This annual event this year involved members of the Wrington Branch of the Royal British Legion, and a total of
103 members of the 1st Burrington and Wrington Scout & Guide Group and representatives from the local
“Yeo” Explorer Scout Group. The event was felt to be very special, with a Cub, a Guide, and two Beavers laying
wreaths or spays on the Wrington Commonwealth War Grave of Alroy Ashley.
The Scouts who attended the Parade and Service had already gained further respect for this event when, on
the previous Friday evening, they re-enacted aspects of life in the trenches at Iwood Manor. 18 Scouts were put
through their paces, defending their line against a onslaught of enemy fire, and gas attacks. This simulation of
part of the reality of the past provided a personal experience for these brave Scouts, seven of them additionally
opting to sleep in the bottom of the trench for the night.
The Cubs had a visit from John Gallop, the Royal British Legion Standard Bearer for Wrington, “ I have never
heard the Cubs so quiet as they listened attentively, and they performed very well in their marching practice.”
Numbers at the Parade: 22 Cubs + 2 Leaders, 11 Beavers + 1 Leader, 10 Scouts + 4 Leaders
44 members of the Guides and Brownies + 9 Leaders.
The service in All Saints’ was conducted by the Rector, the Revd Nicholas Maddock. Sue Clark played the
organ, Richard Whiting, trumpet, played the Last Post and Reveille, and accompanied a children’s choir,
directed by Alison Blundell, who began the service by singing Laurence Binyon’s Exhortation: They shall grow
not old, set to music by Mike Sammes.