Sunday, 1 May 2011

St George's Day parade (delayed date)

"This is no thaw" muttered the dwarf "This is Spring"

"Hold your tongue" growled the witch.

"George died centuries ago. He has no power today."


banned said...

Attending the St Georges Day Parade was a regular feature of my Scouting days, holding the flag was fun but the service itself was always boring.

JuliaM said...

It looks like a great day out!

We've been truly blessed with two Bank Holidays of good weather in a row.

Woman on a Raft said...

Things have changed, Banned. This time they held it outside and it featured a pirate ship they had built on the back of a trailer where they did show based very around around a hopeless pirate crew.

I'd like to tell you what the show was about but they were having the most ginormous fun, like huge babies who've just been told the funniest joke in the world, so the script was "Arrhhh, Lad" and "Avast Captain" "I'm not that big" etc, and cracks about the giant plug being pulled out by a scurvy knave swabbing the deck.

The theme was helping others. There was prayer and a reminder that many people have their lives wrecked by war and disaster, and that there is a human duty to give aid. It was very lightly handled, as was the religious aspect. The collection was for Shelterbox, who specialize in delivering specific emergency shelter.

The best bit was the naughty joke about the F-word. "What's the magic F-word?"
Great silence from the round-eyed Beavers, Cubs and more worldly-wise Scouts.
"The magic F-word is FREE food and you're all invited!"

Whereupon they gave everybody a free slap-up buffet of cheese scones, nibbles, vegetables, grapes, six kinds of cake, chocolate biscuits, tea and squash. I went round twice, which is awfully cheeky considering I'm not in the Scouts.

The children behaved beautifully and they seemed to enjoy the show and the buffet.

Although there have been criticisms of allowing girls to join it has had an organizational advantage in that it is easier to recruit adults to do the voluntary work without which nothing can be done. However, eavesdropping on conversations in the crowd (I'm a blogger, it's what I do) there is still a waiting list to get in because more adult leaders are needed.

Recruitment is doubly difficult because of course you have to find people who are of the right calibre, but they also have to have the time available.

Woman on a Raft said...

It has been amazing, JuliaM. I have been watching the sunrises and sunsets and they've both been fairy-tale spectacles.

banned said...

Nothing like that that in my day Woman..., we simply formed up outside the neighbouring Scout Hall (I daresay it was used for other stuff but that is all that we knew it for), marched into Church, sat though the service and then marched out again.