Posts Tagged ‘scouts’

The Scouts of 78 again

February 6, 2016

Last year we looked at this photo.

Lavington Sea Scouts in 1978

Lavington Sea Scouts in 1978

We asked if any names could be identified and, at the time we got just one.

However, a sketch of the photo with some names has now been sent to us, with a hope that we might find more of the names. Here is the sketch.


The names we have there are the four leaders – Mark Ewart, Brian Ewart, Richard Dalton and Roy Chapman.

The named scouts are John Smith, Sean Moger, Bill Cole, Simon Smith, Mark Thomas, Derek Beg, Matthew Knight, Philip Onslow and Paul King.

Do get in touch if you can name the other dozen sea scouts from the Market Lavington and Easterton area.

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.

Lavington Scouts

February 6, 2013

Today we have what is very much what we call a ‘we’ll meet again’ photo. You’ll know the Vera Lynn song and if we describe a photo after it, it’s the second line we refer to – ‘Don’t know where. Don’t know when.’

Well, for this photo we certainly have no idea where it was taken and can only get a rough idea of when it was taken. The photo is not well captioned but it clearly shows Lavington Scouts, presumably at a camp for tents are set up.

Lavington Scoputs at a scout camp between the two World Wars

Lavington Scoputs at a scout camp between the two World Wars

The back of the card has the limited captions.

Rather limited information on the back of the card

Rather limited information on the back of the card

If we accept the names as correct then we have V Osmond, B Cooper, F Perry, T Andrews, R Huxtable, F Cooper, B Giddings and Alexander in the photo.

Let’s zoom in on some of the scouts. Maybe a reader will recognise them and be able to give us a bit more information.


Close up on some of the Lavington Scouts

Do please get in touch to give us more information.

Wartime Scouts and Cubs

May 28, 2012

Organisations for children were, no doubt, very important during wartime. A lot of the men folk in the villages were away from home and naturally, that put a big strain on family life. It must have been a real bonus for the women, left at home, to be able to send lads off to the local scout group.

We have recently been given a superb photo of scouts, cubs and leaders, all wonderfully named. It is believed that the location for this photo is the old Vicarage (now the nursing home).

Market Lavington Scouts and Cubs during World War II

The scouts with numbers for identification

Here are the same people with numbers. The name that goes with each number can be seen below.

  • 1 Reg Cooper
  • 2 John Gingell
  • 3 Albert Emmings
  • 4 Don Baker
  • 5 George Perry
  • 6 Fred Emmings
  • 7 Aubrey Chapman
  • 8 Tony Sainsbury
  • 9 Eric Baker
  • 10 Jimmie Marshall
  • 11 Don Sainsbury
  • 12 Terry Boulton
  • 13 Herbie Sainsbury
  • 14 Jack Gingell
  • 15 Winnie Osmond
  • 16 Peggy Chapman
  • 17 Maurice Came
  • 18 Gordon Sheppard
  • 19 Ted King
  • 20 Peter Gale
  • 21 Gordon Baker
  • 22 Maurice Hiscock
  • 23 Bob Francis
  • 24 Brian Little
  • 25 Michael Baker
  • 26 Trevor Clelford
  • 27 Graham Baker
  • 28 Lionel Little
  • 29 Brian Baker

The scouts

May 19, 2011

Market Lavington and Easterton have been lucky enough to have had a scout troop since the early days of the movement. These days we have sea scouts which might seem odd in landlocked Wiltshire, but it gives real and different opportunities to the members.

In earlier days, as shown in this photo, the boys wore something like the normal uniform of the day.

Market Lavington scouts probably in the 1920s

We know surprisingly little about the people in this photo. The man sitting just left of centre, wearing a suit and with his hands clasped on his knees is George Pike. He was one of the butchers in Market Lavington and very active in the Congregational church and village life in general. The lad and the man on either side of him are not known by us at the museum but they, too, can be seen in this enlarged section.

The boy in dark clothing second from left in the next to back row has been captioned as ‘Polar Ingram?’. The question mark indicates uncertainty but here he is with the other lads around him.

We think, based on the age of George Pike, that the photo dates from the 1920s. George was born in about 1877 in Trowbridge.

If you can name any more of the characters here then do get in touch.

The Spring Filling Station

January 9, 2011

Petrol stations are becoming as rare as hen’s teeth in rural areas. Forty years ago petrol could be bought in West Lavington, Market Lavington, Easterton and Urchfont. Now those who wish to purchase fuel for cars have to travel to Tilshead, Devizes or even further afield.

Market Lavington’s petrol station was known as The Spring Filling Station. Not only could petrol be bought here but so, too, could brand new and second-hand cars. There was also a car servicing area for repairs, servicing and the MOT test.

Our picture shows the area in the 1970s when Mr Haines was there with an agency to sell Fiat cars.

The Spring Filling Station – a photo at Market Lavington Museum

Two members of the local scout troop (we have Sea Scouts in Market Lavington) have been offered some space on the forecourt to do a bit of car cleaning. No doubt they charged a small sum raising money for the scouts.

Later, the garage became Shires Garage and sold Seat cars. And for village newcomers that Shires name gives a clue to location, for where this business once stood is now a row of modern houses – Shires Close.

Does anyone recognise the scouts?  We’d love to put names to them. And maybe a person who worked at the garage could record memories for us.

We have those names – thanks to Allan. They are Allan Harridine on the left and Ian Maclockland (? spelling) on the right.