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Charles Woodley's memories from around 1958-1963

Many, many years ago I lived in Brentford and joined the Cubs and then the 6th Brentford Scouts. I joined the Scouts circa 1958 and stayed until circa 1963. During my time the troop morphed into an Air Scout troop and was awarded RAF Recognition, which allowed us access to certain RAF facilities.

I am wondering if anyone out there was a member during my timescale and if they have any memories and/or pics to share.

When I joined the troop was based in a single-storey building across the road from where the trolleybuses used to park up. Just before I left in 1963-ish that building was demolished (the fact that it seemed to be made out of asbestos may have had some bearing) and the scoutmaster Vic Arnold left us. I believe he started a shop in the High Street at this time. After we became Air Scouts we built a full-size replica of a Turbulent light aircraft and took it to scout rallies around the area. Just before I left in 63-ish Vic took about 9 of us on a camping tour around Europe in a Dormobile-type vehicle.

I have many happy memories of this time and would love to here from any of my contemporaries.
Names I remember are: Derek Brown, Ian Powell (I have had had contact with these two some years ago), an assistant Scout Leader who worked in a bakery at the time, another called Gordon, who came to us from a Sea Scout troop in Chiswick we amalgamated with), and another called Vic.

With best wishes from NE Scotland.


Possibly the same Ian Powell as mentioned above has sent some photos from his school days at St George's.

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Published April 2020