Calling all Scouts! 2-4pm Tues 17th April at The Crossing @ St Paul’s, Walsall Come & Enjoy a screening of L.G Stanley’s Third Walsall Sea Scouts Archive Films.


Brian Griffiths holds one of the 16mm reels from the L.G. Stanley Film Collection which documents the adventures of the Third Walsall Sea Scouts.

A few months ago I was contacted by Trevor McFarlane of Full Circle Group –  Cheslyn Hay & District History Society. Trevor had been notified of some cinefilms belonging to Brian Griffiths that had been originally  shot by the one and only L. G. Stanley (Sarg) born 13 February 1899, of the Third Walsall Sea Scouts.

“His father and Grandfather owned a substantial Leather Business making buckles and this expanded with the advent of plastics and moldings. The firm Alfred Stanley and Sons stood at the corner of Brace Street and Wednesbury Road. They lived in Slaney Road. When Sarg was 5 his father had a house built at 40 Gorway Road and the family moved there.” Excerpt from ‘History of the Third or How I Remember It.’ by Brian Griffiths. 

L. G. Stanley filmed many scouting activities and events in Walsall from the 1930s onwards. One of the films from the collection is entitled: Haunted Harbour. It is a Kinescout adaptation of the book by Percy F. Westerman.

Brian Griffiths remembers the 1957 The Jamboree; Indaba & MOOT, in Sutton Park :

“The Sea Scouts of Sutton Coldfield and Walsall Sea Scouts played host the World of Scouts and helped to organize the World JUBILLE JAMBOREE INDBA & MOOT in Sutton Park

There is a film that covers this event.

(Which is to be screened on 17th April 2012 at The Crossing at St Pauls, Walsall.)

At odd weekends just before the Jamboree, I had attended several County Meetings with Sarg. Just taking a few notes of dates, times and venues, later following the tuition given to me as a Work Services clerk in the army, I typed out notices, alternative minutes and schedules. This led Sarg to ask me if I was going to attend the event.

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” No” I said. “I will still be doing my National Service.”
“How much longer have you to serve”? was the next question.
“About four days after the Jamboree finishes”.
“I’ll see what I can do”. Knowing Sarg, that was just about anything. Sure enough, about a week before the Jamboree a Brigadier came into my office. The Civilian officer and I jumped to attention, but the Chief Engineer for Western Command stood the pair of us at our ease and asked if I was Brian Griffiths. I didn’t deny it. He asked what part I had played in the organization and I explained that I had taken notes attending meetings at County level, without letting on how many. He granted me leave to attend the Jamboree. It was a good job I had only four days left to do, before my “Demob” The Chief Clerk of the office and R.S.M.at Chester Castle were unhappy that I had influenced the Chief Engineer, but it was worth it.

The crew who shot the film of the comings and goings of the Jamboree were very busy all day and every day. Sarg was busy at meetings and finding old friends, inviting them to see the Guardship in the middle of Powell’s Pool. A Pulling Crew had to be maintained at all times.A telephone switch board had been installed in the after cabin. It had eight phone lines plus mine, also a typewriter and a primitive duplicator. The job in hand was exactly the same as the one I had left at The Command H.Q. at Chester. Typing and duplicating Minutes, similarly, results from events, It took a little organizing to see the camps and sights, I saw a lot of guests and they all needed tea and biscuits. Luckily my cousin was in the Galley. Each of us doing our own jobs, I have no idea how much David saw on the Jamboree.
There were 31,426 Scouts at the Jamboree from 88 countries were under canvas Sarg’s part in this memorable event was to look after all water activities on the various lakes in Sutton Park and in particular the major carnival and displays on Powell’s Pool. The Guardship was a special feature and over the course of the fourteen days 650 Scouters and guests came to the Guardship to see this unique training facility.

The Crossing
St Paul’s Church
Darwall Street
Walsall
WS1 1DA
Phone: 01922 645992

 To book tickets please contact The Crossing for more details.

If you have any old films, cine or tape or moving image materials relating to the Midlands region and would like to know how to look after them, please get in touch with us at MACE (Media Archive for Central England) to learn how to preserve them for future generations for years to come.

Tel: 01522 837752
Email: info@macearchive.org
Web: www.macearchive.org

Photography © Lucie Kerley

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