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8th St Marylebone Scouts' Badge - 'The Diehards' - St John's Wood, London NW8

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The Sanctum - 8th St Marylebone Scout Troop - The Mansergh

History and Background of the Sanctum

When LJK originally set aside this room in 1946 it was initially intended to be a memorial for the Diehards who sadly fell during the 2nd World War. Later the memorial was extended to include founder members who subsequently passed on. More recently, it has also included other long serving Diehardians that have devoted so much of their free time for the benefit of the Group. The Annual Rededication Service was held to remember them.

It is also home for the Group Colours, a special place for Scouts Own services and where every member makes and reaffirms their promise.

Scouts making their promise in the Sanctum, The ManserghToday all new members make their promise in front of all the past Diehardians. Once a Diehard always a Diehard.

The pictures too have special significance. One is of The Pathfinder Scout and the other of the Cromwell painting on board his submarine fighting when all the crew had died. He was barely 16 and it from this that the Cromwell Scout Award is made for young people exhibiting special bravery.

The unique stained glass window is in memory of Mary Prior, it depicts a Diehard Scout looking over Lake Windermere. It was designed by Old Scout Les Lawrence (lollo) and made by Old Scout Albert Wagstaff.

Gone Home

Scouts' Gone Home SignIt was intended to preserve the values of the Sanctum in the New Mansergh and it was planned to hold the essentials from the original contained in a smaller space, facing the same way, but to open out into the hall to a greater audience for ceremonies. The drawers hold all the old photos that graced the walls and historic Colours. The restored stained glass window is now back lit.

At the time of the re-opening of the Mansergh all registered Old Scouts are listed and also another of those who had Gone Home.

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