Group Contact Info
Group Contact Name: Ant / Karen
Social Media: https://www.facebook.com/1stwallheath/
Beavers: Tuesday 6.00 — 7.15 pm
Cubs: Wednesday 7.00 — 8.30 pm
Scouts: Friday 7.00 — 9.00 pm
Charity Number: 524622
Seven years after Baden-Powell started the Scout Movement in 1907, a group was formed in Wall Heath and has been a magnet for village youth ever since. Information gleaned from a past scout. Mr Laurie Walton has enabled us to put together some main events particularly the pre war history.
Founder Officers & Section Leaders
Mr R A Worton, the C of E School & Choir master started the Group with meetings in the schoolrooms. Mr E Johns was the next SM with Fred Hudson and Allen Blunson as the Assistants Mr Stoddard ran the Wolf cubs Mr Jones War years – Many leaders and older section members joined up and only the cubs led by Derek Hidden were operating as a strong unit. This continued through to 1956 when David Birch and Mrs Poles rekindled the Scout and Cub sections following a public meeting at the Cof E School.. Later adults – Cliff & Barbara Ward, Wally Hunt, Mr Les Lobb, Mrs June Langford Mrs Lobb, Mr & Mrs Chadwick, Tim Gunning, Terry Hicklin, Tom Bunce, Betty Southall, Ken Bevon, Keith Storey, All these expanded the group , a Beaver Section was formed, the Senior Scout Section became Venture scouts and now is a District unit called the Explorers. Girls were able to join the senior section and now are able to join all.
C of E School classrooms Co-op Institute in Foundry Road, A wooden hut at the rear of the Albion PH on the Earl of Dudley’s land Another wooden hut Enville Road – where community centre car park is now Old Land Army building where the lower tennis courts are Finally todays brick built HQ position.
Pre war activities were mainly camps and the membership had many older persons called Rovers These attended many camp (moots ) both at home and abroad with camps at Jamborees and Kandersteg in Switzerland. Checkhill was a favourite place with gear pulled down there using a two wheeled handcart. All outdoor scouting activities were done .Scouting Competitions were entered with the main opposition a Patshall Group. Camping took place up Stallings Lane. All sections maintained the adventure of Scouting with numerous outdoor and indoor activities. These include scoutcraft , camping, visits, badgework and kept up with the technology changes of today. International activities have been Camping in Austria, assistance to Sri Lanka following the Tsunami, Hosts to Dutch Scouts, visit to World Jamborees and County Camping.
Pre-war income was earned by weeding local fields, but some of the scouts had their uniforms paid for and camp monies by their rather wealthy fathers. Carnivals were attended. Bob a Job was an annual event. Post war troop held jumbles sales. dances, annual fair. Horse jumping trials. Gang Shows, Old paper collections. We now have the bonfire, sponsored walk, raffles, and bag packing