Hagley Scouts


We have recently been reunited with a former member of our Scout Group, Barry Freeman, who was a Scout in Hagley from 1939 - 1942.

After leaving Scouts Barry joined the Army in 1943 and took part in the Normandy Beach Landings. Barry has mentioned on more than one occasion that he truly believes that the skills he learned as a Scout saved his life during the war. Apparently, the Scouts used to practice evasive manoeuvres with the Home Guard in the grounds of Hagley Hall, which taught Barry how to keep his head down and move about without being seen.

Barry mentioned that he would love to revisit Hagley Park to jog some old memories and so we contacted Lord Cobham asking if this would be possible. Lord Cobham very kindly spent a morning in May taking Barry around the park in an off road buggy. Barry really enjoyed the experience and recognised quite a few parts, such as the Scout Pool where they used to swim. Congratulations to Lord Cobham on the restoration of the Eighteenth century Park, it is stunning and peaceful with some spectacular views and will be well worth a visit when it is open to the public.

Sue Corlett
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Last update: Thursday 29 June 2017

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