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With the encouragement of the Vicar of St. Mildred’s Church, Doctor Charles Budden and a local first world war military man, George Langley, a Scout group was established in Addiscombe and officially registered on the 25th October 1932 as the 27th Croydon Scout Group.

Meetings were held in St. Mildred’s small hall in Bingham Road next to the park entrance. The group continued to meet regularly through the war years. The Scouts in particular were very active despite at various stages due to Service enlistments having no adult leaders and having to run their own programmes.

In the early 40s an old disused wooden builders hut sited on land behind the halls was given to the group by the Vicar, and after considerable attention by the group members and parents, was frequently used for weekly meetings during the war years when the small hall was being used for ‘other purposes’. The hut had no fixed heating, lighting or water but did have windows and its own blackout curtains, a necessary requirement to keep the flickering candle flame and tilly lamp light from over-zealous ARP wardens.

After the war the group continued with weekly meetings in the small hall and more recently the large hall, but managed at their own expense to replace the wooden hut with a disused prefabricated dwelling obtained from the local council. This was in the early 50s and during the 60s a further building was added.

All of the above buildings have since been demolished to make way for the building of some 40 dwellings and the St.Mildred’s Centre where the Group now hold their weekly meetings.

The group is now part of the Croydon Scout District and are proud of having achieved over 75 years of continuous Scouting in Addiscombe.

If you would like to join us, details of the section age groups together with meeting times and contacts can be found on the “Sections” part of the website, together with an application form.

We look forward to hearing from you.

27th Croydon Scout Group Leadership Team

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