Home > History & Archive

History & Archive

Scouting heritage

Follow this link and click on the images to explore a series of online exhibitions.  You can also discover more about Scouting’s fascinating heritage.

Group, District and County

Scouts first met at Cuffley in 1927. During this early existence they went on a cruise to Holland with the County Commissioner for Hertfordshire, Sir Percy Everett.  The First Cuffley Group registered with the National Scout Association in 1931 and formally became part of Hertfordshire Scout County. This link leads to a historical summary for Hertfordshire Scout County presented by Frank Brittain our county archivist. In 1964, our Group cemented its place in the County through being part of the newly constituted Potters Bar and District Scouts. This link leads to a historical timeline summary for our District. 

From 1930 the 1st Cuffley Scout Group held meetings in a hut located on land to the left of a footpath leading from Plough Hill. This site was leased from St Andrews Church and in April 1964, to make way for a new and expanded church building, the Group moved up the hill to a custom built headquarters (HQ) located on land it purchased in the late 1950’s. This HQ has been in continual use ever since and our Beaver, Cub, Scout and Explorers all meet there as do the 1st Cuffley Brownie and Girl Guides.  This unique film shot and edited by John Parkes, a long-serving leader of our Group, captures and reports on the opening ceremony. 


Twenty two years later, in 1986, the Cuffley Scout HQ was named the Lionel Gill HQ. This was in memory of Skipper Gill who led the 1st Cuffley for many years as Group Scout Leader (GSL) and was instrumental in securing our HQ land and the building.

Cuffley Scout Group HQ

A plaque commemorating this was unveiled by his wife, Ruth Gill at a ceremony presided over by Ken Stroud (GSL), Jum Thomas, (former GSL) and Don Munns (Executive Chairman). 

This story continues (last update April 2020). Whilst it is being written take a look at our growing Members and Memories index

‘Skipper’ Lionel Gill starts a Scout Soapbox Derby adjacent to Kingsmead which appears to be ready to run down Plough Hill!