Club - Scouts           

1.     Photo with Jake taken 1957
2.     Queens Scout badge award, lots of young 1955ers present
3.     Queens Scout badge to Chris Talbot

4.    The Glorious Sixth Wellingborough  Many of the boys are named in Queens Scout badge award, lots of young 1955ers present

5.    Alan Holder's Memory of Scouting    (camping, summer evening activities, Jake and Stan etc.)

           Mr Pine, Scoutmaster before war

1940:  Mr. Dunning replaced Mr. Weatherhead as the scout master.

1942:  Mr. Wintersgill took over after Mr. Dunning joined forces

1944:  Mr Cook in charge of the scouts.     One year when Jake taught in New Zeland for a year, Gus Leftwich in charge.

           Mr. Stanley worked alongside Mr. Dunning.

After Mr. Dunning Retired: Sandy McDonald has taken over as leader, with Peter Gillibtand as Assistant. 

Latterly, Terry Rowe joined as assistant leader, and just after I left (as did Sandy), John Huddart ran the Group until it closed in 1975


Alan (David) Holder's memory of Scouting:

Peter Godfrey said it all about Jake Dunning, it created a fantastic atmosphere.

If I remember correctly, and I am willing to be corrected, each evening was flag to start with, then games British bulldog comes to mind, then there was time for badges , more on that in a minute and then games and flag to finish. In the summer term we would go out to the allotments and make “Twist”, flour and water to make a dough, then twisted on a wooden stick and burnt(cooked is too dignified a work) over an open fire. Other times we would rig large wooden contraptions, like triangular frames, each end of a rope bridge, and then attempt to cross the bridge, often it meant the feet being higher than the head.

I was going to say that the core of the evening was the passing of tests, but that not true, the core was a group of boys scouting, which meant games, learning and playing.

The testing was in three parts, tenderfoot, second class and first class. There were time limits, say twelve weeks for the tenderfoot, two years for the second class and two years for the first class, which meant that by the time I got the fifth year, (year 11 now) I was first class scout and preparing for the Queen scout.

The tests took some learning, and when we attended the Gilby weekend it came a something of a surprise to find lots of scouts just did not have even second class badges, let alone first class. When I achieved my queen scout, at the same time as Chris Talbot, I think that there had been at least Graham Willey before us, and I am sure, when I left there were about four or five in the pipe line.

All this was achieved by doing what you were told, not in a dictatorial manner, but following the path that Jake and Stan set out, I do not think we even thought about what we achieved, we just did it.

There was something about the scouting and the school that I have ambivalent feelings about. It certainly brought the best out in us, and we all enjoyed all the activities. but it did so in a very hierarchical fashion, which when I joined the teaching game in my twenties I really did not like, and so out went the surnames, and we tried to be on a more level playing field to everyone, but now, with my advanced maturity (?) I wonder if for a society to progress formal recognition of hierarchy are needed,

Having said all that, I did model my self on Jake, fair but in charge, and when it worked in class, I do believe we all enjoyed ourselves and made “Progress”, i.e learning the material and respect for others, without having to have notices pined on the wall of rooms to remind the pupils.

Queens Scout badge award, lots of young 1955ers present.  Photo from Martin Gray

Note the boy holding the Queens Scout certificate  is Graham Willey (1952-) on the extreme right (face off the photo).  "Had it not been for his efforts to get me to the Jamboree I would never have become the first (with David Wignell) ever of 6th Wellingborough (Grammar School) Scouts to become a Queen's Scout.  By the way you can just see David W's nose on the right hand side of the picture; he was holding his certificate too and this can be seen.  I think I still have that shirt and all of the badges and will be taking them to next year's cententary event."   Graham St.John-Willey

Scout badge to Chris Talbot

District Commissioner Silverwood presenting Queen’s Scout badge to Chris Talbot in front of Scoutmaster Gillibrand – a great guy.


Photo with Jake taken 1957

Comment from Graham Willey on the World Scouts Jamboree:

Thousands of us there sang: "Years from now down a memory lane, We shall live and walk again, These great days with you and me, At the Jamboree!     Jamboree!   Jamboree!  Come give three hearty cheers, And we'll march along together, Another FIFTY years!!"  Graham Willey (1952-)