Bramford Scouts celebrate their 50th birthday and recall old memories

Gang Show 1986

Gang show at Bramford Scouts, 1986 - Credit: Don Golding

A scouting stalwart is among scores of members celebrating 50 years of Bramford Scouts. 

The scout group is marking its golden anniversary with a programme of events throughout the year, including a family camp, a fireworks display and a fundraising auction.   

Bramford Scouts on a summer camp in 1987

Bramford Scouts on a summer camp in 1987 - Credit: Don Golding

Bramford Scouts organise their first camp in 1975

Bramford Scouts organise their first camp in 1975 - Credit: Don Golding

Claire Bickers, the group scout leader, said that the celebrations and accompanying events feel “absolutely amazing”.   

Ms Bickers took over the role from Don Golding, who joined the team in November 1972. 

Claire Bickers, the group scout leader and Don Golding, former group scout leader 

Claire Bickers, the group scout leader and Don Golding, former group scout leader - Credit: Claire Bickers

Mr Golding has been in Bramford Scouts almost from the very beginning and remembers many fantastic events that took place during those 50 years.  

The former group scout leader said that one of his favourite memories is doing joint gang shows with his teammates.    

Bramford Scouts on a summer camp in 1982

Bramford Scouts on a summer camp in 1982 - Credit: Don Golding

Bramford Scouts on a summer camp in 1979

Bramford Scouts on a summer camp in 1979 - Credit: Don Golding

Mr Golding said: “Personally, I also enjoyed the family camps and those called father and son camps.   

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“We used to run those in September or October, and we actually got fathers and sons to come along to the camp.   

Bramford Scouts on a summer camp in 1981

Bramford Scouts on a summer camp in 1981 - Credit: Don Golding

Gang show at Bramford Scouts, 1990

Gang show at Bramford Scouts, 1990 - Credit: Don Golding

“They were good cheering, chatting or bonding weekends.”   

The Bramford Scouts consist of Beavers, Cubs and Scouts and aims to help boys and girls between the ages of 6 to 18 years to develop physically, mentally and spiritually, so that they will be better prepared to accept adult responsibilities. 

Bramford Scouts

Bramford Scouts - Credit: Claire Bickers

One of its biggest events is its auction, held every other year, with the 2022 haul raising more than £4,000. 

Ms Bickers who has been involved in the scouts' actions for 25 years, said: “We ask the local villages to retain any items that they don't need, instead of throwing them away to the landfill.  

Local auction organised by Bramford Scouts

Local auction organised by Bramford Scouts - Credit: Claire Bickers


Local auction organised by Bramford Scouts

Local auction organised by Bramford Scouts - Credit: Claire Bickers

“We also collect things that can be recycled and reused.    

“Our neighbours kindly donate their funds and items, like bikes, barbecues, garden pots, tools, children's toys and books.   

“Once scouts have collected them from around the village, we come back to our hall, prepare the auction lots, and organise the auction.    

Bramford Scouts on a summer camp in 1979

Bramford Scouts on a summer camp in 1979 - Credit: Don Golding

Scouts & Ventures 1984

Scouts & Ventures 1984 - Credit: Don Golding

“We ended up with 260 lots this year and raised more than £4,000, which is going to be spent on scout equipment.” 

50th birthday od Bramford Scouts

50th birthday od Bramford Scouts - Credit: Claire Bickers

All of the scout groups do a lot of indoor and outdoor activities, including rifle shooting, campfire, fishing, axe throwing and crate stacking.