An exhibition of Scouting in Great Dunmow from 1910 to the present has opened at the Dunmow Museum. Peter Graves organised and set up the memorabilia now on display. He said: Scouting started in Dunmow in 1910 with two Troops: the 1st and 2nd Dunmow, but
An exhibition of Scouting in Great Dunmow from 1910 to the present has opened at the Dunmow Museum.
Peter Graves organised and set up the memorabilia now on display. He said: "Scouting started in Dunmow in 1910 with two Troops: the 1st and 2nd Dunmow, but both closed during the First World War. They were both restarted in 1924 and although the 2nd closed again three years later, the remaining troop has burgeoned."
The Group has a wealth of photos, artefacts and memorabilia from all periods and the items on display have been selected to cover certain aspects of Scouting, such as camps, community service and gang shows over time.
"There are some poignant items on display," said Mr Graves. "A photograph of 1910 shows the 1st Dunmow being reviewed at Newton Hall by the local Scout Commissioner, Major-General the Hon Sir Julian Byng, who later became Lord Byng of Vimy.
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"In the picture is Scout Jack Mills, and his nephews, the Hayward brothers who were Scouts in the 1940s, kindly donated his hat badges to the Group archives. Jack died of wounds received in the First World War."
Also on display are the badges worn by Ken Harvey, a Scout in the 1930s who gained the prestigious Kings' Scout Award, kindly donated by his brother Keith. Ken was killed in action in the RAF in 1942, aged 19 years old.
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One of the photos is of a racing pedal-car that was built by brothers Terry and John Arnold and Christened Caesar Romagnus. It was raced at Brooklands racing circuit in Surrey on June 17, 1939 where it took two first and two second place podium places.
"Terry turned up at the exhibition and was delighted to see the photograph of the car with its winning tickets displayed on its side," said Mr Graves. "He then pulled out the actual tickets that had been won that day and presented to him and his other team members by Sir Malcolm Campbell."
Mr Graves is particularly keen to hear from people who remember Dunmow Scouts, especially during the 1920s.
He said: "Details of the 2nd Dunmow Scouts in the 1920s are sparse and if anyone has records and photographs which can be scanned, or the names of people who were members, which can be added to the Group's archives, they would be greatly appreciated. I can be contacted on 01371 872793."
The Dunmow Museum, Mill Lane, is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 11am to 4pm and is scheduled to run until next year.