in 1970’s, but by the end of the 70’s had won their first trophy with their car Amblecote Arrow. It was a solidly built car and moved very well, but it was realised that if we were to compete with cars from Kinver and Norton, drastic changes had to be made. The management team Paul Lea, Roger Griffiths, Paul Smith and Michael Bristow were soon to put Amblecote on the map.

     Roger managed to get the chasis fabricated from aluminium which lightened the cars greatly, and, with improved wheels and gearing, many of the problems were solved, and trophies soon lined the walls. In the mid 80’s Merv Bonett joined the team replacing Paul Smith. Merv’s expertise kept the cars tip top and we were soon national champions, which was to last 10 years.

6) The Band

     From early days the group has had a drum corp. but I have said little about it, so now I will. The band used to lead a church parade every month and the district St Georges Day Parade. However, due to new regulations church parade had to cease. The band was developed with T Worrall being band master, it soon became very popular at anniversaries, school fetes, carnivals and for many years led carol singers round Ridge Hill Hospital.

     The band soon got a regular booking to play at Kinver and Enville Royal British Legion Parades, where bandsman Stephen Houghton played last post and revallie on his trumpet. So as to be able to perform in all weathers the group purchased waterproofs.

7) International Links

     The groups first international link were, as I have reported, in the 1940’s.

     But the group had members visit France in the 50’s with M Walker, M Davies, L Bridgins and B Bourne repeating the visit to France as in the 40’s.

     Our next international link was in 1971 when Malcombe Dixon went to the world jamboree in Tokyo.

     In 1982, venture scouts, Miss S Cook, Miss S Hewins, Miss J Tomkins and Mr Staylor attended the European rover moot at Zellhof near Salzburg in Austria.

     At the same time venture scouts, R Butcher, D Heathcock and A Dixon participated in the explorer belt in Salzkammergut region of Austria, two lads were successful, and R Butcher and D Heathcock brought back a new award to Amblecote. Other international links were Holland, Gilwell St Wolrick and Delft.

     For Delft 1990, we hired a coach from Classic Coaches, Wombourne, and were fortunate that the drivers, as when we went to Overhassel (Gilwell St Wolrick), had been connected with scouting. We boarded the ferry to France, then drove to Delft. We stayed in a hostel for scouts about 2 miles outside Delft in an old store called the ‘’Krutis’’, which had originally store gunpowder.

     Its location made it an ideal position for us to go shopping and make visits, one being to the famous Delft china factory; other visits were to Kilder dyke, which is a windmill complex used to help drainage, and to Deeffling fun park.

     Another enjoyable visit was in 1995 we made a trip to the Lech Valley in Austria. This was a new experience for we travelled with ‘Jeka’, a firm specialising in group travel. This gave the leaders more free time.

     We were accompanied by two guide companies on the excursions to local towns, castles, white water rafting, swimming and taking a cable car up the mountains. The week ended with a disco organised by the coach drivers.

     Boot Hike

     This was a very challenging event which took teams on an exhausting course covering some 20 miles. One of our teams managed to win one of the classes (the Wellington boot).

     Cooking Competitions

     This was a very popular competition, lads used to cook using all fresh food, it was cooked originally on open fires but later was cooked on gas cookers. We were triumphant in district and county competitions, which took our team R Hipkiss, L Walton, S Reeve, R Payne, D Povey and I Broadbent to the national finals. Soon after, B Hewins, M Walker were awarded the medal of merit.

8) The Refurbishment of the Headquarters

     Good fortune smiled on the group, for it was granted a lottery grant after a lot of hard work by Mr C Ankers treasurer. The headquarters were closed and the Peg brothers moved in while the group were camping at Wasley camp site. On completion of the work GSL Bernard Hewins MBE reopened the headquarters.

9) A Day at Buckingham Palace

     At the close of some highlights from group history is a record of my visit to Buckingham Palace to receive the MBE awarded for services to scouting in Amblecote.

     This was brought about by the efforts of the group committee chairman Mr Peter Martin. The date was the 3rd of March (which was also my wife’s birthday).

     I travelled with my family by train, staying overnight at the Grosvenor Hotel so that I would be fresh and on time for the big occasion. After breakfast we took a taxi to Buckingham Palace to arrive at 10am.

     Once inside the palace my family were directed to the ballroom where the ceremony was to take place, while I was directed to a room the other side of the ballroom, to be briefed and wait until my time came.

     After my investiture the Queen shook my hand and I left the ballroom to be directed to the rear of the ballroom to watch the rest of the proceedings.

     When the proceedings and all awards presented, the Queen left the ballroom after the national anthem was played by the blues and royals. The Queen was escorted by two officers of the royal ghurka rifles, a tradition that dates back to the reign of Queen Victoria, and the yeoman of the guard in their tudor costumes.

     Thank you for reading this brief history I hope it has been of some interest to you.

     Yours in Scouting

     Bernard R Hewins MBE
          Ex Group Scout Leader and Honourary Member of Amblecote Scout Group

Group Record’s - Warranted Leaders from 1915

     Rev. H M Crabbe - Scout Master (Group)
     George Penn - Scout Master
     Horace Bryce - Cub Master
     Arthur Walker - Assistant Scout Master
     Wilfred Yeomans - Assistant Cub Master & Scout Master
     Arnold Webb - Assistant Cub Master
     George Wilkinson - Scout Master
     Billy Robinson - Scout Master
     Tom Robinson - Scout Master
     Howard Gibson - Assistant Scout Master
     Clifford Gibson - Assistant Cub Master
     Tom Chance - Cub Master, Assistant County Com. for Cubs
     Arthur Chance - Group Scout Leader & ADC Scouts
     Hector Watson - Scout Master
     Raymond Shotten - Assistant Cub Master
     Robert Gordon - Assistant Cub Master
     Ronald Hayden - Scout Master & Assistant
     Percy Hewins - Assistant & Scout Master
     Colin Hewins - Assistant & Senior Scout Master
     Robert Chapman - Senior Scout Master
     Nigel Meredith - Senior Scout Master
     Leslie Smith - Venture Scouts Leader
     Steve Bashford - Cub Master & Assistant
     M Hollyoak - Assistant Cub Master
     Michael Davies - Assistant & Cub Leader
     Bernard Hewins MBE - Assistant & Scout Leader, Group SL
     Ralph Hewins - Assistant Cub Scout Leader, Assistant SL & Group Scout Leader
     Michael Walker - Assistant Scout Leader
     Phillip Jones - Venture Scout Leader
     Douglas Bourne - Assistant Cub Leader
     Roger Mills - Assistant Cub Leader & Leader
     Michael Jay - Assistant Cub Leader
     Brian Husselbee - Scout Leader & Assistant SL
     Carl Hetherington - Assistant Scout Leader
     Trevor Worrall - Assistant & Scout Leader
     Irene Worrall - Assistant Scout Leader & Venture Leader
     Pamela Butcher - Cub Scout Leader
     Michael Delves - Cub Scout Leader
     Robert Pitt - Leader/Assistant Cub Scout Leader
     Hazel Pitt - Assistant Cub Scout Leader
     Douglas Dando - Assistant Cub Scout Leader
     Danny Moore - Assistant Cub Scout Leader
     Ruth Dyche - Assistant Cub Scout Leader
     Rita Bridge - Assistant Cub Scout Leader
     John Roden - Assistant & Cub Scout Leader
     Ian Goodwin - Assistant Scout Leader
     John Freeman - Assistant Scout Leader
     Raymond Curtis - Assistant Cub Scout Leader
     Kevin Merrick - Assistant Cub Leader
     Colin Robins - Cub Scout Leader
     Judith Bedworth - Assistant Cub Scout Leader
     Wendy Barnett - Assistant Cub Scout Leader
     Jill Dixon - Assistant Venture Scout Leader
     David Bristow - Assistant Cub Scout Leader
     Robert Butcher - Assistant Scout Leader
     David Heathcock - Assistant Scout Leader
     David Hindley - Assistant Scout Leader
     John Raybould - Assistant Scout Leader
     Steve Taylor - Assistant & Cub Scout Leader
     Allen Dixon - Assistant Venture Scout Leader
     Julie Tompkins - Assistant Cub Scout Leader
     Veronica Bristow - Assistant Cub Scout Leader
     Debbie Spencer - Beaver Leader
     Barry Jordon - Group Scout Leader
     Christine Jordon - Cub Scout Leader
     David Smythe - Cub Scout Leader
     Kevin Worrall - Assistant Cub Scout Leader
     Simon Mole - Assistant Cub Scout Leader
     Sheila Ludlum - Beaver Scout Leader
     Susan Povey - Assistant Beaver Scout Leader
     David Green - Assistant Cub Scout Leader
     David Francis - Assistant Cub & Scout Leader
     Phil Albuts - Assistant Venture Leader
     Carol Francis - Beaver Scout Leader
     Robert Bowser - Assistant Beaver & Scout Leader
     Timothy Allcock - Beaver/Scout Leader
     Richard Hipkiss - Assistant Scout Leader
     Rev. Allen Williams - Group Scout Leader
     Names of 2 Beaver Leaders - Not Known

Group Long Service Awards

     A Chance - Silver Acorn
     T Chance - Silver Acorn
     B Hewins MBE - Silver Acorn
     M Walker - Medal of Merit
     B Hewins - Chief Scouts Award
     B Avey - 15 Years Service
     T Worrall - 15 Years Service
     I Worrall - 15 Years Service
     R Bowser - 15 Years Service
     C Francis - 15 Years Service
     P Butcher - 15 Years Service/Medal of Merit
     P Hewins - 15 Years Service
     R Griffiths - 15 Years Service
     P Lea - 15 Years Service
     A Dixon - 10 Years Service
     P Allbutts - 10 Years Service

Group Awards

     A Chance - Silver Acorn
     T Chance - Silver Acorn
     B Hewins - Silver Acorn, MBE
     N Meredith - King Scout Award
     A Dixon - Queen Scout Award
     R Butcher - Queens Scout & Explorer Belt, Duke of Edinburgh
     D Heathcock - Queen Scout & Explorer Belt
     S Hewins - Queen Scout Award
     J Taylor - Queen Scout Award
     S Taylor - Queen Scout Award
     S Cook - Queen Scout Award
     J Tompkins - Queen Scout Award
     K Worrall - Queen Scout Award
     D Heathcock - Duke of Edinburgh Gold
     R Butcher - Duke of Edinburgh Gold
     S Houghton - Duke of Edinburgh Gold
     A Houghton - Duke of Edinburgh Silver
     T Harvey - Duke of Edinburgh Silver
     P Melia - Duke of Edinburgh Silver

Chief Scout Challenge Awards

     Kevin Worrall, David Smith, Richard Payne, Darren Lea, John Quin, Stuart Aston, Andrew Butcher, Dean Worrall, Ian Broadbent, Paul Smythe, Nicholas Bruton, Lee Walton, David Bristow, Phillip Martin, Tim Scott, David Hewins, Tim Hale, Stephen Hodgetts, Richard Bridge, Andrew Houghton, Stephen Houghton, James Baker, Richard Hipkiss, Tom Harvey, Andrew Eades, David Hindley, Paul Bedworth, Scott Avey, Paul Francis, David Melia

Chief Scout Challenge Awards

     Peace Jamboree 1947
     Hiking in France 1949-1954
     Japanese Jamboree Tokyo 1971
     Austrian Rover Moot 1981
     Austria Explorer Belt 1983
     Gilwell St Walrick Holland 1986
     Delft Holland 1990
     Russian Exchange 1993
     Lech Valley 1995

Visit by International Scouts

     Indian
     French
     Russian
     Irish North & South


Group Annual Camps from 1921-2001

     1921 Westwood Park

     1922 Cleeve Prior
     1923 Llwyngwril
     1924 Horton
     1925 Nevin
     1926 Roseigr
     1927 Clarach
     1928 Oxwich Bay
     1929 Brean
     1930 Llanstephan
     1931 Llwyngwril
     1932 Llandanwg
     1933 Borth
     1934 Wisemans Bridge
     1935 Criccieth
     1936 Llandanwg
     1937 Borth
     1940 Temple Balsall
     1941 War Local Camps Hill Pool
     1942 Local - Kinver
     1943 Kinver
     1944 Bewdley
     1945 Dodford
     1946 Criccieth
     1947 Harlech
     1948 Dawlish
     1949 Dawlish
     1950 Seaton
     1951 Fairbourne
     1952 Dawlish
     1953 Hope Cove
     1954 Criccieth
     1955 Watchet
     1956 Newquay, Wales
     1957 Rover Camp Newquay
     1957 Sutton Jamboree
     1958 Newquay, Wales
     1959 Criccieth
     1960 Bognor Regis
     1961 Criccieth
     1962 Charmouth
     1963 Cwmtyddy
     1964 Aberdaron
     1965 Criccieth
     1966 Charmouth
     1967 Criccieth
     1968 Boat Cephius
     1969 Charmouth
     1970 Boat Grand Union
     1971 Circcieth
     1972 - 1976 No Camp
     1977 River Wye
     1978 Youlbury, Oxford
     1979 Beaudesert
     1980 Hestley Wood
     1981 Corris, Wales
     1982 Youlbury
     1983 Hestley Wood
     1984 Criccieth
     1985 Dyffryn Ardudwy
     1986 Gilwell St Walrick, Holland
     1987 East Quantock Head
     1988 Hestley Wood
     1989 Criccieth
     1990 Delft, Holland
     1991 East Quantock Head
     1992 Walesby, Notts
     1993 Llanystrumdwy
     1994 Walesby
     1995 Lech Valley
     1996 Llanystumdwy
     1997 Walesby, Notts
     1998 Boat Warwick Ring
     1999 Walesby
     2000 Beaudesert
     2001 Walesby

     

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