Sun shines on Scouts’ centenery fete

Hellingly Scouts fete
Hellingly Scouts fete

AFTER days of rain the sun shone on the Horsebridge Recreation Ground as 1st Hellingly Scouts hosted their centenary fête.

The event was opened by the Scout’s county commissioner Ian Kirby OBE with Hailsham Carnival Queen, Toni Sefton, beginning an afternoon of fun and celebration.

Things got underway with the first of many gun carriage races. Designed and built by troop assistant Les White, the magnificent replica gun carriages had to be disassembled and carried through, under and over obstacles and then reassembled at the other end, raced back down the track without falling to bits and be first to fire a ball from the barrel.

Competing alongside Hellingly for the first title of its kind were Scout troops from Broad Oak and Punnetts Town, Heathfield and Crowborough.

Races progressed throughout the afternoon with a family sports day theme enjoyed featuring an obstacle race, egg and spoon, tug-o-war and wellie throwing.

Among the many stalls representing the wider community, memorabilia was on display showing the history of the troop along with copies of Dave Dyer’s souvenir brochure bursting with historical information about this troup and scouting generally including the programme of 1st Hellingly Scout Troop’s Centenary celebratory events being held throughout the year.