With Sunday’s beautiful blue skies and warm weather it was the perfect day for our St George’s Day parade through the valley. Well, it would have been if we were able to have the parade.
With the parade cancelled this year, we looked for another way to come together as a District. First, of course, a good number of our members of all ages donned their uniforms, or in some cases their scarves, on 23 April and joined the nation and fellow Scouts across the country in thanking NHS staff and key workers for their continued efforts in the difficult times we find ourselves in.
Virtual St George's Day Parade
In place of the normal parade and service on Sunday 26 April, there was a District-wide Zoom promise renewal. We started with a chat, followed by the St George’s Day video produced by county. I then led promise renewals for the Beavers and Cubs, and then the Scouts, Explorer Scouts and adults. I was joined on video by Cubs, Holly and Matthew from 5th Caterham and Scout, Rosie from 4th Caterham to read their respective laws.
We had 164 individual logins for the session, and from images and looking through during the session it appears we had an estimated 250–280 attendees in uniform. This certainly made the event worthwhile. I know several leaders unable to get online made their promises separately too. Thank you to all those that joined me.
Tim Evans, District Commissioner.