THE BADEN POWELL GUILD OF
Scouting Spirit in Action
Patron – Hon Wendy Baden Powell (Granddaughter of B-P)
President: Derek Elton 01384 371904
Vice President: Alec Fraser 01162 386070
Chairman: David Harbach 01384 861001
70 Vicarage Road, Wollaston,
Stourbridge, W Mids DY8 4QX
Vice Chairman: Julie Wacey 01886 833465
8 Seymour Court
Malvern WR14 1EW
Secretary: Allan Page 01886 832940
Hadley, 29 Grit Lane,
Malvern, Worcs WR14 1UR
Treasurer: Peter Skilton 01684 565542
29 Victoria Park Road
Malvern, Worcs WR14 3DZ
Editor: Pat Parks 01684 565516
18 Christ Church Road
Malvern WR14 3BE
A belated Happy New Year to you all! Some things don‟t change, though. I
had pictures of floods in my last editorial and you will have read media reports
of the latest flooding. This time around the authorities have got the flood
barriers erected. We must all spare a thought for those less fortunate than
ourselves. Yvonne, from Malvern Branch, lives in Upton upon Severn and she
left at great speed at the end of our last Guild Meeting.
The cover photo shows Rangers at the World Jamboree, Hylands Park, Essex.
Malvern Branch Chairman, Lew Nash, was very pleased to welcome four
Rangers to the branch to give a talk of their experiences. A power point
presentation by these Rangers highlighted the fantastic atmosphere and the
meeting of so many other Scouts from around the world, an experience they
said that will always be with them.
Our young people are very quick to embrace all the new technology and ideas
and I was interested to read about the new badges which youngsters can now
work towards and achieve within Scouting. I think this is good for Scouting
but the original Scout laws still give youngsters a brilliant framework within
which they can live their lives.
Best Wishes Pat
Members Go On a Breakfast Run
Yes it‟s true a Breakfast Run: And not a jog before breakfast either.
Sunday morning the 7
October members of Stourbridge and Malvern
Branches set off early in their cars to meet at the Downs Inn near
Now the landlord of this establishment has a well known reputation of
putting on a fantastic full English breakfast (self service), yes have as
much as you want, with coffee or tea on arrival.
These breakfasts are not for the “faint hearted” and proved to be a great
success. Everyone enjoyed a chat, catching up on news and events.
Another Breakfast run is planned for next year.
Sorry folks, I just couldn’t resist it! Editor
A ‘crazy’ story from Amsterdam, Holland,
submitted by Allan Page
A man claiming to be a catholic priest was arrested at Schiphol Airport
carrying nearly 8lbs of cocaine under his robes.
Woodbastwick is a picturesque village eight miles north east of
Norwich, situated on the edge of the Norfolk Broads. It has one of the
most photographed village greens in Norfolk, a green dotted with estate
cottages which date from the 19
century. Some of the cottages are
thatched and some have biblical texts on their frontages. The village is
home to Woodforde Broadland Brewery.
Iris and Peter Skilton of Malvern Branch were on a short break in the
area last October and certainly enjoyed their visit to the village. Peter, a
keen photographer, emailed this photograph to me:
Peter and Iris spent a while talking to one of the residents who told them
the origin of the notice. However, they are not letting us into the
secret…letters to the editor please if you have any interesting
Guild Members Hold Christmas Carol Service.
Saturday the 8
December Guild members from the Midlands attended
the Annual Christmas Carol Service arranged by the Stourbridge and
District B-P Guild held in Stourbridge. Some 200 attended and joined in
singing many of the traditional carols.
The Host Compare was Guildsman David Tomlinson who did an
excellent job which included many of the local Ely & Aly jokes. The
service also included solo singers and bell ringers.
A buffet supper completed the evening.
Trefoil Guild inspired by Flame Project.
On Saturday the 27
October, at the Town Hall, Burton upon Trent,
Trefoil Guild members held their Midlands Regional Fellowship Day
gathering. Around 260 members from all parts of the Midlands came to
enjoy a day of activities, talks and displays of the good work being
undertaken in various countries in Africa.
During the meeting our National Secretary, Allan gave a presentation on
the Flame Project in the UK.
Guild Help with
District Fun Day
Eastnor Park was the setting for the
Malverns District Centenary Fun
Day. Groups from Worcester and
Pershore were also present . The fun
day consisted of 4 zones, with each
zone having different activities.
The Guild were asked to run Reception . All leaders had to book in all
those taking part and were given coloured security tags for all
Picture shows Guildsman Pat Garbutt attaching a security tag to a Scout
taking part in the fun day.
During the Fun Day the District Commissioner Eddie Gover organised a
plaque to be placed here to commemorate this day in the 100years of
A group of Guild members holding the commemorative plaque.
Guild members Lew Nash and Sue Page waiting to take a turn on the
BEBINGTON GET TO KNOW ROYAL MARINES
On Thursday the 15
Nov members of Bebington were given a talk about
the active service of the Royal Marines and Commandos. Lt Col Steve
Wotherspoon explained the roll of the Marines in today’s present British
Forces. Steve explained how the Marines are trained to become
commandos and their active role in conflicts around the world, a most
B-P Scout Guild Scotland To Hold AGM in Troon.
The B-P Scout Guild Scotland will be holding their 2008 AGM in
Troon, Ayrshire on the 29
March 2008. The venue will be the South
Beach Hotel, Troon.
Lord Robert Baden-Powell
A notable person died about 65 years ago who is still in the news. The spirit of
scouting lives on and I have him to thank for a very useful and most interesting
life spent in scouting. Discussing B.P. with a member of my church, I
mentioned that I had met him. He replied that I must be one of the few around
now who have had this honour. This inspired me to set pen to paper and let
others know of this great occasion.
I was assistant Scout Master of St Barnabas Troop, 42
attended a Jamboree with my Troop held at Raby Castle in May 1936. This
was the home of the County Commissioner Lord Barnard.
The weather was terrible the day we paraded for B.P., the heavens
opened and the tents were flooded. B.P. said this always happened when
he meets Scouts: it didn‟t dampen our spirits though. B.P. and Lord
Barnard were having fun asking us to judge who had the knobbliest
knees between the two of them. I always looked on this day as the
beginning of my Scouting days. My brother, two years older than me,
was also there with his Wolf Cub pack. He has given up helping old
ladies across the road – chasing blondes across the road now!
Later, I was „called up‟ to do six months training (the Militia) and served
as a Sapper in the Royal Engineers at Aldershot. After being there a day
or two, I was informed by our N.C.O., who had noticed my Scout Badge
when I enlisted, that the local Scout Troop, St George‟s, could do with
some help. I did help on Troop nights but very soon war was declared
and the Scout Master and I were posted elsewhere so I don‟t know what
happened to the Scout Troop.
Early in 1940, on being posted overseas, our convoy sailed into
Columbo, Ceylon (Sri Lanka), where I had a few hours ashore and
called in at a Scout Headquarters. The Scouts were pleased to meet a
Scout from England and walked me around sight seeing. This was my
first encounter with foreign Scouts.
My next activity with Scouting was also in 1940, when I was working
on the docks of Alexandria, Egypt. I came into contact with sailors in the
Royal Navy who were Deep Sea Scouts, the first time I had heard of
them, who were serving on various ships lyi