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Washington Scouts

Victoria Road - 1916

March Victoria Road

Washington Scouts marching down Victoria Road towards The New Inn Corner - 1916

The Terraced Housing on the right is New Rows.

[ No Forte's Café / Billiards Room or Ritz Cinema yet! ]

1st Usworth Cubs & Guides

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh
Washington Sports Centre
( 1977 )

1st Usworth Cubs meet H.M. The Queen during her 1977 Jubilee Tour - 25 years since her accession.

Cub Jeremy Hodgson is 1st Left.

[ Thanks to Margaret Hodgson. ]

Usworth Guides

The Duke of Edinburgh

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Visit - Prince Henry

Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester, was the youngest son of George V and Queen Mary.

The Boys' Club was in The Geoffrey Newall Hut on Glebe Crescent.

[ For more information about Prince Henry's Visit, see Top Menu. ]

1st Usworth Cubs

1st Usworth Cubs took 3rd place in the Tug-o-War at a jamboree in Chester-le-Street - 1953

[ Thanks to team member, Tom Copeman. ]

Usworth Cubs c1965

1st Usworth Cubs - 60th Jubilee c.1965.  Akela: Jean Dickson.
Photographed in Scout Hut, left of Usworth Miners' Hall.

[ Thanks to Tony Jackson - Back Row, 2nd from right. ]

Usworth Cubs with Bogie

1st Usworth Cubs - A Fine Body of Men.

[ I was a Usworth Cub when they were based in St. Michael's Church Hut.  Jim ]

Saint Michael's Church

SAINT MICHAEL'S AND ALL ANGELS
The junction of Edith Avenue, Manor Road and Waterloo Road.

In the 1950s, there was a large Meeting Hut in the Church grounds, behind those Gates.
Usworth Scouts & Cubs met here until their dedicated Hut was built near Usworth Miners' Welfare Hall.

1st Usworth Scouts

BUILDING USWORTH SCOUTS' HUT
I was a Member of 1st Usworth Scouts from 1954 to 1960.
The above picture was taken c.1959 outside the new Scout Hut which we were building next to Usworth Miners' Welfare Hall.
I am on the left and Frank Rutherford is on the right.  Mrs. Carr, mother of one of the Cubs, is centre.

[ Thanks to Dr Ken Reay for the above photograph and comments. ]

Map - 1st Usworth Scout Hut

AERIAL VIEW OF USWORTH SCOUTS' HUT - 1964
Moving East along Manor Road, the Scouts Hut is the first building on your left, alongside Usworth Miners' Welfare Hall.
Can you identify other items of interest e.g. Sections of Usworth School - The Parkie's House - St. Michael's Church - Post Office?

[ Photograph courtesy of Washington History Society. ]

Usworth Miners' Welfare Hall

USWORTH COLLIERY MINERS' WELFARE HALL
The 1st Usworth Scout Hut was built close to the far side of the haystack.
Usworth Colliery Senior School was built on the right-hand side of the Welfare Hall.

For more information about Usworth Welfare Hall, go to:  What's Where; Collieries; Usworth Miners' Welfare Hall.

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Usworth Scout Camp

SUMMER CAMP IN THE TYNE VALLEY - c.1959
L to R: Joe Buckham, Brian Embleton, Harry Reay (my brother) and Frank Rutherford.
At this time Joe Gillespie was Group Scout Leader and Arthur Watson was Scout Master.

[ Thanks to Dr Ken Reay for the above photograph and comments. ]

1st Washington Scouts & Cubs

1st Washington Scouts HQ - Glebe Crescent, near Glebe School - 1941
This Hut was used as a Special Constable's Post during WW2.

[ See Notice, left of door. ]

1st Washington Scouts and Cubs - Geoffrey Newall Hut, Glebe Crescent - 1947

1st Washington Scouts and Cubs - c.1950.

Washington Cubs

[ Earlier than the 1941 Picture above? ]

1st Washington Scouts

GANG SHOW
Washington Miners' Welfare Hall

WASHINGTON 'F' COLLIERY MINERS'S WELFARE HALL

For more information about this important 'Social Venue', go to:  What's Where; Collieries; Washington 'F' Pit Miners' Welfare Hall.

1st Washington Scouts & Cubs

1958

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Queen's Scouts

1967

Queen's Scouts

The grey press cutting only names four of Washington's newest Queen's Scouts.
See the later (yellow) edition for Number 5.