SUNSHINE RETURNS FOR THE ANNUAL SCOUT & GUIDE FETE
(7th July 2013)
After last year’s washout, the weather for the Barry Scout and Guide Annual Fete was back on track, with glorious sunshine to help the Scouts and Guides celebrate their diamond jubilee – 60 years of the Barry Scout and Guide fete. The organisers estimate attendance from members of the public and uniform members at over 6,000, making the event form once again a triumph, helping to recoup last year’s loss and to boost the funds needed by the Scout and Guide groups within Barry.
The traditional march-past to open the fete was led by the 1st Rogerstone Scout and Guide Band, who are the only Scout and Guide marching band in Wales. After a short introduction by Cathie Steele, Fete Committee Chair, Dr Who impersonator, Carwyn Provis, formally opened the fete. During the opening ceremony Lesley Bryan, Scout Leader with 5th Barry Sea Scout Group was presented by Richard Edwards, Area Commissioner, the Chief Scout Medal of Merit. A number of Girlguides were also presented by Jayne Newcombe, Division Commissioner, Baden Powell awards.
Following the official opening, the arena programme kept visitors entertained throughout the afternoon, with a display from Police Dog Display Team. The arena games were a huge hit with the Beavers, Rainbows, Cubs, Brownies, Scouts and Guides, demonstrating that Scouting and Guiding is fun.
The Scout & Guide Fete Committee would like to thank everyone who attended and helped with the 60th Annual Scout and Guide Fete. Thanks are given, in particular, to the group leaders for their continued support which allows children from Barry and the surrounding districts to experience Scouting and Guiding and learn new skills which will take them into their future; to those who helped set up and run the event, the countless helpers setting up the stalls, the parents and friends organising each group’s contributions; the sponsors and patrons who provide needed financial support; the Vale of Glamorgan Council; Barry Town Council; St John’s Ambulance; and the Barry Air Training Corp (372 Squadron). The Fete Committee would like to particular say thank you to the Parks and Open Spaces staff, especially Neil and Eryl, and other staff within the Vale of Glamorgan County Council who help prepare the park.
The Fete Committee is always trying to improve on our annual event and would appreciate any feedback through our survey which is on our website www.barryscouts.org/fete.
Cathie Steele, Fete Committee Chair.