THE 1980s Page last updated 04/10/2016
The B-P Guild for adults who wanted to be involved with scouting in an informal way, was replaced by the Scout Fellowship. Towards the end of the decade, the Scout Association relaxed the rules on uniforms and "controversially" allowed girls to join all sections.
Mark Watson found his old Scout Leaders Uniform in the loft and we've copied the badges from it on the left. Do you have any badges we could add to the collection?
The Woodpecker Troop camped in the New Forest.
In 1980, Andy Wotherspoon obtained his Leaders Warrant and has been an active member of the group, both in uniform and in FOES, ever since. He has also lent us his Leader Training and Thanks Badge Certificates which are reproduced in the slideshow on the left.
At the 2014 reunion, there was the usual exchange of memories and photos, including this one of Eynsham Guides from around 1980. It's on our Scouts Archive website because it was taken in our old scout hall and shows some people who have since become part of the group. In the centre is Guide Leader Marlene Gardener (now Turner) who lent us the photo and next to her on the right is Sandra Parker (now Scott) daughter of Boss's night founder Derek. Also in the photo are Sarah Rogers, Caroline Rainbow (now Watson), Diane Whitlock, Heather Smith, Philipa Neville, and Elaine Reading. Jenny Fathers (now Salmon) got in touch with a few more names. Joanne Evans, Amanda Reading, Penelope Edwards, Susie Atkins and a Todd? If you can name any of the other girls, please get in touch. Click the picture for a better quality image. The photo was taken at the back of the old pre-fab scout hall. This part was extended to make the hall bigger and add a store room. You can see the entrance and some patrol boxes just inside on the right, and a picture of BP and Boss's plaque on the partition wall.
1980 Boss's Night Report
Held in the British Legion Hall on Friday March 21st at 8 p.m. Catering by Abbey and bar by Red Lion as in previous years. Menu: Roast topside of beef with all the trimmings, preceded with thick vegetable soup and followed by trifle, cheese and biscuits and coffee. Once again the meal was excellent. Some of the waitresses have been serving for Abbey since 1968.
This year Mr G Batts was chairman and proceedings were started by a silent tribute to Boss followed by grace and the meal. Mr Batts toasted the queen and his speech reminisced on the old day and commented on members present. He congratulated Mr Jim Evans on once again being present after his illness and operation the previous year. Mr Evans is in his eighties. Mr P Hubbert the new GSL was introduced along with the Scouters and new committee members present. Also all of the Douglas family was here this year.
Mr Parker toasted absent friends remembering in particular Mr J Forbes who died during the last year and who was one of the initial few who suggested a reunion dinner at Boss’s funeral, and Mr Len Gardiner the GSL who died suddenly on 11 December 1979. [Mr Parker also apologised for the inaccuracies in the Witney Gazette follow up article.]
The Drum and Fife Band was again in good voice and he evening proved a grand success. No entertainment was organised for this year and it was felt by a few members that this must be remedied for future occasions. The collection of moneys on the Drum amounted to £30 which was the highest yet and shows the members are keen to continue with this annual reunion. The evening closed with the good night at 12 o’clock with the bar open until 12.30.
41 were present:
*Scouters, Committee and Helpers
1980 Balance Sheet
Charge per head £4
In 1981, the Scout Association shows 2 Scout Troops and 3 Cub Packs. Carol Messenger was the Beaver Leader from 1981 - 1992.
The Kestrel Troop camped at Combe and the Woodpeckers camped at Minehead.
The Cubs camped at Butchers Coppice near Bournemouth. Thanks to You-Tube, you can now see the cine film that was made by Mark Watson so the parents could see what it was like for their children at cub camp. Due to the You-Tube upload restrictions, we have had to split it into 4 parts.
1981 West Evenlode Cub Camp Part 1 - Saturday - Gathering in the Back Lane Car Park & loading the coach, travelling to Bournemouth & setting up camp. Sunday - Early morning run, walk to local sand quarry & Tea Time Can Can. Monday - Early morning dip, Coach trip to Poole RNLI HQ & Sandbanks beach.
1981 West Evenlode Cub Camp Part 2 - Tuesday breakfast & coach trip to Sandbanks beach. Wednesday - Rise & shine then off the sleepy campers went to the New Forrest on the coach, following walking trails, lunch & wool trail competition & evening meal.
1981 West Evenlode Cub Camp Part 3 - Thursday - Early wake up call & Box's Birthday Bumps, coach to day out at Sandbanks beach, campsite swimming pool, dinner & birthday cake, evening games. Friday morning wash & breakfast, coach trip to a day out at Beaulieu Motor Museum.
1981 West Evenlode Cub Camp Part 4 - Friday night camp fire preparation, chip shop supper, camp fire songs & sketches. Saturday - Early surprise, take down tents & pack up, coach trip home including pub lunch stop & singing, happy home coming & unpack coach. End credits and list of all campers.
1981 Boss's Night Report
Held in the Royal British Legion Hall on Friday April 3rd at 8 p.m. Catering this year by Toucan (a local caterer) and the bar by Red Lion Hotel. Menu was onion soup, roast chicken, trifle, cheese and biscuits and coffee. The meal was very good, although served as individual portions, which may have been too large for some. No complaints received.
Mr K Green took the chair this year and as usual Boss was remembered with a silence before the meal. Mr Green’s speech was centred around old record of the troop, where he highlighted some of the escapades of Mr H Douglas when he was a lad, and other topics showing the very full programme of events enjoyed by all during the days leading up to an during the 1939-45 war.
Mr T Green Toasted absent friends remembering in particular Mr F James (January) who passed away the previous year. The toast to the committee was once again performed by Mr R Barber and answered by Mr G Batts. These can be referred to as our resident comedians. This year Mr R Talbot, and most of the Falcon Pack, gave a report on the group’s progress and included a few jokes which went down very well. The actual dinner and speeches were one of the best.
The evening was very full with entertainment from Mr K Green and Mr Robin Saunders who sang old country songs accompanied by the accordion, and once again the rendering of the Drum and Fife Band, which this year seemed better than ever. In fact most people requested more, more and more. The collection on the Drum amounted to £28.5 a grand total. The evening closed around 12 with the Scouts good night with the bar open until 12.30. This was one of the fullest and best evenings although each year is of a very high standard.
Members were a little short, 38 were in attendance as follows:
● Committee and Helpers * Scouters
1981 Balance Sheet
Charge per head £4.50
We’ve managed to unearth some Scout Progress Record Cards from 1982 till 1994 when Andy Wotherspoon, Mark Watson and Paul Berry were Scout Leaders. They give a record of the achievements made by each scout as they progressed through the 1st Eynsham Troop. They are probably not complete or a full record of all the scouts during that time, but there’s 145 of them so you may be able to remind yourself of what you did, or who was a scout when you were by having a look through. Each record has a page of Scout Progress Award work on one side, and on the reverse, there are personal details (which have been edited), Proficiency Badges and camps attended. Some boys have more than one card due to a change of the progress award scheme in 1983. They have been saved in the year the scout joined the troop and by first name alphabetically.
Click the picture on the left to see the Scout Progress Record Cards for the boys who joined the troop in 1982 – So far, just Martin Batts. Some boys were given their record cards as a memento when they left the troop. Do you still have yours? Scan it and email it to us if you would like to add your details or let us know if you would like us to pop round and scan it for you and any other documents and pictures you may like to share on this website.
On the right is a photo from around 1982 of the cub pack, lent to us by Marlene Turner. At the 2013 reunion, we asked people who were around then to try and name the boys. So far we have come up with the following, but if you can fill in any of the missing names, please email us. Click on the picture to see a better quality image. Top left to bottom right -
Nicholas Hodges, Jamie
Wotherspoon, Richard Smith, Lee Ward, Chris Walsh, David Bannister, ???,
FOES Chairman Steve Batts found a copy of the
first West Oxon District Magazine called Rattler from January 1982 which
includes an interview with Andy Wotherspoon about our Kestrel Scout
Troop. It was produced by Trevor Slaughter with news of what was
happening in the district. You can read the full magazine by clicking on
the picture on the left.
The Cubs camped at Butchers Coppice near Bournemouth and again Mark Watson made a cine film of the camp, although this time it was a budget B movie rather than the epic from 1981. The film has been split in two parts to fit on You-Tube.
1982 West Evenlode Cub Camp Part 1 - Loading the coach & leaving Eynsham, the journey to Bournemouth, coach trip to Sandbanks beech & speeded up day. An early wet alarm call for sleepy cubs, the morning run & Pool Duels.
1982 West Evenlode Cub Camp Part 2 - Coach trip to Fleet Air Arm Museum, Boscombe, Hengistbury Head & Christchurch ferry. Camp fire, final morning, camp awards & journey home.
Due to the use of some chart music of the time, You Tube had restricted its use in some countries and on some devices. If you can't watch it with them, try our pages on the Internet Archive Community Video website where you can also download a copy of your own. Please note on some computers, you may have to pause the video at the start of streaming to allow it to download for 10 minutes before you can watch it on their website without buffering.
1982 Boss's Night Report
Held in the Royal British Legion Hall on Friday March 26th at 8 p.m. Catering by Toucan and bar by Red Lion. Menu: minestrone soup, roast beef, with gateau, cheese and biscuits, friend and coffee to follow. This was a very popular meal.
Mr W Perkins took the chair and started proceedings with a silence in memory of Boss Perkins followed by grace. After the meal Mr Perkins commented on the excellent meal, thanked the committee and noted the remarkable achievement of 24 years without a break. The Queen was toasted and Mr Lee followed with the toast for absent friends. He noted the shortage of members and commented on the possibility of changing the style of the evening. Instead of a sit down meal which becomes more difficult to cater for with such small quantities have a social get together with a buffet. This would also reduce the price. He also noted that the actual amount of old Scouts in comparison to Scouters, committee etc was dwindling fast. It was generally agreed to keep the same format for the 25th and change after that. Apologies were received from R Betterton, 3 Blunt brothers, Lee Fowler, F James (committee), R Evans (??) G Batts and G Barber.
Mr R Talbot gave a short account of the current group situation along with a few very choice jokes. This year again Mr K Green along with Mr R Saunders entertained with their old country songs and the Drum and Fife Band was in fine fettle. It is still amazing how from year to year the Band sounds so good, at least this is the opinion of the listeners, and how well some remember the old times. Mr Allsworth organised the usual collection on the Drum which this year raised £31. The evening seemed shorter than ever when the good night was played at around 12. Bar until 12.30. Everyone said what a good evening.
(It was suggested by Mr J Simmonds that for the 25th the band should meet and march to the location of the dinner? This remains to be seen.)
Numbers were short this year only 32 in attendance:
* Scouters ● Committee and Helpers
1982 Balance Sheet
Charge per head £5
The Badge and Training Programme were updated and the Scout Standard and Advanced Scout Standard were replaced by the Scout Award, Pathfinder Award, and Explorer Award.
Click the picture on the left to see the Scout Progress Record Cards for the boys who joined the troop in 1983 - So far, just Anthony Edwards. Some boys were given their record cards as a memento when they left the troop. Do you still have yours? Scan it and email it to us if you would like to add your details or let us know if you would like us to pop round and scan it for you and any other documents and pictures you may like to share on this website.
You may remember this manual for the Chief Scout's Award first published in 1983. Click on the cover picture to have a look at the first few pages so you can see the contents and get a feel for the style. © Steve Scholes for The Scout Association.
The Scouts camped at Ferny Croft in the New Forest for a week and you can see a short cine film by Mark Watson of it here along with a time lapse film of the scouts building a rope bridge on the rough ground at the back of the old British Legion hall to the side of the pre-fab scout hut.
Due to the use of some chart music of the time, You Tube had restricted its use in some countries and on some devices. If you can't watch it with them, try our pages on the Internet Archive Community Video website where you can also download a copy of your own. Please note on some computers, you may have to pause the video at the start of streaming to allow it to download for 10 minutes before you can watch it on their website without buffering.
This cutting on the right is from the Witney Gazette of 10th March 1983 which turned up at the 2014 reunion reporting success for three of our cubs in the Oxfordshire Cub Scouts Chess Championship. Well done Richard Smith, Christopher Walsh and Nicholas Hodges. If you have anything related to scouting in Eynsham that you could lend us to copy and publish on this website, please get in touch.
1983 Boss's Night Report (25th)
Held in the Royal British Legion Hall on Friday March 25th at 8 p.m. Catering as last year by Elaine Dennington and bar again by Red Lion. Menu: veg soup, roast beef, gateau, cheese and biscuits and fruit and coffee. Excellent meal.
Mr R Lee took the chair this year and proceedings started with a silence in memory of Boss followed by grace. After the meal for which many compliments were passed Mr Lee toasted the Queen which was followed by his speech. He thanked the caterers, Frank Harris for the bar and everyone for their help. Mr Parker followed with a toast to absent friends. Remembering in particular Mr G Green who died the previous year, and commenting on the fact that 3 members, i.e. Trevor Green, Bill Bailey and Ernie Floyde had not missed a dinner in 25 years.
Mr Keed Then gave a report on the present group condition which at the moment is very healthy. (Mr Keed is the new GSL). Mr R Barber then thanked the committee with his usual well chosen words and jokes. (He assures us he is retiring in December 83 and leaving the country for Spain) followed by Mr George Batts for the committee. We still do not require a comedian with these two present.
The evening was again a grand success with the Drum and Fife Band still able to muster (although one of the flautists Mr C Ainsby has suffered a stroke and seems a doubtful for the future). When I say muster it is a struggle to get some of them on their feet. Mr K Green and Mr R Saunders once again entertained with their brand of music and song to the delight of everyone. The Drum collection organised by Bill Allsworth raised £34.05 so everyone still wants another evening although from general discussions the format may be changed from this year. The good night was once again played about 12 o’clock but this year there seemed to be a full complement still around the bar after so it must have been a good evening. Full marks to Trevor and George for clearing up afterwards. Very good night.
Members present 39 in all.
* Committee and/or Helpers ■First time was a Scouter app 1958
1983 Balance Sheet
Charge per head £5.50
Click the picture on the left to see the Scout Progress Record Cards for the boys who joined the troop in 1984 – So far, just Christopher Walsh, Jamie Wotherspoon, Martin Underwood. Some boys were given their record cards as a memento when they left the troop. Do you still have yours? Scan it and email it to us if you would like to add your details or let us know if you would like us to pop round and scan it for you and any other documents and pictures you may like to share on this website.
In May 1984 the Scouts camped at Horley for 3 nights and at Blackwell Court near Birmingham for a week.
Paul Berry started a new Venture Scout Unit for three of the Scouts who had become too old to be in the troop. In August John-Paul Williams and Trevor Winstone cycled to within five miles of the Scouts campsite in South Birmingham before his real spindle broke. Graham Franklin took the easier journey with the scouts. They were invested under the camp bell and helped with many of the camps activities as well as doing some of their own. Pelting the Scouts with flour bombs was a welcome chore during a night hike and backwards cooking took on a whole new flavour when Graham decided that the fire of embers, with the food wrapped in tin foil parcels in, had gone out and needed a generous application of paraffin. Yum!
In August the Ventures took on the Cornish Costal Path. Steve Batts JP and Trevor travelled by bus to Penzance with some of Pauls friends to keep an eye on them as he was being Mark Watsons best man and couldn't join them until the day after the wedding. On route to Falmouth, they stayed in a Youth Hostel, Trevor lost £10, and JP got hit by a polystyrene surf board and get a perforated ear drum.
In October the district had a night hike and the Ventures created their own low tech version of the Adventure Games 'Vortex' which was on BBC2. Scouts had to make their way across the vortex which looked a bit like some milk crates in a diamond shape. The idea being that you made your way from one side to the other without being vaporised or in this case, pelted with flour bombs if you landed on the same position as the controller who couldn't see the participant. All went well until the Eynsham Scouts decided that the flour bombs could be thrown back!
In 1984 Austin Darnel, Paul Tweney, Anthony Batts and Steve Batts made a programme for Radio Cherwell (Oxford's Hospital Radio). It was called Scouting In The 80's and was part of their Chief Scouts Award to promote the movement. They designed the programme, recorded the interviews and songs, and then it was put together by Mark Watson and finished off with a live discussion in the studio.Click the arrow to play or drag the bar to move through the show.
It starts with some camp fire singing and an introduction by Mark who was (and still is) a volunteer Presenter/Producer at the station. Ant interviewed cubs and scouts about their impressions of the movement and what they have achieved. Paul talked to the Producer of the Oxford Gang Show Bill Greenough and there's some music from the show as well. Steve chatted Jim Hanks about becoming a leader, what is required and how the scout movement could be improved. Austin interviewed Eynsham Scout Leader Andy Wotherspoon about scouting in the village and the challenges of leading a troop in your spare time. The programme finishes with a round table live chat where Mark talks to the four of them. Ant talks about what they have had to do for their Chief Scouts Award, Austin talks about the presentation evening when they received their awards, Steve talks about some of the things he achieved during scouts (which includes the famous line "you can cook yourself and you have to sleep with other boys", and Paul gives some of his ambitions for the future (including becoming a leader one day), and the programme finishes with a campfire song. (Apologies for the wobbly tape at the end, but it is, like us, it is getting quite old now!) If you would like your own copy of the programme to keep, email Mark and we'll send you the 6MB mp3 file.
1984 Boss's Night Report (held April 6th)
The format this year was changed to a buffet supper and held at the Red Lion in their club room. Mr Harris provided the supper. This consisted of hot potatoes and various cold meats, salads, rolls etc, a really wonderful supper although really too much for the numbers attending. The members met at around 7.30 and supper was served approx 9.000. the Drum and Fife was once again in evidence and seemed to go very well. Mr K Green and Robin Saunders once again entertained with their country songs and ditties.
Mr Parker called a silence to Boss after the supper and thanked the Red Lion for their wonderful efforts. Various letters from absent friends were also read out including one from Roy Barber who did move to Spain. Some of the jokes were readable but a few were rather too much. The members were offered the chance to read them for themselves. Mr Trevor Green then thanked Mr Parker for his efforts. Rather a nice thought.
The evening was much more relaxed and everyone seemed to enjoy it. The Blunt brothers entertained with a song and the evening was a great success with also a good singsong towards the close. The Good Night was played around 11.45 but it was nearer 12.45 before members left. (Mr C Ainsley was brought by two of the members and in spite of his handicaps he enjoyed the evening.) Mr Allsworth organised a collection on the Drum which realised £29.50. A very good evening and well worth the change. Numbers were a little disappointing though considering the cost was only £2 per head
Members present (34 paid) 33 attended:
* Paid not attended ●Scouters and/or Committee
1984 Balance Sheet
Charge per head £2
CAN YOU ADD TO THE ARCHIVE? Email: MarkW @ (no spaces) Eynsham Scouts Archive .org .uk
Have you got any photos, videos, documents or memories you could let us have? Are you able to add any more details to what's already here like first names, more people, places visited, things you did, dates, etc? Do you think we've got something wrong and can correct the information we've been given? Any information you can give us by email would be appreciated or if you can't send it electronically, we can arrange to copy your items or record your memories.
Click the picture on the left to see the Scout Progress Record Cards for the boys who joined the troop in 1985 – Alan Pratley, James Brown, James Pinkerton, John Masters, Johnathon Prowse, Kevin Godfrey, Nicholas Hodges, Richard Bustin, Stewart Pinkerton, Warren Sharman. Some boys were given their record cards as a memento when they left the troop. Do you still have yours? Scan it and email it to us if you would like to add your details or let us know if you would like us to pop round and scan it for you and any other documents and pictures you may like to share on this website.
In February 1985 the Scouts camped at Youlbury for 2 nights and in June 1985 they camped at Cranham near Gloucester for a week on the side of a hill with some woodland to explore. Troop Leader Andy Wotherspoon denies choosing the location purely because the comings and goings of scouts after lights out could be observed from the pub garden on the opposite side of the valley where the Scouter on watch could call for reinforcements if required! They went on hikes, learnt woodcraft, attempted to light a fire without matches, whittled their own plates and cutlery, made a cup of tea in a paper bag and witnessed the famous and completely bonkers Cheese Rolling. The Ventures also supported the camp whose highlight was meeting up with the 2nd Eynsham Guides for a games afternoon who just happened to be camping near Bristol. The camp will also be remembered for the rebranding of Alan Smiths 'essential' All Bran breakfast cereal.
The Ventures held their first annual meal in January at The Swan which evolved in to the FOES dinner we know today. In March they held a games evening in which they discovered never to bet on Cribbage when playing with 'honest' Paul Tweney and went to Witney for some inter group liaisons at theVentures disco!
The Ventures entered the Cyril Gardiner Nike Hike with Steve, Graham and Tweney finishing in 14 hours, 25 minutes. Afterwards, Graham slept for 18 hours. They also tried dry slope skiing in April but spent half the night walking sideways up the slope trying to stay upright. They also witnessed a spectacular attempt at ski jumping by someone who couldn't stop at the bottom, slid up the grassy bank, and flew over the fence landing in the car park. Impressive!
A Ventures Bar-B-Cue was organised for a lovely summer evening in June at the Guides Port-a-cabin in Station Road (where the fishponds car park is now) but it rained and had to be held inside trying to avoid the pots and pans collecting drips from the leaking roof. In July they took part in the Carnival operating 'The Human Fruit Machine'. This involved three Ventures wearing Policemans Helmets in the sweltering heat pulling out various fruits from a black plastic bag when the player pulled down one of their arms in one armed bandit style (Tweney only had the use of one arm anyway as the other was in a sling). On the count of three a fruit was pulled out of each bag and prizes given out for matching items. In retrospect it would have been better to play with plastic fruit as by the end of the day the fruit was reduced to pulp.
The Ventures annual walk was along the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path in August. Trevor hasn't given us a complete record of the week but says the following will mean something to those who were there: Rambo, Monks, Mega Monks, double cheese burger and chips, Queenie, OB's red hair dye, Errol came out, the investiture on the mount, incorrect signposts, unhelpful farmers and "Rissoles, no thanks mate, we've already eaten!"
In September the Ventures went to the Ticonderoga Venture Camp where the groups were mixed into patrols and Trevor became a Pixie and Tweney a fairy. A fun packed weekend included a muddy blind trail, pillow fighting over a swimming pool and a huge mad game of 'Tic' football with a goal you could move. More outdoor activities in October saw them dressing as Vikings and tying Alan Smith to a tree as a damsel in dis-dress waiting to be rescued at the Witney Night Hike. The Scouts had to free him and steal their loot whilst trying to avoiding the trip wires attached to pyrotechnics which would wake the angry Vikings. Their annual meal was held in December at the Kings Head in Woodstock. Isn't that two annual meals in the same year? Greedy Ventures!
You may remember this combined manual for the Scout Awards first published in 1985. Click on the cover picture to have a look at the first few pages so you can see the contents and get a feel for the style. © The Scout Association, written by Derek Capper.
The 1985 to date Boss's Night Reports will appear here shortly, with many thanks to Penny Berry for transcribing them from the original, and sometimes difficult to read, hand written reports.
In 1986 Richard Smith completed a project to document the origins or Eynsham Scouting and its history through research and by talking to some of the original scouts who shared memories, documents and photographs with him. His hand typed report has been copied and used throughout this website and we are indebted to him for his timely work and that of the people who contributed to it including; George Batts, Mr H C Biggers, Mrs D Buckingham, Jack Douglas, Mrs F Dormer, Mrs B J Evans, Jim Evans, Mrs and Mrs Roy Evans, Mrs E Floyd, Mr J Green, Pete Hayes, Mrs R Sheppard (nee Oakley), Mrs Y Townsend and especially Derek Parker who has kept detailed records and photographs of the group and has kindly passed them on to F.O.E.S. for inclusion on this website. The start date of 1914 refers to stories and memories told at the time that an Eynsham group was attached to the 19th Oxford. Unfortunately we have not subsequently been able to confirm this by documentary evidence and also other stories we have been told conflict this date. See our 1910's page which tells the story of our beginnings that we know of to date. If you can add to it, please let us know.
In the early 1980's Scout Groups were allowed to take in boys in the 6-8 age range to new Beavers groups although they were not part of the Scout Association, but their Leaders were. This changed on April 1st, 1986 when all Beavers became Beaver Scouts.
At around this time, there was sufficient support and demand for a Scout Troop to be re-opened in Long Hanborough as well as a new Beaver Colony. This meant that along with their existing cub pack, they no longer needed to be part of the West Evenlode group and re-started their own Hanborough-Freeland Group. Unfortunately, the Scout Association no longer has copies of the paperwork for the change but Sue Hooper remembers starting the Beaver Colony in May 1986.
This meant that Eynsham no longer needed to have a generic district name for the group so reverted back to 1st Eynsham after it's 18 year partnership with Long Hanborough and Freeland as West Evenlode. We're not sure of the exact date, but it happened sometime between April 1986 where West Evenlode is stated as Andy Wotherspoons group on his leaders warrant, and May 1987 where Paul Berry has 1st Eynsham stated as his group on his warrant. If you have any other information, memories or documents that can add detail to this period of our history, please get in touch.
Click the picture on the left to see the Scout Progress Record Cards for the boys who joined the troop in 1986 – David Bannister, Graham Mullen, Danial Bruce. Some boys were given their record cards as a memento when they left the troop. Do you still have yours? Scan it and email it to us if you would like to add your details or let us know if you would like us to pop round and scan it for you and any other documents and pictures you may like to share on this website.
In February 1986 the Scouts camped at Youlbury for 2 nights and in May they camped at Marwell for a week. In June they Scouts went to the Pioneer Camp for 2 nights and in October the Scouts went to the Lambourne Night Hike. But what did they get up to?
In February, the Ventures went to the Ticonderoga Reunion Disco and Trevor dressed as a monk! They took a major part in the Eynsham Carnival organising a Jail Break in the main arena with various teams from around the village taking part in an 'Its A Knockout' style event which involved running up a slippery slope, setting of an explosion, finding a key in a foam filled pool, releasing their team who then had to go over an obstacle course, load cash bags onto a trolley and push it the length of the arena to make their escape and finish the course. Can you remember any of the teams who took part and who won? It probably wouldn't be allowed to day due to Health and Safety and Insurance restrictions.
In August the Ventures camped in the Brecon Beacons. The lads stayed in a disused railway station whilst the girls braved a howling gale in tents on the platform outside. Graham, Steve, Errol and Dia Ross went for their Queens Scout Expedition during Hurricane Charlie. Dia was later accused of stealing Monopoly Money but still managed to loose. September saw them taking part in 'Amphinox 86' which entailed various groups pushing an amphibious vehicle around the Oxfordshire border. Eynshams stint was from midnight to 3am.
At the Witney Night Hike in October, the Ventures invented the 'Egg of the Waylands' Chicken' stage. Set around the ancient Wayland's Smithy on the Ridgeway, the Scouts had to find the Chickens Egg in one of the atmospheric Neolithic chambers with only a candle for guidance, if it didn't blow out in the wind. It's all in the story told and the willingness of those taking part to believe the rubbish spoken by Ventures, but may were very scared.
Click the picture on the left to see the Scout Progress Record Cards for the boys who joined the troop in 1987 – So far, just John Lock, Mark Huggins, Steven Morton. Some boys were given their record cards as a memento when they left the troop. Do you still have yours? Scan it and email it to us if you would like to add your details or let us know if you would like us to pop round and scan it for you and any other documents and pictures you may like to share on this website.
In March 1987 the Scouts camped at Youlbury for 2 nights and in May they camped at Chelwood for a week. Photos and memories appreciated!
In January, the Ventures annual meal was held at O'Learys restaurant in Newlands Street. Hang on, what happened to the annual meal in 1968! Trevor unearthed this song which we think was written by Mark and Paul about the annual expedition in Dartmoor which we believe was sung at the annual meal, a fore runner of the Fellowship Times newsletter and 'Hi-Tech' Powerpoint presentations we have at the annual FOES meal these days.
The Carnival Committee were impressed with last years main arena event so the Ventures and Co. were invited to do something similar but simpler this year. Having got hold of some giant round hay bales, Pub teams had to roll three bailes through an obsitcal course, then stak them at the other end and burst a balloon full of water above themselves. It was run in several heats over the afternoon and was just as hard work for the Ventures as the teams, but who won?
The Ventures annual expedition was to Dartmoor in August. Tweney and Ant endured a long day on their bikes only to be greeted by the girls who had eaten most of their dinner. The nearest Pub was a long dark walk away and on their return after curfew were met by an angry warden wielding a search light. Another pub walk was memorable as David Bustin gained the nickname 'Alfer' because he was pounced upon and held down while his 'mates' shaved off half of his teenage moustache which had taken ages to grow. Roger Winstone was determined not to be involved in any silly initiation ceremonies but willingly agreed to help the Warden out by walking down to the sea a mile away and return with a bucket of sea water for his fictitious fish talk.
The cubs had a busy year. Vic Turner has lent us his slides of their camp on the Isle of Wight at the Corf Scout Campsite on the north side of the island west of Cowes near Newton. The 1988 slideshow also has pictures of the District Cub Camp held at Eynsham Hall. Are you in the pictures, can you name anyone? Get in touch if you can add any details.
Click the picture on the left to see the Scout Progress Record Cards for the boys who joined the troop in 1988 – So far, just Steven Wall. Some boys were given their record cards as a memento when they left the troop. Do you still have yours? Scan it and email it to us if you would like to add your details or let us know if you would like us to pop round and scan it for you and any other documents and pictures you may like to share on this website.
In March 1988 the Scouts camped at Horley for 2 nights and in May they camped at Rough Close near Coventry for a week. We'd love a copy of any pictures you have of these camps.
The Ventures annual meal was held at the Evenlode in January and wasn't particularly successful as the group was split up and had to wait a long time for their food. 1988 was the 21st year of Venture Scouting and was marked by all groups who had to do a series of set challenges. Eynsham's Venture Unit climbed the height of Everest in the St Leonards Church Tower, pitched a tent and slept in it in the square... on top of a minibus (see slideshow), invited a local celebrity to tea (who?) and Roger made a giant key but couldn't find a door for it! Apologies for the poor quality of the photos which were scanned in from Trevor's Venture Diaries. If you have the originals or can add more, please get in touch.
The Scout Association also produced a video to promote Venture Scouting to young people, showing them what they could do at Ventures and dispelling the old myths about scouting. They also challenged Venture Scout Units to make their own version so once you've seen the official one, have a look at the Eynsham Ventures video to see their own experiences!
So here below is Eynsham's take on Venture Scouting in 1988. As video cameras were rare and not as portable as they are now, the group borrowed a camera and had to re-create some scenes from their adventures around the country, right here in and around the village. It's very much of its time and was edited crudely using the camera and a video recorder with the soundtrack being mixed live during dubbing so apologies for the dodgy edits and poor quality in places, but it's still funny. It also shows some places that no longer exist such as the old Scout Hall and Youth Club in Back Lane. Featured in the video are Steve Batts, Paul Berry, David Bustin, Gavin 'Fiji' Dixon, Graham Franklin, Christina Hill, Stewart Hooper, Jason Howard, Jane 'Huggy' Hugill, Lucy Hutton, Nicky Hutton, Sue Smith, Tim 'Errol' Smith, Paul Tweney, Mark Watson, Chris Walsh, Roger Winstone, Trevor Winstone, and Jamie Wotherspoon. Keep watching to see the out-takes at the end. As it was originally only made for our Venture Scouts use in 1988, it does include some songs of the time which You Tube has unfortunately restricted so we are trying a new video hosting website called Internet Archive Community Video. You can watch the video via our website below, although on some computers it keeps buffering so we recommend that you click to play but pause it immediately, wait for 10 minutes to give it a chance to download, then click play. You can also download a copy of the video from here http://archive.org/details/1988EynshamVentureScoutsVideo There are various options available depending on what quality and file size you choose. Let us know how you get on.
You would have thought that the Eynsham Carnival Committee would have learnt from previous years but they again asked the Ventures and Friends to organise a main arena participation event, even though the previous ones hadn't been exactly risk or accident free. This year, the got hold of a six foot diameter giant football which the pub teams had to man-handle into a goal. They started at opposite ends of the field with the ball in the centre and charged at the ball when the whistle was blown. As the teams met in the middle at great speed, they bounced off the ball with some surprise and were grateful of the assistance of the St John Ambulance volunteers. Did you take part? Can You remember who won? Do you have any photographs? Let us know if you can.
The Ventures annual expedition was in Brittany and after a dodgy start when Tweney forgot the entire groups currency, soon settled into the usual pattern of disasters and embarrassing incidents. John Bustin carted a BBQ around all camp and hardly used it, Steve bought five litres of French wine for £2... which turned out to be surprisingly undrinkable, Steve and Tweney went out to find a French bar and after a few games of pool wondered why there were no women in the bar, Stuart 'Scooter' Hooper went into a campsite bar and said "Je suis un jus de orange" to which the barman replied "I'm sure you are mate!"
Having got a taste for travelling overseas, the Ventures went on the Channel Island Adventure which was a huge event for Ventures from three counties. The ferry trip was an experience in its-self with 1000 Venture Scouts partying, playing silly games and doing activities like, treasure hunts and clay pigeon shooting. When they arrived they were greeted by the news that they were not allowed any alcohol for fear of damaging the movements reputation, but Scouts being prepared for anything soon found a way of smuggling it onto the site. On the return ferry there were more fun and games with jelly and ice cream fights, the how many Ventures can you get in a shopping trolley challenge, and a giant on board conga.
By now, some of the oldest Venture Scouts were becoming too old to stay in the unit according to Scout Association rules. They still wanted to be part of Eynsham Scouts, so in November 1988, they had a meeting and investigated setting up a fellowship. A support network to help support the scout group with manpower, skills, fund-raising etc, whilst still continuing as a group of friends and as part of the scout movement. The Evenlode Scout Fellowship was born, which later became The Friends Of Eynsham Scouts (FOES).
Click the picture to see the Scout Progress Record Cards for the boys who joined the troop in 1989 - Adrian Higgins, Andrew Berry, Christopher Thiele, Colin Townsend, Gavin Lyon, Jason Wall, Luke Williams, Mark Viner, Matthew Brasier, Robert Brewerton, William Jones. Some boys were given their record cards as a memento when they left the troop. Do you still have yours? Scan it and email it to us if you would like to add your details or let us know if you would like us to pop round and scan it for you and any other documents and pictures you may like to share on this website.
In April 1989 the Scouts camped at Braggers Wood for 4 nights.
Januarys Venture meal was again at O'Learys Restaurant and the Carnival event was a strength contest. Their August Expedition was in Burgundy via train, ferry and two more trains. Whilst waiting for a train in Paris in the middle of the night, some of the crew visited Notre Dame, except Tweny and Jim Hanks who slept in the Metro station and Paul Berry earned his JFPs in spectacular style. By the end of the treck, Tweney had to see first aider 'Auntie' Pat Bustin as his feet were a mess of burst blisters which made her feel ill and Trevor decided to do some freestyle BMX on his bike and bent the rear wheel. The final night was spent at the worse campsite ever on a windswept hill with 'squatter' toilets and they had trouble finding anywhere to eat. When they did, the service and the food were lousy so they beat a hasty retreat back to blighty.
A committee had been formed to start the new fellowship support group consisting of Chairman Steve Batts, Secretary Pat Bustin, Treasurer Nick Hutton, with Andy Wotherspoon, Ed Murray and Jim Hanks. A newsletter was produced to tell anyone who may be interested in joining which you can read by clicking on the picture on the right. It tells the story of why and how the fellowship was formed, the first event and meeting reports, a forthcoming events list and committee details. In the video below, a nervous Steve Batts introduces the idea to the Boss's night meeting to show how scouting is progressing these days and invites them to join the fellowship.
In 1989 the annual old Eynsham scouts reunion 'Boss's Night' was held in the back room of the Red Lion in Eynsham's Square. Mark Watson videoed the evening which you can view here via You-Tube in three parts.
1989 Reunion Part 1 - Gathering at the bar and chatting, speech by organiser Derek Parker leading in the silence to remember Boss, apologies and absent friends. Then the fife and drum band play a couple of tunes and Bill Allsworth beats the bass drum for the collection.
1989 Reunion Part 2 - Robin Sanders and Keith Green play a couple of tunes on their squeeze boxes, Keith introduces Steve Batts who tells the meeting about a new group that has just started for those who have have become too old for scouting who do not want to become a leader call The Eynsham Scout Fellowship (which later became FOES) and Robin leads us in a song called 'Cock-a-doodle-doo'.
1989 Reunion Part 3 - The entertainment continues with Keith Green man handling Bill Allsworth in 'The Village Pump', then getting hands on (almost) with the Barmaid in another song. Mark then interviews Jack Green, Basil Seeney, Bill Allsworth, Derek Parker and others about the old days although there is quite a lot of talking in the back ground which makes some of what they say difficult to hear, but we are hoping to subtitle the video soon when we can work out exactly what's being said. The video closes with chatting as people drift off and the plaque in the scout HQ which remembers Boss.
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