Hellingly fete draws large crowd

HUNDREDS of people turned out to celebrate 1st Hellingly Scouts’ Centenary Fête on Horsebridge Recreation ground on July 10.

The event was opened by County Commissioner Ian Kirby OBE with Hailsham Carnival Queen, Toni Sefton.

An afternoon of fun and celebration got off to a great start immediately with the first of many gun carriage races.

Designed and built by troop assistant, Les White, these two 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, with obstacle race, egg and spoon, tug-o-war and welly throwing.

Crowds cheered the teams on and the Heathfield team was triumphant.

Amongst 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.

The leaders would like to thank everybody involved in making the afternoon such a fantastic success.