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100 years of Cub Scouting

Cubs100 Celebration


On Friday 16th December Haslemere Hall was buzzing with about 150 excited Cub Scouts from around Haslemere and District, excited perhaps at the thought of being able to perform on that famous stage, many of them in fancy dress for their particular stint.  It was, of course, exactly 100 years since Baden-Powell founded the Wolf Cub section as it was then in 1916, the main purpose of this evening being the renewal of their Promise at precisely 7.16 p.m. (1916). This was being done all over the Country at exactly the same time. The evening was compered by Chris Lloyd the Asst. District Commissioner for Cub Scouts.  The District Commissioner Fr Jonathan How was present, as was the Haslemere Deputy Mayor, who said he had enjoyed the whole evening so much, as it brought back happy memories of his days in the Cubs.


1st Camelsdale Pack, representing the 1920's, opened the evening with a Bugsy Malone song, followed by the 1st Haslemere Pack representing the 1930's. This was the year the 999 system and the FIFA World Cub started, and the first woman was to fly across the Atlantic. They sang "The wonderful wizard of Oz". Next came 1st Hindhead Pack representing the 1940's and they sang "Rudolf the red nosed reindeer".  Then came another bunch from 1st Camelsdale Pack all dressed in blue & white striped tops complete with prison numbers, and of course they sang and danced to "Jailhouse Rock". 


1st Chiddingfold Pack represented the 60's and sang and danced to a Beatles number "Help" complete with the letters H - E - L - P which they held up every time the word was mentioned.


Next came 1st Fernhurst Pack representing the 70's and the "Punks" with the best collection of wigs ever to be seen.


The final entertainment spot was 1st Churt Pack who sang "You've got a friend in me".



At 7.16 p.m. precisely, all of the Cubs in a large circle around the hall, renewed their Cub Scout Promise led by Fr Jonathan How, and then the largest (and noisiest) Grand Howl heard for a long time took place.


Then arrived "The Peace Light" carried in by Ken Lindup, the chairman of 1st Chiddingfold. 


Sarah Brough the Vicar of St. Mary's at Chiddingfold outlined the story behind the light which had its origins in Austria and is now distributed throughout Europe.  It is an unbroken light originating in Bethlehem carrying a message of peace. It came into Dover in the custody of the Captain of a ferry for safety reasons, and from Haslemere Hall, lights that have been taken from it will be in Churches around the area over the Christmas period.


Then it was food time in the annexe so there was a mass exodus from the hall. A fantastic evening all round.