Fred Mardell

Fred Mardell, aged 96 and after a short illness, passed away after a lifetime of service to Scouting. As well as having been a Scout Leader at 8th Holborn and a former District Commissioner for Holborn he was a long-time Scout Leader at the 4th Holborn Scout Group, based for many years at Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church, where Fred served as a Deacon from 1956, latterly a Life Deacon. When the Friendship Centre was built at Bloomsbury, Fred successfully moved the Group to another location, Whitfields Church opposite Heal’s on Tottenham Court Road.

A life-long supporter of West Ham Football Club Fred celebrated his 90th birthday in a box overlooking the pitch, followed up with a strawberry tea at Bloomsbury.

Dennis Rowen, a former District Commissioner in Holborn remembers Fred ‘very fondly … He was always arranging outdoor adventures for the Group and we always ended up at Fred’s home for afternoon tea. He was well respected by all who came into contact with him as just full of life and always on hand for a chat and support’.

Scouts join Winter MadVenture

15 Scouts from 8th Holborn joined members of five other troops from North London Scout District to explore the Hertfordshire countryside whilst competing from the Maharajah’s Sword trophy at the Winter MadVenture incident hike.

Many thanks to Chris and all at 1st Islington for organising.

Wintercamp 2020

Our Scout troop started 2020 with a trip to Gilwell Park for Wintercamp.

Wintercamp is a national Scout event held in early January each year with lots of activities to try.

It’s cold, it’s muddy and it’s a lot of fun.

District Camp 2019

Over the late May Bank Holiday weekend, more than 80 members of 8th Holborn joined the rest of North London Scout District for our District Camp which takes place in alternate years.

The camp was held at Tolmers in Hertfordshire and included hiking, canoeing, a silent disco, pioneering and much more besides.

Cycle Camp: Coram’s to Chaldon

For this year’s Cycle Camp, eight members of the troop cycled from Coram’s Fields to the North Downs, camping at Roverdene at Chaldon, then returning to London.

The outward route was via Greenwich and the Waterlink Way, and the return route was via the Wandle Trail.

Paddle Sports Camp 2019

8th Holborn once again organised a paddle sports camp on the Thames at Longridge for members of North London Scout District.

Nine of our own Scouts joined 51 Scouts from eight other troops for canoeing, kayaking, paddle boarding and bellboating.