This year the Billingshurst Show takes place on Sunday 29 June. The organisers have decided that the theme for the parade should be “Brazil”. This page should tell you all you need to know about arrangements for the weekend – scroll down for a detailed timeline.
Decorating the float
Each year it seems to get harder to find a suitable vehicle. We’re grateful to Tracy Viney for finding us a vehicle from Charles Wadey, the builders.
Our float will be decorated to the Brazil theme, using the parrots and flags that you have made in pack meetings recently. Some of you will be walking alongside the float with the flags and shakers that you have made. You should wear your football tops in World Cup team colours (or any bright colour top). Please don’t bring any footballs or studded boots though.
The float will be available outside the Village Hall from about 10.30am and we’d be grateful for a few extra adults to help us decorate it.
Before the show we’d be grateful if you can sell the raffle tickets that you have been given. Don’t forget to bring back the money and counterfoils before or on Sunday. It helps us if you can put them in an envelope with your cubs name on it. In previous years we have run out of tickets so it is worth returning any that you have not been able to sell.
Once we get to the field we will be running our panning for gold stall. Gold is one of Brazil’s exports and so we felt it fitted in with the theme. We’re grateful to Juliet and Rachel for helping set up our stall while we are on the float.
We’d like the Cubs to staff our stall during the afternoon. See the timetable below to see when your Six is on duty. You should bring your Cub top (t-shirt) and scarf to wear when on the stall.
You can find out about the other things that will be happening at the show and also all about the sponsors of the event at the Billingshurst Show website. We’re pleased to hear that our former young leader, Chil (Lucie Francis) will be opening the show.
Set up the field
|The organisers would welcome assistance from about 10am to get the field set up. From 12 – 4 there will be lots of tents to put up. Please let our GSL know if you can help, even for just an hour.|
Decorate the float
|Our float has to be decorated on Sunday morning. Anybody who would like to be involved in the assembly of our float (mostly fixing our designs to the sides of the trailer) please let Akela know. The float should be available at near the Village Hall from around 10am on Sunday but we’ll be there from 10.30am to decorate it.|
Get onboard or into position
|We hope that all the Cubs will be able to join us for the parade. Cubs need to arrive by 11.45am at the latest so that we are ready for the start of the parade.
You should wear your brightly football kits but please bring your Cub t-shirt and scarf to wear later when you are helping on the stall. No footballs or studded boots required.
|The parade starts from near the Village Hall at 12 noon (although we never get away on time).
For the parade itself some of the Cubs will sit on the back of the trailer. The rest of us will be walking alongside. We hope that they will look cheerful and wave to the crowds – rather than sitting in a huddle chatting as has happened previously! Parents please bring your digital cameras and let us have your photos afterwards – Jacala will be with the float so unable to take pictures.
It take a surprisingly long time to get to the field but the parade has to go at the speed of the groups that have chosen to walk rather than have a float. There is also the little matter of getting through the crossing – we always seem to get caught by a train.
Parade arrives at the field
|After the parade arrives at the show and has been judged, our float will go off to be dismantled. Help with that is always welcome as the leaders have to be setting up our next activities.|
Cubs take their turn on our stall
|We hope that the Cubs will be able to take their turns on the stall during the afternoon.
To avoid crowds of helpers we’ve allocated time by six with Blue six taking the first turn. If you can’t do your proper slot then please come along when you can. While you are not doing stall duty there is the rest of the show to explore.
|1:45pm||Red six turn to man our stall|
|2:30pm||Yellow six turn to man our stall|
|3:15pm||Green six turn to man our stall|
|4:00pm||Our stall closes|
Clear up the field
|Anybody who is still around after about 4.30pm would be very welcome to help take down tents and carry equipment back into the hall. Everybody will have had a very long day and many hands make light work|