C Pack: Windermere School

Cambridge District Scout Archive

Based at Windermere School (later known as Claremont School) in Hartington Grove the pack is registered from 1918 until 1928 when the Group system came in.

At this date it appears to have been the only lettered Cub pack remaining in the Town (from 7th Annual report), Grantchester remaining in Cambridge District.

It was a school based Pack and whilst overspill from Morley School were taught in the Free Church next door, and Morley had a pack of its own, no links have been made.

IHQ number 7386  – later Group number 7578

The school was a small private school originally built in the grounds of The Vale on Cherry Hinton Road, the land running through to Hartington Grove.  Run from 1914 by Miss Grace E Gamlen, one of five daughters of Mr. Gamlen who bought The Vale, it had c.37 pupils in 1920’s.

  • Mrs. Vera W Vincent CM 1923 Married CM 12th A. Swallow and both moved or retired from Scouting in 1924
  • Miss Howe CM 1924 – 1927
  • Miss D Hodder CM 1927 – 1928

The 27th Cambridge Cherry Hinton Road Free Church (labelled Congregational Church on the later map above) were formed in 1928 and lasted a year.  The link with C Pack, if any, is not yet clear.  No other private school packs remained at this time, although St Colette’s, 24th Cambridge, was formed in 1928.  It is not clearly linked to any previous pack.

JWR Archivist Jan 2021