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Cheshire Scouts+ St George’s Day Events

Date: 2nd May 2019 Author: Dave Hopley

Cheshire Scouts Newsletter

St Georges Day Events in Cheshire

On Parade at Windsor!

This is the Cheshire contingent who formed part of the national parade of Queens Scouts at Windsor Castle last weekend. The salute was taken by HRH Duke of Kent with the Chief Scout Bear Grylls. All of the Queens Scouts completed their award within the last 12 months and once again Cheshire had one of the larger contingents. Congratulations to all our new Queens Scouts and thank you to the Cheshire Leaders who have supported these young people throughout their Scouting journey – top awards would never happen without great adult Leaders.

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The Cheshire Queens Scouts were supported by the adult recipients of St Georges Day awards for exceptional service received in the last 12 months. It was a great day for all those involved and a proud day for family and friends. This is one of those occasions that is unique to Scouting, it’s simply something money can’t buy!

Warrington and the Wolves

In Warrington, the town’s two districts joined up and worked with the Warrington Wolves Rugby League team to showcase Scouting to more than 10,000 people before the team’s home game with Huddersfield Giants.

In the pre-game window, the districts paraded around all four sides of the ground and the group and district flags lined up along one goal line with the stand behind being used to seat everyone after the parade. Once in the stand, the crowd was asked for quiet while each section renewed its Promise, and a round of applause followed.

While the parade was going on, a special video was shown on the stadium’s big screen tailored to a Warrington audience and featuring Bear Grylls.

Before each game, giant flags representing each team are brought out onto the field and this year they were joined by the Cross of St George, with 20 Scouts and Explorers carrying each flag.

Then, 34 Beavers and Cubs acted as mascots, coming out of the tunnel together with the players who mentioned that they thought the Scouts helped bring a special atmosphere to the day.

Nearly 1,000 members from both Districts took part in the event and they received applause as they paraded around the ground.

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Community Impact in Halton

Mersey Weaver partnered with Halton Haven Hospice to work on its woodland walk and create new planted areas which will sit outside a community cafe and hub they hospice is looking to open.

The young people taking part were all from the EuroJam contingent supported by leaders and parents and they tackled the work with such enthusiasm that extra jobs needed finding to keep them occupied.

Once the work was completed, the group gathered in front of the hospice for their Promise renewal.

The Hospice is now keen to continue the relationship with Mersey Weaver Scouts going forward and this could prove to be an exciting community initiative.

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Meanwhile in Macclesfield

Macclesfield & Congleton Scouts accepted the invitation of the Mayor of Macclesfield to join in with the civic celebration of England’s patron saint’s day.  They joined local dignitaries in a short parade through the streets of Macclesfield led by a local band.  With flags flying at the head of each participating group, then forming a guard of honour into and out of church, the scouts and ex-scouts heard the laws and remade their promises.

Re-enactment in Knutsford

Knutsford  Scouts and Guides held a traditional St. George’s Day parade through the lined streets of Knutsford town centre followed by a youth service at Knutsford Methodist church. The cubs re-enacted the story of St George and the dragon to the delight and amusement of the congregation.

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The magic of Alderley Edge

On Sunday 200 Scouts paraded through Alderley Edge with their iconic flags flying high. All of the Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers looked very smart while following the traditional and extremely talented marching band to the Methodist Church. All the Leaders should be very proud of their packs for showing the best of British culture.

Over in Ellesmere Port

Ellesmere Port & Neston celebrated St George’s Day on 23rd April with a short church service at St Mary’s, Hooton for all sections.  Following the renewal of promises a special prayer was led by guest of honour Vernon Henry, our 97 year old County Vice President who is now a resident at Aaron Court Care Home in Ellesmere Port.  Luke Atherton was also presented with his Queens Scout award at this occasion.

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County Commissioner takes the plunge (almost)

Graham Phillips our CC and Dave Hopley our DCC joined the County Youth Forum on the jetty at Tatton Park to remake their promise at the weekend. The weather was kind and the view, as ever at Tatton Park, was spectacular. The promise was led by the County Youth Commissioner, Ed Lunnon. This short ceremony was a break in the important work of the weekend around how Cheshire builds on its reputation of being youth led with even more focus on how adults and young people work closer together to continue the progress already made.

Never forget the importance of a Band

Parades are always better with a band and in Cheshire we are very proud of the Alderley District Scout Band who were loud and proud supporting the Alderley District event at the weekend.  You can see them again on Sunday 9 June when they will lead the County Scout parade to Chester Cathedral.

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