1st Norwood — Southall Scouts Group — Lady Jersey’s Own
This was the first troop of Scouts formed in Southall and has been in existence since 1910 — Scoutmaster was Mr Jubb, with Arthur Collins as Assistant and the encouragement of Mr Dunn.
They had a drum and fife band. They were presented with Colours in Southall Park on December 3rd, 1910. During the 1914-18 war the members did quite a lot of war work.
Between 1919 and 1927, due to numbers, it was necessary to have two meeting nights – Wednesday and Friday evenings. A piece of land was leased from St Johns Church at the end of Western Road and their first HQ ‘The Hut’ built. Great times were had between the wars. A Senior ‘Rover Crew’ was 25 strong. When the 1939 war started the crew volunteered for military service. Sadly, six were killed in action. Again the Scouts carried out quite a lot of voluntary war work but they kept up their morale by making full use of a camping site which had been purchased for them by Mr Haigh, at Stanwell. This they lost when London Airport was developed.
In 1965 the hut was burned down but everyone rallied round and the money was raised, and by 1967 a new HQ was ready. Numbers have fallen but the Troop still kept very active. They played host to a group of American Scouts in 1972. In 1981 they were again host to 14 boys and girls from Luxembourg.
A lease was drawn up between St Johns Church and the Troop which grants a 14 year tenure of the site. Now 72 years on in 1982 the troop is still going. Smaller in numbers but it has a loyal group Committee who work to raise money and give all help possible.