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Over the years many people have had an involvement one way or another with the 22nd and may still like to keep some contact with us to see how the Group is progressing and can do so by becoming a Friend of the 22nd Wimbledon.
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To become a friend please Joan Pearson
It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Ray Hull. Ray passed away on Saturday 26th February 2011, following a long illness.
Ray was a leader of Monday Pack during the 70s and 80s when his three sons were members. Although Ray never went into uniform he gave unstintingly of his time and was there every Monday assisting with whatever was needed.. He was always willing to help the Cubs assisting with badges, the Cub shows, the annual scooter race and many other activities. For Group fund raising, Ray built a crockery smash stall which he ran at the Summer Fete for a number years.
Ray will be best remembered for his enthusiasm in managing the Pack football team. During this time they became one of the best, winning both the Championship and the Cup. Whatever a boy’s ability he encouraged them to play, and his enthusiasm rubbed off on all. For his services to the Group he was awarded a Thanks Badge in 1989.
Memories of the 22nd from Martin Conrad
I joined the Group in 1936 as a Cub The pack was run by Mrs Burrows and the Group Scoutmaster was Mr Burgess. We met in the old corrugated-iron hall at Holy Cross Church in Douglas Avenue. This was destroyed in 1940 during an air raid
Meetings were suspended for a short while and instead, we met at Mrs Burrows’ house in Phyllis Avenue, mainly making handicraft items towards the war effort . The Church itself was bombed a little later, so we resumed meetings for a short while in an upstairs room in Ivy House, which was a large structure behind Griffiths, the Chemist (this was the last shop in the row at that time) Subsequently, we moved to St Davids school, which was on the corner of West Barnes Lane and Estella Avenue. Then we were lucky enough to go to Bushey School (the white school) and, when later two troops were needed, we simultaneously split the troop by having a second troop in the red school opposite. Arthur Giles, the caretaker was very helpful, cleaning up our mess and replacing any broken windows caused by the ball, before school next day..
In the early 1940s, older members and leaders gradually left for service. One rover even beame a miner. This meant that we teenage leaders were running the Group. Fortunately, Dora Dunthorne, who already ran the 3rd Wimbledon cubs came to our rescue and ran our pack. Les Ginsburg, an officer in the army based locally,came to run the Troop. He was a leader in Liverpool before war service.
He organised hikes, night activities and, for the older boys, weekend camps. We camped at Polyapes spending nights under hike tents, with the local Canadian army firing shells at the enemy aircraft overhead, but the falling shrapnel never hit us. Being slightly mad, Les ran a Group Halloween party for boys and parents in the school hall and lit night lights under red paper for a realistic campfire and scorched the hall floor.!
In 1943, we had our first summer camp, walking all along the old A3 to Walton Firs at Cobham pulling trek carts with our gear. Roads were not as crowded then. We actually camped in the field where the Cub hut is now. The camp fee for the week was 15s (75p) We had to take our ration books.
Once Les was posted away, we struggled on. Leaders included Pat Brunt, John Constantine, Charles Constantine, John Baker and myself. In 1947, we were lucky enough to persuade Cyril Simmons, an old group member who was back from war service to become Group Scoutmaster.
We younger leaders arranged camps at Easter and Whitsun and a summer camp each year. We were grateful for help from people like Arnold Ramshaw, John and Muriel Brownless and Len Anning with these activities.
Transport. In the 1940,s there wasn’t much traffic so we went by bicycle. We cycled to meetings each week, carrying all our equipment with us. And we rode to local camps, even pulling the trek cart while on our bikes. (It wouldn’t be allowed now)
Subsequently, we went by train. Southern Rail gave us party fares. We even sent our heavy tents in advance by goods train. Later, we hired a coach or got Sharps removals to take the equipment and 30 boys to camp. Then the Constantines and Conrad bought their own 12 seater buses which solved many problems.
Then the group bought a 5 ton lorry from Chivers ( and later replaced it with one from Hartleys ) I’m glad Schweppes bought the jam companies and the supply of soft drinks at camps were welcome. After this the Group bought a Land Rover and a 12 seater bus.
Charles Constantine ran our Senior Scout Troop (now venture scouts) and started the annual camps abroad and I continued this taking boys by road, train or air to places like Guernsey, Germany, France ,Austria and Morocco. This was great fun and many friends of the Group remember this. The programme included regular trips to Puddys for pony trekking, canoeing and sailing at Thames Young Mariners, and occasionally, to Hamworthy, Poole for sea canoeing and sailing Rock.climbing was also on the agenda.
I was presented with my first warrant on 7th June 1948 and became Scout Leader in 1958. I took over Senior Scouts (Venture Scouts) in1960 till 1977 and served as Group Scout Leader until 1991.,having taken over from Cyril Simmons in 1960. Mike Messam succeeded me for two years but moved away so I acted as GSL until Alan Maloney was appointed in 2000. I was Group Chairman until 2003, when Simon Shute took over.
We opened the present HQ on 4th October 1965. Sir Cyril Black performed the ceremony.