Cambridge District Scout Archive
A group that owns a building as a permanent Headquarters is very well equipped to expand into many more activities than one who rents space.
Over and above the blessings of storage (never enough) is the permission to place a ‘Scout’ imprint upon the space. The following snippets are intended to name the groups that have worked towards this step. It does not include groups provided with permanent space by a school.
4th Cambridge opened 17th September 1977
Built off Corrie Road/ Rustat Road with the 17th Guide Company this building still stands and is in use by Guides and Explorers. Came to be known as the 4th/17th generating confusion with the 6th/17th Cambridge which sits in Crafts Hill District, an amalgamation of two scout groups and the only one with their old ‘Cambridge’ label.
Land adjacent to Newnham Croft school opened on June 21st 1975 by Lt Colonel Harry Mainwaring County Commissioner and one time S/L of 11th/9th. At the time home of 11th/9th Scout Group, 3rd Cambridge Guide Company 30th Brownies.
12th Cambridge opened 11/6/1962
1931 It was during this period the “Notts” legacy became available, and this was used to pay for the Marmora Road Headquarters.
1932 Land purchased in Mamora Road. By December a Rover den is named. Records of the late 1930’s mention a room, two gas lamps for heat, a separate Rovers den.
1958 A new hut was erected on or before 9th May 1958. A price of £202/10/0 ‘erected, complete with ceiling and internal lining’ was quoted but it is not clear that this was accepted. John Chambers and other members of the Rover Crew worked on the building which suggests otherwise.
1960/ 61 A wooden building was erected, much larger than the existing building. The extension of the Marmora Road Headquarters was opened on May 13th, 1961 This new part of the headquarters had already been in use for some months – much of the actual erecting, site preparation, etc., was carried out by John Chambers and his contemporaries (unrecorded hours of extreme hard labour of which few people know). From History of the 13th Rabbitmail.
Rebuilt in 1975 and opened by the Sister of the Nott’s brothers.
28th Cambridge opened Nov 1978 by CC Harry Mainwaring. Built on a small old disused allotment in Flamsteed Road. The preliminary work involved removing a den constructed by local boys. Significantly rebuilt in 2014/ 15 with a Council grant on the original frame and concrete base.
1956 18th December 50 year lease signed with council at £5 rent/ year. Rodney Ison involved.
1960 East Barnwell’s new scout hall opened Stenesfield Road– 60 05 17 Mike Petty
2015 23rd March Rebuilt on a diminished plot with an entrance on Thoreley Road, new housing and a Section 106 grant funding the new building.
A building behind the village hall Trumpington appears to have been a designated Scout HQ.
The 54th built a hut which was burnt to the ground. In a period of huge inflation they secured a large sum for the land and following a slump in property prices were able to agree the building of a new HQ attached to a local school. It is now the District HQ.
The original hut was closed 14th September 2019 and the keys to the new building received by GSL Mark Claydon. Officially opened on 26th October 2019. The old building awaits demolition.
JWR Archivist July 2019