Syd Barretts mother

Syd Barrett, member of the 7th Cambridge Scout Troop and Pink Floyd, came from a Scouting/ Guiding family.

The book ‘Syd Barrett: A Very Irregular Head’ relates his father Max meeting his mother Winifred Flack Heeps at a mixed Scout/ Guide camp in 1930. As related by Rosemary Barrett, if with some degree of uncertainty, they met on top of a hay stack.

(Donald) Max and Winifred later ran a Cub pack together, which I have not yet unearthed from the Cambridge Archives. However, Winifred is recorded as being the Lady Cub Master for the 24th Cambridge in 1928. This pack was ‘closed’ and run from St Collette’s Preparatory school.

This Group only had a pack and was registered in the year that the Group system was implemented. There is no record of a pack running at this school before this date.

Written as Winifred M she has signed as Winifred F Heeps. Winifred remained involved in Guiding throughout her life.

Snippets of Syd’s scout life have been published but no new stories have come from the scout archives which hold few individual recollections of individual experiences. Should any be forwarded to the Cambridge District Scout Archive (see Contact) concerning Syd or any other name, known or unknown to a wider audience, they will be preserved, amalgamated into the existing or, with permission, published.

Such recollections give colour to the bare bones of the archives – and the story of the haystack sounds both more plausible and more innocent for being at a Scout/ Guide camp.

JWR

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