Reader’s letter: Fond memories
I remember well the open day at 6th Newark Sea Scouts in 1973 (Bygones, Advertiser, October 5).
I was an assistant leader to Derek Davison when he was the skipper.
We formed a Venture Scout Unit for boys over 16 and, because we didn’t want to lose them when they found a girlfriend, we invited girls to join too.
The troop had a barge in Farndon Marina for use in the summer and we met in Christ Church Hall in winter until we bought the small piece of land with a hut which has, over the years, been turned into a wonderful headquarters.
After three years with the I left to take over as the Leader of 1st Farndon Sea Scouts, who were threatened with closure through lack of leadership.
I remained with them for 12 years.
Ironically, just last week, my memoirs were published by Amazon and the book is half full of Scouting memories.
I still have a collection of photographs.
— Eleanor Brettle, aged 94, known to the Scouts as ‘Mrs B’.