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This Sunday (10th November): Scouts invite all to Remembrance parade and ceremony

Posted on Wednesday 6th November 2019 at 8:17 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo showing a packed town square at the Remembrance ceremony (2018).

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

Members of the 1st Bradley Stoke Scout Group are busy preparing for the town’s annual Remembrance parade and ceremony on Sunday 10th November. We are expecting record numbers of parade participants again this year with ten 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 and Solar Explorer Units, 1st Little Stoke Scout Group, 1st Stokeway Rainbows, 1st Bradley Stoke Rainbows, Brownies and Guides, 2nd Bradley Stoke Brownies, 2nd Winterbourne Brownies and 1st Little Stoke Brownies.

Remembrance Day poster 2019.

Representatives 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.

This year, our young people are going to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day.

Ahead of the event, 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. We will also once again be making window displays for the Willow Brook Centre main entrance.

We would like to extend an invitation to all members of our community to attend the ceremony. 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).

Please note: The bus stop at the Willow Brook Centre will be temporarily relocated to the front of Boots for the morning. Traffic in and around the parade route from the Jubilee Centre to the town square will be temporarily halted while the parade moves through the town. We apologise in advance for any disruption this may cause and respectfully ask that members of the public remain patient while our volunteers keep our young people safe. This is not a military parade and as such timings and parade content may vary on the day.

More information: Map of the parade route

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Remembrance Sunday in Bradley Stoke

Posted on Sunday 9th December 2018 at 9:11 am by SH (Editor)

Photo showing a packed town square at the Remembrance ceremony.

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

The 1st Bradley Stoke Scouts were proud to take part in the annual Remembrance parade and ceremony on Sunday 11th November to commemorate the centenary of the Armistice. We would like to thank all the other local youth groups who joined us – the Trident Explorer Unit, 1st Little Stoke Scout Group, 1st Stokeway Rainbows, 1st Bradley Stoke Rainbows, Brownies & Guides, 2nd Bradley Stoke Brownies and 2nd Stoke Lodge Brownies. Representatives from our local town and county councils were also present and Rev Paul Hinckley from the Churches of Bradley Stoke gave a sermon. Young members of the group read moving stories of very young soldiers who were involved in the First World War, some being the same age as those reading. They also acknowledged the centenary year of the RAF with a summary of its history. Finally, local World War 2 veteran Johnny Johnson was recognised as the last living Dambuster as the raid commemorates its 75th year.

Photo of a poppy in a Scout's hair at the Remembrance ceremony.

We would like to say a special thank you to the St John Ambulance first aiders who were on duty to help some of our young people who felt faint while on parade. We would also like to reassure everyone that they all made a complete recovery and apologise for the adjustment we had to make to the ceremony in an attempt to get them moving again as soon as possible. It was a fantastic example of how seriously our young people were taking the parade as they were not wriggling very much.

Once again, the excellent Filton Concert Brass band entertained the town square audience to complement our own little Scout marching band, who accompanied the parade, and Bradley Stoke Radio were again broadcasting live.

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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

More: Full details of local Remembrance parades and ceremonies »

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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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