This page celebrates the 1st Farnham (Grammar School) Scout Troop established at
Old boys who wish to contribute reminiscences or thoughts
about the school scouts are invited to send articles.
Photograph taken 19th March 2005 at the 73rd Annual Dinner of the OFA.
John Collier (left), a member of the troop in its final years, is showing
the troop flag to Dr Derek Pollard OBE,
(International Director for Scouting’s Centenary and Vice-President Surrey County Scout Council).
Although one of the school’s most celebrated scouts,
Derek was never a member of the school troop as he lived in
occasionally helped out when the FGS leader was unable to attend meetings.
Scouting took root in Farnham at a very early date. In
fact, it may be claimed that Farnham played a role in the very origins of scouting
as an important meeting took place in 1906 at
But the first scout troop in Farnham seems almost to pre-date the official launch of scouting by its founder. It probably occurred because the father of FGS pupil Cyril Kessell was a friend of Robert Baden-Powell. In 1955, recalling old days in Farnham, Cyril Kessell told George Baxter how he and Geoffrey Wright, along with Aubrey Rand (who unfortunately died at an early age), formed the first Boy Scout patrols in the Farnham area. The date was 1907. Their H.Q. was the back of “Raysons” shoe shop in The Borough.
FGS formed the 1st Farnham (Grammar School) Troop in 1909 under Dr Brown. It flourished for several years until the early 1920s when we cease to get reports until it is reformed in 1942 under Mr FC Winter-Knight. The troop continued until just after the demise of FGS in the mid-1970s.
In March and April 2005, Derek Pollard received two
interesting letters from the
The activities of the scouts can be researched in some detail within the on-line library as there are reports in the Farnhamian magazines that can be downloaded and word-searched.
Photograph of the troop taken in 1974, shortly before it ceased.
Names would be welcomed. Here’s a start:
Back Row (L to R): Stephen Pritchard, Michael Stock, David Titchener, Nigel Jones, Mark Penfold , Simon ?,?
Front Row (L to R): Mike Mehta,?,?,?,?,?,Jim Desmond
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