Why do we celebrate St George’s Day?

We celebrate St George’s Day because Lord Baden-Powell chose St George to be the patron saint of Scouts. He wanted St George’s Day to be a time to reflect on the Scout Promise and what it means to be a Scout.

The Event

Everyone will meet at Michael Herbert Hall in Wilton at 2pm. Groups will meet behind their designated area which will be marked. This will also be the order in which we will parade. The Parade will set off at 2:30pm and will use the pavement to make our way to St Mary’s & St Nicholas Church.

Each Group will parade in their sections behind their flags

The Church service will start at 3pm and will be approx. 45mins long and will be the format like previous years.

After the service we will form up outside the church behind your group flags where the DC & dignitaries other will inspect the parade, groups will be dismissed from here. **Please note we will not be parading back. **

Safety & Risk Assessments

A risk assessment will be available here and sent out within the week before the event.

** Please note- for clarity our event risk assessment will start from your arrival at Michael Herbert Hall and finish once you leave the church grounds at the end of the celebration. **

If you as a group decide to meet and walk to the event together, you will need your own risk assessment for this.

Safety of all participants, leaders and will be at the forefront of anything we do and plan throughout this event.

First Aid

Group/Unit Leaders are to be responsible for first aid for their respective young people. There will not be event wide provision of first aid cover.

Car Parking

There are car parks in Wilton but these are to be used at your own risk, please adhere to the car park signage. There is also parking available at Wilton Park and Ride which is a short walk away.

Uniform

This is a high profile event. Please can all members where full uniform to include the below:

  • Beavers and Cubs – Section jumpers,
  • Scouts, Explorers and Leaders – Ironed shirts, tucked in.
  • Scout Navy Trousers, or school/smart black trousers if these are not owned
  • Smart shoes
  • Ironed scarf/necker

Photography

As this event is in the open and in a public place, the event team cannot stop parents and members of the public taking photos and videos.

We will have an official event photographer and they will take photos of the event for the purpose of the district’s social media and local news, it will be up to each group leader to make it known to them that a child cannot be included.

Toilets

There will be access to toilets at Michael Herbert Hall and there is one toilet located at the back of the church.

Collection

With our scout promise in mind “to help other people” it has been decided that this year’s charity will be the Salisbury Trussell Trust– This year we would like everyone to bring an item to be donated to the Trussell Trust.

A list of items they can accept is below. All items will be handed in to the Trussell Trust van upon arrival.

Essential Food Items:

  • Cereal
  • Soup
  • Pasta
  • Rice
  • Tinned tomatoes
  • Pasta sauces
  • Lentils, beans and pulses
  • Tinned meat
  • Tinned fruit
  • Tinned vegetables
  • Tea and coffee

Essential Non-Food Items

  • Toiletries
  • Clothing and washing up products
  • Feminine products
  • Baby supplies

Leader Social

After the celebrations and parents have picked up their children, there will be a leader’s social held in the Michael Herbert Hall, this is open to all volunteers within the District. If a volunteer has their own family with them, they are welcome to come too. This is run by the District SASU.

Weather

The one thing the event team can’t organise is the weather.

The event team will keep an eye on the weather on the week leading up to the event and will make a decision in a timely manner on any changes.

Rehearsal

There will be a rehearsal held at the church on Friday 19th April 7pm Please could all flag-bearers & prayer readers attend. For this event there is no need for flag escorts.

Please could a Leader from each group also attend so they can receive any last minute information and gain a better understanding on the how the event will run. They will need to pass this information onto other leaders within their Group prior to/on the day.

Parents

Parents are welcome to attend the church service if they wish, but space within the church is limited.

Additional Needs/Disabilities

If there is someone in your Group that requires additional help at the event, please get in touch and we will do what we can to accommodate them.

Locations

Please find a map of all the important locations below.