Thundersley Scout Group

The Cub pack

In the 1930s, I was a cub with the Hadleigh Congregational Church Scout Group.
In the 1960s, I was Akela (Cub leader) of the Cub pack. Our meetings were held in the old Church Hall opposite the clinic in Church Road.  The attached group photo was taken at a Christmas party for Scouts, Cubs, Guides and Brownies, with the Reverend Woodcock (St Peter’s Thundersley.)  The Beavers had not yet started.  Many cub weekend camps were held at Belchamps the Scout Centre in Hockley. The Cubs put on some good displays at the annual Church fête showing their camping skills.   The photo outside the old hall shows the pack with a visiting Cub leader [Top centre] from Calgary, Canada who was born locally and was back spending a holiday in Thundersley. Later, I left the Thundersley Group and joined the Benfleet Sea Scout Group as Group leader. 

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  • I would like to know if others who use this site have any information on the thriving Scouts and Cubs that met at the old St Peters church hall at the junction of Hart Road, Kenneth Road & Church Road Thundersley. I was a member of the 2nd Thundersley scout troop which was run by skipper Stevens along with his son or son-in law. We entered a float in the Southend Carnival which was our decorated Scout cart and it was pulled by hand along the whole route of some few miles. We used to have scout camps on both the church field and at Belchamps near Hawkwell. I would also like to know if anyone has photographs of the old cottages that were immediately to the left of Dark Lane looking toward the school and also the blacksmiths shop and forge that was to the side of the White Hart pub. The Caravan site was very large with some 300 caravans at its height and, when I started living there, there was no electricity and no proper roads. In Hadleigh there was a factory which was part of the EKCO company making radios which employed many from the Hadleigh and Thundersley area. Perhaps some of the above will jog some memories and add to the archive. 

    By Lynn Peter Sharman (27/06/2015)
  • Around 1949 to1955 I attended St Peters Sunday School in the Church hall to the right of the old library in the photo. At the age of 10 or 11 I graduated and attended the morning worship at their Church. At the same time I was a member of the Life Boys’ part of the Boys’ Brigade at Thundersley Congregational Church (other end of Kenneth Road). At the age of 13 I changed allegiance to TCC and have been their ever since.

    By Brian Byford (25/06/2012)
  • The old church hall used to be the Thundersley Library and before that was the Old Schools.

    By Peter Robbins (22/01/2012)
  • Click on first gallery photo to see caption, then browse through.

    By Ian Hawks (08/10/2011)

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