1931 The church took a more active interest in the Troop. The Rev S Price was made Group Scout Master. During the following year the Troop Kneckercheif was changed to black and yellow with the Ecclesall badge on the point. The badge is a replica of the coat of arms Sir Ralph de Ecclesall’s coat of arms : six martlets, 3 either side of a divided shield. (A martlet is a bird like a swift). Summer Camp held in Jersey
1933 Summer Camp in Ventor
1935 Rover Scouts started officially at Ecclesall.
In celebration of the coronation of King George V, the Group took part in the lighting of a chain of bonfires, at Ringinglow.
In 1936 membership had risen to to 8 Leaders and 46 Scouts. Badges gained during the year were 42 Tenderfooot, 27 2nd Class + 107 other badges. Competition honours this year included 2nd in the junior cross country, 3rd in the juvenile cross country, 3rd in the Wold Cub Trophy, and 3rd in the first aider competition. Now 70 scouts, 60 cubs and 13 Rovers. The Group Scout Master was now Rev D N E Brinbe.
In 1937 T W Coker received his Scouter’s warrant with honours. Sheffield staged a Rover Review show called “Shorts 1937”.
The picture below is Jim Buckley as a Scout, with ??? (let us know)
Numbers were no growing so fast that two Troops had to be formed, with Leaders W H Warner, Rev C C A Hick, JF Hudson, J V Osbourne, Mrs. P B Wharton, D Moore, M Pell and M Butterfield. 72 Scouts, 44 Cubs and 11 Rovers.
1938 A busy year. South Yorkshire Scout Rally at Sheffield Sports Stadium was held to greet the Deputy Chief Scout Lord Somers.
The Troop came 1st in the Pathfinder competition, 1st in the swimming and 2ns in the three sections of the cross country running. The cubs were joint 3rd in the guide competition and 3rd in the Cub Trophy.
1940 With war once again commanding national thought, the Scout’s effort was collecting scrap metal. A competition was run by the Sheffield Association for the most scrap collected. 20 tons was collected in June and July with the Master Cutler presenting a trek cart to the winners.
1940 – Group Committee Stops meeting for the war years.
In 1941 the Founder, Lord Robert Baden-Powell died, with lord somers succeeding him in 1944.
The camp site at Ashopton was closed so that the new Ladybower dam could be built, the waters rising slowly.
The war years took many 20th members :
Rover EN Armstead RA AA 1941
Rover Jack Cooper 1941
Rover SQ Shepherd RAF 1941
Rover G Hewitt RAF 1944
Rover G Hood RAF 1944
ASM T Wilson RAF 1944
Rover RC Booth RAF 1945
1944 – Whit Camp held at Callow Farm near Hathersage. Summer camp at Thorpe Salvin, South Yorkshire, led by the Rev Godding.
In 1945, the new Chief Scout, Lord Rowallen, visited Abbeydale Park. Ecclesall erected a signalling tower and carried it onto the field.
1945 August VJ celebration camp at Sandsend, Whitby again led by the Rev Godding
Rover Barry Rosth was awarded the DFC.
1946 The Midland Counties Jamboree at Walesby was held in the Whit holidays so the 20th went to camp in force. Records show that John Milner passed his backwoodsman badge, which made him a King’s Scout. He went on to represent the Troop at Windsor for the national St. George’s Parade.
1946 August camp at Corfe Castle, Dorset
1947 The world Jamboree was held at Moissin in France with Michael Bird of the 20th taking part. August Summer Camp held at Combeinteignhead, Teignmouth led by Rev Godding
1948 – Group Committee reforms, with long discussion about how to cash in the War Bonds the Group had bought. It seems Leaders were difficult to find an older boys appeared to be running the meetings. Scouts hitch hike through Brittany and Normandy ( John ‘Curly’ James & Michael Bird)
Arrangements made for the Troop to camp with the 11th Pitsmoor at Knaresbro’. A new Scouter / GSM is found – Skip W Newsome. The minutes of the Group Committee meeting of Sept 19th gives Skip Newsome a vote of thanks and welcome. 4 Scouts, 11 seniors, 45 cubs and 15 Rovers. Group Committee agree to subsidise camp fees for those unable to pay the full cost. Cubs has a waiting list – Leaders needed.
6th June 1950, Jim Buckley attends his first ( of many) Group committee meetings.