History

The 7th Swindon was originally formed in 1928 as the 7th Swindon (St Augustine’s). The group scarf was mauve and they met in the Church Hall, Rodbourne Road. The Group closed down sometime in the 1960’s.

Following a number of meetings to try to start a Group during 1997 and an evening at the Haydon Centre when young people interested in becoming Scouts were invited along, it was decided to start a Group for the new expansion area of Abbey Meads. The Group was to be called the 7th Swindon (Abbey Meads). John Crowley was the Group Scout Leader and the Beavers, under the leadership of Marina Atkins, started meeting at the Haydon Centre on Monday 7th December 1998. 12 Beaver Scouts were invested.

Following another meeting in February 1999 it was decided to start a Cub Pack. On Thursday 15th April the Cubs under the leadership of Sue Barnes started meeting with 15 Cubs being invested. Two Scouts also started to meet in the temporary Community Centre for Abbey Meads in the April, on the site of what is now the Catherine Wayte School. Helen Brittain, Scout Leader, was assisted by John Crowley. The Group moved to the new Abbey Meads School when it opened in September 1999.

In September 2009, all three sections moved to The Learning Campus where Uplands and Brimble Hill schools offered more room for the ever expanding Group. In May 2016, with the support of the Regional Development Team, the Group successfully opened a second beaver colony and cub pack meeting back at Abbey Meads School and in September 2017 the cubs moved to Christ the Servant Church Abbey Meads to cater for their increasing numbers. Further expansion in 2018 have seen additional beaver, cub and scouts sections opened which now makes us one of the largest, and most successful, Groups in the District