Visit to Hesley Wood Archive 16th July

Joy and Mary joined me on my visit to the Scouting archive at Hesley Wood Scout Camp today. Thanks to Paddy and his colleagues who, over a cuppa or two and biscuits, showed us some of the collection they have started to put together over the last five years. The material covers a wide range of topics taking in the early history of Scouting in the Wentworth District, the development of Hesley Wood Scout Camp and the connection with Sir Harold West and Newton Chambers right up to the latest South Yorkshire Challenge camps. It was great to hear some of the history of the site and the crews who have been responsible for building and maintaining it. In the early days this included apprentices from Newton Chambers sent over to help out. We agreed it would definitely be worth another visit or two to look at the archive in more detail and have a walk to look at some of the evidence of earlier industrial history. I am particularly interested in looking at the development of the camp and the connection with Newton Chambers as part of the Archiving Project.