WW2 4th Leith Rover’s Bulletin

The 104th Edinburgh North East Scout Group started in 1912 (known as the 4th Leith prior to 2012 when Leith and Portobello Districts merged). The Group’s Rover Scout section was established in 1918. This was then the senior section of the Scout Movement, with Scouts joining at the age of 17. Rovers continued until the late 1960’s and was replaced by Venture Scouts, and now by Explorers.

The 4th Leith Rover “Crew” became a tight knit bunch of friends, several of whom attended the first World Rover “Moot” in 1931 in Kanderstag, Switzerland. They became famous locally for their popular Variety Shows. These were used to help raise money for local charities, as well as helping to raise funds to build our current hall. Funds were raised to buy the cottage which still sits in the corner of our grounds. This became their meeting place, affectionately known as ‘Love’s Abode’.


Throughout the Second World War, many Rovers were called up, or volunteered for service in the armed forces. Members served in all branches of the forces, as well as serving on the home front. 


Rovers were sent all over the globe and, to retain contact with each other during the war years, each member was asked to send a monthly update letter to “Loves Abode”. The content of these letters was then distilled into a monthly newsletter, which was distributed to each person. And so, the 4th Leith Rover Bulletin was born, the Facebook of its day! 

The first one was published on the 26th September 1941 and monthly newsletters were sent out until December 1946. These were regarded by all members of the Crew, wherever they were, as a great morale booster.

To celebrate, and remember the spirit of the Crew, we intend to publish each copy of the bulletin on our website/social media approximately 80 years to the day after it first appeared. 

They are remarkable documents, following the fortunes of a remarkable group of people, and offer an insight into the lives, hopes, and fears of those at home and abroad during trying times.

Please get in touch if you can help us fill in any of the background details for any of the individuals involved.

To follow the Crew’s exploits click on the link here:

Fundraising Update

Our Leaders and Executive Committee have been working tirelessly on our fundraising efforts and we are now please to announce two recent grants.

The first is from the Garfield Weston Foundation. The Garfield Weston Foundation is a family-founded, charitable grant-making foundation, which supports a wide range of causes across the UK. It was established in 1958 by the Weston family and is one of the largest and most respected charitable institutions in the UK which has donated over £1 billion in total. They have awarded us £10,000.

The second is from the The National Lottery Community Fund. The National Lottery raises money for good causes. People use this funding to do extraordinary things, taking the lead to improve their lives and communities. Every time you buy a National Lottery ticket, you help make this happen. Communities come in all shapes and sizes, and National Lottery funding is there for everyone. They have awarded us £9,360.

We thanks both charities for their incredible support.

Inspiring Talk #3: Live with LEGO artist Warren Elsmore

With more than 80 LEGO bricks per human on the planet, many of us have had fun building our own creations with those wonderful tools of inspiration. Join us live from the workshop of author and artist in LEGO Warren Elsmore on Thursday 3rd June at 7pm. A LEGO fan since the age of four, he has had ‘the best job in the world’ since 2012. Learn more about his story and his work and be inspired by some of his amazing creations that travel all over the world…

Spaces will be limited – so register early here

The webinar will be held on zoom for one hour and feature a live presentation from Warren’s workshop followed by a live Q&A session.

All funds raised from this talk will contribute directly towards the 104th Edinburgh North East Scouts Group hall refurbishment project. Thank you for your support!

Inspiring Talk #2 – Air Commodore George Martin – Reaching for the stars

Jet planes, helicopters and more… around the world with the RAF

Join us for our second Inspiring Talk on Thursday 22nd April at 7pm with retired Air Commodore George Martin. George will offer some fascinating insights to his 39 years in the Royal Air Force as a front-line engineering officer and will share his flight experiences, sights and sounds of his travels worldwide including support for the legendary Red Arrows.

The live event will be held on zoom for one hour which includes the talk and a live Q&A session.

To receive access details and register please click on the link below 
104th NE Scouts – Inspiring Talk Series 2

Voluntary donations are gratefully received and can be made by clicking the following link Inspiring Talk Donations. Funds raised from this series will contribute directly towards our Group hall refurbishment project.

The event will be held using zoom software which you can access on your phone/computer/tablet. You can download it for free at https://zoom.us

Help us Fund our Future

© McLaren Murdoch & Hamilton Architects

Our hall in South Trinity Road, Edinburgh was opened 64 years ago, in 1957 (see the video here!) – and has been an excellent home to generations of our Scout group ever since.

Given the age of the building, we need to undertake a major refurbishment project to support scouting in the 21st century, and to make the property more accessible to a wider range of community users. Plans for this exciting development have already been approved and include renewal of the roof, improved insulation, upgrading of toilets and new storage areas for camping and adventure equipment.

Our volunteers have already been working tirelessly to fundraise in recent years – with our popular Bonfire Nights, Coffee Mornings, Burns Nights and other events. We have plans for more – but due to Covid, much of our events have been delayed.

One of the best ways in which you can support us right now is to Buy a Brick. Donor names will be recorded on a Roll of Donors which will be displayed in the new hall and on our website to allow future generations of Scouts and hall users to appreciate the help provided by benefactors.

Help us to fund our future – find out how to Buy a Brick on our Fundraising page – and spread the word!

Thank you to our volunteers and to Foundation Scotland!

Hall Floor Work Party

Foundation Scotland

Our Scout Hall and grounds are a vital space not just for our own Beavers, Cubs and Scouts, but for many community organisations.

With COVID, we’ve had to do a lot of work, to do our best to keep everyone who uses our Hall and grounds safe.

A huge amount of work has been done by our own volunteers, who we’re so grateful to. We’ve been planning and implementing safety measures like signage, hand sanitisers and scheduling of sessions. Most recently, a work party spent two weekends cleaning & sealing our wooden Hall floor – so it collects less dust and is easier to clean effectively.

But not all the work can be done by our volunteers – like cleaning, because of the volume of work, and when it must be done. Under COVID, we’ve had to introduce more intensive cleans, done more frequently. It’s a very important part of what we’re doing to keep everyone who uses our hall safe,  but it does increase our cleaning costs a lot.

So we’re very grateful to have had support from Foundation Scotland, who’ve recently provided us with a grant to help with these costs – thank you, it’s a big help!

104th User group Questionnaire for Re-development of Scout Hall

To assist the potential redevelopment of the Scout Hall and grounds, we would appreciate if you could take a few minutes and answer the questions below.

Many thanks – from Scout Hall Property Sub-Committee


The Scout Hall is some 63 years old (built in 1955) and although some upgrading work was done around ten years ago, in terms of facilities for its current user groups, they have fallen behind and don’t meet the current demand nor the community needs e.g. disabled access is limited.



Gift Aid – Boost our funds by 25p on every £1

Gift Aid can be reclaimed by the 104th Edinburgh North East Scouts from the tax you pay.

We hope to raise hundreds of pounds every year but it relies on parents and anyone else who donates to us signing this form and returning it.

We can go back up to 4 years to claim gift aid on past subscriptions if you have not already claimed for those years.

Your full name and address is needed to identify you as a current UK taxpayer.

Please help us boost our funds by completing this form, and send it to scouts@104thedinburghne.co.uk

Cubs Indicative Activity Programme for 2016-17

To try and help with planning your family life here is an indicative list that gives some details about our anticipated Pack programme for this session!

104th Edinburgh North East indicative Cub Programme 2016-17 (PDF VERSION)


  • 29th August 2016 – First Pack Meeting of Session at Hall
  • 5th September 2016 – Pack Meeting at Hall
  • 12th September 2016 – Pack Meeting at Hall
  • 19th September 2016 – Pack Meeting at Hall
  • 26th September 2016 – Pack Meeting at Hall
  • 1st October 2016 – Group Fund Raising Event at Hall – Details to Follow
  • 3rd October 2016 – Pack Meeting at Hall
  • 10th October 2016 – Possible Outing or Pack Meeting at Hall – to be confirmed
  • 17th October 2016 – No Pack Meeting – October Holiday
  • 24th October 2016 – Pack Meeting at Hall
  • 31st October 2016 – Possible Joint Night with the Beavers – to be confirmed
  • 5th November 2016 – Group Fund Raising Event at Hall – Details to Follow
  • 7th November 2016 – Pack Meeting at Hall
  • 14th November 2016 – Probably No Pack Meeting at Hall but yet to be confirmed
  • 17th November 2016 – Visit to the Gang Show at the Kings Theatre
  • 21st November 2016 – Pack Meeting at Hall
  • 26th November 2016 – Provisional Group Coffee Morning at Hall
  • 28th November 2016 – Pack Meeting at Hall
  • 5th December 2016 – Pack Meeting at Hall
  • 12th December 2016 – Pack Meeting at Hall
  • 16th December 2016 – Cub Centenary Year Promise Event – Details to Follow
  • 19th December 2016 – No Pack Meeting (but possible event for Sixers and Seconders)
  • 26th December 2016 – No Pack Meeting – Christmas Holidays
  • 2nd January 2017 – No Pack Meeting – Christmas Holidays
  • 9th January 2017 – First Pack Meeting of New Session