New Leaders & Queen’s Scouts

During the mid 1990’s to around 2000, the Beavers were run by Jim Shallcross then by Mark & Janet McDonald and Michele Hammond. The Cubs by Sharon Hickton with help from various Ventures and various other leaders. The Scouts by Dave Bowers and then Nick Wood with help from Gareth O’Donnell, Wayne Foster & Domonic Boyson. The Ventures were run by Gareth O’Donnell & Jop (Wayne Foster). Dave Bowers was now GSL.

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L: Dave Bowers on his last night as Scout Leader.R: Dave trying out his new GSL’s flared trousers!


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L: Scouts making a bivvy for the night. Consall June 1998.

L to R Antony Stephanelli, David Forrester & Tony Oliver

R: The nearly completed bivvy.

In 1999, two of the Ventures gained their Queen’s Scouts Award. Alistair Anslow (Alb) & Wayne Foster (Jop) were the last last members of the Group to have gained this award until 2014 (see here). They can be seen below with the Group’s other two Queen’s Scouts.

Although the 4 Queen’s Scouts shown here and Jack in 2014 are the only ones we know of in the Group, we had at least one King’s Scout in the 1920’s or 1930’s. Mr. F. Tyler, who was also an old Patrol Leader, is mentioned in a newspaper article from 1938.

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L to R – Nick Wood, Alistair Anslow, Wayne Foster & Gareth O’Donnell

On 2nd January 2000, a group of new members joined the Ventures. They were invested during a hike with the Scouts in the Goyt Valley.

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L: Ventures being invested in the ruins of Errwood Hall by Jop.

L to R – Julian ?, Vicky McKinley, Michelle Kobylarz, Carol Chilton, Andrew Hancock & Tony Oliver

R: After the investiture.

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At the end of the hike

L to R – David Forrester, Andrew Hancock, Antony Stephanelli, Dee, Alistair Anslow, Tony Oliver, Michelle Kobylarz, Mathew Kobylarz, Carol Chilton, Nick Wood, Wayne Foster, Julian ?, Vicky McKinlay, Gareth O’Donnell and Dave Lawton.

Note the Group’s minibus in the background

In the late spring of 1999, we were one of the first Scout Groups in Staffordshire to have our own web site. The first version was made one Sunday afternoon by Gareth and Nick. You can see some of it here. Not all the content of this version has been archived!

By 2000, Gareth had completely redesigned the site and this version lasted with various modifications until 2006. A snapshot of the site from 2001 can be seen here.

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