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St George's Day back with a BANG!


Saturday 22nd April, saw Central Notts Scouts and Nottinghamshire Girlguides back on the roads of Southwell for their Annual St George's Day Parade.


In the week leading up to the parade all eyes were on the weather forecasts, fortunately the likelihood of rain reduced as the week went on, and on the day all participants enjoyed a bright and dry parade to and from Southwell Minster.


Official numbers show that there were 559 Scout young people on parade, combined with all adults and Girlguides on parade we estimate that there were over 750 people participating in the spectacle march through the streets of Southwell.


Inside the Minster, for the first time in 70 years young people and adults renewed their promises to The King, and witnessed the very last Central Notts presentation of a Queen Scout Award to Tom Fox who completed his QSA shortly before Queen Elizabeth II's passing.


We were honoured to be joined by a number of dignitaries on the day including Sir John Peace, the Lord Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire, representing His Majesty the King who took the salute outside the Minster Gates before addressing the parade on the Memorial Field.


Following the introduction of Squirrels since our last parade, a brand new Metcalfe Colour was introduce this year in the form of the Squirrel Scout Metcalfe Colour. After being blessed in the Squirrel and Beaver Service in the Methodist Church, the colour was unfurled and flown for the very first time. Congratulations to the 2023 Metcalfe Colour Winners:


Squirrel Scout Metcalfe Colour: Central Notts Drey

Beaver Scout Metcalfe Colour: 2nd Arnold

Cub Scout Metcalfe Colour: 2nd Arnold

Scout Metcalfe Colour: Southwell

Explorer Metcalfe Colour: Colliers

Band Metclfe Colour: 5th Carlton


We would like to thank everyone who attended the parade, and help ensure that our traditional parade of over 60 years continues into the future. We would also like to express special thanks to all of the young people on parade, who were extremely smart and should be very proud of themselves.


To help celebrate their achievements, we have created special St George's Day Certificates which can be printed off by Section Leaders and presented to all who paraded on the day, these can be found at centralnotts.org.uk/sgd23


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