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The Scouts log cabin at the Hyde, Handcross
The Slaugham Archive
The Scouts log cabin at the Hyde, Handcross

The 1st Slaugham Scout Troop built a log cabin in the field next to the one-time cricket/tennis pavilion situated close to where the Hyde drive meets the Horsham Road, Handcross. They could not possibly have achieved this without the skills and dedication of master builder, Mr George Wickham of Lavender Cottage in the High Street, who worked on and supervised the project for several months.
The photograph is of the pennant issued to commemorate the official opening of the hut by Mrs Eveline Warren of the Hyde estate. Mrs Warren had kindly permitted the cabin to be built on the estate and also make available the timber and use of the sawmills for the construction.
The Large Version shows a collection of honours bestowed on teenager Gerald Cosens during the period 1950 to 1952, a few years before becoming Akela of the 1st Slaugham cubs.

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Picture added on 03 July 2013 at 20:12
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Scouts and Cubs
The original cabin was built by the 33rd Camberwell Group. This was burnt down.
The cabin was opened by Lawrence Stringer, HQ Commissioner for Senior Scouts.
Added by Tom Chamberlain on 01 July 2014
I remember one summer in the early 1970s when I was still a kid at Handcross primary school. A window had been left unlocked in this scout hut. Us lads climbed through the window.
I was a nice cabin. I remember looking in the centre near the roof, expecting to be a stag head, but was amazed to find a largish hand-built spiders web and a spider.
The hut was used right up to the 1980s from memory. You could see it quite easily from where the wooden swings and seesaw used to be near the woodshed!
Added by Anon on 26 October 2014
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