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St Georges Day 2017


On St. George's Day Sunday 23rd April, approximately 300 Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorer Scouts, and Leaders, attended their annual service, this year at St. Christopher's Church in Weyhill.  The Church was full to capacity, with parents standing at the back, and the service was led by the Rev. Mary Bowden.  At the start of the service the District Commissioner Fr Jonathan How asked some of the Scouts what they knew about St. George.  One Scout said, "his favourite colour was green". Think he must have been confusing St. George with Robin Hood!  Then Jamie Short, the Explorer Scout Commissioner, outlined some of the stories of St. George and the dragon, some to be believed and some not!  During the service the District Commissioner presented 4 Long Service Awards:- Matthew Beveridge 5 years; Clare Short & Stuart Ward 10 years; Chris Lloyd 15 years. 3 Explorer Scouts had gained the Duke of Edinburgh Award:- Georgina Dayne Bronze, Max Smith Silver, and Joe Byham Gold.  Sue Styles, Cub Scout Leader at Churt received the Chief Scout's Commendation for good services.


All Promises were renewed, the Beaver Scouts led by Sue Gibbon, the Cub Scouts led by Chris Lloyd.  Jamie Short read the Scout Laws, and then the District Commissioner led the Scouts, Leaders, and any others who had previously made the Scout Promise, in its renewal.  Following the National Anthem, colours were returned during the singing of "He's got the whole world in his hands".


John Stone

Haslemere & District Scouts Media Manager