6th April 2012
was interested to see that you have created a page featuring the Scouts. I
was a member of the St John’s 282nd troop in the early 50’s. I was a
member of the Owl patrol and we won the competition camp held in the
Lickeys in 1953. I remember camping in a field in Tal-y-Bont in Wales it
was my first trip away from home. I had all of my kit in a sailor’s kit
bag and a sheath knife on my belt as I set out for Freeth Street, my
mother wept as if she wasn’t going to see me again!
can’t remember any names but the Scoutmaster had hair on his chest and
just as much on his back. It was the only troop to wear a green jersey and
the neckerchief was dark blue with sky blue edging, you had to roll it so
that the edging formed chevrons. Being a scout taught me to be a team
player plus the joy of a steaming mug of cocoa sat round a campfire. Oh
yes and singing Green Grow the Rushes O - including verse 3!
23rd March 2012
group was taken by me at camp at Coughton in 1950.
leader, George Lowe ("Wolf") is on the right. The other adult is
Albert Todd, my uncle.
is the "Owl Patrol" at Coughton in 1951.
am on the left and (from the left) the others are-Harold Branson, George
Gardner, Raymond Neal, Barry Hughes and?
hope it stirs up memories.
12th March 2012
David Hollingsworth's mention of the Scout Troop brought back lots of memories.
was a scout in that troop from (about) 1949 to 1953. The leader was called
"Wolf" (real name George Lowe) and other adult leaders had names
from The Jungle Book-Baloo, Tiger etc. as well as Jaguar.
family's contact with the group was long standing, dating back to before
the 1939-45 War when an uncle, John, was a helper. In my time, another
uncle, Albert, was also involved.
was a lively and active programme in the weekly indoor meetings in
Icknield Square and regular short camps at Over Whitacre and Coughton,
with longer Summer ones at Tal-Y-Bont on the Welsh Coast. These were well
organised and wives of the adults came along to help.
17th February 2012
It has occurred to me that I haven’t seen any mention of the Scouts, I was a member of the St John 282, we used to meet upstairs at a place in Icknield Square/Freeth Street, this would have been about 1958.
anyone have any photos or memories, I do recall that ‘jaguar’ one of
our adult leaders drove a Messerschmitt bubble car.
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