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1st Streatham Common - Formed in 1908 and still going strong

There is a list of some 91 Scout Troops that were founded in 1908, all potentially claiming to be the "first" to be formed. Forty eight of those Troops founded in 1908 are still active, including the 1st Streatham Common, and they have been continuously active since day 1. However, because of a lack of documentation and registration process, there is no definitive order within that list of who was first. A few Troops claim to be "the first" based on some definitive event, e.g. a visit by Baden-Powell, but not the 1st Streatham Common.

This though does not diminish the tremendous record of service to the youth of the community they serve.

Calling all Unit members that have an association with the 1st Streatham Common. Can you help provide information that will help build a brief history on the Group? Photos are also welcome. Send all contributions to

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The Little Fella

On 1st January, 1970, the Estreham Venture Scout Unit joined forces with the Livingstone Venture Scout Unit to form the Estreham Livingstone Venture Scout Unit. Just a few months before 1st January, 1970, the 1st Streatham VSU had joined forces with the Estreham VSU as they only had six members.

The Estreham VSU was attached to the 1st Streatham Common Scout Group based at the Scout Hut in Estreham Road, a short walk from Streatham Common Railway Station. The Livingstone VSU was attached to the 3rd Streatham Scout Group who were based at Woodmansterne Primary School off Stockport Road at the other end of Streatham Vale.

The new Unit met twice a week. One night at the Estreham Road Scout Hut and the other at Woodmansterne Primary School.

One of the primary aims of the "new" Unit was to reach out and offer Venture Scout activities to the wider Scouting community in Streatham where some Scout Groups did not have their own Venture Scout Units.

After a couple of years as the Estreham Livingstone VSU, the Unit "rebranded" to the more manageable "Streatham Venture Scout Unit".

The New Name The Old Name

SVSU Magazines and Newsletters Photo Gallery - Part 1 Memorabilia of Sorts
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The Norwegian Connection Photo Gallery - Part 3 Streatham's Most Wanted
A View From The Fjords The Clive Groombridge Collection 3rd Streatham
1st Streatham Common

Check out these pages and see what you can recall from 1970

Where were you in 1970?
Top of the Pops! January 1970
Who Ruled the World in 1970?
The Cost of Living in the 1970s