1st Midsomer Norton Scout Group

In 1983 the Group commenced it’s very popular and successful Christmas Post Service,  Using a stamp designed by a Group member, and undertook to deliver cards in the town and close neighbouring villages at a cost of 10p per card, in that first year 1,500 cards were delivered. There have been may designs of stamp over the years all designed by Group members. The cost of postage stayed the same until  2005 when it was increased to 15p, and in 2013 over 10,000 cards were delivered. More information about the Post Service can be found on John Crabbe’s very informative Scout and Guide Post web site

In 1984 an The timber frame and corrugated cladding which had stood the ravages of 100 yrs of use had begun to deteriorate and planning permission had been obtained to rebuild using plastic coated steel cladding on a steel frame. Additionally the kitchen area was to be extended and a new store provided off the side of the main hall. Work was programmed for early 1985 with an anticipated expenditure of £40.000, £25,000 of which was available, and an appeal was launched to raise the remaining funds.

199? First Beaver Scout Colony formed with Holly Wilson as Beaver Scout Leader.

199? Group became co-educational with Girls being admitted to Scouting.

Mark Jones took on the mantle of GSL from 2005 until he left the Group in 2007 to take up a teaching post abroad.

In 2008 the Group suffered three sad losses with the death of Mark Jones in a car accident whilst he was home for Christmas, followed by the death in June after a long illness of Jean Arthur who had been a Cub Scout Leader with C Pack for 30 yrs, and also the death of Les Leatherbarrow, who had been a stalwart supporter of the group in many roles for over 40 yrs.

In 2008 Ralph Jefferis was appointed GSL of  the Group, a post which he held until 2012.

Our Current GSL is Clare Spearman who started as Group Secretary, and rapidly decided she wanted to be in Uniform, becoming an assistant Scout Leader, and finally GSL in 2012 .