Hampshire Scouting Service June 15th

This evening Elaine & I, together withe the Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire, Dame Mary Fagan, and other Mayors from Hampshire,  attended Hampshire Scouting’s Diamond Jubilee Celebration Parade & Service at Winchester Cathedral.

Spitfires Marching Band

Spitfires Marching Band

The evening started with a parade of a great many members of the Scouting movement from across the whole of the Hampshire region.

Led by the 14th Eastleigh Scout and Guide Band, the parade featured the banners of all of the troops represented at the Service. Some of the Scouts were roped together with their climbing ropes while others paraded carrying their Kayaks.

Some of the Banners

Some of the Banners

During the Service short commentaries were read out about two Community Projects carried out by combined Guide & Scout troops. A Queen’s Scout read out a list of facts about Queen Elizabeth and a prayer was read in six parts by a member of the Scout Active Service, a member of the Scout Network, an Explorer Scout, a Scout, a Cub Scout and a Beaver.

Towards the end of the Service the Lord Lieutenant presented the very rare Silver Cross Award to an Explorer Scout in recognition of him saving the life of a friend who had fallen into an ice-covered canal, with little thought to his own safety.

The Cathedral was packed with members of the Scouting movement, and was further proof of the fact that most of the young people across the country do good works rather than bad.

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