The 1st Henfield Troop is probably one of the first organised in the country. A claim
substantiated by the following extract of a letter from Major A.G. Wade addressed
to the Cubmaster, Mr W.L. Jupp in 1957, when he was compiling a history of Scouting
“ The first Henfield troop was formed in the Autumn of 1907 by my sister out of the
Boy’s Hockey Club. I was instructor to the troop and Corp. A. West, late of the
Royal Sussex Regiment, helped my sister when I was away. We met in the old barn
at Hackettts, I think, then a carpenter’s shop on the left of the cemetery entrance.
The story is told in my @History of the Sussex Scouts’.
Not only did Henfield have the first Scout Troop but Sussex was also the first county
to be organised with a complete County Scout Council. Major, The Earl of March, D.S.O,
was the first County Commissioner, and I was his County Secretary.”
While Lord Baden Powell was returning to England, he discussed with his companion
Capt. Wade, what might be done for lads in small towns or villages. On arriving,
the subject was discussed with Miss Audrey Wade (Later Mrs. Holt), Capt. Wade’s sister.
As a result of this discussion Miss Wade started the Henfield Boy’s Hockey Club,
Capt. Wade - Boy’s Club at Chichester, and B.P. Another at his home. This, however,
did not satisfy the idea they had in view. Eventually, the outcome was that B.P.
Took a number of boys to camp at Brownsea Island, from this the movement began. The
Henfield Boy’s Hockey Club became 1st Henfield Troop with Miss Wade as Scoutmaster.
Our Parish Magazine for 1908 mentions how the boys were selected for Brownsea Island
Camp, Jack Allis of Henfield being mentioned by name. He ultimately became a King’s
Scout, but unfortunately was killed early in the 1914 - 18 war, after joining up
by overstating his real age.