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THE 1950s  Page last updated 04/10/2016

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1950

The Scouts camped at Rhyl in north Wales.

1951

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1st Eynsham Group Directory: Group Scout Master - W J Harris, Old Witney Road, Eynsham. Scout Master (S) - G Batts, Canteen Site, Stanton Harcourt. Scout Master - F G Barber, Acre End Street, Eynsham. Assistant Scout Master - J Nash, Witney Road, Eynsham. Assistant Scout Master - O Bond, Witney Road, Eynsham. Assistant Scout Master - E Floyd, Witney Road, Eynsham. Cub Master - Miss M Betterton, Hanborough Road, Eynsham. Assistant Cub Master - R Barber, Hanborough Road, Eynsham.

The Scouts camped at New Milton.

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The Group Directory listed: Group Scout Master - W J Harris, Old Witney Road, Eynsham. Scout Master - F G Barber, Acre End Street, Eynsham. Assistant Scout Master - J Nash, Witney Road, Eynsham. Assistant Scout Master - O Bond, Witney Road, Eynsham. Cub Master - Miss M Betterton, Handborough Road, Eynsham. Assistant Cub Master - R Barber, Mill Street, Eynsham. Cub Instructor - Miss B Bond, Witney Road, Eynsham.

The Scouts camp was in Walesby Forest and Mrs Sheppard recalled that they camped in Mrs Shepards field in Chichester where they had a camp fire every night.

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The Group Directory shows a Cub Pack, Scout Troop and Rover Crew. The Leaders were: Group Scout Master - W J Harris, Old Witney Road, Eynsham. Scout Master - F G Barber, Acre End Street, Eynsham. Assistant Scout Master - J Nash, Witney Road, Eynsham. Assistant Scout Master - O Bond, Witney Road, Eynsham (National Service). Assistant Scout Master - E Floyd, Witney Road, Eynsham. Cub Master - Miss M Betterton, Hanborough Road, Eynsham. Assistant Cub Master - R Barber, Mill Street, Eynsham. Cub Instructor - Miss B Bond, Witney Road, Eynsham. The annual report shows that the St Georges Day service and Parade took place in Standlake on 19th April and the bob-a-job earnings for the district were £110.9.7, an average of 8/2d. Most of the scouts attended the coronation  rally in Blenheim Park on 18th July. It also reported that the Witney Cub Pack had to close due to the Cub Master not having enough time and the Stanton Harcourt Group came to an end.

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The Group Directory listed a Cub Pack, Scout Troop, Senior Scouts and Rover Crew. The leaders were: Group Scout Master - W J Harris, Old Witney Road, Eynsham. No Scout Master was listed but there were 4 Assistant Scout Masters. J Nash, Witney Road, Eynsham. O Bond, Witney Road, Eynsham (National Service). E Floyd, Witney Road, Eynsham. Acting ASM - R Parker, Dean Court, Botley (We believe R Parker was a typing error on the directory which should read D Parker). Cub Master - Miss M Betterton, Hanborough Road, Eynsham. Assistant Cub Master - R Barber, Mill Street, Eynsham.

The Eynsham Scouts 'Savages' Carnival Float was very successful winning 1st Prize at Eynsham and 2nd prize at Fairford Carnival.

1956

The Group Directory listed a Cub Pack, Scout Troop, Senior Scouts and Rover Crew. The leaders were: Group Scout Master - W J Harris, Old Witney Road, Eynsham. Scout Master - R Barber, Mill Street, Eynsham. Assistant Scout Master - J Nash, Witney Road, Eynsham. O Bond, Witney Road, Eynsham. E Floyd, Witney Road, Eynsham. Assistant Scout Master - D Parker, Dean Court, Botley. Cub Master - Miss M Betterton, Hanborough Road, Eynsham. No Assistant Cub Master was listed. There were 249 members listed in West Oxfordshire, an increase of 19. Bob-a-Job earned £115/1/- compared with £81/15/8 in 1954 and The St Georges Day Parade and Service took place at Milton-under-Wychwood on 24th April.

The 'Savages' float won 1st prize at the Witney Carnival.

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The scouts continued the tradition of entering a float into the Eynsham carnival. Here a lorry is cleverly disguised as a fort awaiting the toy soldiers outside the Everleigh Stores in Old Witney Road. The slideshow also has pictures of scout and guide leaders who we believe are family members of Bill Harris who took the photos. If you can put names to any of them, please email us.

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The pictures in the slide show give us a glimpse of the old wooden scout hut, inside and out taken in 1958. Bill Harris also took some colour slides as well as black and white photos of the Scouts camping at Small Dole near Brighton. Let us know if you recognise anyone.

On 18th November, Boss Perkins was invited to a film show at Bartholomew School where he was awarded the Thanks Badge which was presented by County Commissioner Mr K L Anderson.

 

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In January 1959, George 'Boss' Perkins died at the age of 70 in the Radcliffe Infirmary and had been in failing health for some time. St Leonards Church was packed on 17th January with many of the old scouts from the village. Seeing so many old friends again, they decided to hold a re-union each year and on 20th March 1959, the first 'Boss's Night' was held in the Eynsham Institute (now the Social and Sports Club) in Swan Street. 52 ex scouts attended that night and the event was organised for the next 50 years by Derek Parker who played the fife in the band (see slideshow). He kept a record  of each night in a book and thanks to Penny Berry, they have now been transcribed, so the complete history of Bosses night is available on our website starting at this page below.

The slide show also shows the scouts by a Slatters coach going on a trip, the Scouts camping at Broadstone Warren, some pictures taken inside the old wooden scout hut, and a few photos taken at Youlbury.

The Group Directory listed a Cub Pack, Scout Troop, Senior Scouts and Rover Crew. The leaders were: Group Scout Master - W J Harris, Old Witney Road, Eynsham. Scout Master -  J Nash, Witney Road, Eynsham. Assistant Scout Master - E Floyd, Marlborough Place, Eynsham. Assistant Scout Master - D Parker, Pinnocks Way, Botley.

1959 Boss’s Night Report

The First Old Scouts Reunion Dinner in memory of Boss Perkins was held in The Institute Eynsham on Friday March 20th 1959. The menu for the evening was: soup (tomato), roast beef (peas, roast and creamed potatoes, Yorkshire pud), apple tart and cream, cheese and coffee. Served with the meal a bottle beer and a toast. 52 old members were present one of which, Mr J Fowler took the chair.

Speeches were made by Mr Fowler, Mr J Douglas and Mr W Harris. A short silence to honour Boss and suggested a memorial be created in memory. A small committee (Mr Harris, Mr Barber and Mr Parker) was formed to organise this. Mr Douglas proposed a toast to the present group and Mr Harris answered with a toast to absent members.

The evening was a grand success and the instruments of the Drum and Fife Band were played by all members with much enthusiasm during the majority of the evening. Mr W Brown volunteered his services to carve any type of stone memorial that might be required for a memorial tablet, and Mr J Fowler offered to supply the necessary stone. Also during the evening a collection was suggested a start towards next year’s dinner. £6-13-0 was collected.

The evening closed at 12 p.m. with the Scout Good Night and all members demanded another dinner with bigger and better facilities the next year. The catering was supplied by the Bee’s Catering service and the bar by Mr Lowe, The Evenlode Hotel Eynsham, who himself offered a donation toward next year’s proceedings.  

The 52 members present are listed below:

J Fowler

R Titchel

W Brown

W Allsworth

G Green

M Perkins

W Harris

R James

K Seeney

G Batts

K Green

W Perkins

E Floyde

C P?

R Evans (Rob)

C Higgs

B Seeney

R Hanks (?)

J Douglas

H Hardwick

P Timms

D Titchel

O Bond

J Green

C Ainsley

R Betterton

J Green (Jim?)

C Ashby

R Whitlock

J Peachey

L Fowler

L Betterton

D Parker

D Good

E Coates

E Howard

P Preston

J Nash

D Lee

B Harris (Jnr)

J Nash*

T Green

P W Preston

D Douglas

A Pimm

P Woolley

H Willoughby*

L Pimm

R Barber W Bailey C Pimm

H ?*

 

 

* Committee members invited who were not old Scouts.

Balance Sheet for 1959 Dinner

 A charge of 15/- per head was made.

 Credit

52@ 15/-

£39-0-0

Collection made on night

£6-13-0

 

£45-13-0

 Expenses

Bee’s Catering Service

£21-5-0

Hire of Hall and Piano

£1-10-0

Drinks served with Dinner

£8-19-9

Postage and Stationery

£1-5-3

Total

£33-0-0

 

Total Credit

£45-13-0

Total Expenses

£33-0-0

Balance in Hand

£12-13-0

 

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