Supplied by Richard Samuels
Richard Samuels… The 4th Hastings Scouts met in a hall near the lights in London Road (Old B&Q). Must be 1977? I only have the shirt and hat. Toggle etc and badges not come to light yet
Jim Breeds… I was in 4th Hastings in 1960s, and became a leader at the same troop in 1970s. Originally we met in the church hall that was up a passage between Grove Road and Winchelsea Road, and later moved to the hall next to the church when that was built.
Alan Esdaile… Jim, Mason’s Music warehouse at one stage.
Merv Kennard… My father was scout master for the 4th in the 60s in that hall
Karen Sweatman… I was in the 4th Hastings Brownies and Guides!
Chris Baker… Wow! I remember going to Wolf Cubs in the very old Lifeboat House on the promenade right next the the boating lake! That was a cold and drafty hall! After a while we transferred to The Emmanuel Hall up on the West Hill. I never made it into the Scouts, probably because it would mean my parents buying another uniform. . Astonishing how this thread drags up so many memories that would otherwise be lost.
Alan Esdaile… I went to cubs in Emmanuel Road Chris. Was it called Menden Hall?
Chris Baker… Alan, do you know my memory doesn’t stretch that far. Seems to me like it was always the Hall in Emmanuel Road! When I was first married, (to some other woman), we had a “Boutique” called Showstopper in George Street, before moving to Emmanuel Road and I had to get a “proper job’ in Debenhams, first in Hastings and then in Eastbourne, which broadened my horizons a bit!
Jeff McCall… I was in the troupe that met in Athelstan Road and wore a blue uniform!
Tony Leeson… This was a photo of the Athelstan Road group doing a gang show late 50s
Tony Leeson… I also was in the Athelstan Road group (7th? Hastings scouts) from 1955 to 59/60.. and have fond memories of it. The Herbert brothers ran the group (Com and Bosun). Didn’t have blue uniforms then though.
Nigel Kennard… Mine and Merv’s father Derek (DK) was Group Scout Leader with the 4th Hastings in the 1960’s. I well remember him spending time away at camp with them and scouts including Ron Smith and Dave Harding. All from the close community that was Ore. Happy memories.
Nigel Kennard… Merv, I think the old man (Derek Kennard – DK) was Group Scout Leader from the mid / late 1950s to the early 1960s ie until we moved from Coghurst Road. Others there at the time would be Dave Harding, Ron Smith, Will (?). Remember them going off to camp at Guestwell Scout Camp site at Guestling.
Merv Kennard… Nigel, I can remember them going off pulling a hand cart loaded with tents and everything else needed for the camp.