History

October 3, 2020
A notable occasion in the rain…. GSL Hilary presents Dominic Leigh with his Diamond Chief Scout Award – it’s the highest a Scout can achieve before the Queen’s Award, and there’s not been one in 1st Sunningdale in living memory.
October 3, 2020
June 20, 2020
During Lockdown we had three Virtual Camps. We had more than 30 families attending each time, with Young People camping out in their back gardens or in dens in their bedroom. There were lots of fun activities and challenges to complete on each of the themes and at the “Sunningbury…
June 20, 2020
February 15, 2020
Record numbers attended a Quiz Night at Holy Trinity Church and raised an amazing £2,450 for the group for the hut refurbishment project. Congratulations to the ‘The Villagers’ team on their closely fought win – pictured here with Quiz Master Mickey “Sparkly Jacket” King.
February 15, 2020
September 1, 2019
1st Sunningdale Scout Group gathered in Broomhall Recreation Ground to celebrate the life of Sir Julian Crofton (Group Chair 2003-2018). The oak bench was placed alongside the tree which had been planted 10 years earlier as part of the Centenary Celebration.
September 1, 2019
July 1, 2019
After more than 20 years as both Group Scout Leader and Cub Leader Doug Home finally retired. He was given a tremendous send-off by all the Sections and lots of parents came to thank Doug and Louise for everything they’d done for 1st Sunningdale over the years and wish them…
July 1, 2019
May 1, 2018
1st Sunningdale received a very generous gift of a minibus from Grant Thompson, a previous Group Scout Leader. It was soon put to great use by the Explorers who used it shortly afterwards for a trip to the Mendips.
May 1, 2018
June 1, 2017
1st Sunningdale have a history helping in the Community. Over the years all the Sections have helped at the Broomhall Recreation Ground, planting bulbs and raising money at the Sunningdale Carnivals. Here are the Scouts refreshing the flower displays.
June 1, 2017
March 21, 2015
We had a Ball at the Berystede Hotel in Sunninghill. It was a wonderful evening and our most successful fundraising event to date.
March 21, 2015
August 25, 2014
At 5am the Scouts left Heathrow for a canoeing trip in Finland. They’d had their first international trip back in 2012 when they attended a Scandinavian Jamboree in Finland. They enjoyed it so much they decided to go back.
August 25, 2014
January 18, 2014
Braving the elements our intrepid Scouts (& Leaders) attended their first Winter Camp at Gilwell, The Scout Association’s HQ. It’s a fantastic weekend with plenty of outdoor activities and attended by Scout Groups from all over the country. It’s become an annual event and they all come home completely exhausted…
January 18, 2014
February 16, 2013
The first time the Cubs went for a Kip in a Ship – sleeping overnight on HMS Belfast. It’s become a firm favourite and they’ve been going every couple of years ever since.
February 16, 2013
December 22, 2012
In December 1st Sunningdale took over the Cordes Hall to put on a show. All the Sections took part, and it was certainly a night to remember.
December 22, 2012
September 20, 2012
Here’s the flyer for our first ever Bike Sale which was held in the mess tent at the Sunningdale Carnival in the Broomhall Rec. Twelve years later our Bike Sales are going from strength to strength having moved “online” in 2020 at https://sunningdalebikesale.weebly.com/
September 20, 2012
August 18, 2012
A truly Herculean Endeavour to celebrate the 2012 London Olympics. A band of enthusiastic Beavers, Cubs and Scouts from 1st Sunningdale, 1st Binfield, 6th Bracknell and 1st South Ascot climbed the Earleywood tower a mere 365 times in just TWO DAYS ….. which is the same height as Mount Olympus…
August 18, 2012
February 7, 2010
Centenary Year for 1st Sunningdale Scouts. Tree Planting at Broomhall recreation Gound, All the sections paraded from the Scout HQ in Sandy Lane to the Recreation Ground, when there was a brief address by The Deputy Mayor of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, Councillor Catherine Bursnall, 1st Sunningdale…
February 7, 2010
January 1, 1996
Girls first appeared in the 1st Sunningdale records in January 1996, when there were 2 girls in Beavers along with 15 boys.
January 1, 1996
February 1, 1995
An award was established in memory of long-standing Scout Leader Bill “Skip” Connolly, following his death in 1994. It ran for five years and the Shield was awarded annually to the winning Scout Patrol and they were also given money to pay for a patrol camping weekend. On 20th July…
February 1, 1995
January 1, 1995
BEAVERS first appeared in January 1995 when there were 13 Beavers, plus 13 Cubs and 15 Scouts. Pictured here in 1998, in their original grey uniform at the St George’s Day Parade at Ascot Racecourse.
January 1, 1995
January 1, 1985
75th Anniversary Year for 1st Sunningdale As well as appealing for “manpower” help, the Scouts were also aiming to raise £2,300 during 1985 for a new floor, lights, storage heater and roof repairs. New guttering costing £50 had recently been added to the hut, paid for from a grant given…
January 1, 1985
January 1, 1960
We have a collection of Scout and Senior Scout badges from the 1960’s.
January 1, 1960
January 1, 1947
ERIC REED – Scout MasterEric joined 1st Sunningdale after repeatedly turning up and asking if he could join. It was only when they were taking details for an upcoming camp in Winkfield that they discovered he was only 7! When he was older, Eric used to work as a farm…
January 1, 1947
January 1, 1937
John Henry St. Quinten Astell (owner of the Dale Lodge Estate) gifted the Sandy Lane site to 1st Sunningdale, and a wooden hut was erected, with the help of some of the Scouts.
January 1, 1937
January 1, 1936
A troop flag was presented to 1st Sunningdale Scout Group in loving memory of John Norman Dodd, Pastor and Scoutmaster – 25th June 1936 (inscription on brass) …..and it’s still in use today!
January 1, 1936
January 1, 1930
The 1st Sunningdale Pewitt Scout Patrol at camp in East Wittering. The Scout Leader at this time is believed to have been T.H Westmacott. He was ex-Navy and had 2 sons in 1st Sunningdale. The troop also used to put on Christmas Shows in Sunningdale Village Hall.
January 1, 1930
January 1, 1929
The first Scout Hut was at the corner of Bedford Lane/Church Road (opposite the War Memorial and next to the CMI Building). It was opened by the then County Commissioner Major Sir Frederick Carden
January 1, 1929
March 31, 1927
CUBS were first registered at 1st Sunningdale on 31st March 1927. The Leader, Miss Zillah Flockton had 7 Cubs in the pack.
March 31, 1927
January 1, 1919
The first recorded Scoutmaster was Reginald Pack and in October 1919 there were 25 Scouts in the Troop. Pictured here in the less familiar dark blue shirt, dark blue shorts, dark blue socks with dark green tabs and dark green tie – no gold! Both Cubs and Scouts wore this…
January 1, 1919
January 1, 1910
1st Sunningdale was one of the earliest Scout Groups in the country and first registered in 1910 as part of the Windsor Forest Association. They used to meet in the old stables and a bell tent in the grounds of Dale Lodge (a small local estate)
January 1, 1910