60th Birthday this week

Photo:"Then" 4th Rochford Cubs 1957

"Then" 4th Rochford Cubs 1957

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Photo:"Now" 4th Rochford Cubs 2017

"Now" 4th Rochford Cubs 2017

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Photo:Present Group Scout Leader, BIll Neobard

Present Group Scout Leader, BIll Neobard

Blowing out the candles!!!

Photo:60th Birthday Cake

60th Birthday Cake

Made by Cub Mum Stephanie Andrews.

4th Rochford Scout Group

Lyn Smee

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22nd January 2017 was a very special day for the 4th Rochford Scout Group, as it was their 60th Birthday!!!

Over the years, it has been run by a dedicated Group of Leaders who volunteer their time.

The Group was founded by Norman Jackaman and on this day in 1957 he became their first Leader at St. Andrew’s Hall (now Rochford Day Nursery on the Ashingdon Road).

Charles Tabor donated land in Church Walk, Hall Road, Rochford to the Group in the mid 1960s and after much fundraising, our present HQ, the John Howard Hall, was built in 1967.

The Hall was the envy of most local Scout Groups and most District Leader Meetings took place there.

Sadly, after an illness Norman Jackaman had to hand over the mantle to Derek Tyrrell, who was a Group Leader there in the 1970s & 80s.

Guides & Brownies used to hold their meetings in the Hall too.

Derek Tyrrell passed his duties onto John Howard in the 1980s (who the Hall is named after) and John remained Group Leader until 2010. He is now on the Executive Committee.

A Mr. Geoff Fish, now aged 67 and living in Suffolk was a Cub there in 1958/59 and he told us:

“I too was a 4th Rochford Cub, nearly 60 years ago now! The pack had not been going long. If I remember correctly, one of the Leaders was a Mr. Thorn, the Church Warden at St. Andrew’s. He later married the Cub Leader, whose name I can’t remember and she lived in Rochford Garden Way.”

The 4th Rochford Group had a beautiful 60th Birthday Cake made by the Mum of one of the Cubs to mark this very special occasion and the Cub Pack all enjoyed a piece at their meeting on 20th January.

The candles were blown out and the cake cut by the present Group Scout Leader, Bill Neobard.

The Group is stronger than ever and now has over 100 children enjoying all the Scouts, Cubs & Beavers Activities on offer!

Here’s to another 60 years!!!

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Remember 4th Rochford very well, used to play bean bag hockey with chairs as goals in the hall before we formed up. This was in the 60s!! Great start for youngsters, well done keep it up.....

By Richard
On 24/01/2017
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