Over 350 Scouts and their Leaders marched through Stamford on Sunday, April 27 to celebrate St George’s Day. 11 Groups from across the District attended the parade.
Its a number of years since the parade has been held in Stamford and the excellent turnout was watched by many members of the Public as well as parents of the children who attended the parade. The parade formed up at the west end of the High Street and marched along the High Street, up Star Lane and onto Broad Street.
The Salute was taken at Brownes Hospital where the District President Miranda Rock was joined by Deputy County Commissioner Ray Dennis and the Mayor and Mayoress of Stamford, Mr Peter Ellis the parade organiser and District Chair Greg Cejer.
The parade finished at All Saints’ Parish Church where the St Georges Day Service was lead by the Very Reverend Mark Warrick, Dean of Stamford.
The District Commissioner for Stamford and Bourne Trevor Watson opened the service by leading the prayers for the Worldwide Scouting Movement.
That was followed by hymns and readings, which were given by Explorer Scout and Scouts.
Trevor Watson then presented Jane Hockey and Philip Tokens with Wood Badges in recognition of them completing their training as leaders in the District.
Trevor was joined by Ray Dennis the Deputy County Commissioner who presented Chris Jackson of 1st Bourne Scouts and the Lincolnshire Go Karting Team with an Award of Merit for good services to Scouting, in Bourne and Stamford, in the county and nationally. Greg Cejer, District Chair, then presented Chris, formerly of 2nd Stamford, the award for Meritorious Conduct for Scouting during adverse circumstances due to ill health. Chris also received a personal letter of thanks from the Chief Scout Bear Grylls for his work. Chris was joined by his children and colleagues from the County Go Karting Team and former Stamford colleagues from 30 years ago. Ray Dennis then presented Howard Nelson with a Chief Scouts commendation for good services, a Wood Badge and a 10-year service award.
Speaking about the awards both Ray and Trevor praised the recipients for their hard work for the movement. Without the work leaders put into scouting the young people would not be able to access all the opportunities Scouting brings for them. The service moved onto Renewal of Promises. This saw all sections of the District renewing their promises. The renewal of promises was lead by Chris Mayhew, Assistant District Commissioner Cubs, Jenny Wilson Assistant Commissioner Cubs and Charles Anderson, Assistant District Commissioner Scouts.
Following the renewals The District Commissioner led all those present in a Final Act of commitment to the Scout Law and Promise. Finally two scouts led prayers for the Queen, The Scouting Movement, Stamford and Bourne District, people less fortunate than themselves and the service finished with a blessing by the Dean of Stamford.
Following the singing of the National Anthem the parade left the church and was dismissed outside.
The District would like to thank members of the Public who turned out to watch the parade for their support, the Very Rev Mark Warrick and the churchwardens of All Saints’ for allowing the service to take place at All Saints’, as well as Miranda Rock, the District President, the Mayor and Mayoress of Stamford and Ray Dennis for joining the district to celebrate St George’s Day. Final thanks go the police and staff from the local councils who worked with the district to enable the parade to take place.