History of Scouting in the City of Sheffield 1980-1985

The Sheffield Scout Rescue Team has an eventful year with six call outs, six standbys and six exercises

The City's first team of Archivists starts work - their successors are still at it

Ten Leaders from Bochum, West Germany (a city 'twinned' with Sheffield) led by their City Commissioner visit Sheffield

Woodseats VSU start a Christmas Scout Post scheme
The Falklands War
Sir William Gladstone retires as Chief Scout and is succeeded by Major General Sir Michael Walsh

The City's Cubs attend a day-long 'Event '81' at Whiteley Woods

70 Trippet Lane (a building at the rear of the Scout HQ) is renovated, primarily to provide temporary accommodation for Groups, Troops and Packs who normally meet on school premises and find themselves 'homeless' in winter due to financial cuts ending evening activities

Eleven Scouters and Commissioners pay a return visit to Bochum

At the launch of the celebrations to mark the 75th Anniversary, which an event hosted by the Speaker in the House of Commons, Sheffield is represented by Michael Kay of the 230th (Gleadless) Group
The Beaver Section is introduced for 6-8 year old boys

Several Cub Packs take part in a National Tea-Making Competition, the winning Pack from Sheffield making cups of tea in a new sewer at Blackburn Meadows

A citywide Pentathlon competition for Scouts is introduced with orienteering, pioneering, tug-of-war, shooting and cross-country

Whilst the Scout section suffers a reduction in numbers, the Venture Scout Section records a 30% increase in membership

1420 Hucklow walkers raise a record £9000

Gordon Wragg - GSL of the 215th (All Saints Totley)/ 1st Totley Scout Group is elected Lord Mayor of Sheffield. Scouts, Venture Scouts and Guides provide the Guard of Honour at his inauguration ceremony, the Civic Service, the Lord Mayor's Parade and the Remembrance Day Service at the Cenotaph. A Civic Reception is held at Whirlow Brook Park to which Leaders, Cubs and Scouts were invited. This is followed by a meal, barbecue and campfire

Leaders and Scouts from the City take part in Extoree '82 for disabled and handicapped Scouts at Gilwell Park

Senior Commissioners and representatives of leaders and boys from each District meet the new Chief Scout, Sir Michael Walsh, at Hesley Wood
National Miners' Strike

Woodseats and Gleadless Venture Scouts host a County VSU Conference at Trippet Lane

The first of many Beaver Scout Colonies are set up in the City

Several Groups celebrate their Diamond and Golden Anniversaries with the 147th (St Mary's Walkley) putting on a Diamond Jubilee Gang Show and the 16th (Westbourne) (Golden) entertaining their friends and supporters at an Open Day at their hut, 'Priestman's Outpost' at Alport Castles
Scouting in Sheffield celebrates its 75th Anniversary with a number of activities:
The inaugural event is the St George's Day Parade which, in a break from the norm, is held at the Sheffield United Football Stadium at Bramall Lane, where the Scouts and Cubs are joined by the City's Guides and Brownies and representatives of the Boys' Brigade and Girls' Brigade. Over 10000 people attend
A 'History of Local Scouting' by George Borwick and 'Ting' Bell is published
'Action 84' - a varied programme of activities, displays and demonstrations takes place in the presence of the Chief Scout at Whiteley Woods
The '75 Show' with the theme of 75 years of Scouting History - is put on at the University's Octagon Theatre
The Cubs hold a City Arrow Competition at Hesley Wood - the winners being the 25th (Ecclesfield) Pack
Three floats are entered in the Annual Lord Mayor's Parade and the entry is awarded a Certificate of Commendation for 'Services to the City'. A Guard of Honour is also provided for the Lord Mayor
'Splashdown 84' attracts some 300 boys and leaders
Seventy Venture Scouts take part in an 'It's a Knockout' Competition at Hesley Wood. The winners, Vulcan VSU, are rewarded with the 'Bone of Contention' Trophy
The Chief Scout, Sir Michael Walsh, the Lord Mayor and other distinguished individuals are guest at a celebratory dinner in the Senior Common Room at Sheffield University
A Service of Dedication for Adult Leaders and Lay Members is held at the Cathedral

In other events, the Chief Scout's Challenge - that each Colony, Pack, Troop and Unit increases its membership by two over the course of a year - struggles to be a success in Sheffield's Troops with there being an overall decline in the Scout Section of 125. The reasons for this are many and varied and include national population trends, competition from other attractions, the economic situation , possibly a rather outdated Scout Training Programme and the overall image of scouting in the eyes of the public

The 270th (Intake) Venture Scout Unit organise a sponsored Chariot Pull from Sheffield to Lincoln and raise £160 for charity

The Bengall VSU, whilst caving in Derbyshire, come across a caver suffering from exposure and whilst attempts to hoist her fail, the Venture Scouts give her their emergency rations and stay with her until help arrives


Events in italics either refer to national Scouting events (more information on these can be found here)
or UK/international historical events

Numbers in brackets [1234] are links to more information in the Sheffield Scout Archives.

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