The above photo is of a Boy Scouts fete held in the 1950s at the Old School, Badsey. A lot of the boys in the photo will now in their 60s and 70s, and it would not be too difficult for them to identify themselves.

The Boy Scouts used the Old School as their headquarters, hence the banner on the wall, the Boy Scouts motto 'Be Prepared'. The table shows various annnuals and toys of the period. The Old School later became the Badsey, Aldington and Wickhamford Branch of the Royal British Legion. Which it was up until just a few years ago, when it became the Freedom Cafe and the 'Pub In A Club'.

It is fitting then that this venue is being used for a Memorabilia Evening on Friday 8th March 2019 by the Badsey Society. The evening, which starts at 7.30pm, is an excuse for the Society members, and also non-members, to get together for a pint and a chin-wag. Villagers are asked to bring along photos, or other memorabilia which may be of interest. History does not have to be hundreds of years ago, like the above photo, something in living memory can be just as fascinating. 

If this evening is successful then it could be repeated every other month.


How would you like to put your photos on the Photo Gallery? What we require are 5 or 6 photos (landscape, min size 600 x 450 pixels), with a local theme (sporting, organisations, church, events, nature etc.) and will will display them below. Email your photos together with details to


Photographs taken by Valerie Magan

Badsey Flower Show
Badsey Mothers Union
Badsey Society (NEW WEBSITE)
Badsey WI

WHEATSHEAF FILM CLUB: For a list of forthcoming films see the Community News or contact Clive Richards (see Village Directory).

       The Badsey Society Website

  • A 2000+ page award winning website dedicated to Badsey's Past.

  • Census Returns from 1841 to 1911 and the 1939 Register

  • Over 12,000 Parish Records

  • Wills and Household Directories

  • 19thC Enclosure Records and 20thC Valuation and Farm Survey Records

  • Monumental Inscriptions

  • Sladden Family Letters

  • Many Photos of People and Places in Badsey, Aldington and Wickhamford

  • Nature Notes

  • ... and much more

Calling all charity organizations and groups in Badsey and the Vale, if you want an hour of fun and music for your members then why not get the ChORD-ITES to visit and entertain you with their seven-piece ukulele band. Sorry, they don't do weekend, or outdoor gigs.
Contact: Will Dallimore Tel No. 01386 831012 (Email: editor

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2019 Badsey Website Group    Editor: Will Dallimore   Updated: 18/02/2019

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