5th Preston (St Cuthbert’s) Scout Group celebrated its 100th anniversary in style on Sunday 14th October 2012.
Invitations were sent out far and wide to Ex members, Leaders and supporters from as far back as the 1940s asking them to come along and join us for our Thanksgiving service and exhibition of memorabilia in celebration of 100 years of Scouting at 5th Preston.
Around 250 people arrived at the St Cuthbert’s Church, Lytham Road, and joined in our celebration. The vicar Rev Eric Bossward welcomed everyone and the flags were brought in.
Mr Skip gave his reflection on the Group over the last 100 years asking us to think about the members during the first and second world wars, how things have changed through technology, but showed how Scouting still gives young people good morals, an ability to do things for themselves, confidence for later life and how to work as a team. Our continued history over the last 100 years has produced many good men (and now women).
Harriet (our very latest Queens Scout and Indiana Assistant Explorer Scout Leader) read verses from Philippians 3. One member from each section stood and read a prayer of thanks for everything we stand for.
Everyone was attentive to the vicar’s address, where his words on Scouting, Fun, Challenge and Adventure as well as Bear Grylls, all had a connection with various Bible stories. We finished with prayers where 100 guests (mostly the young people) were given rocket balloons to blow into after each prayer and finally let loose so they screamed in the Church roof in celebration.
We sang songs of the past, present and future and ended with Rejoice as a symbol of our success.
Following the service, the flag carriers lined up outside and the members of our Group formed a guard of honour to the Douglas Hall for our guests.
Inside the Douglas Hall we were greeted by a ‘Giant Scout’ (an Ex Scout stilt walking). There was Red and Grey bunting covering the ceiling and beautiful flower displays & we felt very proud.
The exhibition of photographs that lead us through each decade from 1912 to the Austria Expedition in August 2012 was phenomenal. Months of sorting, dating, scanning and laminating hundreds of photographs finally displayed – it was a marvel to behold, all those memories in one room. Thanks be to David and David for all their hard work preparing and organising this part.
Ex Scouts from the 1940s, such as Roy & Harry were reunited after 60 years and were able to reminisce over a cup of tea. Ex Leaders met ex Scouts (all grown up). Wives, children even Grandchildren could see in front of them, a century of adventures. They could talk to people who had lived those adventures. Young people could talk to older people about ‘how it was in their day’. A member of the Scout Media team, was on hand with his camera and notebook. He took many photographs and spoke to a few of the guests both old and young. Some of his photographs will form the beginning of the NEW archives for our next century’s collection.
Tea and coffee was donated by a local Ringtons franchisee. Akelas mum made the fabulous celebration cake which was covered in half scarlet / half grey icing and had a rice paper centenary badge covering the top and a neckerchief as the trim. We had 100 cup cakes donated by Diane, whose son is currently in the Cub pack. Each one had a miniature rice paper centenary badges on top and tasted devine. The Supporters Group also bought some cakes (to make sure everyone received a piece of cake)
The SASU (Scout Active Support Unit) helped us out by pouring tea and coffee, making sure everyone had a piece of cake or a biscuit, they also washed up before leaving. Having their support meant our Supporters team could enjoy the day and mingle.
Finally when it was all over, the leaders cleared away the tables and stacked the chairs. Boxed up loose photographs and swept the floor. The big day of celebration was over. 12 months in the planning and hard work for many people, seems to have been over in a flash, but what a fantastic event to commemorate the success of the Scout Group.
Well done everyone, what a brilliant day.