Campden School Scouts 1955. Standing l-r. Chris Merriman, Anthony Reeve, Mr Hickling, Robin Amor, Seated l-r. Chris Brodie, David Stanley, Jos Benfield, Robert Fowles

Bill Stephenson (1940-43) recalls:

I joined the Scouts movement and thoroughly enjoyed all the activities and going into the competitiveness of obtaining the ‘badges’. It was during this period that we went off to a weekend camp in the grounds of Northwick Hall, Blockley, and the home of Captain Churchill. We camped close to a very large lake in which we were allowed to swim. However, since it was the home of one single pike, it fell to me to be the “Lifesaver” and thus had to stay on the bank whilst all the others had fun. I was only allowed in after they came out – there was nobody allocated to be “Lifesaver” whilst I was in the lake; maybe it was something I had said! As for food all I remember is ‘baked beans’ and ‘damper bread’ (bread made with only flour and water and dropped on to a hot flat stone or in the ashes of the fire). Our favourite song whilst sitting around the fire was:-

I cuma zimba zimba zia

I cuma zimba zimba zee

I cuma zimba zimba zia

I cuma zimba zimba zee

See him there the Zulu warrior!

See him there the Zulu chief.

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  • Above photo, back row left. I remember the scout troop well with Mr Hickling and then Meikle Turner with Emma his wife sponsored me for my entry to Canada in 1960. Being a scout helped me in my life in Northern Quebec. best wishes to you all.
    Chris Merriman.
    Scout 1951 to 1956. Assistant Scoutmaster 1956 to1960.

    By Christopher Merriman (05/01/2017)
  • Group Photo Scout seated L – R 2nd in
    Christopher James Brodie b. 2 Apr 1942 (Known as Chris)
    Son of Leslie James Brodie (Ex Chipping Campden Mayor)

    By JANET BRODIE-MURPHY (02/03/2015)

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