WW1 100 year anniversary – Churchdown Scout Group
11 photographs follow below
It is important that our young people realise the sacrifice that our armed forces made and continue to make in order that we can live without fear; consequently, Churchdown Scout Group has been actively pursuing activities to commemorate the ending of World War 1 100 years ago.
Activities have included: –
Churchdown Gang Show tribute
The recent 2018 Churchdown Gang Show featured a special commemorative number entitled ‘For the fallen’. The cast were appropriately costumed for the period and performed in front of a back projection of WW1 events.
The number included songs associated with wartime: – ‘Good Byee’; ‘Pack up your troubles’; It’s a long way to Tipperary’; ‘Keep the Home fires burning’;
With several of the cast sensitively reciting the invocative Lawrence Binyon poem ‘For the fallen’.
The Last Post was played by a young Scout on a tuba and the number concluded with ‘God Bless ‘em all’. The tribute was well received by appreciative audiences.
Launch of Poppy Appeal in Gloucester Cathedral
Ben Griffiths a Scout at Churchdown represented all Scouts and young people at the Gloucester Royal British Legion Poppy appeal launch in Gloucester Cathedral. Ben was asked to write and read a message of thanks to the fallen before placing it on the tree of remembrance.
World War 1 Presentation
The Scout troop devoted one of its evening activities to learn all about the World War 1 and invited Christopher Auker-Howlett from the Royal British Legion to conduct a presentation of slides and army uniforms.
Chris explained that many soldiers lied about their age and joined the call to arms ‘for King and Country below the legal age. Many were the same age as some of the Scouts themselves, he also spoke about the soldiers of Churchdown.
The scouts were very interested, especially when it came to dressing-up in some of the genuine first world war uniforms that Chris brought along.
Using a large number of pennies, donated by the young people, several big poppy shapes were created on the tiled floor of Brown Lodge with the black tiles utilised as the centre of the poppy. After the shapes were dismantled the money was donated to the Poppy appeal fund.
The Scout Group is proudly displaying two large boards covered in 100 Poppies at their Churchdown Scout headquarters
The poppies were enthusiastically painted by over 30 Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers, Parents and Leaders.
In the centre of each board is a picture of the Gloucestershire Scouting Poppy Badge, which has been created, in conjunction with the Royal British Legion.
The Scouting poppy badge will be awarded to Scouting people who have met the agreed criteria for undertaking Remembrance activities.
Members of the group have also been helping to raise funds for the British Legion poppy appeal by ‘selling’ outside a large supermarket.
Marching with parade
On Sunday 11/11/18 the Scout Group paraded in the annual Remembrance Day parade which took place from Churchdown Village Junior School to the Memorial at St Andrews Church.
Scout Alfie Lane laid a cross in remembrance of his great great uncle, Gunner George Allen Shurmer of the Royal Horse Artillery and Royal Field Artillery, 124th Brigade.
International Scout’s Own
This year the Group did something different once the Act of Remembrance had taken place around the Memorial; the Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers, went to Brown Lodge Scout HQ, for much welcomed hot chocolate and invited Innsworth Scout Group, who have a multicultural link with the international Rapid Reaction force based at Imjin Barracks, to join them.. The assembled young people and parents then joined in singing war time songs and prayers.; and listened to several poems spoken in and translated from French and Spanish by members of Innsworth Scout group.
After the special Scout’s Own, the Parade reformed to Parade back to the Junior School.
The following 11 pictures are in no particular order