In February Geoff Benge received his Long Service Award for 15 years Warranted service, the third in his family to do so. 71 boys were on the waiting list for entry to the Cub packs. Our Show was staged at St Mary’s Hall. The Group entered the Whitton Carnival procession with ‘A Swinging London’ float and won the trophy for organisations outside the Business Association. Twickeree was held in Marble Hill Park.
Members of the Group acted as ‘extras’ in the making of the Scout Association promotional film ‘These are Scouts’. Alan Coles, a cub, assisted Lady Olave Baden-Powell in her cutting of her 82nd birthday cake at the premiere of the film. Andrew Curtis became the first in the troop to gain the Chief Scouts Award. Green Pack won the football league, and Alan Coles was the first in the pack to gain the new Rescuer badge. The Venture Unit camped in La Rueda in Spain. Green pack moved from Wednesday to meet on Mondays.
Planning Permission was granted to erect the Project hut. Stan Hicks past chairman of the Supporters Association, Old Scout, and Editor of Nulli Secundus died. Our Show ’72 took place at St Mary’s Hall. White Pack won the cub Sports. The Scout Troop held their summer camp at Wray castle, Ambleside, Windermere, while the Packs camped at Bentley Copse, Shere. In September the 17th Father & son camp took place at Chalfont Heights. The Group welcomed 1st Whitton sections to meet in our HQ while major works were carried out on their own site. The Venture Unit annual Firework display took place on 4th November. Sir William Gladstone became Chief Scout.
The Cubs Scouts beat the Venture Unit 4 goals to 2 in an exciting football match on Kneller Gardens in early March. The Group took part in the first District Cubs Scout sponsored walk around Bushy Park. Green Pack was runner-up in the first District Cub Scout six-a-side football competition. Chris Watts gained the Chief Scout Award. Pat Williams sat as one of the judges on the Eurovision Song Contest. The Packs were first and second in the Cub Sports. At Twickeree the Cubs won the Knock Out competition and the Scouts the Soap Box Derby. In the autumn sadly Ted ‘Skipper’ Pearce, former Group Scoutmaster died. To add to our sorrows on December 23rd Fred ‘Kim’ Benge passed away, Group Founder, former Group Scout Leader, and our Group President, had served as a warranted leader for 45 years. Both had ‘Gone Home’
White Pack won the District Football Finals and Green Pack the District Six-a side and District Sports. Our Show was performed again at St Mary’s Hall. Green Pack camped at Normandy in Surrey as Wombles, White Pack at Bentley Copse and in the autumn gained the District’s first Conservation badges.
In February Pat Williams, due to business pressures felt obliged to resign as Group Scout Leader. He had occupied that post since 1967, some 8 years. Chris Elphick took on the role of Group Scout Leader. PL Adrian Monk led his patrol to 5th place in the District Campercraft competition. Colin Attree resigned as editor of the Group Magazine ‘Nulli Secundus’. 27 scouts attended three separate weekend camps. Summer camps were held by the packs at Bentley Copse and Normandy. Chris Watts was accepted as a member of the Scout Association State Duties Reserve. The Venture Unit camped in Guernsey, C.I. The group held ‘Twowhitteree’ at HQ on the weekend of September 20th. Philip McNamara and Andrew Curtis of the Venture Unit gained the Group’s first Queens Scout Awards for 8 years following changes to the system. D’Arcy Hamilton, first Group Secretary died. White Pack won the District Cub Swimming Gala. Neale McLaren came 8th in the British Canoe Union White Water Competitions. The Supporters topped £500 profit from the Autumn Bazaar at Whitton School.
A new Service Crew started, arising from the ashes of the Rover Crew. The cub packs celebrated the Diamond Jubilee of Cub Scouting with several special events throughout the year, including joint meetings with other packs in the District. In April Dave Marshall, a leader for 13 years, and his family moved away to Swindon. In March, White Pack won the District 6-a-side football competition, in May Green Pack won the District Sports for the 4th year running. Twickeree was again held in Marble Hill Park. White Pack won the Cub Soap Box Derby. The Venture Unit camped in Cornwall during August. To celebrate their special year, White Pack visited Richmond Ice Rink and the Kew Steam Museum, while Green Pack went to Knightsbridge Barracks, HMS Belfast and the Tower of London. In September Margaret Benge won the inaugural car rally for the Motorcrewser Trophy organised by the Service Crew. In October, both packs enjoyed taking part in Adventure ’76, a county rally of Cub Scouts held in the centre of Epsom Racecourse. Green Pack won the District Swimming Gala and, to successfully round off an end to the cubs Diamond celebrations, White Pack won the District Challenge.
To celebrate the Group’s 40th Anniversary a Dinner Dance was held in February at the Winning Post and two days later a Thanksgiving Service at St Augustine’s Church. The Queen sent a thank you letter to White Pack for their card for her Silver Jubilee. The troop won the District 5-a-side football competition. Several Jubilee events were held this year including a District Cub Jubilee Spree, a Jubilee Procession and a troop Jubilee Summer Camp. Ian Monk gained his Queen’s Scout Award. The Venture Unit attended an Air Activity weekend at Lasham Airfield, the Scout Air Scout Activity Centre, with several Rangers, which was thoroughly enjoyed.
Ron Greenwood (England Football Manager) replied with thanks for the White Pack letter to him with congratulation on winning the game versus Italy. Neil Greenwood, his son, played for one of our Packs. Green Pack were part of the audience of Crackerjack, at the BBC’s Shepherd’s Bush studios. Michael Ullrich and Neale McLaren gained the Queen’s Scout Award. Green Pack won the District Cub Sports. Pat Steward retired from her long held post as Group Secretary. Fred Brown, long serving Group Supporter, passed way suddenly. Chris Elphick resigned as Group Scout Leader prior to his moving from the area.
Geoff Benge became temporary Scouter-in-charge until a new GSL was appointed. Green Pack won the District Cub Football competition, White Pack the 5-a-side. Dave Clay retired as Venture Scout Leader. John Goddard represented the Group at the World Jamboree in the USA. In December John Northey became Group Scout Leader.