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Gone Home – Margaret Stone, former Akela in Stockbridge

Hampshire Scouting was very sad to hear of the tragic death of Margaret Stone in a traffic accident in Romsey last month.

Margaret was a former Cub Scout Leader of the 14th Andover (Stockbridge), and is remembed with affection today by local Scouters. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends at this time.

Anyone who wishes to go to Margaret Stone’s funeral is very welcome, and uniform is encouraged. It will be at the United Reformed Church, Romsey, Thursday 13th March at 2pm.

Mo Collins, the current CSL, has collated memories of Margaret during her Scouting years – see below

Margaret joined the 14th Andover (Stockbridge) Scout Group, as Assistant Cub Scout Leader – Raksha in 1973. In 1975 she was appointed Cub Scout Leader – Akela, as Mr Watt moved to District. Margaret’s enthusiasm as a Leader raised the popularity of the Pack, swelling the Cub numbers to 32, above the agreed maximum of 24 for the old Hut. The Pack grew in confidence, and playing against the local football teams they regularly held onto the local football trophy; often without conceding a goal to their opposition. The Cubs had a wonderfully varied programme of activities including Soap Box Derby, Chess, visiting Marwell Zoo and the ever popular King Conker.

Camping featured regularly in the Packs activities and they would pitch their tents in Margarets garden in Leckford; and occasionally, they would travel to 1st Chale Group IOW, where they had the opportunity to visit the Radio Telescope. Camping was in all weathers and the 1976 Jamboree/ Jamborette was noted for being ‘a very wet camp.’

She led a very active Cub Pack and in 1978 during an expedition to London, Margaret guided the children around both the Science & Natural History Museums; the afternoon was slightly more leisurely with a visit to Richmond Poppy Factory, where each child made 200 poppies.

The Cubs were kept busy with their activities and they regularly achieved their Bronze, Silver & Gold arrows. Cubs met every week on a Wednesday apart from a short spell in 1979 when the Scout Hut was out of action due to the inclement weather and pipes bursting. The Pack was always present at the St Georges Day Parade & Remembrance Service –Stockbridge.

Margaret was appointed to the District training scheme in 1976 to help with the training of new leaders and in 1981 her son Brian joined her in Stockbridge as a warranted Cub instructor.

In September 1982 Margaret relinquished her role as Akela but remained involved with the Stockbridge Group on the Executive Committee until late 1980s.  Her daughter Jane is currently an Explorer Scout Leader in Suffolk.

Here are the links to recent newspaper articles

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