Thursday, 24 June 2021

Ex-scouts research history

FIVE current and former members of the 1st Goring Scouts and Guides have written a history of their group.

The branch, which meets at Storton Lodge off Icknield Road, was founded in 1909, the year after Robert Baden-Powell formed the Boy Scouts, and is believed to be the third oldest in the country.

The book was compiled by villagers Steve Hunt, a current scout leader, former leaders Frank Tomlinson and Richard Holroyd and former committee members John Hill and Derek Carter.

It includes recollections from Richard Goodenough and Chris Vickery, who were members in the Fifties, and Alan Walker, who joined in the Seventies.

Mr Goodenough and Mr Vickery shared their memories of Claude Storton, a former leader after whom the lodge is named. He was a chauffeur for Rupert Brooke, the owner of Brooke Bond teas, who lived on the river at Cleeve.

The book also explores the lives of the group’s first chairman Sir Beachcroft Towse, a Boer War hero who held the role for more than 30 years, and its first leader Colonel de Cordes, who later became chief commissioner for the South Chiltern district.

The authors researched this early period by reading the original minutes from the group’s committee meetings.

For more information, call Mr Carter, former treasurer, on (01491) 872013 or email

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