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New Quorn Scout and Guide HQ - 1963

Loughborough Echo - 24th May 1963

New Quorn Scout and Guide HQ

An occasion of importance for the future of Scouting and Guiding in Quorn took place on Saturday when the recently acquired Men’s Institute building in meeting Street was officially instituted as a Quorn Guide and Scout headquarters and opened by Mr S F Peshall.

The ceremony was opened with a full parade of the young people with their colour parties from the Green and following the unfurling of the Union Jack at the flagstaff erected on their land adjoining the building, the Brownies commenced the proceedings with “a fairy ring” and the Wolf Cubs with their “wolf cry”, and the Scouts and Guides promises.

Mr A Devereaux, chairman of the HQ Committee, spoke of the hard work put in to establish the building into a comfortable home. Guests included his old lady scoutmaster from the East Riding, Miss M Fford, who although now 82 was until her retirement two years ago Commissioner for the East Riding Scouts.

Mr T M Ll Walters, Assistant County Commissioner for Scouts, spoke of the excellent transformation that had gone on inside the building and congratulated all who had made this possible. He, as did Mr Devereaux, spoke highly of the generosity of the main benefactor, the late Mr Chalinder Allen.

Mr S F Peshall, who had had a long association with the Scout Movement, spoke of the excellent work that Scouting and Guiding did for the young people of today and in declaring the HQ open, unveiled the name board for the building, the headquarters now to be known as Allen House, after its chief benefactor.

Mr Peshall was thanked by Mrs B T Rowe, secretary of the Loughborough Division of the guides, and prayers led by the Vicar, the Rev S A Jackson, concluded the ceremony.

Visitors enjoyed tea, served by the Guides’ and Brownies’ parents committee, and viewed the excellent amenities offered to the young people and the colourful emblems and work arranged by Scoutmaster Rodney Offley.

Picture caption: Mr S F Peshall unveils the new headquarters name board at the opening ceremony of the new Guide and Scouts Headquarters. Left to right: Mr A Devereux (chairman, headquarters committee), Mr T M Ll Walters (Asst County Commissioner), M S F Peshall, Mr R W Brown (committee member), Rev S A Jackson, Mrs Marius Wright.

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 Submitted on: 2012-02-02
 Submitted by: Gillian and Minnie Brown
 Artefact ID: 1527
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