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Scouts join together to celebrate St George’s Day

Scout groups from across North Oxfordshire District gathered at the former RAF base at Upper Heyford to celebrate St George's Day. NNL-140429-141811001

Scout groups from across North Oxfordshire District gathered at the former RAF base at Upper Heyford to celebrate St George's Day. NNL-140429-141811001

Scout groups from across north Oxfordshire gathered at Heyford Park on Sunday to celebrate St George’s Day.

Hundreds of young people, leaders and their families joined in the first Festival of Scouting on the runway at the former RAF base at Upper Heyford.

Nick Davies, North Oxfordshire district commissioner, said: “Every year on or near to St George’s Day, members of the Scout Association come together to renew their promise, as St George just happens to be the patron saint of Scouting.

“In the past we have gone to Banbury and Bicester to celebrate this special day in the scouting calendar.

“This time we wanted to gather together and invite the communities in which Scout groups operate to our celebration, as a Festival of Scouting.”

After the parade, Scouts took part in fun activities including circus skills, welly wanging and a knot tying challenge. They were joined by Thames Valley Police and the fire brigade.

Also celebrating St George’s Day was 1st Deddington Scout Group.

Cubs, Scouts and Explorers gathered at the Windmill Centre on Saturday and processed through the village followed by a dragon and St George.

The procession finished in the Market Square and Cubs who had gained their Chief Scout’s Silver Award and Scouts who had gained their Chief Scout’s Gold Award were presented with their badges.

 

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