1st Heyford Park Scout Group

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History of 1st Heyford Park

Group History

Scouting has a presence in Upper Heyford for many years although the 1st Heyford Park Scout Group was officially formed in 2000 by Elaine Robinson consisting initially of a Beaver Colony and a Cub Pack. The then owners of the Heyford Park site, the North Oxfordshire Consortium, were very supportive during this period and allowed us to use the Activity Centre completely free of all charges. During our set-up period they donated 100 tee-shirts printed with 1st Heyford Park Beavers/Cubs and a full team football strip again printed with Heyford Park. The N.O.C. also provided the funds to purchase a much needed mess tent, at a cost of £1,600.00.

As Heyford Park had formally been the Upper Heyford Air Base and home of the American Air Force the colours of light blue with a royal blue edge were formally registered as our as our Group colours as reflected in the colours of our neckers today.

Following the 9/11 disaster Cubs at Heyford Park wrote letters and prayers, which were sent to our nearest American Airbase Commander at Croughton near Bicester. The Commander sent us a thank you letter and on the 1st anniversary of the tragedy one of Heyford Parks Cubs was invited to lay the memorial wreath. We were very proud to have been asked and our contacts with the base remained until the departure of the Commander back to America.

In 2007 a Scout Troop was also opened by Nigel Heinrich and Candy Stallard. Starting small with just 3 scouts the formatives weeks and months were hard work but today the troop is very successful with very positive numbers for a rural section and enjoys the full range of activities that Scouting has to offer.

1st Heyford Park is now one of the largest rural groups in the North Oxfordshire District.

If you would like to find out more about the history of the Upper Heyford RAF site including its former use as a USAF site you can visit www.raf-upper-heyford.org.

You can also visit http://www.heyfordpark.co.uk/about for further information on the local area, including the future plans for development which will be very good news as it will bring in plenty of new opportunities for us.