IT WAS the turn of Easebourne Scouts to host this year’s St George’s Day Parade and despite the rain, some 400 youngsters and their families travelled from all over the Petworth and Pulborough District to join in.
There were representatives from all 11 Scout groups in the district, made up of Ashington, Bury, Billingshurst, Fittleworth, Harting, Ifold, Petworth, Pulborough and West Chiltington, Sullington and Storrington, Wisborough Green and Easebourne.
In addition, there are five Explorer Scout Units for the 14 to 18-year-olds, a Scout network for the 18 to 25 age group and two Scout Active Support Units which provide support at events such as Sunday’s parade and service.
District commissioner Kathleen Bridger explained: “As well as being the patron saint of England, St George is also the patron saint of Scouting which is why the Petworth and Pulborough District gets together every year.
“As it was the turn of the 1st Easebourne Lady Cowdray’s Own Scout Group, it was only fitting the service should take place in the grounds of the Cowdray Ruins.”
The Scout groups were inspected by deputy county commissioner Mike Wakeling at Midhurst Rother College before the parade set off to the Ruins where the service was conducted by the Rev Derek Welsman vicar of St Mary’s, Easebourne.
Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers, Guides and all leaders renewed their promises during the service.
Presentations were made of wood badges, insignia of completion of adult training, to Melanie Clarke, Timothy Hopper and Paul Mace. Long-service awards ranging from five years to 40 for David Grimwood, were presented by Kathleen Bridger.
Mr Wakeling presented the Chief Scout’s Commendation for Good Services to Colin Banks (Scout active support co-ordinator) and an award for merit to Angela Smith (Beaver Scout leader and District Beaver Scout leader).
Colin Banks has been a member of the Scout Fellowship and Scout Active Support for more than 15 years and Angela Smith has been involved with Beaver Scouts at both group and district level for some 27 years.
Maureen Day, parade organiser, said: “We would like to thank the Cowdray Estate for the use of the Ruins, Joe Vitaglliano for the use of the academy, Derek Welsman for leading us in the service and Petworth Band for the music.”