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Report: St George’s Day Parade 2017

Our annual District parade was held in Billingshurst this year and was actually on St George’s Day itself.

It was the last parade to be organised by Kath Bridger, our District Commissioner, who steps down in June. She asked for something different so our parade through the streets was followed by the renewal of Promises and some award presentations. After that it was time for a picnic on the field before we were entertained by Hawking About and had a chance to try out some other activities.

We had 20 Parbrook Cubs in the parade which we thought was a great turnout, especially as we haven’t returned to Cubs yet after the Easter break. Well done to James for carrying the flag and to his escorts, William and Elliott. Everybody gets +10 points for coming and those with extra tasks gained an extra +5 points towards our monthly points competition.

Those that follow our Instagram account got updates during the event. Remember that we only tweet a few pictures so Instagram has more photos on the day.

Thanks to Jacala for providing the photos. If you would like to add to our gallery please e-mail your photos to Jacala.


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.”

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Event: St George’s Day Parade, 23 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 hope that all our Cubs will be able to attend.

Our District Commissioner, Kath Bridger, retires from the role in June and so this will be her last parade. She wants us to celebrate our national day by having fun. This year the District’s parade will take place in Billingshurst on Sunday 23 April.

Timetable
11:30: Assemble in Jengers Mead car park
11:45: Inspection of the groups
12:15: Parade departs Jengers Mead. Route via High Street, Nats Lane and Lower Station Road, passing saluting base as it enters the field
13:00: Renewal of Promises followed by presentation of service awards to leaders from across the District
13:20: Picnic street party
14:00: Hawking about
14:45: Activities on the field provided by the groups, including archery and tug of war
15:30: End

Wear
Full, smart uniform is required. Unless it is raining we won’t be wearing coats so make sure that you have something warm under your sweatshirt. We are to be inspected before the parade so please make sure that out of date badges for Cubs 100 etc have been removed.

Bring
You will need to bring a packed lunch and drink but hopefully somebody will be able to carry it for you so that you don’t have a bag during the parade. It would be as well to bring a coat, even if it is only so that you have something to sit on for the picnic. We’ve not been told about any collection so assume that no money is required.
We’ve been asked to run a bottle rocket base during the afternoon. With the short notice we’ve been given we need to appeal for empty 2l plastic drinks bottles that we can use for the rockets. If you have any please drop them off at the hall on Saturday or Sunday.

Parking
With groups from across the District coming to the event there will be pressure on parking in the village. We hope that you will be able to walk or be dropped off.

Colour party
We will need a Cub to carry the Parbrook flag. This is often our eldest Cub if they are available. They will need two escorts and we will select them on the day.
As there is no service to prepare for we have not been told about any rehearsal for standard bearers this year.

St George’s Day service
There is no formal service this year but during the afternoon 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.

Paperwork
There is no cost for attending the parade and picnic but we would like an idea of the numbers so please register on My Scout to let us know if you can attend.

Photos
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.”

Event: Revised swimmers badge validation sessions

What: Keego has arranged swimmers badge validation sessions for Billingshurst Cubs and Beavers. There will be two sessions with different badge stages on each. These new dates replace the originally advertised session on 18 February which has now been rescheduled.

Where: Billingshurst Leisure Centre, Station Road

When: We have split the sessions across two evenings, both running from 6pm to 8pm. We’re grateful to the Leisure Centre for letting us have the time which would otherwise be used by children’s parties

  • Saturday 4 March – badge stages 1, 2 and 3
  • Saturday 18 March – badge stages 3, 4 and 5

Wear: No need to arrive in uniform. Anyone wishing to try for their stage 3 or 5 badge will need to bring shorts and t-shirt to swim in as one element requires this.

Badges: If there is a particular stage badge that you’d like to work towards please let us know when you register so that we can make sure we have the necessary equipment. As usual we will only present you with the highest badge that you earn, even if you complete multiple stages during the session

Cost: There is a £4 pool fee which must be paid to the leisure centre in advance. Normal swimming memberships aren’t valid for this session.
If you have already paid for the February session then the leisure centre can either transfer this to one of the new March dates or give you a refund.

Who: Open to all our members. We’d welcome some non-swimming adults to help mark off the Cubs and Beavers as they complete the necessary tests. Please let Keego know if you can help.

How: You need to reserve your place at the Leisure Centre, phone 01403 787500. They are also collecting the £4 pool fee which needs to be paid in advance. There is no need to register separately with us as Keego has access to the Leisure Centre systems.

Need to know more? Please contact Keego (Gemma) direct. As with all Parbrook leaders you can e-mail her using her jungle book name at parbrook.org.uk

Event: District Quiz

What: Cubs from across Petworth and Pulborough District will come together for their annual general knowledge quiz evening on Monday 27 March. This year it is being orgainsed by 1st Billingshurst Cubs as Dauxwood pack won the competition last year.

How: We expect that it will be a real mixture of old fashioned pub quiz style general knowledge (questions from the front), pictures, memory tests, brain teasers and of course some scouting questions thrown in. As introduced in 2016, there will be a Joker round where you can choose to play your joker and get double points on the round. There will be 9 rounds of 10 questions (giving 90 points + 10 extra for Joker round = 100 points)

Where: Billingshurst Primary School, Station Road, Billingshurst. You will need to make your own way there. Parents are welcome to stay. If any adults who are attending the evening wish to make up some “fun” teams and take part, they are most welcome. There is no team entrance fee for this but obviously you cannot win!

When: Please arrive at 6.15pm so that we can start promptly at 6.30pm. We expect to finish by 8.30pm.

Wear: You should wear uniform for this event

Cost: There is an entry fee of £5 per team but that will be paid by Parbrook Cubs. Refreshments will be provided – no other money is required.

Who: Any of our Cubs could have entered our teams. However, the registration date has now passed. A team must be made of 4 Cubs – one aged 8, one aged 9, one aged 10 and one other Cub. Ages should be at the date of the quiz.

We currently (14 Feb) have 8 Cubs on our guest list which is just right for two teams. Well done to Robin, Elliot, Thomas, Jasmine, Poppy, Martha, Joshua and Luke for registering. We will work you out into two teams nearer the time.

Report: Cubs100 Promise Party

On 16 December 2016 the District held a Promise Party to celebrate the end of the Cubs Centenary year. We were pleased that 12 of our Cubs were able to join the party.

Our evening started with a camp fire although some Cubs were a bit concerned that Joe worked in a dial factory and not a button factory as he does when we sing about him.

Cubs started in 1916 and so at 19:16 (7.16pm) we joined Cubs from across the country renewing our Promise. We even had a special birthday cake shaped like a camp fire.

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We’re grateful to the District team for organising the evening, especially the Easbourne leaders.