Event: St George’s Day Parade, 26 April

As well as being the Patron Saint of England, Baden Powell chose St George to be the Patron Saint of the Scout Movement and traditionally each year on the 23rd April (or the nearest Sunday), Scouts remember the Scout Law and the Promise they have made. 
We expect all our Cubs to attend.

This year the District’s parade is being organised by 1st Harting and will take place in Petworth on Sunday 26 April.

Car parking is available in the public car parks, either in the town centre or at the Sylvia Beaufoy Centre car park on the Tillington Road (A272 towards Midhurst). See our map for locations. We’d recommend the Sylvia Beaufoy car park as the main one is where groups will be assembling. If you do prefer the main car park then remember that there are more spaces right down at the far end. Parking is always an issue so please car share where possible and try to arrive early. Please take extra care when moving around the car parks as there will be a lot of people about.

After all the recent warm and sunny weather it is a shame that things are changing for the parade. Although we expect the worst of the rain to have cleared on Sunday morning, the forecasters are stressing the change in temperature from around 20C on Saturday to just 6-10C on Sunday. Please wear a warm layer under your uniform.

13:30 Meet in the lower part of the central car park
13:45 Group forms up into “walking bus” and departs for Park Road
14:00 Parade assembles in Leconfield Estate Yard (off Park Road)
14:15 Inspection of the groups
The District will parade the short distance via Park Road and Church Street to St Mary’s church where the service will be held.
14:30 Service
After the service the District will parade back to the central car park via Church Street, East Street, New Street and Market Square
16:15 Parade dismissed

You should wear full, smart uniform – no trainers or jeans. Please make sure your scarf is nicely folded and secured at the bottom with a safety pin. We will check your uniform before the formal inspection at the start of the parade.
It is usual that coats are not worn during the parade. Please make sure that you have something warm under your uniform as we will be outside all afternoon. If it is raining we will make a decision on the day.

Colour party
We will need somebody to carry the Parbrook flag. We have selected Luke Pullen to do this important task as he’ll shortly be leaving us to go to Scouts. He will need two escorts who will be selected on the day. On arrival at the church the standard bearer will leave our group and will enter later. The escorts will stay with the group. When all are ready the standards will be presented.
There will be a rehearsal before the day of the parade. It will be held at St Mary’s Church in Petworth from 7pm on the Friday evening before the parade. It is only the standard bearers that need to attend plus a Leader or Adult (not the full colour party).

St George’s Day service
During the service, everybody will get the chance to renew their Promise. After the Beavers, Cubs will be asked to stand and make the Scout Sign. They will then say their Promise together with Cubs from across the District. This will be followed by Scouts, Explorer Scouts and Leaders renewing their Promises. There will also be a presentation of long service awards to some leaders from across the District.
Unfortunately, because of limited space in the church, only the uniformed members and invited guests will be able to enter the church.

A collection for a local charity will be taken during the service.

There is no charge for attending but please book a place through Groupspaces to let us know that you plan to come.

It is always hard for leaders who should be in the parade to get photos of the parade itself. If you are coming to watch please bring your camera and let Jacala have your best pictures for us to use on the website.

Baden-Powell & St George
Lord Baden-Powell chose Saint George to be the Patron Saint of the Scout Association. He felt that the Saint George of legend set a good example of faith, courage and perseverance. St George’s day is on 23 April and most Districts hold some form of celebration. In ‘Scouting for Boys’, Baden-Powell referred to the Knights of the Round Table in the Arthurian Legend and to St. George who was their Patron Saint.
He then went on: “He is also the Patron Saint of Scouts everywhere. Therefore all Scouts should know his story. St. George was typical of what a Scout should be.
“When he was faced by a difficulty or danger, however great it appeared, even in the shape of a dragon – he did not avoid it or fear it, but went at it with all the power he could. That is exactly the way a Scout should face a difficulty or danger, no matter how great or how terrifying it may appear. He should go at it boldly and confidently, using every power that he can to try and overcome it and the probability is that he will succeed.
“St. George’s Day is April 23, and on that day, Scouts remind themselves of their Promise and Scout Law. Not that a Scout ever forgets either, but on St. George’s Day, he makes a special point of thinking about them.”