St. George’s Day Parade in Chandler’s Ford took place this afternoon at 2.30pm.
In last year’s parade, Carolyn Darbyshire MBE retired as District Commissioner.
In today’s parade, we met Chandler’s Ford’s new District Commissioner John Leeks.
John has been a leader with the third Chandler’s Ford Scout group for 27 years. John told me he is proud of leading the thriving Chandler’s Ford district, with over 700 members, and today about 400 members took part in this grand parade.
Chandler’s Ford photographer Alan Fry, of Alan Fry Photography, today helped taking photographs to record this precious event.
Alan is very happy in sharing his photos with the Chandler’s Ford community. See the slideshow:
Order of Parade 2015
The order of the 2015 parade was as follows:
- St. George (flag) and Escort
- District Explorer Scouts
- Union Flag carried by 1st Hursley
- 1st Hursley Scout Group
- 2nd Chandler’s Ford
- 3rd Chandler’s Ford
- 14th Eastleigh Scout and Guide Band
- 4th Chandler’s Ford
- 15th Chandler’s Ford
- 1st Chandler’s Ford
- District Flag carried by Lewis Bradley (2015)
- Scout Activity Support Team and District Leaders
The parade was led by the 14th Eastleigh Scout and Guide Band, and the St. George’s Colour Party.
Parade started at 2.30pm. The parade left Merdon Junior School from Merdon Avenue, turned right into Winchester Road and then left into the Methodist Church.
St. George’s Day service at the Methodist Church
A short service took place at the Methodist Church, led by the Reverend Christine Whitehead, Curate of the Parish Church of Chandler’s Ford.
The readings were Revelation 12:7-9 from the readings for St George’s day about St. Michael and his angels fighting the dragon, and John 10:11-15 from the Gospel for the day about Jesus being the good Shepherd who lays down his life for the sheep. These were read by a Scout and a Cub.
Christine talked about her experience at the Galway festival some years ago of seeing a large yellow JCB dressed as a dragon shooting flames of fire into the air. It was both spectacular and frightening.
This was linked to the legend of St. George and the dragon as it must be a frightening experience to fight a dragon. The members of the scouting troops and Christine then considered Norbert the baby Dragon of Hagrid’s from Harry potter.
Christine said dragon represents those things large or small that we would rather not face as they are either too difficult or resisting them will place us in a difficult place.
Making the world a better place
Christine made links to the Gospel reading and the response as Christians in their beliefs and as Scouts in their promises that we should strive to stand up to the dragons, those things we would rather not face and find so difficult so that we were standing up for others and making the world a better place.
After the parade, I went to the podium and took this group picture of the leaders in our local community.
The people in the picture above are: (from left to right)
- Gloria Brown, Division President of Girlguiding in Chandler’s Ford
- Janet Skiba, Division Commander of Girlguiding in Chandler’s Ford
- Ian Moran, Chandler’s Ford District Chairman
- Christine Whitehead, Curate of the parish church of Chandler’s Ford
- Gordon Brakewell, ACC Development Hampshire
- John Leeks, Chandler’s Ford District Commissioner
- Margaret Patrick, Assistant County Commissioner (District Support)
- Diana Jacobs, President of Chandler’s Ford District
Finally, these are some of the unsung heroes, who made today’s St. George’s Day parade in Chandler’s Ford such a successful and memorable event.