Scouts parade to mark St George's Day

Hundreds of scouts from the Alderley District took part in the St George's Day parade through the village on Sunday, 21st April.

Three hundred beavers, cubs and scouts were led by the Alderley District Scout Band as they marched from St Philip's & St James' Church up London Road and along Chapel Road.

Regular parade watchers will have noticed that that parade was reversed this year. District Commissioner, Stephen Buckley, explained "We marched to the Methodist Church to help celebrate their 150th Anniversary. The Minister, Rev. Ben Cloves, invited us and we were really pleased to be able to celebrate with the church."

Alderley Edge Scout Group began in the church hall at Alderley Edge Methodist Church in 1910, this year this group led the District (now in its 101st year) on the parade.

The St George's Day Service was led by Rev Ben Clowes and the theme was 'Sunrise', which focused on the sun rising on the District's 2nd century.

During the service a new District Flag and a new flag for the Alderley Edge Scouts were dedicated and all those involved in Scouting remade their promises.

The event was attended by among others representatives of Cheshire East Council, Alderley Edge Parish Council and the widow of the late District President Harold Horry who passed away last year. The day finished on the Methodist Church car park with shouts of 'oggie, oggie, oggie' ringing through the air before the District Commissioner Stephen Buckley dismissed everyone.

The Alderley District Scout Band, which is celebrating its 50th Anniversary, is having a reunion on 16th June and it is hoped that a veterans band will be reformed to play. If you used to be in the Band and want details of the reunion please contact the band master, Simon Taylor on 07970 211470.

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Jennie Fielding
Wednesday 24th April 2013 at 11:20 am
the parade was a great success i am very proud of my 1st Wilmslow beavers who never let me down well done boys