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1st Shirley Scout Group – 100 year celebrations

Back in 1912 a Mr Wyatt who ws a teacher at St James School founded a Scout Troop in Shirley but the troop folded when he left the district. In 1918 Mr J Benson then Headmaster at St James School restarted the troop which was eventually registered as First Shirley Scout Group on 1st January 1919. Since that date the group has worked with a vast number of young people and helped shape their lives.

As the Group was reformed in 1918 they have decided that 2018 is the 100 th birthday of the Group and are now looking at how they can celebrate this historic event and need as much help as possible.

What they're after is anyone with any memories of their time at 1 st Shirley as a uniformed member, leader or supporter. They'd be happy to receive any memorabilia, written reports or just to meet up for a chat to discuss old times.

They’re planning a few events during the year which they’d be delighted to invite you to, just drop an email to, leave a message on 08432891354 (ringing this number will incur extra charges, please check with OfCom or your service provider for details) or follow them at or


This is the oldest photograph currently know of the Group, perhaps you know better, it's from a photograph in ‘SHIRLEY A Pictorial History' by Sue Bates which can be found in Solihull Library



What do we do? - Lots of fun and more besides: archery, sailing, camping, rafting, swimming, skiing, mountain biking ..
Where? - Locally, The Lake District, Wales, Scotland, Jersey, Ireland.... who knows where.
Who with?
- Your friends..... and no homework.

To join First Shirley Scouts? CLICK HERE

We have our own dedicated building next to Shirley Park and the British Legion on the Stratford Road in the centre of Shirley, Solihull, West Midlands. We have over 150 members, our own minibus, canoes, camping equipment, marquees, candy-floss machine and much more.

Our Sections

  • Pine Beavers
  • Willow Beavers
  • Buckhold Scouts
  • Glyn Scouts
  • Punjab Cubs
  • Bengal Cubs
  • Intrepid Explorers


The area outside the Scout HQ is a delivery area for the shops and access to surrounding buildings.

The area has restricted parking with regular patrols issuing parking fines.

We have an agreement with the owners where we can park at specified times, with a 1st SHIRLEY PARKING PERMIT.

Vehicles cannot park in the delivery area as follows:-

Mon - Fri 07.00hrs until 18.00hrs

Sat & Sun 09.00hrs and 12.00hrs

Parking is allowed at all other times with the PARKING PERMIT clearly displayed.

Parking Permits are available to Parents and Supporters - obtainable from Section Leaders.

PLEASE NOTE - Parking for 3hrs is available at all times in the Parkgate Car Park, entrance in Haslucks Green Road . Pedestrian entrance to HQ via side of British Legion from main square.

History of the Group

Our President, Trevor Richmond, has put together a brief history of the Group. SEE IT HERE


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