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1952/53 scouts/cubs

Photographed in 1952/1953; click to open large version
From the private collection of Ray Hack

Thursday night was cub night

This photograph was taken about 1952/3 and shows the wolf cubs in the cubs/scout hall, St Andrews Road, Portslade. The building was an old green painted corrugated metal scout hut which has long gone and is now replaced with a medical centre. The photo shows the senior scouts at the back including the chief scout (5th from the left) and the Akela a very helpful lady who is fourth from the left. Thursday night was cub night and usually well attended!

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Camping at Small Dole

As for the cubs we have Peter Wickens in the back row second from left; myself, Ray Hack fifth from the left; and fourth from the right was Gerry Wickens. In the middle row seated, we have Roger Bennett fifth from the left, and I am sorry I cannot name all the others. In the spring time we had weekend camps at Small Dole at the back of the Downs and as far as I know the Scout Camp is still operating in Small Dole.

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  • I joined this cub pack (the 14th Hove pack?) a couple of years after this photo was taken. One or two of the adults seem familiar such as the vicar of St Andrew’s Church, Portslade at the time who was, I believe, Revd. Chisholm (third from the left in the back row) and Audrey Woolgar (on his right). Another adult was Fred? – possibly on the left of the vicar. Mrs Mower was in charge when I joined. One of the best parts about being a cub was the football team. We played on Portslade Rec. on Saturday afternoons on a small pitch tucked away in the north west corner. I can remember heading the ball one day after heavy rain. It nearly knocked me out – no plastic coated footballs in those days but they were good days!

    By Dudley Whittaker (27/10/2015)
  • I am probably one of a few remaining ex Boy Scouts & cubs .( I will be 88 on the 22nd of this month.
    June 2021.
    Born in Brighton 1933.
    I was in 4th North Brighton Scouts based at St Augustin’s church.
    I emigrated to Australia in 1970 and am still there.

    By John Starley (13/06/2021)

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