St George's Day Parade
(11th May 2014)
Sunday 11th May 2014, St Marys Church on Holton Road, hosted the St George Service on behalf of Barry Scouts and Guides. The service is normally held on the nearest Sunday to St George’s day but due to prior engagements by several of the Scout groups and Easter, this year’s service was by consent moved from April to May.
The event was also an opportunity for our members to mark the importance of this year as the Centenary of WW1. The service was attended by the various Scout and Guide Groups within in the district, HM Lord Lieutenant, High Sheriff, members of the Royal British Legion, RAFA, RNA, RMA, many other Ex Service Organisations and a number of invited dignitaries. The Service, conducted by Father Ben Andrews, was very well attended with standing room only left.
For one Scout Group this year’s Service was particularly important. The 11th Barry Sea Scout Group, which is celebrating its 90th year, laid up its original Group Standard which was presented to the Group after the Great War, by the family of Private Sydney Copp, from Victoria Park, Cadoxton,and possibly a former member of the group who died in service of his country in September 1918. A new Standard was Presented at the service and dedicated to the Group by Father Ben.
During the service a number of presentations were made by the Guides, Thanks Badge – Geraldine Feehan & Steve Clarke, Baden Powell Trefoil Award – Emma Nash, 50 Year Long Service Award – Barbara Jones . As well as these, 11th Barry Sea Scout Group had a number of presentations too. There were 11 Chief Scout Awards made to various Beavers, Cubs and Scouts as well as Wood Beads to an Assistant Beaver Leader.
Following the service the congregation assembled on Kings Square before parading down to the Cenotaph. Thanks must go to 1st Rogerstone Scout Band, Wales only Marching Scout Band, who led the parade and to the Police who co-ordinated the closure of Holton Road for the Parade.
At the cenotaph a short service was held in memory of those Scouts and Guides from around the worlds that gave their lives during the Great War and all conflicts since. Several Wreaths were laid by the various dignitaries as well as the British Legion, the RAFA and members of the Scouts and Guides.
The final act of the day was the investiture of an Explorer into Barry’s newest Explorer Unit, Pegasus ESU.
Special thanks must be given Father Ben, the Wardens of St Marys for welcoming us into their Church, South Wales Police, and the Vale of Glamorgan Council .