Report: St George’s Day Parade

On 26 April 2015, Scouts from across Petworth & Pulborough District visited Petworth for their annual St George’s Day Parade and service. This year the parade was organised by 1st Harting.

We met in the central car park and then formed up for inspection in the Leconfield Estate Yard. After a bit of a wait we were inspected by Tim Taylor, Deputy County Commissioner and Kath Bridger, District Commissioner.

There was a bit more of a wait while we waited for the road closure to take effect and then we were off to St Mary’s Church. During the service everybody renewed their Promise. After that we paraded back to the car park through the streets of Petworth with our flags flying. Quite a sight and sound, thanks to music from the Petworth Town Band.

After the recent warm and sunny weather it was a rather cool and cloudy day but no wind and most important (after last year’s parade) dry.

We had 10 Parbrook Cubs in the parade. Well done to Luke for carrying the flag and to his escorts, Craig and Lily. Everybody gets +20 points for coming and the colour party gained an extra +10 points.

For more pictures please see our
St George’s Day Parade gallery

Thanks to Jacala, Sarah, Caroline and Bik-Kay for providing the photos

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.”