St George’s Celebration – 17th April 2016

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St George’s Celebration – 17th April 2016

13 April 2016

This year our 1st Salhouse  Scout Group are the hosts and especially excited because Mr Robin Baden Clay (Lord Baden Powell’s grandson) is planning to visit Norfolk to join the Celebration.  

Founder of Scouting , Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell, 1st Baron Baden-Powell, OM GCMG GCVO KCB DL (22 February 1857 – 8 January 1941), also affectionately known as B-P or Lord Baden-Powell, was a lieutenant-general in the British Army, writer, founder of the Scout Movement and first Chief Scout of The Boy Scouts Association.   The first Scout Rally was held at The Crystal Palace in 1909, at which appeared a number of girls dressed in Scout uniform, who told B-P that they were the “Girl Scouts”, whereupon B-P and his sister Agnes Baden-Powell formed the Girl Guides Movement. After his marriage on 30 October 1912 to Olave St Clair Soames, Baden-Powell and his wife actively gave guidance to the Scouting and Girl Guiding Movements.

Mr Clay is planning to read extracts from his grandfather’s diaries which refer amongst other things to grandfather’s visit, between 6 – 9th June 1930, when he enjoyed a visit to Norfolk and to a Jamboree held at Salhouse Broad in particular, with Prince George (Duke of Kent) and 2,000 Scouts – the Group still treasures wonderful photographs and memorabilia from that unique and very special time.

 1st Salhouse being located right in the heart of  Salhouse village and close to the picturesque Salhouse Broad and Woodbastwick estate, we are very grateful that the event is able to be held at Gorse Meadow, Salhouse Broad by kind permission of Mr Henry Cator, OBE, FRICS, DL., on Sunday, 17th April 2016.

More than 500 young people with their parents and grandparents will be visiting Salhouse, providing a unique and excellent publicity opportunity for scouting, with parents, grandparents, supporters and Scout Leaders from across Norfolk attending, not just from the Broadland area but from, Norwich, North Norfolk and the West of the County, and this will provide an opportunity for Salhouse and the Broads to be  recognised as having something to interest everyone.   We are expecting more than 900 people to be on the field on the day!

 2016 is also the Centenary of Cub Scouting with a year of celebrations planned and we therefore want to make this St George’s Day an extra special Jamboree-style Celebration for our scouting youngsters and their families to enjoy.

We would ask that you please arrive at the Gorse Meadow event field no later than 11.30am.   The Parade will arrive at Gorse Meadow at 11.45am and will pass the Saluting platform (on the left of the gateway to the field).   The salute will be taken by North East Norfolk District Commissioner, Paul Henriksen;  North East Norfolk President,  Richard Butler, MBE., DL  and the new High Sheriff of Norfolk, Major General Sir William Cubitt, KCVO, CBE. (Sir William and Mrs Cubitt live within the North East Norfolk District, on the Honing Estate near North Walsham).     Flag Bearers representing Beavers, Cubs, and Scouts from across the 14 Groups across the District, together with Explorers units, will form a Guard of Honour either side of the entrance and the Parade will then proceed along the driveway to the main event field.

This outdoor event takes place on the huge field beside the Broad (there will be no access to the Broad), and will consist of a short service for all Groups to renew their promises and presentations to be made.  It is anticipated that the formal part of our event, renewal of promises & presentations, will draw to a close at approximately 1.15pm when the young people will be able to participate in numerous medieval style activities and attractions including a ‘living village’ with ‘medieval’ cooking, crafting skills, board games, historical dancing demonstrations with audience participation, ‘come and try’ archery,  hobby horse jousting, fighting knights with favours, dressing-up as knights, sling shot demos, a storyteller, static birds of prey, and medieval games, as well as allowing our young people to strike their own commemorative coins, and there will be loads of other opportunities related to the event theme for the young people and their families to join in.   The afternoon will be rounded-off with a Hog Roast for everyone!