Posts Tagged ‘scouting’

Scouts go camping

October 1, 2014

It’s about 1956 – certainly the mid-1950s and the scouts are preparing to head off for a camp. Their transport – a lorry, is parked up behind the scout building – the Workmans’ Hall and the scouts are, perhaps, finding a suitable spot on the lorry for the journey.

Scouts prepare to go camping in about 1956

Scouts prepare to go camping in about 1956

What a lovely cheery photo of the lads, who are all going to travel in the back of that lorry. Health and Safety? Well, we didn’t worry about it back then.

We can name a few of these lads (thanks to Phil) but we need help with more.


2 Stan Arnold
3 Roy Arnold
4 Bolwell from Easterton
6 Bob Francis
9 Cyril Cooper
10 Philip Francis
11 Bolwell (Easterton)
13 Tim Gye
14 Colin Little
20 possibly Seymour Merritt from Easterton

If you can fill in any gaps then do get in touch.

Vic Osmond

April 6, 2014

Today we look at the second photo which was recently acquired by our chairman, Peter. This one shows Victor Osmond. He was actually Robert Victor Osmond but known as Vic. His sister, Olive, was the girl who married Arthur Sainsbury who was the subject of yesterday’s blog.

Vic was born in the spring of 1898 in Stratton St Margaret. It’s no surprise to find that William, Vic’s father worked in the Swindon Railway Works. He was a carpenter’s labourer in the carriage department.

We do not know precisely when the family moved to Market Lavington, or why. They were not in our village when the 1926 electoral roll was drawn up but we’d guess they were in the village by 1932 for that was when Vic’s sister, Olive, married Arthur Sainsbury. Vic’s parents appear on the 1939 electoral roll and so, too, does Vic. He appears to live with Emily who we imagine was his wife. They were on Spin Hill. We have no information about Emily except that she died and was buried in the churchyard aged 58 in 1948.

Vic was always keen on the scout movement and we see him here, on the left, at a camp with the Lavington scouts.

Vic Osmond on the left on a Lavington scout camp, possibly around 1926

Vic Osmond on the left on a Lavington scout camp, probably in the 1930s

At the moment, we do not know who the man on the right is.

We have seen, on this blog, a photo which we think was taken at the same time. Click here.

We think this photo was mid 20s which suggests that Vic might have arrived in the village soon after that 1926 electoral roll was drawn up.

Vic worked at the brickworks.

Jim has added this comment, giving us more about Vic’s working life.

Vic user to run the newspaper business in the 1950′s and his father helped with delivery on an old bicycle with a wicker basket on the front. If you wanted something different like a particular magazine then William would pick a flower such as a daisy and thread it in the wicker basket as a memory aid. His basket was well decorated and the request always turned up! I remember William as a pleasant old gentleman.

A year after the death of Emily, Vic married Win Mundy. Village folk who knew them all seem to suggest that this was a marriage made in heaven. Vic died in 1957. Win followed him into Market Lavington churchyard in 1993.


An early scouting photo

August 26, 2013

Baden Powell published his ‘Scouting for Boys’ in 1908. The response was immediate. Scouting groups were formed rapidly in this country and abroad.

In Market Lavington, so far as we know, the first group was started by Helen Awdry. We do not know if this was Margret Helen Awdry, wife of Charles who owned the Manor House or their daughter, Helen Elizabeth.

At the time of our photograph in 1914 Margaret Helen was a widow, approaching 70 years old so perhaps it was the daughter, Helen Elizabeth who would have been about 25.

Scouts in the grounds of Market Lavington Manor in 1914

Scouts in the grounds of Market Lavington Manor in 1914

This is certainly not the best photo you ever saw but here we have the earliest known photo of Market Lavington Scouts. The tall fair haired lad, third from left is the only one we have named. He’s Jim Phillips who, later, became groom to the Awdry family. We have no further information about him.

As ever, we’d love to know more. Do get in touch with any scouting information from Market Lavington or Easterton.