26th Oct, 2016

A highly colourful celebration

Evesham Editorial 16th May, 2014 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

MARKET Place was filled with rainbow coloured parachutes as more than 300 scouts and guides celebrated St George’s Day.

The popular event brought Evesham to life last Sunday (May 11) with a parade along the High Street of more than 300 Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorer Scouts and their leaders.

An open air service was then held in front of the Town Hall on the theme of teamwork and youngsters and adults enjoyed a variety of mass parachute games together.

Music for the afternoon was provided by the Celebration Reed and Brass Band while County Commissioner for Hereford and Worcester Scout County, Dr Derek Barnes, presented a number of volunteers with long service certificates and wood badges.

Being presented with the wood badge confirms adults have completed the leadership training for their role in scouting.

Two members of Network Scouting, which is the most senior youth section for Scouts between 18 and 25, achieved the

highest accolade, the Queen’s Scout Award.

An expedition to Poland was Michael Petta’s biggest challenge for the award, whereas James Bell-Winfrow, who also achieved the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award, undertook a four day canoe expedition down the River Wye with his team. Both

are also leaders with 1st Evesham 1st Hampton Scout Group.

A collection taken during the service will be donated to the Caring Hands in the Vale charity based at the Vale of Evesham Christian Centre on Bewdley Street.

Outgoing Evesham District Commissioner, Barbel Wolstencroft, was presented with a gift in honour of her efforts leading the group for the past five years.

A new District Commissioner has yet to be appointed and anyone interested in the role can e-mail dcsearchevesham@gmail.com for more information.

Former Evesham Mayor and Mayoress Mark and Emma Goodge talking to scouts. (s)