St George’s Day

It was a great day in Aldershot for the return of the Blackwater Valley Scouts St George’s day celebrations, which was held at the Royal Garrison Church of All Saints. The District welcomed The Worshipful past Mayor of Rushmoor Councillor Charles Choudhary as guest of honour at the proceedings. 

The young people enjoyed the service led by Padre Andrew Harding and David Betts, and took part in the readings and the renewal of their Promises. Several awards were presented by the District Commissioner, Emma Buckett and prayers were held for Scouts, key workers and people affected by the events in Ukraine.

Following on from the service, the groups lined up with their flags and paraded down towards the Wellington statue, attracting crowds of parents and other onlookers, accompanied by music from The Farnborough Concert Band of the Royal British Legion.

The Farnborough Concert Band of the Royal British Legion

All in all, everyone had a great day. Andy Cassidy, the Parade Marshal for the event said “It’s great to be back together again. Unfortunately we’ve had to miss the last few years of celebrations due to Covid restrictions but I’m very happy to see the whole District celebrating this special day as one group”.

Enjoying the Service

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Parade led by the Union Flag, the Cross of St. George and the District Flag

Adult Awards

  • Len Scott – Chief Scout’s 50 Years Service Award
  • Pat Scott – Chief Scout’s 40 Years Service Award
  • Zoe Cutting – Chief Scout’s Commendation for Good Service
  • Claire Hewitson – Chief Scout’s Commendation for Good Service
  • Anthony George – Chief Scout’s Commendation for Good Service
  • Kiernan Lane – Award for Merit
  • Katherine Lester – Award for Merit
  • Marc Baker – Wood Badge (Assistant Cub Scout Leader)
  • Claire Hewitson – Wood Badge (Assistant Beaver Scout Leader)
  • Kirsty Bazen – Wood Badge (District Cub Scout Leader)