Every year near St Georges Day, Scouts across the country meet together to renew their promises. This year the Group met on Sunday 24th April in St Margaret’s Church, Ifield. The Church was full to standing room for the service conducted by Revd Christine Spencer, Rector of Ifield. The service began by dedicating the new St George’s flag. All present witnessed the Beaver Scouts renewing their promise, the Cub Scouts renewing their promise and then all the Scouts, Explorer scouts, leaders and Active Support Unit renewed their promise. The young people also wrote and led the prayers during the service.
Refreshments were served afterwards by our supports group, whilst members and guests had an opportunity to relax and talk and plan the next large event which is the Ifield May Fayre.
Among the guest were Her Worship the Deputy Mayor of Crawley, our MP Henry Smith, local councillors, and representatives of Crawley District Scouts.
Two of our older members, Caitlin Pitt and Matt Corney, who had become Queen’s Scouts were not at the Ifield service because they were invited to parade before our Chief Scout Bear Grylls and members of the Royal family at the National Parade and Service in Windsor Castle celebrating those who have gained the highest award within Scouting.
Craig Edwards Group Scout Leader thanked all the members of the flag procession and those that wrote and read prayers for being so professional and smart.
David Clipperton, Group Chair, thanked all those that made some wonderful cakes which were shared with all present after the service and enjoyed by Her Worship the Deputy Mayor of Crawley Councillor Morgan Flack and our local Crawley MP Henry Smith.
Mark Eastman, our Active Support Unit Manager, it was a great experience for the young people to attend and participate in a formal parade, that will hopefully last with them for years to come.