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BBS (South) Annual St. George's Day Parade 2015
21 June, 2015 by webmaster
This year's St. George's Day Parade took place on Sunday 26th.April in one of the villages of the Grand Scout Master, the Reverend Michael Foster, the village of Tarrant Keyneston. The 1st. Wessex as is their custom camped for the weekend just on the outskirts of the village and were blessed with good weather despite being a cold wind blowing at times. The 2nd. Goring & Streatley travelled down by coach on the Sunday and arriving just before the parade was due to march off.
The parade assembled in the car park of the 'True Lovers Knot Hotel'. The fully assembled parade comprising Beavers, Wolf Cubs, Scouts, Senior Scouts, Rovers and Scouters, followed by a large gathering of parents and supporter, then marched off under the orders of the Chief Commissioner David Cooksley and led by a Scottish Bagpiper and a Scout Drummer to the church in Tarrant Keyneston. The St. George Flag, the Union Flag and Group Section Colours followed directly behind the Bagpiper. On route local villagers came out of their cottages and clapped and cheered the very smart fully uniformed parade, making very complimentary comments about how smart the Scouts (obviously the Wolf Cubs and Beavers included) looked, and that they had not seen such smart Scouts for many a year like ours. This gave those on the parade such great pride that they uphold this very important element of Scouting that had given it such great respect over the years.
On arrival at the Church the Parade was greeted by the Lay Preacher Beth Buchan who with the Chief Commissioner conducted the Service along with our usual great input from the Scouts, Wolf Cubs, Beavers and Scouters. During the Service Beth removed her cassock to reveal her Scout Association uniform or a smarter version of it from what is normally seen worn by that Association, Beth commented how very smart the BBS members were in their uniform, their marching and general behaviour and wished that the Scout Association were equally as smart. Following the Service the Church served coffee, soft drinks and biscuits to all those attending, for which we gratefully thanked them. Beth and other members of the Church were invited back to the 1st. Wessex camp site to share in the hog roast being prepared.
After parading back from the Church to the hotel, over a kilometre, still led by Bagpiper and Drummer, and addressed by the Chief Commissioner who praised the members for their smartness and supporting the high standards that we set for the BBS that sets us above other scout associations. Photographs were then taken, before being dismissed and walked back to the 1st. Wessex camp site where we all served with the most delicious three meat 'hog roast' provided by the 1st. Wessex, as well as a large slice of gateaux, yummy where we were joined by members of the Church and in particular Beth and her Husband David (David used to live in Goring-on-Thames and attended the 1st. Goring Heath BSA Scout Group who the Chief Commissioner David Cooksley had taken that Scout Troop to camp when they were without a Scouter) Both Beth and David are still members of the Scouting Movement. A very big thanks was given to the Skip Paul and the 1st. Wessex who can always be relied upon to do their very best on these occasions.
It was then time for the Scout Groups to go on their way. The 2nd. Goring & Streatley had arranged a visit to the Boscombe Down Jet Plane Aviation Collection in the afternoon on their route home. This was a great learning and fun experience for the Scout Group members, parents and supporters visiting the jet plane collection, were they were able to climb inside the many different jet planes, fighter planes and helicopters, put on the aviation overalls and helmets, etc. A really great enjoyable afternoon's entertainment and well recommended to others to pay a visit. Needless to say ending up in the exhibition's shop where many items of memorabilia were purchased by the members.
Then at 4.30pm it was time to meet up at the coach for the last leg of our journey back home, arriving back in Goring & Streatley at 6.00pm, exactly to the planned time. A big thanks was given to the coach driver for getting us all back safely and to his coach company 'Whites Coaches', and not one of, even the youngest members, looked at all tired after the early 8.00am start, they must have really enjoyed this great day out, and the importance that the St,. George's Day Parade and Church Service should mean to all Scouts within the United Kingdom.