Since the birth of Scouting over a hundred years ago, a small Troop of young people formed up at St Deiniols Library in Hawarden under the ‘Knutsford Test School’ which operated there at the time.It was these young people who formed the basis of what we are today.
There has been a long association as a ‘Open Sponsored Group’ with St Deiniols Church in Hawarden over the years, when we were known as St Deiniols Boy Scouts. The older boys were known as Rover Scouts and soon younger boys were able to join, so as Scouting developed, the Wolf Cub section was added and we became St Deiniols Scouts and Cubs.
During the 1960’s The Cubs and Scouts used several premises to hold meetings, a small building in Station Road, then the old games room in the Red House at the end of Station Road and then to the games room at ‘The Elms’, a house on The Highway in Hawarden. Fundraising took place during the late 1960’s to provide a permanent home for Scouting in Hawarden.
In the 1970’s the association with St Deiniols Church had diminished and we became an ‘Open Group’ and the 1st Hawarden Scout Group name came into being, when we had Cub Scouts, Scouts and Venture Scouts in the Group, all meeting at a new Scout Headquarters on Gladstone Playing Fields.
In the mid 1980’s Beaver Scouting started up and another section was born. Beaver Scouts now form the starting point in the Group, enabling young people from the local area to enjoy Scouting.
The Scout Group is still providing a relevant programme and many diverse activities today and we rely on fundraising and donations to allow us to maintain and operate our premises and transport for the benefit of all Sections in our Group.