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169th Bristol Scout Group

The 169th Bristol (Brentry) Scout Group is part of the Scout Association of Great Britain within Cabot District in the city of Bristol.

We provide activities for boys and girls aged 6 to 14 years old.

Our Group has active Beaver, Cub and Scout Sections.

Our Group Scout Leader is Phill Taylor.


The 169th Scout Group started with 6 boys from the 26th Scout Group who lived in the Brentry area. This was the start of the Wolf Cub pack lead by Dora Pugh, who met in the old Chapel of Brentry Methodist Church. The group was officially formed on 5th December 1947 when the group had increased to 18.

All members wore the traditional shorts and ‘lemon squeezer’ hats. The original neckerchief was ‘Old Gold’, but it was very difficult and expensive to get hold of them in that colour, so first aid bandages were often used instead. The present black and white neckerchief was introduced in 1958.

The old chapel was very small and the group grew between 1949 – 1950 to 54 Scouts, 36 Cubs and 10 senior Scouts. So a committee was formed, who approached the Council youth department for a site for a new Headquarters.Three sites were offered – Wick Beck road, Satchfield Cresent, and our chosen site Tranmere Avenue.

Tranmere Avenue was a ‘Greenfield’ site, so money had to be raised to construct a building. Roy Watts and the commitee applied for many grants and concentrated on fundraising with the help of parents, who organised jumble sales, auctions, beetle drives, etc.Roy assembled a workforce of dads, relations and friends. Three dads led the team – George Bell as Clerk of the works with bricklayers Jack Fisk (later to be Lord Mayor) and Fred Hill (Bristol Rugby fame). They all gave every spare moment to dig trenches, mix concrete and put down foundations. The only professional help being the erection of the wooden structure that was fabricated by Jennings. Helpers put in the partitions and finally a brigade of 20 mums spent a weekend creosoting the building.

In 1960 the Chief Scout (Sir Charles Maclean) was visiting Bristol and was shown around the nearly completed HQ. It was officially opened by Bill Webber A.C.C on 13th May 1961 and soon after the group severed its connection with the Methodist Church and became and ‘Open Group’.

During this period, the Group became the winners of the District Swimming Gala (1960), District Cycle Marathon (1960), and in 1962 was the proud winner of the County Camping Competition (The Times and Mirror Cup). Not to mention the only camp to ever take place on Durdham Downs to celebrate 50 years of Scouting which the 169th also won.

To make a booking please view the bookings calendat to check that it is available and then use the Contact Us facility to request the booking.

The Group had a strong team of Scouters in all sections with four of the Troop leaders BAC employees. All sections of the group took part in the Gang Shows of 1956 and 1958 in the church hall. Roy took over 20 of the cast to take part in the first Bristol Gang show.

We are indebted to Colin Bennett FRICS, who sadly died in 2003, for his outstanding conIn early 2000 there were leadership problems and the group began to diminish in size, in fact there was the hint of closure in the air. It was not until Graham Cooper, Keith Dawes, Phill Taylor and Mike Caines became invloved that the group regained its status, recruited some new leaders and benifited from a building refurbishment after 49 years. We owe them and the committee our sincere thanks and gratitude.tribution as GSL during the 70′s, 80′s and 90′s to the success of the 169th. He was also instrumental in setting up and securing donations and loans to purchase the freehold of the Tranmere site from the council in 1996.

The Modernisation and improvements including a new kitchen, double glazing, disabled toilet, access ramps and full central heating have given the headquarters and the 169th a new lease of life and we now move into the future with a strong Leadership team and growing numbers of young people throughout all of our sections.

Summary of the historical development of the 169th Bristol (Brentry) Scout Group Report provided by Roy Watts, Group president (GSL 1956 -1974) at the AGM on the 14th September 2010 in response to our recent refurbishment.

Join the 169th Bristol (Brentry) Scout Group

If you are interested in joining the 169th as a volunteer or you have a child that is interested in joining one of our sections as a Beaver, a Cub or a Scout please contact us using the form.

Hall to Hire

Our Scout hut is available to hire for private parties and other activities, we also have a large outdoor area which is suitable for Scout/Guide groups to hold small camps on.

The rental prices for the 169th Bristol Scout hut are as follows:

  • To rent the hall, kitchen and grounds is £15 per hour
  • To rent the hall, kitchen and grounds for a day (9.00am - 5.00pm, or any 8 hour period) is £100, then £15 per hour after the alloted period
  • To rent the hall, kitchen and grounds for half a day (9.00am - 1.00pm, 1.00pm - 5.00pm or any 4 hour period) is £50, then £15 per hour after the alloted period

Camping charges for the 169th Bristol Scout hut are as follows:

  • Camping per person per night is £3.50 for non Scouts/Guides and £3.00 per person per night for Scouting & Guiding use, with a minimum charge of £30 per night, whichever is the greater. (The camping costs do not include the use of the hall or the kitchen, which are additional to the overnight camping fees)
  • To rent the hall for use during camping is £40 per night. (this includes the use of an extra room that can be used as additional or Leaders sleeping accomodation)
  • To rent the kitchen for use during camping is £40 per night
  • There is no charge for Scouting & Guiding use for occasional evening or daytime District meetings, but for weekends hire charges apply.

All bookings must be secured with a £25 (cash) deposit payable no later than 2 weeks before the use of the hall or the booking will be cancelled.

A copy of our hire agreement will need to be completed upon arrival or beforehand if possible and a copy of our hire instructions will be given out upon arrival at the premises.

Scout Hut
Tranmerie Avenue
Brentry, Bristol, BS10 7JL
Tel. 07470086562 (Bob or Lynne Brinn)
Registered Charity No 277693

Source: 169th Bristol Scout Group

Last modified onSunday, 17 September 2017 23:16
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