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This Sunday (11th November): Scouts invite all to Remembrance parade and ceremony

Posted on Wednesday 7th November 2018 at 9:53 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of young people addressing the audience.

By Katherine Robinson of the 1st Bradley Stoke Scout Group.

The 1st Bradley Stoke Scout Group and the Willow Brook Centre are busy preparing for the annual Remembrance parade and ceremony on Sunday 11th November. We are expecting record numbers of parade participants again this year with eight other local youth groups joining us. Our own Scout group will of course have all its sections represented and will be joined by the Trident Explorer Unit, 1st Little Stoke Scout Group, 1st Stokeway Rainbows, 1st Bradley Stoke Rainbows, Brownies and Guides, 2nd Bradley Stoke Brownies and 2nd Stoke Lodge Brownies. A representative from our local town and county councils will be present and the Reverend Paul Hinckley will be representing the churches of Bradley Stoke. Once again, the excellent Filton Concert Brass band will join us in the town square to complement our own Scout Marching Band who will be accompanying the parade.

Remembrance Day poster 2018.

This year, our young people are going to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the First world War, the RAF’s 100th birthday and the 75th anniversary of the Dambusters.
Before the parade, our Scouts, Cubs, Beavers and Explorer Scouts will be giving the war memorial its annual wash and brush-up while helping with the Royal British Legion’s annual Poppy Appeal and making large World War 1 poppy window displays at the Willow Brook Centre.

We would like to extend an invitation to all members of our community to attend the ceremony and you are very welcome to lay a wreath or cross at the memorial (a small sand box will be put out next to the memorial nearer the day). This year, we will also have a small seating area near the memorial for any older veterans or disabled members of the audience. If you would like to use this area, please make yourself known to our Scout leaders who will be in the town square on the morning of the ceremony.

More information: Map of the parade route

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Remembrance Sunday in Bradley Stoke

Posted on Saturday 9th December 2017 at 11:28 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of young people addressing the audience.

By Katherine Robinson of the 1st Bradley Stoke Scout Group.

This year saw a record number of attendees to our annual Remembrance Sunday parade and ceremony in Bradley Stoke. The parade had more than 300 young people from nine other local youth groups who joined us (the 1st Bradley Stoke Scout Group –main organisers of the event). Groups parading this year were the Trident Explorer Scout Unit, 1st Bradley Stoke Rainbows, 1st Stokeway Rainbows, 2nd Bradley Stoke Brownies, 2nd Stoke Lodge Brownies, 1st Little Stoke Scouts, South West Winterguard Academy, St John Ambulance Cadets and 37th Squadron (Frampton Cotterell) ATC. The parade was also joined by our local mayor Cllr Andy Ward, South Gloucestershire councillor Roger Avenin, Jack Lopresti MP and the Reverend Paul Hinckley.

As the parade moved along the route (led by our Scout marching band playing songs from Vera Lynn), it was protected by our extensive team of volunteer parents/group leaders who became parade marshals or road junction pointsmen. We were also very fortunate to have our local police and the St John Ambulance teams in attendance. We would like to thank everyone who helped to keep us all safe again this year.

Our aim this year was for our young people to take centre stage in the leading and actual running of the ceremony. This is in keeping with the Scout Association’s “youth led” philosophy that encourages young people to grow and develop their independence and responsibilities. Consequently, the ceremony was solely conducted by our young people who addressed the audience using three themes: The Battle of Passchendaele (in the First World War) commemorating it’s 100th anniversary, Vera Lynn (the “forces sweetheart”) celebrating her 100th birthday this year and, finally, four of our young Scouts used their own moving words to recall their summer trip to the D-Day beaches of Normandy. They then went on to introduce Paul Hinckley to give a sermon, before leading the formal act of Remembrance.

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This Sunday (12th November): Scouts invite all to Remembrance parade and ceremony

Posted on Thursday 9th November 2017 at 9:22 pm by SH (Editor)

Marching band of the 1st Bradley Stoke Scout Group in the 2016 Remembrance Day parade.

By Katherine Robinson of the 1st Bradley Stoke Scout Group.

The 1st Bradley Stoke Scout Group and the Willow Brook Centre are busy preparing for the annual Remembrance parade and ceremony on Sunday 12th November. We are expecting record numbers of parade participants again this year with 11 local youth groups taking part. Our own Scout group will, of course, have all its sections represented and will be joined by 1st Stokeway Rainbows, St John Ambulance Cadets, 2nd Bradley Stoke Brownies, 3rd Wallscourt Farm Scout Group, 1st Bradley Stoke Rainbows, 2nd Stoke Lodge Brownies, South West Winterguard Academy, Trident Explorer Unit, 37th Squadron (Frampton Cotterell) Air Training Cadets and the 1st Little Stoke Scout Group. Representatives from our local town and county councils will be represented and the Reverend Paul Hinckley will be representing the churches of Bradley Stoke. Once again, the excellent Filton Concert Brass Band will join us in the square to complement our own Scout marching band, which will be accompanying the parade.

Remembrance Day poster 2017.

This year, our young people are going to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele from the First World War and mark the 100th birthday of Dame Vera Lynn. We will also hear from some of our Scouts who visited the D-Day beaches in Normandy on their summer camp.

Our Scouts, Cubs and Beavers will also be giving the war memorial its annual wash and brush-up, helping with the Royal British Legion’s annual Poppy Appeal and making large poppy window displays to decorate the foyer of the Willow Brook Centre.

We would like to extend a warm invitation to all members of our community to attend the ceremony on Sunday 12th November and you are very welcome to lay a wreath or cross at the memorial (a small sand box will be put out next to the memorial nearer the day).

More information: Map of the parade route

More: Full details of local Remembrance parades and ceremonies »

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Remembrance Sunday in Bradley Stoke

Posted on Thursday 8th December 2016 at 6:00 pm by SH (Editor)

Marching band of the 1st Bradley Stoke Scout Group in the 2016 Remembrance Day parade.

By Katherine Robinson of the 1st Bradley Stoke Scout Group.

The 1st Bradley Stoke Scout Group were once again proud to organise this year’s Remembrance Day parade and ceremony. Attendance numbers were larger than ever following the group’s latest expansion and then an equally impressive number of other youth groups joining with us again. Young members from the Trident Explorers Unit, 1st Little Stoke Scout Group, 3rd Wallscourt Farm Scout Group, 1st Bradley Stoke Rainbows, Brownies and Guides, 1st Stokeway Rainbows, 2nd Stoke Lodge Brownies, the South West Winterguard Academy and Creation Twirlers Majorettes. We were also incredibly proud to introduce our new Marching Band (the creation of which became possible after winning a Vodafone Community Connection Award supported by the Journal). They proudly led the parade from the Jubilee Centre under the watchful eye of band master Richard Shepherd and expert band instructor George Bettesworth. Many of them had only just started to learn their instruments this year!

Given the scale of the parade, a lot of ‘behind the scenes’ safety preparation was undertaken by group volunteer Dave Calloway, who worked tirelessly with PC Jamie Shiels and his police team to ensure the safety of all our parade participants. Many of our executive support team and parents helped to marshal the route – many thanks to all of you.

South Gloucestershire and Bradley Stoke councils were represented by Cllr Roger Avenin and Mayor Elaine Hardwick. The ceremony was also supported by parade marshal Charles Brickley and the Rev Paul Hinckley. The fabulous Filton Concert Brass Band once again provided a beautiful selection of music and another perfect performance of The Last Post from trumpeter Joe Marsden. Our thanks also to Ben Walker who timed the two minute silence for us. For the first time this year, everything was streamed live on Bradley Stoke Radio to reach an even wider audience. Many thanks to the radio team.

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