400 young people and their families attended Mid Devon Scouts St George’s Day parade and presentations

By Sue Read   |   Senior Reporter   |
Monday 2nd May 2022 6:00 am
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Crediton contingent who won the Best Turned Out shield.  SR 1662
Crediton contingent who won the Best Turned Out shield. SR 1662 (Crediton Courier )

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ALMOST 400 young people and their families filed into the Sports Hall at Okehampton College on Sunday afternoon (April 24) to mark St George’s Day for the first time in three years.

They were all representing Scouting in their Mid Devon District with Groups from Bow, Tedburn and Cheriton, Chulmleigh, North Tawton, Okehampton, Sandford, South Zeal and the District Explorers Unit.

They gathered outside the main entrance to the college then, led by Okehampton Band, walked around half of Simmonds Park, watched by a large number of people including dog walkers, for the salute to be taken at the Bandstand and then into the college Sports Hall.

Like so many others, covid had shut down Scouting.  The country had gone into the first lockdown four weeks before St George’s Day Parade would have been held three years ago.

Thanking everyone, District Commissioner, Trevor Waycott, said how good it was to be back together after such a long time.

“We have come out the other side of this pandemic with fresh ideas to rebuild Scouting across Mid Devon and we are starting to make those few tentative steps.

“Scouting gives young people skills to succeed.  These include character skills such as resilience, initiative, independence and tenacity.

“It also gives them skills for employment such as leadership, teamwork and problem solving along with practical skills such as cooking and first aid, to name a few,” he said.

He added that he was very proud of the nine “amazing” young people chosen to represent the area at the World Scout Jamboree in South Korea next year.

Having introduced themselves, they explained how they had been selected and what the trip would involve with 60,000 people from all around the world being together for a wide range of activities, adventure and “delicious experiences”.

Promises were then renewed, the names read out of the Beavers who had received the Chief Scout Bronze award:

Okehampton - Barbaby Willis, Aimee Teixeira, Lewis Hawkins, Ezekiel Evans, Stanley Hicks.

North Tawton - Lewis Atkinson, Scarlett Whiteley, Lucas Whiteley, Ruben Dimock and Finley Moffat.

Tedburn and Cheriton - Charlie Tripp, George Harrop, Toby Downes, Scarlett Cote, Erin Palfrey, Eden Stone, Archie Taylor, Elsie Dunning, Jace Lord, Amber Wheeler-James, Winter Gibbins, Emelia Taylor and Gracie Martin.

Crediton - Jack Davies, Oliver Mason, Owain Olsson, Logan Harry, Toby Camp, Riley Houghton, Matthew Harris, Frasier Simmons, Jamie Jones, Nate Payne, Sebastian Spencer and Denmark Waldram-McCabe.

The shield for the Best Turned Out contingent was won by Crediton, presented by Helen Derbyshire, Deputy District Commissioner Cubs.

Presenting awards to several Leaders, Trevor Waycott explained these were a “personal thank you” to them for all they had done, especially over the last three years or so which had been a struggle.

They were: Helen Olsson (Crediton), John Smith (Chulmleigh), Sarah Weatherfield (Crediton), Sam Jollow (Okehampton), Andrew Smith (Tedburn and Cheriton), Fiona Willis (Okehampton) and Christopher Jackson (Bow).

Not all the young people going to the World Scout Jamboree were able to be there. The six who were served tea, coffee and cakes in return for donations to their funds.

They were Sam Carling and Jo Bales of Okehampton, Abi Smith, Ruby Bushin and Eleanor Pearce of South Zeal and Alice Smith of Tedburn and Cheriton.

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