Cambridge District Scout Archive
Cambridge Scouts regularly camped at Upend from where the hut was transferred to Abington. The hut had been previously used for supporting the unemployed and often used by Cambridge Scouts. It appears to have been given to the District before Abington was purchased, consideration being given by the District Executive to selling it rather than moving it to Abington. The move was funded by Mrs North who may have also been the original donor. The brick chimney stack is not evident on early pictures from Abington.
1932 ‘The site will not be ready for ordinary camping for a month or two yet.’ GG&AA 21/3/1932
1932 Rules amended No 6 ‘encouraged’ not ‘expected’. Rule on hats upheld.
1932 Morley Trophy held at Abington
1933 ₤30 from Lady North District Minutes
1933 ‘Day in the Jungle’ event
1933 Mention of Abington Museum
1933 Provisional permission for camp for unemployed men
1933 Sanitary arrangements in NE corner of site
1933 Erecting bicycle shed ₤3/3/10
1933 Dr Gourlay worked on decaying trees and planting hedges. (DCM and plant collector)
1933/4 Agreed to hold two camps for the Unemployed District Minutes
1934 Listed in all the HQ gazette list of County Training Grounds and Camp Sites until 1942 when they stopped.
c. 1934 County Gazette: referred the ‘County camp site, Abington’
1935 White washing and Distempering the hut. Lockers built
1935 Permission for unemployed camp
1935 official opening of Abington Bathing pool GG&AA 1935
1938 CC Business (CC. Rev C T Wood) ‘brought a piece of land next to Abington Campsite…and has promised £10 per year on the condition that we invite a Troop from the slums of London to camp at Abington and pay their fares. Dist Minutes 17/6/1938
(The Rev Wood was involved in his College based Missions in London many of which started Scout Groups.)
1938 13th Cambridge cycled to Abington to pick a new troop site. This idea of a permanent site was later stopped and a semi permanent shelter was built at Hatley Wilds. This was destroyed by bullocks between visits.
1940 Hut to be used by YMCA for HM Forces (but later) Troops moved out of Abington area and already had a canteen in the village.
7/40 Mr Wilson reported on tents not properly camouflaged at Abington
8/40 Hut being used by Military Police
1941 Offer of stove for Scouters room by Mr Mackrow
Day in the Jungle
1942 Listed as open for camping when many other campsites had closed or requisitioned. The Scouter
1956 Skyblue records a CUSAGC weekend work party in December creosoting the hut, clearing the fences and enjoying a mid- night hike.
1966 Reports of Vandalism
1965 E H Lewis died 1st Honourary Warden of the site
1943 From the records retained by WTT District Secretary.
1945 11th would obtain a load of wood for Abington. District would pay carriage.
1947 Following an occasion when scouts camped at Abington on the day of the Cub Totem trophy the District discussed allocation of Cubs only site at Abington with ‘Jungleland’ and camp site. Not possible but Cambridgeshire Scout Council to be asked for a site near Cambridge
1948 Water to be laid on cost £50. Location of well unknown.
1950’s A GSG notice concerning climbing of trees at Abington…many not fit to be climbed, Scouters must take precautions or ban climbing.
Elsewhere another notice records damage done to small trees on the site
1971 ‘appealed for better toilet facilities at Abington….quite inadequate for larger numbers.’ Cub Leaders Minutes
1971 ‘It was agreed a request be made to the County Secretary that the site be left off the list of camp sites because of the increasing use by District and County.’ District Minutes
1972 It was proposed by District that as a Memorial to Howard Mallett a building be erected at Abington. ‘The Chairman pointed out that Abington was the responsibility of the County.’ ‘There was considerable discussion about this.’ District Minutes
1975 An appeal for funds to replace original buildings.
JWR Archivist Jan 2019