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Scouts Guides Cubs in parade at Handcross (1 of 2)
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Scouts Guides Cubs in parade at Handcross (1 of 2)

A fascinating homemade film has turned up on the website of Screen Archive South East. It is comprised of three sections, the first of which shows a football match between the 1st Haywards Heath Scouts and, presumably, the 1st Slaugham Scouts based in Handcross.
It was played in the Handcross Recreation Ground in about 1949.
The present-day ground was originally two distinct parts, being the original sports field nearest the Fountain Inn, and a bare field known as Combers Meadow. The boundary was a hedge including a few mature trees and ran from the pedestrian access next to what is now the mini-roundabout at Gravelpit Corner, heading straight ahead in a westerly direction. Against the hedge can be seen the old sports pavilion, the sightscreen, a machinery shed, and a roller.
To the west can be seen a huge pile of spoil extracted from the cutting dug out pre-war for the new route of the A23, There were three piles in total, and known by us children as the “lumps”. See picture #1548.
On the eastern side, the block of houses with three porches included the Police House on the right with P.C. Steve Message’s shed standing where now there is a small extension for an office.
At 2.37 can be seen the small water fountain (see picture #877) and close to it four sturdy timber frames for the swings, and two timber seesaws with iron fittings.
The next film is of Haywards Heath Scouts camping at Borde Hill, and you may wish to fast forward to 08.17.
The last clip shows various Scouts, Guides, and Cubs meeting in Handcross High Street to parade to All Saints Church to celebrate St George’s Day.
The opening shot is of Scouts alighting from a double-decker bus at the Red Lion carpark, or, as the signwriting on Roberts House tells us, “Parking Ground”. There is little traffic considering that it is the A23, a major north-south route out of London.
I suspect that the Scouts marching towards the High Street have set off from the Scout hut in the Brighton Road located just beyond the last house on the right. Note that the main road followed the Brighton Road then and not the Staplefield Road.
Behind the wooden fencing on the left, next to the signpost, were a couple of allotments. They are now the location of two detached houses, Redburn and Belmont.
The parade down the Horsham Road was led by Dennis Foord-Brown, Group Scoutmaster of 1st Slaugham. He was followed by the flag party with the Guides being given the honour of carrying the Union Flag.
Note the road sign advising motorists that they were about to join the A23 in the High Street. Perhaps it’s as well that the bridge and bypass were completed within the following decade!
The parade came to a halt on what is now the bridge, and where, at the time of this film, the drive from Slaugham Park exited from the right to join the Horsham Road. There is a very brief glimpse of the drive at 09.38, level with the cyclist.
To accommodate the bridge the road level was increased, and today it is necessary to descend about six feet by steps to access the church.
At the end of the clip some of those in the parade are seen taking the short cut over rough ground beside the church to join the Slaugham Park drive. See the Large Version attached to picture #1301.
To view the video select “Links” at the top of this page and click on “Screen Archive – Film 9927”. There is no sound.
Picture added on 07 January 2017 at 15:40
This picture is in the following groups
Scouts and Cubs
I can identify some of the Scouts filmed in the High Street.
At 08.42 Godfrey Nice (Scout name “Baloo”) is being attacked by Dennis Foord-Brown.
At 08.54 Geoffrey Voice is the first to be seen in the group of marching Scouts, followed by David Mitchell, Ron Pateman, Tom Chamberlain, Robin Boniface, with Sid Sargent at the back.

Added by Tom Chamberlain on 21 January 2017
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