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The following article is one of a few we are publishing under the heading 'Tymes Past'. These will mostly be about events or organisations which are no longer in the village. Articles so far in this series are;
Aberlady At War | Aberlady & Gullane Railway | Street Names | Football In Aberlady | Aberlady Bowling Club
Over a period of about fifty years Aberlady Scout troop was a popular part of village life, but as the records show, for whatever reason, it's existence was what could best be described as sporadic. The national organisation was started by Robert Baded-Powell ( see pic. ), for more details click the link at the end of this article
The earliest records show that the first recorded instance of a Scout troop in Aberlady was in 1920. The Scoutmaster's name on the application form is unreadable and the troop met in the school house. On the form it looks like school house, Longniddry but Longniddry may have just been included as a postal address. The Registration paper does not show a closing date but it is thought that the troop must have ceased for a time as it was re-registered again in 1928 this time with John Linkstone Adams as the Scoutmaster, his assistant being Jack M Jamieson. There was seven scouts and six wolf cubs. they were only in operation until 1935 when they closed.
Why the troop only lasted for a few years at a time before folding is a mystery, especially at a time when people were usually quite willing to offer their time and energy to such things. But this pattern continued, as a new troop - called 1st Aberlady - was started two years later, on 12th June 1952. Mr. Thomas C G Knight was the Scoutmaster with Helen J M Dunleavey as Assistant Cubmaster - why is there no Assistant Scoutmaster or Cubmaster mentioned in the records? We do not know. There was 17 Boy Scouts, 8 Senior Scouts and 17 Wolf Cubs. It looks to have been a good membership but as with previous incarnations this troop also folded, this time in 1963.
Scouting in Aberlady was started up twice more, the first - again as 1st Aberlady - in 1969. The registration form shows only a Cubmaster, Margaret L Smith and ACM, Heather Anderson, with membership consisting of only 12 Wolf Cubs. They lasted until 1974. Finally in 15th December 1978 it was registered again this time as a sponsored Group within Aberlady Parish church. Once again membership was only Cub Scouts ( 18 ) and the officials were, Moira W Birnie, W Rafferty and J Minnis as CSL, ACSL and ACSL respectively - which we assume stands for Cub Scout Leader and two Assistant Cub Scout Leaders. There is no recorded closure date for this group.
The meeting place for Aberlady Scout troop, as shown above, was recorded as the school or school house but someone here at aberlady.net thinks there was a scout hut on Haddington Road at some time. Do you know if there was or not?
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For more information about Robert Baden-Powell click here
We would like to thank Pat Styles at Scouting UK for help with research.
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