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THE HISTORY OF GUESTWELL

The first Guestling Cub Pack was formed in 1948, by the Group Scout Leader Reg Dicker, the Pack met on Saturday mornings at the old headquarters (now the site of the Telephone Exchange at the top of Chapel Lane, Guestling).

Reg and his wife maintained the site for 20 years, with its wonderful collection of trees. Unfortunately a lot have been lost through site development.

In those early days, Mrs Ashby was the Cub Scout Leader, until her retirement in 1962.

The Wolf Cub flag is still around today, but is know longer on display. After Mrs Ashby retired, the Pack continued to meet occasionally until 1964, when it finally closed.

When a Cub Pack was restarted under the name of 14th Hastings (Fairlight), in March 1977, Reg kindly agreed to let the pack use the old headquarters and grounds.  The Scout Troop was started on 3rd September 1973.

In February 1976, the G.P.O. claimed the land and our Headquarters, under a compulsory purchase order, and the 14th were given notice to quit.

After a lot of searching for a suitable site, in the area, and receiving refusals at every request, the present site was given to the Scouts and Guides, by the late Reverend Bill Manners himself, once a Kings Scout. After he retired the site was leased from the Church for a small peppercorn rent.

Building commenced in April 1976, and was officially opened by George Herbert, the County Scout Commissioner on 28th May 1977.

In 1997, it was found that the Church were selling of land, and in 1998 the Hastings & Rye District Scouts agreed to purchase the land Guestwell is built on to safeguard our future and hopefully forever, again we pay them a small rent.

The building has changed a little, on the inside, in 1998 the toilets and kitchen were modernised with the help of parents, Leaders and various local grants. They were formally opened by the then Chairman Mr Robin Silvestor.

The Guestwell emblem was discovered in a box, tucked in a corner of a caravan on the old site, and it was thought appropriate to use that emblem for the present Group, in recognition of all the help that the Group and Scouting had received from Reg Dicker.

The name Guestwell is a combination of Guestling (the village) and Gilwell (the home of Scouting). The emblem is now incorporated in t e 1066 Rangers Flag and is worm on the back the distinctive red and green Guestwell scarf.

By the main entrance is our wall Wall of friendship, displaying the County, District, and Group Badges, also some nametapes of Groups who have camped here, and, whose company we have enjoyed, so very much.

Our visitors from overseas have arrived from Switzerland, Sweden and France.

 

 

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