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Scout Parade Success – But A Mystery To Be Solved

Published on: 28 Feb, 2012
Updated on: 28 Feb, 2012
by David Rose
A celebration and reunion for St Nicolas 9th Guildford Scout Group filled Guildford United Reformed Church in Portsmouth Road on Sunday morning.
The 1930s stained glass window with the original design below.

In addition to the regular church parade by the current generation of young people, there were a number of special guests.

Former scouts who were in the troop in the 1940s onwards, gathered to admire the historic stained glass windows from Centenary Hall, that was, for many years, the home of 9th Guildford Scouts.

They were on display for the first time in 30 years.

The current Scout Executive is now working to find a permanent home for these splendid works of art.

The scout group is appealing for anyone who can name the boys who were photographed and then illustrated in the design for what became the 1930s window design?  Perhaps their children or grandchildren still live in Guildford? See photos below.

Fiona Yeomans of the group said: “The stained glass windows project has been a great opportunity for the cubs, beavers and scouts to learn about the history of the group.

Who was this boy pictured modelling for the stained glass window design?
And this one?

“They enjoyed meeting the former members and were amazed at the long hair of 1970s scouts in the photograph display.”

The rainbow and brownie packs at the church also played their part: the brownies presented their Christmas Eve window for the Town Centre Advent Calendar project.

Fiona added: “After the service, the church hall was buzzing with conversation as everyone caught up on old memories and new friendships over coffee and cakes.

“A splendid total of £578 was raised for Guildford Action from the collection at the service and a cake sale.”

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