It was a poignant day for Petworth and Pulborough Scout Group district commissioner Kath Bridger when she inspected the St George’s Day Parade, which this time took place in Billingshurst, for the last time.
Kath is standing down after seven years as district commissioner at the end of July following her move to Pagham.
“I have been a member of the group for more than 30 years and I will still remain in the district as a member of the active support unit,” said Kath, “It was absolutely wonderful to see so many young people and adults joining together to celebrate our national day.”
She thanked Billinghurst Rotary Club and Lions members for organising the road closures and carrying out the marshalling.
Ten of the groups making up the district paraded with members of the District Explorer Scout Units, Scout Active Support Unit and District Leaders and were kept in step by Petworth Town Band. The Salute was taken by Kath, Matthew Pike, deputy county commissioner, Sue Parry, Guide division commissioner and Natalie Evans, Guide district commissioner. A blessing was given by Ben Martin of the Family Church and Father Carl Davies parish priest of St. Gabriel’s Church at the recreation ground.
Matthew Pike presented Joanne Burns and Gloria Gardner with Bars to the Award for Merit, Alan Gardner received the Award for Merit and Hazel Barkworth and Richard Eager were both presented with County Commissioner’s Awards. Kath Bridger presented Chief Scout Awards to Jaime Nicholls, Louis Friend and Connor Jenkins. Long Service Awards went to Chris Wilmshurst and Hadleigh Russell and Wood Badges, for completion of Adult Training, to Sarah Jordan, Alice Dore, Sarah Friend and Paul Sturgeon.
A picnic followed and a display of birds of prey from Kevin Lochner of Hawking About.
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