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Date: 23rd Apr 2017 Author: Scout Websites

We recently received a letter and copy of an article that was uncovered from The Pullman newspaper from 10 September 1935.

The copy is not easy to read but a copy of the article is below. The article was sent to me by Roger Critchard who lives near Chard and was doing some research.

Roger was researching about the people who lived and worked in the landslip (including his own family who owned Landslip cottage who used to sell teas and refreshments to walkers on what is now the South West coast path).

Perhaps you know friends or relatives in Ottery who may know members of the scout group back in 1935 and may have information about the camp that took place at Landslip. If you do Roger would be very interested to hear from you and can be contacted at

Copy of the text

ROUSDON UNDER CANVAS Scouts Camp at Landslip

Ottery St Mary Boy Scouts have spent a very enjoyable week in camp at Landslip. Glorious weather was experienced: there was only one shower of rain, which tended to make things more pleasant than otherwise. The camp was not so large as in previous years but this did not in any way mar the good spirits of those present.

A visit was paid by Lord and Lady Coleridge who showed a deep interest in the camp and its members. Another “red letter” day was “visitors day”.

During the week one boy learned to swim and another nearly succecded , while another passed his first class swimmers’ test.

The Vicar of Rousdon officiated at an early morning Communion, all the camp gathering under the flagstaff at an improvised alter draped with the flag of St George.

The grateful thanks of the Scouts are extended to all who helped with gifts of money, food etc.

Put your phone down and what are you left with? Just teamwork, courage and the skills to succeed.’
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls