History of Scouting in the City of Sheffield 1925-1930

The General Strike

As a consequence of the Holly Street offices being pulled down to make way for the City Memorial Hall, the Sheffield Scout Office moves to the Central Telephone Exchange (probably the building on West Street which was opened in 1927)

The new Organising Secretary is employed (Mr A H Muirhead)

The new Officer Training Scheme develops into the formation of a Troop and Pack of 44 Leaders

A party of Rover Scouts attends the Great Rover Moot at the Albert Hall in London and a Rover Conference is held in Sheffield. The Conference is well attended despite the country being in the throes of the General Strike

On the first Thursday of every month, the Sheffield station of the BBC (call sign 6FL) broadcasts talks of Scouting interest given by Sheffield Leaders. On October 2nd, there is a live broadcast of a camp fire singsong from the grounds of 'Westbrook', the home of Capt C C Harland (ADC Western Division). The singsong is performed by members of the Training Troop and Pack
An appeal is launched to fund the purchase of Local Association camping ground

Meanwhile, Troops, Packs and the Training Troop and Pack use the grounds of Whiteley Wood Hall for camping. At the time, it was considered to be inadequate for a city camping ground. It was subsequently purchased by the Guide Association and is now a multi-purpose Outdoor Activity Centre

A Troop is formed at King Edward VIIs School (possibly one of the first school centred Troops)

A Sheffield University Scout Club is formed

A Cub Conference is held in April and a Cub Rally in the September

The monthly Scouting broadcasts continue from BBC Sheffield on such topics as 'Scouts and Sport' and 'The Brotherhood of Scouts'

Organised by the County Commissioner, in April, the West Riding Scout Music Festival is held in Sheffield with participants entertaining listeners to the BBC with an broadcast of singing

Assistant Scout Master F Parkin and Rover C Spencer, both from 141st (Carbrook Church), are awarded the Silver Cross for Bravery for rescuing several people from a burning house
Despite SLABS raising £475 (2015 - £26,000), for the Camp Fund, it is insufficient to allow the Association to actually purchase a suitable camping ground. However 36 acres in Ashop Valley near Ashopton are secured on a ten-year lease

The Sheffield Association sends 1,500 Scouts and Cubs to join 12,000 others at the Wakefield Rally or 'Jellybree'

Southern Division holds a Scout Week with a Scouts' Own being held the Abbeydale Picture House and a campfire singsong at the aerodrome at Norton Woodseats

On BBC Sheffield, 46th (Norton Lees) Troop broadcasts two plays during the BBC's Children's Hour
Introduction of the 'Group' System

This is the year of the International Jamboree at Arrowe Park in Birkenhead, celebrating the 21st birthday of the Movement. There is an auxiliary West Riding camp at Thurstaton, on the Wirral Peninsula. Over 600 Scouts and Cubs from Sheffield attend the Thurstaton camp and a contingent of fifty attends the main camp

SLABS takes responsibility for provisioning the West Riding Camp and staffs and stocks all shops connected with the camp. It is recorded that Western Division's Hand Bell Ringers are in demand for campfires during the Jamboree
The Deep Sea Scout Branch is formed

The 188th (Sheffield Cripple) Group is formed. Whilst its title is unacceptable in the 21st century, it is an early example of the Scout Association broadening its scope to cover all society and may well have been ahead of its time

Sheffield Scouts attend a French Scouts Centenary Camp in Algeria

Ten members of 167th (King Edward VII School) go for a fortnight's hiking in the Austrian Tyrol and Bavaria


Events in italics either refer to national Scouting events (more information on these can be found here)
or UK/international historical events

Numbers in brackets [1234] are links to more information in the Sheffield Scout Archives.

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