After 93 years of business, on Sunday 8th March 2020, the final day of trading at Cambridge Scout Shop, Perne Road ended.
Following a successful ‘everything must go’ sale weekend, volunteers past and present gathered to share stories, say farewell and bring the flag down on 60 years of Cambridge Scouting history, taking time to celebrate the power of volunteering and the support the Scout Shop has provided to Scouting in Cambridge, Crafts Hill and surrounding Districts.
County Commissioner, Chris Ward attended, and made special presentations to three members of the current team, Kathy Lamoon, Treasurer, Rosemary Chambers, Secretary and Bob Benton, Cambridge Scout Shop Manager.
County and relevant District badges will still be available from the relevant badge secretary in each District.
Chris Ward, County Commissioner
” Mum took me there for my first cub uniform when I was eight (some 52 years ago!) and about to be invested at the 12th Cambridge. It hasn’t always been a profitable enterprise but success in later years has ploughed many thousands of pounds back into Scouting in Cambridge and Crafts Hill Districts. The shop has supplied everything from uniforms to badges and camping equipment to mountain clothing to Scouting and Guiding in the area.
Unfortunately as the business world has changed, and in particular with the development of on-line shopping, it has become increasingly difficult to sustain the shop against such commercial competition. This decision will have been a very difficult one for all involved.
Whilst it saddens me to see it go, the shop leaves a legacy to the two Districts, Cambridge and Crafts Hill, and this is a testament to the effort and dedication to the many volunteers involved over the years. To volunteers such as Bob Benton, Kathy Lamoon, John and Rosemary Chambers, Roger Woollard, David Mills and Phyllis Mills, to name a but a few, I say thank you, your generosity is truly inspiring.”
Extracts from JWR Archivist Cambridge District Scout Archives
“A letter of November 15th 1926 informed Scoutmasters of the proposal to District to open an Equipment Store and asked if they were likely to support and use a store. The answer was yes and on 13th December 1926 the shop opened as the Equipment Store.”
“Initially it was a paid role with Mr Ruse receiving 25/- a week and Mr North 2/6 per evening!”
“In 1951 the name was changed to Cambridge Scout Shop and in May 1956 it moved from Grafton Street (as the HQ there was sold), into a temporary shop at Russell Street (off Hills Road) before finally moving into Perne Road in September that year. In 1957 Perne Road HQ officially opened.”