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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.”

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.”

Report: Remembrance 2016

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 13 November.

We selected Cubs to do the following jobs:

  • Colour bearer (to carry our flag). Our eldest Cub: Max
  • Colour party (2 Cubs to escort our flag on the parade): Ethan and William
  • Wreath bearer (to lay our wreath at the war memorial). Our Cub of the month for October: Aiden (and our new Cub Harry laid the wreath for Dauxwood Cubs)

It was a lovely sunny day for a parade and everybody looked very smart as we marched through the village.

On Tuesday 15 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. At the end of the evening we confirmed that the total counted was over £1800.

We do this every year so can compare the totals that we counted.

  • In 2007 we counted £766 which we thought was pretty good going.
  • In 2008 we counted an amazing £1766 including over £400 in notes
  • In 2009 we counted £784.22 although being 10 November some of the tins were still collecting and so it is not a complete total for the area.
  • In 2010 we counted a staggering £1538, much to the delight of Stan from the British Legion.
  • In 2011 we counted a fantastic £2206.47, possibly helped by it being 90 years of the British Legion.
  • In 2012 we counted £1619.70. An amazing total donated by the people of Billingshurst and the surrounding area.
  • We don’t have a figure for 2013
  • In 2014 out total came to £2222 – our highest ever
  • In 2015 we counted just over £2000 but being 10 November some of the tins were still collecting and so it is not a complete total for the area
  • In 2016 the total came to £1862 which is less than recent years. However, the British Legion told us that they had already banked £3500 which makes this year’s collection a very healthy total
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Photos from the parade

Thanks to Jacala for providing the photos from Remembrance Sunday. Being at the back of our group rather limited the photos so if you have any photos of us in the parade that we can use please e-mail them to Jacala.

Welcome back to the Autumn Term

Hello everyone and welcome back after the half term break.

So as the big countdown to Christmas begins, we’ve got lots to tell you and so here’s some important information for the coming weeks ahead.

Christmas Activities
A bit of a strange one but can all of our cubs please bring in the cardboard tubes from 4 toilet rolls please. We don’t need them until Nov 22nd when our christmas activities begin and they make great Christmas crackers!

Remembrance Sunday parade
On 13 November we’ll be joining the rest of the group in the British Legion’s Remembrance Sunday parade and service. We hope that all our Cubs will be able to attend this important village event. We’ve sent you a message from OSM so that you can let us know if you can come. All the details that we have about the parade are on the website.

On the following Tuesday, 15 November, we’ll be helping the British Legion by opening the poppy collection boxes and counting the money. It is always a very busy evening and so we’d welcome a few extra adults to help supervise.

Group bag packing
On Saturday 19 November the group will be bag packing at Pulborough Tesco. We’ve not been given any particular slot so if you are available please come along for an hour or so. We expect to have more details nearer the time.

Christmas Fayre
On Saturday 26 November the group is holding its Christmas Fayre in the hall from 10-12. In preparation for this we are sending each Cub home with some raffle tickets this week. We hope that you will be able to sell them. Please return counterfoils, money and any unsold tickets to us by Tuesday 22 November at the latest.

District Promise Party
The Cubs centenary year is drawing to a close but there is still one national event left. Cubs was started on 16 December 1916 and so the District is holding a Promise Party on 16 December. We’ll be meeting Cubs from all the groups for a fun packed evening at Rother College, Midhurst. All the details are online at https://parbrook.wordpress.com/2 016/10/29/event-promise-party/. At 19:16 (7:16pm) all Cubs across the UK will re-make their Promise but there will also be camp fire songs and hopefully birthday cake. You can register on OSM if you’d like to come – either reply to the e-mail we sent or log onto your My Scout account and find the Promise Party under “events”.

Put your stamp on Christmas
The group is again running its stamp design competition for the Christmas Post service. There will be 4 stamp designs and one will be from designs submitted by the Cubs and Brownies. We don’t have long for you to come up with a design as they must be in to us by Tuesday 15 November. Stamps will be on sale at the Christmas Fayre and the Billifest and first day covers will be available.

We know that we have some good artists amongst the Cubs so would like to get one of our stamps into the selection this year as it is Cubs centenary. It has been several years since a Parbrook design has been chosen so we hope that you can come up with some good ones for the judges to pick. The entry form is online at http://www.1stbillingshurst.org. uk/christmaspost.pdf – remember that your design will be quite small when on a stamp so bold and colourful designs work best.

Subs
Thanks to everybody for paying your subs by half term. It is a great relief for us to have the money in without having to do too much chasing. We’re trying to move to online payments to avoid having cash or cheques lying around that have to then be taken to the bank. We’re grateful to everybody that already pays us this way.

Painless fundraising
While the group sticks to its traditional methods of fundraising, e.g. raffle tickets, we’re grateful to those that support our painless fundraising when you shop online. For just a few extra clicks you can earn us money on your purchase. It doesn’t cost you any extra but has already earned us £295 this year. This money stays with Parbrook Cubs and can be used to keep the costs of our camps and expeditions down. See https://parbrook.wordpress.com/fundraising/ for more information and tell your friends and family so that they can support us when they shop online in the run up to Christmas. We’ve already earned £40 in the October to December quarter but hope to see this number increase as more shopping is done online at this time of year.


Thanks for your contuniued support and we look forward to seeing you all back at cubs on Tuesday evening.

Kind regards,

Akela.

Event: Remembrance Sunday Parade 2016

Remembrance Sunday is on 13 November this year and we will again be joining in the village Remembrance Day Parade.
We hope that all our Cubs will be able to attend.

As usual the parade is being organised by the Billingshurst branch of the Royal British Legion. They have now provided details of timings and the route.

  • You should assemble at Frenches Mead Green by 10am in full smart uniform (no trainers) and with a poppy. You will not be allowed to wear coats (unless it is pouring with rain in which case you will be advised of alternate arrangements) so will need to put warm clothes on underneath your uniform.
  • The parade is due to leave Frenches Mead at 10.15am. Although it seldom does we still need to be ready. We will walk the traditional route via West Street, the High Street and East Street where we’ll drop off our colour and wreath bearers as we pass the church. While they go to stand by the war memorial, the rest of the parade will continue into Silver Lane and Gratwicke Close. After being dismissed we will move down the narrow path to the war memorial outside the church where we will squeeze into the tight space with the rest of the village.
  • Once we are joined by the church officials there will be a ceremony at the war memorial. It includes the reading of the names on the memorial, the last post, two minutes silence (ideally at 11am if we are on time) and laying of the wreaths. We have a wreath from Parbrook Cubs.
  • We will then enter the church for the service. We hope that the Cubs will be able to sit together and have the necessary orders of service as this has worked well in recent years. There will be a collection during the service.
  • After the service the parade will re-assemble in Gratwicke Close and then march to the Village Hall, passing the saluting base which will be outside Truffles. The parade will be dismissed at the Village Hall at about 12.40pm. The British Legion will then invite all those attending the parade to pop inside for tea and biscuits.

We will need to select Cubs to do the following jobs:

  • Colour bearer (to carry our flag). Our eldest Cub: Max
  • Colour party (2 Cubs to escort our flag on the parade): Will be selected on the day
  • Wreath bearer (to lay our wreath at the war memorial). Our Cub of the month for October: Aiden

The colour bearer will need to attend a practice on Friday evening. This will be held between 6.30pm and 7.30pm at St Mary’s Church.

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

Booking
We hope that all our Cubs will attend this event so there is no need to book a place.

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.


Scouting and Remembrance Sunday

Since 1922, there has been an Honour Guard of Queen’s Scouts (and formerly King’s Scouts) flanking the door from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office to the Cenotaph. There are no remaining written records in The Scout Association archives to tell us precisely the history of the first Honour Guard, but it is probable that the King’s Scouts were there at the request of King George V himself.

So, what exactly did Scouts do in the First and Second World Wars that qualifies them to mount an Honour Guard at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office to this day, and to stand to attention in front of the Queen, the Prime Minister, Cabinet Ministers and all the representatives of Commonwealth countries as they file past? Well, for a start, an enormous number of Scouts served in the armed forces, police force and fire service since 1908, and have been highly valued by their regiments and squadrons for their prior knowledge and training. Many Scouts served in ambulance units, air raid patrols, and other civilian services.

By the end of the World War 2 more than 60,000 Scouts had been awarded the National Service Badge for their work at home. They had worked as First Aid orderlies, signallers, telephonists, Air Raid Precaution (ARP) messengers, stretcher-bearers, Coast Watch, Home Guard instructors and Rest Centre assistants. They had made camouflage nets, helped evacuate thousands of younger children from bombed city centres, harvested millions of tonnes of food and animal fodder, chopped wood on a massive scale (around 600,000 hours), and salvaged glass, metal and rubber for re-use.

However, it was the service performed by Scouts during air raids and the Blitz on London that showed outstanding courage and application of the words of the Scout Promise and Law. 80 young Scouts were given Scouting gallantry medals, and in London, Coventry and Liverpool the Silver Cross (Scouting) was awarded to entire Troops. Individual Scouts were awarded the George Medal and George Cross. Fifteen Scouts just old enough to serve in the forces were awarded the Victoria Cross. One particular service Scouts gave to London was guiding fire engines in from the outskirts of the city by the quickest routes to blazing buildings. When they couldn’t get any closer to the fires because of the danger, the Scouts provided First Aid treatment and a barricade to stop others getting too close. In an air raid on Manchester, Scouts rushed burned and wounded firemen to hospital and returned to the scene to carry on their First Aid work. In many cases, older Scouts took over from Leaders who had joined up or been killed, in order to keep Troops together.

That’s just a small indication of the support and service given by Scouts at a time when their skills, training and team-spiritedness were called upon constantly. The uniform made them instantly recognisable as individuals who could be trusted to give directions or provide a focus in a crisis, such as an air raid. So, on the eleventh day of the eleventh month every year, Scouts march at the tail of the procession of veterans, alongside Guides and members of the Boys’ Brigade who have also provided civilian services to the public. From the 1930s until the late 1950s, London’s Rover Scouts had their own service and procession past the Cenotaph, and thousands came from all over the country to march.

Remembrance Sunday for Scouts isn’t about marching like soldiers or glorifying war. It’s about representing fellow Scouts who ‘did their best’ in frightening and dangerous circumstances for the sake of their community and their country.