We have been given boxes of colour slides taken by Bill Harris who was one of the early Eynsham Scout Masters from the 1920s. Bill gave them to Marlene Turner for safe keeping and she has passed them on to us for the archive. There are pictures of Cubs and scouts in the old wooden hut, some Brownies and Guides, some unknown camps, a Scout ceremony at Windsor castle, a large cub camp at Youlbury, an Eynsham Carnival, and a parade in Oxford. Unfortunately there are hardly any details with them so please have a look and if you can tell us when they were taken, where and who's in the pictures, please let us know. We believe they were taken sometime around the late 1950s to mid 1960s so for now they have been put on the 1960s webpage, unless you know different?
In 1966/7, the scout hut location moved again. Mr Coates had sold his farm land on the east side of Back Lane to a developer to build houses. He didn't want to see the scouts homeless, so gave them a plot of land on the opposite side of the road where the present scout H.Q. stands. They decided that they needed a more permanent building this time and researched various options with a local builder Mr Nash. They visited some buildings and settled on a pre-fabricated concrete kit which had been used by other local scout groups. In order to keep costs down, leaders, scouts and parents were involved with the building work. If you have any pictures of the pre-fab hall being built, or can add more details, please get in touch.
The slideshow has pictures of a camp, some boys outside the old wooden hut and some men inside. Do you know were the camp was or who the people in the pictures are? Please email us via the link above if you can help or add to the archive.
1960 Boss's Night Report
This dinner was held at the Swan Hotel Eynsham on Friday the 25th March. 51 members attended. Mr J Fowler took the chair and speeches were made by him, Mr Barber and Mr Parker. The meal consisted of roast beef, Yorkshire pudding, peas and roast potatoes, followed by ice cream, cheese and biscuits and coffee. This was a much better meal than the previous year.
Mr Barber’s speech was to report on the stone memorial in memory of Boss Perkins which it is hoped can be placed in the church. He was hoping to soon have some progress but had experienced trouble with the church authorities. Once again a short silence in honour of Boss started the proceedings.
An entertainer, named Dougie P? kept the company extremely ?? for about 45 minutes, and the evening was finalised once again with the instruments of the Drum and Fife Band. Generally the whole evening was a much greater success than the previous year, and once again a collection was made toward next year’s dinner, it amounted to £8.
Following are a list of the members who attended.
1960 Balance Sheet
Dinner charge was 10/6d a head (actual cost)
The Fife and Drum Band struggled to continue with out is leader 'Boss' and Mike Batts recalled that some were in the band just to make up the numbers and didn't actually play the fifes, they just mimed! The Band played its last official engagement at Armistice Day in November 1961, although the remaining members continued to play at the re-union every year until 2008, and occasionally at funerals for ex troop members. The pictures are of the re-union dinner in 1961 at the Swan pub.
The Group Directory listed a Cub Pack, Scout Troop, Senior Scouts and a 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 - D Floyd, Marlborough Place, Eynsham. Assistant Scout Master - D Parker, Witney Road, Eynsham. No Cub Scout Leaders were listed.
1961 Boss's Night Report
The dinner was held at the Swan Hotel Eynsham on Friday 24th March. 51 old Scouts attended and 2 entertainers. Mr J Fowler took the chair and speeches were given by him, Mr Parker and Mr Bruce. Boss was remembered with a short silence before proceedings began. Mr Fowler welcomed all new faces and once again sought out the oldest member present. Mr Parker thanked those who rallied to form an old Scouts Drum and Fife Band for the previous years a??
Mr Bruce the retiring chairman of the group committee was presented with a thanks badge by GSM Harris for his work over the course of many years. During the dinner Mr Wally Arthur (introduced by Mr Fowler) entertained with varied stories and after the formalities Mr Seng? gave a very good conjuring act. The evening was rounded off with a very good performance by the Drum and Fife Band of Old Scouts. Once again a collection was made which raised £9-12-6 this being a record. The entertainment was given free but a dinner provided.
Members present were:
1961 Balance Sheet
Charge per head 10/6 (actual cost per head). Derek provided 1 small bottle per head from funds.
Total in Hand
Eynsham Carnival was always a major event for the Scouts (and still is) and here we have a couple of slides taken by leader Bill Harris from 1962.
1962 Boss's Night Report
The dinner was held at the Swan Hotel on Friday evening the 30th March. This year was a record, 58 were to attend but actual numbers seated were 54, including 3 entertainers. Mr Fowler was to have taken the chair but was unable to attend owing to a bout of the flu. Mr Bruce the old chairman stood in his place.
The menu consisted of a 3 course chicken dinner (soup – main dish – ice cream – no coffee) the cost to the organisation was 12/- per head but a charge of 10/- per head was made to reduce the balance in hand, a bottle of beer per head was also supplied. Speeches were made b Mr Bruce who concentrated on the bad results so far the erection of the stone tablet in memory of Boss Perkins. This was to be given full priority. Mr Parker answered and a toast to absent friends was proposed by Mr Good. Once again a silent tribute was given in memory of Boss Perkins.
Mr Seng? was again present and entertained with a very good conjuring act. Owing to the lack of a pianist Mr Green’s two friends were unable to sing. This must be remedied next year. The Drum and Fife Band once again was much in evidence although quite of few old boys forgot their instruments. It was proposed to take the Band once again out for St George’s Day Parade, this year to be held at Hanborough. The evening was a great success until 11.30 when everyone was evicted. Mr Green organised a collection which this year raised £7.
Following is a list of all the members present:
Entertainers; J ?, J Esler & G Cautwell
1962 Balance Sheet
Charge per head 10/- (actual cost per head 12/-). 1 small bottle of beer per head provided. 1 entertainer’s meal provided.
Here we have some pictures taken by Scout Leader Bill Harris that were dated 1963 so far. All we know is the date printed on the slides so please let us know if you can identify anyone in them or where it was, or if you were there, do you have more pictures you can add or memories of the camp?
1963 Boss's Night Report
The dinner was held at the Swan Hotel Eynsham on Friday 29th March. 44 were in attendance. Mr J Green Snr took the chair with Mr D Good as organiser. A conjuror was the entertainer, arranged by Mr good. The collection this year raised £7. The meal was a 3 course chicken dinner at 13/- per head.
Following is a list of members present:
1963 Balance Sheet
Charge per head 10/- (actual cost 13/- per head). 1 small bottle of beer provided from the funds.
1964 Boss's Night Report
The dinner was held at the Swan Hotel Eynsham on Friday evening April 3rd at 8 p.m. 41 members attended including a pianist. Mr Good took the chair this year. He remembered Boss with a short silence before the meal and gave a short speech after toasting the queen. A new face Mr J Simmonds was welcomed, after travelling down from Ecclesfield in Staffordshire. Mr J Green followed with a toast to remember absent friends noting that this was the smallest gathering so far.
The meal was chicken, preceded by soup and followed with ice cream, cheese and coffee. An entertainer, engaged by Mr Good, was a grand success and kept the company in high spirits for nearly an hour. Mr ?? the Witney GSM played the piano but unfortunately the company was not in a very singing mood. The instruments for the Drum and Fife Band were once again present but only a couple of tunes were played this year owing to the lack of time.
Mr J Green organised a collection and £6-1-0 was raised. The evening was closed with the Scout Good Night at 11.30. A small committee was formed to help in the arrangement of future dinners. They were Mr D Good, Mr D Douglas, Mr T Green, Mr D Parker.
Following is a list of members present:
1964 Balance Sheet
Charge per head 13/- (actual cost 13/-). 1 small bottle of beer per head provided from the funds.
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The slide show here has colour pictures taken by leader Bill Harris at the 1965 Eynsham Carnival and show a marching band, a motorcycle act, parachute display and some scouts at a stall.
The Boss's Night Report below reveals that fund-raising had started for a new scout hall. Mr Coates was selling the land that the wooden hut was built on for houses but had given the Scouts some land on the opposite side of the road.
1965 Boss's Night Report
The dinner was held in the Swan Hotel Eynsham on Friday evening April 2nd at 8 p.m. The meal was as usual, soup, chicken, followed by ice cream, coffee etc. Mr Hawtin took the chair and expressed his disappointment at the low attendance. It was agreed to carry on for one more year with everyone making an all out effort to encourage more members to attend.
Mr D Douglas toasted absent friends. Mr J Green Snr commented on lack of funds for the new Scout Headquarters and hoped everyone would contribute when the time came. Old friends were invited this year but only Mr J Evans came. Apologies were received from Mr J Douglas, Mr J Fowler and Mr Alec Edgar.
A collection was taken and Mr R Lee offered to double whatever was collected a second time. He was lightened to the tune of 50/-. The total raised was £13-2-1d. No entertainment was organised but some instruments from the old caretaker were brought without much success. The Drum and Fife Band however was much in evidence. Two more members were asked to help on the committee i.e. Messrs R Lee and W Allsworth. The evening, which after a shaky start turned out one of the most successful was rounded off with the Scout’s Good Night at 11.30.
Only 32 members attended as below:
1965 Balance Sheet
Charge per head was 13/-. Actual cost 13/6. 1 small bottle of beer per head provided from the funds.
1966 Boss's Night Report
Held in the Swan Hotel on Friday evening, April 1st. The meal consisted of soup, chicken, ice cream, coffee and biscuits. Mr W Brown took the chair this year and commenced with a tribute to Boss Perkins. After the dinner he commented on new faces, i.e. Mr R green, M R Howard, Mr A Edgar (an old friend), asked Mr J Douglas to try and provide a new triangle for the band and called on Mr J Green to give a report on the progress of the new Scout Headquarters. Mr Green said it was fairly well progressed and that funds were still a little short. He thanked all members and friends who had freely given their services and rounded off with a toast to absent friends. Also the troop was still just holding its own but a good cub pack coming along.
An entertainer (Mr K Page) was a grand success and the pianist kept all the spare moments filled. The collection this year was £13-0-0 a grand total. The band was once again in fine form and one or two suggestions were made about Armistice day parade? The memorial to Boss was brought to the fore and plans to be carried out with a view to dedicating the new headquarters in the near future. The evening finished at 11.30 with the Scouts’ Good Night.
This year 39 members attended as follows:
1966 Balance Sheet
Charge per head 15/- (actual cost 14/6). 1 small bottle of beer per head provided form the funds and 1 pianist’s dinner provided.
The Group Directory listed: Group Scout Leader & Assistant Scout Leader - W J Harris, Old Witney Road, Eynsham. Scout Leader - J J Nash, Acre End Street, Eynsham. Cub Scout Leader - Mrs J Haggis, Bertie Road, Cumnor. The Boss's Night Report below shows the new Scout hut was to open on 20th May 1967.
In 1967, the movement was updated by the Scout Association dropping the word "Boy" from its title, Cubs were no longer "Wolf", Senior Scouts were replaced by Ventures and the Rover Scouts were encouraged to join the B-P Guild. The Scout and Scouter Uniforms were changed, the classic wide brimmed hats hats and shorts were replaced by green berets and mushroom trousers with green shirts for the Scouts, and fawn shirts for the Venture Scouts and Leaders. The badge and training programme was completely overhauled to reflect the needs of the modern times.
1967 Boss's Night Report
Held in the Swan Hotel on Friday 31st March. The meal consisted of soup, chicken, ice cream. Mr D Parker took the chair and opened with a silent tribute to Boss. Mr Brown brought the memorial plaque and everyone agreed it was a wonderful piece of work. Mr Lee spoke on the new Scout Hut and anticipated the opening on May 20th.
Mr Parker proposed a toast to absent friends. The proceedings were hurried along because the entertainer Mr D Pearce? had to be away by 9.30. He is still one of the best in the district and left everyone entertained with a ? selection of jokes. The pianist friend of Tony Pimm was a grand success. The collection this year amounted to £15 part of which was raised by raffling a box of chocolate liqueurs given by Mr Green of the Swan.
The Drum and Fife is still going strong and seems to be enjoyed by the new players as much as the players. The evening ended at 11.30with the Scouts’ Good Night. Two paying members failed to arrive. Mr S Burke and Mr K Green.
Members present were
1967 Balance Sheet
Charge per head 16/6 (actual cost 16/6). 1 small bottle of beer and 1 pianist’s dinner provided.
On 1st August 1968, L. Ward, District Commissioner of the West Oxfordshire Scout Association, wrote to The Scouts Association to tell them that the 1st Eynsham and 1st Long Hanborough Troops had combined to form a new Group to be known as West Evenlode and had been working on the amalgamation for several months.
The registration document here shows that they were now part of the West Oxfordshire District and were meeting at the Scout Headquarters, which was the prefabricated building in Back Lane. They had 7 Scouters with another two parents that had applied for Warrants, 18 Boy Scouts and 53 Wolf Cubs.
John Nash, a local builder, was the Group Scout Leader, John Baxter was the Scout Leader (from 30/08/1968 till 18/05/1971) with Assistants David Harmer (Warranted 30/08/1968 till 25/01/1972), James McNaughton (warranted 30/08/1968) and William Harris (Warranted 30/08/1968). Cub Pack 'E' was lead by Jeanne Haggis (warranted 18/10/1968) and Cub Pack 'H' was lead by William Kerr (warranted 30/08/1968).
The West Evenlode Group was officially registered with the Boy Scouts Association on 30th August 1968 with a new group number of 38991.
1968 Boss's Night Report
Held at The Red Lion Eynsham on Friday 5th April. Catering was by Allens of Oxford at 14/- per head. Menu soup, chicken, trifle, fruit and cream, cheese and biscuits, coffee. Very good. Mr R Harling took the chair this year. A silence to Boss Perkins started the evening. After the meal a toast to the queen and a short speech by Mr Harling followed by absent friends from Mr C Ainsley. Mr D Pearce was again the entertainer. He is always very popular.
This year seemed a much more relaxed and enjoyable evening. The Drum and fife much more in evidence and the pianist (our same Scottish friend) had a good singsong going. The extension was until 12 o’clock and this extra half an hour made quite a difference. Main comments on the change of location: good meal at cheaper price plus drinks much cheaper. Everyone seemed to be much happier. Mr Allsworth organised the round on the Drum and this raised £6
Members present – Messrs (47 attended 48 paid) (pianist free)
(L Pimm, P Faulkner paid but absent)
1968 Balance Sheet
Charge per head 12/6. 1 bottle of beer and 1 pianist dinner provided.
The Group Directory listed: Group Scout Leader - W J Harris, Old Witney Road, Eynsham. Scout Leader - J J Nash, Sutton. Assistant Scout Leader - W F Harris, Old Witney Road, Eynsham. Assistant Scout Leader - D N Harmer, Back Lane, Eynsham. Cub Scout Leader - Mrs J Haggis, Bertie Road, Cumnor.
The following is taken from a permits list you can see on the 1970s main page - H Parsons was Assistant Scout Leader from 17/02/1969 till 01/03/1971. R J Carden was issued with an Assistant Scout Leader permit on 17/02/1969. Mrs A J Eddy was Assistant Cub Scout Leader from 09/05/1969 till 31/03/1973.
1969 Boss's Night Report
Held at Red Lion Hotel on Friday March 28th. Catering by Allens of Oxford at 14/6 per head. Menu: chicken, soup, fruit, trifle with coffee, cheese and biscuits. Very good. Mr Barber took the chair this year and was an excellent entertainer as well. (We must encourage him in following years.) His speech was followed by Mr T Green who toasted absent friends. Generally speeches much better this year.
The evening’s entertainment was provided by Red Hand and ???? Mainly songs and jokes and playing the ? This seemed very popular with everyone, mainly because most people could remember them from years past. Most people feel one year is sufficient for these type of performances. The Drum and Fife Band was still much in evidence and it seems everyone still enjoys this. Flautists seem to grow fewer. A collection on the drum was organised and raised £8-10-0. The extension was till 12 p.m. although some were still going strong an hour later.
49 members paid 46 attended as listed.
1969 Balance Sheet
Charge per head 14/6
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