How it all started --- in Coddington

The Scout Group was founded in 1938 by Bishop Cyril Bulley, priest in charge of Coddington and was originally 1st Coddington [All Saints].

The Scout Leader, or Scout Master, was George Morrell, assisted by Bob Herbert. The Troop faded in 1942 until, in 1946, the Troop was reformed and led by Ken Maltby. The Troop met in a barn on Vale Farm owned by the Handbury family.

The Registration of the Group took place on 1st April 1950. The Priest in charge at the time was the Reverend Craddock Watson.

Ken Maltby resigned in November 1952 when called to do his National Service.

Harold Trevor Town was Assistant Scout Master at 8th Newark [Salvation Army] from May 1951 to 20th February 1958. He then moved to 1st Coddington [All Saints] as Group Scout Leader.

During the early years he ran both Cubs and Scouts, in June 1960 he took a group of 12 Scouts and 1 Rover to camp at Walesby Scout Camp site.

He finished his Woodbadge training on 6th February 1964 and was presented with his certificate on the 8th June 1964.

Dennis Judson assisted with the Scouts during the 1960's.

In 1964 the Cub pack was run by Gill Burgess.

In 1966 Mr. Town was awarded the Medal of Merit.

In 1967, according to the Annual Census Report, the Group had 12 Scouts and 12 Cubs. At this time the Southwell Diocese, through the Rev. Peter Wright, was approached by Mr. Town to ask if the Group could take over the Old Village School as their HQ.

In 1969 the Group, led by Trevor Town, officially open the School as the permanent Headquarters of 1st Coddington Scout Group.

In 1970 Lily Hammond took over the Cub Pack assisted by Gill Burgess until 1974.

Mr Town retired from active scouting in March 1974.

Mr Tony Nash took over from Mr Town in 1971 in charge of the Group.

David Seiboth ran the Scout Troop from 1973 to 1974.

Martin Searson took over the Scout Troop in 1975.

Jeanette Draycott assisted with Cubs 1975 1979.

Anne Perkins ( Hammond ) assisted with Cubs 1975 1977.

Fred Tomlinson assisted with Scouts 1975 1977.

Lance Rossington took over the Scout Troop in 1977.

Alan Draycott took over the Cub Pack in 1978.

The Venture Unit was started in 1980 and John Collier moved from Scout Leader to Venture Leader and it was also the first occasion that girls were permitted into the group.

Keith Wright assisted with Scouts 1981 1983.

Dave Turner took over the Scout Troop in 1982.

Desmond Lambert assisted with Cubs 1982 1983.

Graham Hughes took over the Scout Troop in 1983.

Desmond Lambert took over the Cub pack from 1983 to 1984 when Carol Owen took over assisted by Graham Worthington.

Martin Owen took over the Scout Troop in 1984.

Brian Horton took over the Scout Troop in 1985 for a short time.

John Collier took over the Scout Troop in 1985.

The Beaver colony was started by Jean Gardner, L Gresko and Maggie Clark in 1985, as soon as Scouting lowered the age of admittance, 6-8yrs. It has been very well attended ever since then, always running with a waiting list.

Gill Ward assisted with Beavers 1986 1987.

In 1988 the Cub Pack was taken over by Janet Hedge assisted by Heather Chamberlain.

Helen Frazer assisted with Beavers 1989 1990.

In 1990 Bob Archer took over as GSL.

In 1992 Dave Hedge took over as GSL, at the same time that the group started to raise money to buy the property at a cost of 15000.

In 1993 after 10yrs of strong leadership the Scout Troop had a number of older lads who wished to carry on in Scouting. The Scout Association had introduced a new Section for the 15 to 20 yr olds called Ventures.

In June 1994 the building became the property of Coddington Scout Group and became a Trust with 4 Trustees.

In 1994 the Beaver Colony was taken on by Jill and Bob Skelley and they were joined in 1998 by Hazel Robinson.

In 1994 John Collier had set up the Duke of Edinburgh Award section helped by Marin Appleby and Neil Fuller. It was very successful so in 1996 he left the Venture Unit to concentrate on D of E. One of only 4 in the whole of Nottinghamshire to be run from a Scout Group.

John Collier, who was Scout Leader at that time saw there was the need to start a Venture unit at Coddington and handed over the troop to his assistant Adrian Parrett in 1996.

Rosevale Ventures was born. Named after the Farm where the first Scout camp was held many years before in the 1930's. John Collier was assisted by Barbara Rawlin and Kate Fuller.

In 1997 the Troop was run by Ian Todd and Andrew Appleby.

In 1998 Barbara Rawlins took over the Cub Pack from Janet Hedge who took over the Venture Scout Unit.

In 2000 three people who started in Beavers at the age of 6 and went on in Scouting to Ventures earned their Queen's Scout Award. Andrew Appleby, Graham Wells and Peter Robinson were invited to the Guildhall London to receive their Award from the Chief Scout George Purdey.

In 2002 the Scout Ass. changed the age ranges of the older sections and Ventures disappeared replaced by 14-18yr Explorer units.

In 2003 the Scout Troop was taken over by Chris Phillips and Mark Ryder. Ian Todd became ADC Scouts for the District.

Between 2000 and 2004 the Beavers were successfully managed by Emma Gartside, Peter Robinson, Nicola Carter and Zoe Medley.

Laura Bennet took over the Beaver Colony in 2004.

In 2005 Chris left due to work transfer and Mark took on the task assisted by Dominic Page and Alan Gosling.

In 2005 Dave Hedge reached 65 years and handed over the GSL duties to Laura Bennett who was also Beaver Leader. Also Jane Hedge retired and handed on the Cub Pack to Barbara Rawlin.

Both Dave and Jane remained with the group. Dave took over the general maintenance of the property while Jane managed the hall bookings.

Explorers met as a District unit but in 2006 The Scout Group was asked by the members to form our own Unit and, with the blessing of the DC, the Unit formed with Pam Page taking on the task of Unit Leader.

In 2007 Laura Bennett handed the Beaver colony to Sue Stott to allow her to continue as Group Scout Leader.

Diana Jones began assisting with Beavers in 2007 and continued to assist throughout the group.

In 2008 Barbara Rawlin Retired from running the Cub Pack which was eventually taken over by Malcolm Baker.

The Beaver Colony was taken over by Kerry Hamilton and Sarah Parsons.

In 2008 we saw girls joining the group, starting with Shannon Baker in Cubs, followed by Claire MacCallum in Scouts and Bryony Page in Explorers in 2009.

In 2009 Laura Bennett stood down as Group Scout leader with the duties being taken on by Malcolm Baker. Mark Ryder stood down as Scout Leader, replaced by Stuart Buchan.

At the end of 2009 Sally and Simon Lambert took over the running of the Beaver colony from Kerry Hamilton and Sarah Parsons. Mark Burrell stepped up to take over the Cub Pack and Malcolm Baker moved into the Group Scout Leader position.

In 2010 Ann Burrell took on the role of assistant Cub Leader. David Insley, Caroline Ward and Darren Reilly began assisting with Cubs and continued through the group.

In September 2010 James Guy stepped in to take over the Scout troop allowing Stuart Buchan to concentrate on preparing the camps.

At Easter, 2011, Simon and Sally stepped down from running the Beavers. Alan Gosling who had been helping with the Scouts took over assisted by Leisa Pickles.

At Easter the Beavers joined the rest of the group at Walesby for an overnight stay.

The Cubs won the Walesby Challenge 2011 coming 10th & 12 overall out of 25 teams.

At the beginning of 2012 James Guy stepped down from the Scout Masters position as he moved away from the area. Nicola Sloan took over supported by our Chairman, Ray Purvis. Kathryn Gilmore and Megan Mable began assisting with Cubs. Andy Ellis took over running the Duke of Edinburgh, assisted by Martin Appleby and Barry Welland. Malcolm Baker is awarded the Wood Badge.

In March 2013 with most of the Explorers turning 18 and no-one moving up Pam Page decided to step down as Explorer Leader and close the section.

In 2013, with the Scout Troop getting bigger, Alan Gosling moved from Beavers to Scouts. Nicola decided to leave. Kerry Watson took over Beavers assisted by Alison Hobson. Ray Purvis stood down as Chairman and Rachel Barkhan stood down as Secretary.

In 2014 Robin Clee joined the Beavers leadership team. With some Scouts becoming 14 we reopened the Explorer unit under the guidance of Alan until the section grew a little more. Mark Burrell stepped down from running the Cubs section having completed 5 years. Mark will move to the Chairmans position. Dawn Thorne took up position as Group Secretary. Adrian Leggett took over the program side of Cubs with Amanda Baker looking after the administration of the section

As 2015 began we saw Scouts move from a Friday night to a Wednesday night. Many reasons for the move - mainly trying to keep young people who do other activities in the summer.