At 1st Billingshurst we are proud of our links with the Royal British Legion and were pleased to be part of the village Remembrance Sunday parade on Sunday 11 November.
We selected Cubs to do the following jobs:
- Colour bearer (to carry our flag). Our eldest Cub: Tommy
- Colour party (2 Cubs to escort our flag on the parade): Tyler and Evan
- Wreath bearer (to lay our wreath at the war memorial). Our Cub of the month for October: James
After an unhelpful but thankfully brief shower just before most Cubs arrived it was a lovely sunny day for a parade and everybody looked very smart as we marched through the village.
After the wreath laying service at the war memorial we would normally go in to the church for the main service. However, an unfortunate person tripped in the church and had to wait for an ambulance. As a result we regrouped back at the memorial for the main service. Although we tried hard it is a lot more tricky to sing the hymns with no accompaniment. With no flags to be presented we zoomed through the service and so set off for the final leg of the parade rather earlier than usual, arriving at the Village Hall about 20 minutes early. This turned out to be a good thing as while people were inside getting a cup of tea the heavens opened.
On Tuesday 13 November we used our pack meeting to help out the British Legion by opening the collection pots from around the village. The money inside had to be counted, bagged and most importantly noted down so that the people knew how much they had collected. It was a busy evening with everybody involved and a great turnout of extra adults too. At the end of the evening the Cubs reported that some of the pots had contained more than £200 with one of them having more than £260 inside.
We do this every year so can compare the totals that we counted.
Thanks to Jacala, Hathi (Sarah Wilson), Chris Evans and Caroline Kavanagh for providing the photos from Remembrance Sunday.