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1st Ash Vale Scout Group

1st Ash Vale Scouts
The group near the target huts near Heath Vale Bridge on Ash Ranges, May 1940.
Middle and back rows, left to right: Mr Reg Tribble Assistant Scoutmaster, [Unidentified], Reg Friday, [Unidentified], Maurice Scard,
[Unidentified] (in middle), Alan Ware (behind), Dick Charters, Mick Colwill, George Trevena, John Penhalligan, Rev. Hammond Aubin, Bob Noakes.
Front row: [Unidentified], Phil Noakes, [Unidentified], Jack Ware, Reg Scard, [Unidentified], Brian Randall.

1st Ash Vale Scouts  

Summer camp at Bentley, 1943. Peewit Patrol during inspection.

1st Ash Vale Scouts  

St George’s Day parade, 1947.

1st Ash Vale Scouts  

Emlyn Trophy team, 1950.

1st Ash Vale Scouts  

Slippery pole at the Whit Monday Fete at Shawfield Recreation Ground, c1961-2.

1st Ash Vale Scouts  

District Fete North Town, 1967.

1st Ash Vale Scouts  

Cubs with Batmobile for a performance at the Aldershot Football Ground, 1964 or 1965.

The 1st Ash Vale Scout Group was founded in 1938 by Reverend Hammond C Aubin the priest-in-charge at St Mary's Church Ash Vale. He recruited patrol leaders from local schools, and a parent's committee was formed and funds were raised for the first camp, in August 1939 at Glastonbury.

At first they met in the church room, but within weeks of the start of WW2 the room became an ARP Post, and the four patrols began meeting in their dens. One was on the edge of Ash Ranges, one was where Elleray Court is now, one was behind the Standard of England and one was in a loft near the Victoria Hall. The whole group could not meet together but district camps and competitions continued to take place. One member of the Troop, Reginald Friday of Peewit Patrol, joined the Navy and was killed on 20 September 1943 aged 19. In his memory the Troop paid for the first electric lighting at St Mary's Church.

After the War the Troop helped at the Searchlight Tattoos at Aldershot Arena, guiding people to their seats, collecting cushions and taking messages.

1st Ash Vale Scouts  

By 1948 the Troop had outgrown the church room. A piece of land near to the Church was purchased for £17, and two army huts were bought and erected.

The official opening by the District Commissioner Lt Col Deveraux took place in December 1950. Here is inspecting the Troop, with the hut in the background.

Eventually, after much fundraising and with the help of two grants, these huts were replaced with a more permanent building with a polished wood block floor. The new building was opened by Reverend Aubin on 15 May 1965.

There are lots of other photos in the History Room

1st Ash Vale Scout Group Gang Shows


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