Scouts on parade to honour St George

Cubs and Beavers from 1st Beeding and Bramber Scout Group
Cubs and Beavers from 1st Beeding and Bramber Scout Group

SCOUTS of all ages paraded to Upper Beeding on Sunday to mark St George’s Day.

The parade and service, held at St Peter’s Church, was well supported, with 100 young people and their families taking part.

Stuart Stevens, Scout leader at 1st Beeding and Bramber, said: “Flags were carried into the church by Beavers, Cubs and Scouts from 1st Beeding and Bramber, 2nd Steyning, who crossed the River Adur, and 1st Southwick, to the hymn of Kumbuya My Lord.

“Father John Challis welcomed everyone. He told the story of St George, with the help of a Beaver Scout dressed up as St George.

“This was followed by prayers and hymns, and, in turn, a young person from each section was invited to stand with Father John to renew our promises.

“We all then sang the National Anthem, very fitting as it was the Queen’s birthday.

“Flags were returned from the altar to the colour parties, who then paraded them outside.”

A retiring collection for Help for Heroes raised £80 and after the service, tea and biscuits were served.

Scouts across the country mark St George’s Day every year, as St George is the patron saint of Scouting.

Stuart added: “We would like to thank Father John for making this lovely family service happen, as the service at Lancing College was cancelled due to a shortage of leaders in Adur Valley District Scouts.”