Thursday, 12 April 2018

St Georges Parade

Essential Information



St Georges Day Parade
Sunday 22nd April 2018

Please read this document carefully as we have made significant changes to this year's parade.  Due to various issues the parade route has proved difficult to authorise, as such we have agreed upon a route with the council as per the instruction below.  Please pay particular attention to the final part of the route as Leaders are expected to assist their flag bearers.

Parade Details

 
This year's parade will take place at Rodney Parade Rugby stadium, Rodney Road, Newport.
The parade will form up at the top of High street (outside the old Kings hotel) at 1.40pm for a 2pm start.  The road will remain open to traffic until 1.40pm so please advise all young persons and their guardians.

As in previous years the Explorer Scouts will march as a district unit.  Scouts, Cub Scouts and Beaver Scouts will march together in their Groups with the Beaver Scouts leading, led by their Group Scout Leader or Acting Group Scout Leader.  Group Colours will also march at the head of each section.

Gareth Williams is the parade marshal and has full authority to deal with any discrepancies in uniform or behaviour.

The main colour party will be carried by representatives from across the district, including a Beaver, a Cub, a Scout and Explorer scouts and other uniformed members.

Following the main colour party groups in numerical order starting with 22nd Newport through numbers to 29th. Then 1stBassaleg; 1st Caerleon; 1st. Llanmartin; 1st. Marshfield; 1st Rogerstone; 1st Wentwood, Pillgwenlly; then 6th then 7th, then 16th; Gang Show ladies, Explorer Scouts and Network and SAS.

Dress for this occasion is shirt-sleeve order, if it is necessary layers of clothing under the shirts are of course acceptable.  All shirts must be tucked into trousers / skirts.  The parade Marshall is authorised to make a decision on the day as to whether coats are permitted.  His decisions are fully supported by the DC.    Scout members of Gang Show will parade with their Groups but may wear their red scarves with their Group Scarves (i.e. two scarves) whilst parading. ALL members will be expected to wear SCARVES with woggles and rolled.

The Band will be placed in the Parade by the Parade Marshal Please form up three abreast.

Groups to march fairly close to each other – about 5 metres between each group.                   


Route

 
The Parade will commence promptly at 2.00 pm.  Eyes right for the Mayor who will be taking the Salute in front of the chartist statues (outside the old Westgate Hotel).  Only leaders should salute.

Parade will continue to march along Commercial Street, on to Llanarth Street, through John Frost Square and down the steps to the bottom level of friars walk (a lift is available for those who require it).  As the parade reaches the steps to go down to the bottom level of Friars Walk, leaders should ensure their group flag bearers (particularly the cubs and beavers) have removed the flag from the bucket and passed it to an adult to carry down the steps.  We will line back up at the lower level and continue across the road to the millennium bridge.  A heavy marshal presence will be in situ at the steps in Friars Walk and also at the pedestrian crossing across Usk Way.

Once we are across the millennium footbridge, we will continue straight until we meet the back of the Hazell stand at Rodney Parade.  The main colours and ALL group flag bearers will turn right and enter the ground from the changing room entrance of the stadium.  The main parade will turn left and enter the stadium via the main entrance to the Hazell stand.  Those requiring additional assistance or disabled access should turn right and follow the flag bearers and main colour party to allocated seating.
Parade route (after the service)

 
Upon exiting the stadium the parade will line up behind the marquee in the grounds.  Parade will march around the training pitch and line up in front of the old club house for the final dismissal.  The stadium gates will be closed to traffic from 1.40pm till 4.30pm.  Leaders may park their vehicles inside the grounds of the stadium between 12 noon and 1.30pm.  Please bear in mind you will not be allowed to remove your vehicle until approximately 4.30pm or earlier should the parade marshal deem it safe.  Please advise parents that parking along Rodney road may be difficult and as such our advice is to park slightly further away and walk to the grounds to collect their young person.  Parents will not be allowed to park inside the ground for obvious safety reasons.


Parents, guardians & invited guests

 
Due to the size of venue parents and other interested parties are invited to join us during the service.  Parents will be allowed access to the main Hazell stand and directed to allocated seating only after the parade has been seated.  Parents as always are invited to line the route with the exception of the steps in Friars walk and the millennium bridge.  Marshalls will be on hand to police this.


Rehearsal

 
In a break with tradition there will be no ceremony of entry to the stadium as such young persons will not need to attend rehearsal.  Instead the band will play as we take our seats.  Flag bearers will pass their flags to allocated leaders and will be directed to their seats.  The main colour party, all district flag bearers and those involved in the service MUST ATTEND practice at Rodney Parade, between 6-7pm on Thursday 19th April.


Notes

 
A collection will be taken before the Parade moves off and also by collectors in the entrance to the church for people not in the Parade.   This collection is in aid of Noah's Arc children's charity.

Please stand when the Mayoral Party enters and leaves and until the Colours and Guests have left the Church.  Then sit until instructed to leave - it is important for everyone's safety that this instruction is obeyed.  Please leave on the route directed by the Explorer Scout stewards.

Please impress on everyone the importance of correct behaviour in the venue and during the Parade when we are very much on Public Display.

This is an occasion when medals and awards should be worn.

In the case of bad weather the parade marshal and DC will make a decision at 12 noon on the day of the parade and calls/messages will be made to all GSL’s.

All footwear should be black.  No Trainers, Jeans, Chewing Gum or Mobile Phones.

Independent Assessors will be on the Route to ascertain the Smartest Group on Parade.

Looking forward to a good day and a smart turnout to commemorate St. George – the Patron Saint of Scouting.  Let's hope the sun shines for us.

Monday, 9 April 2018

St Georges Parade

Sun 22nd April



Assembling High Street from 13:40 and marching to Rodney Parade

On this day Scouts come together and celebrate Scouting's national day with a collective Promise renewal.

"Baden-Powell chose Saint George to be the patron Saint of Scouting. He felt that the Saint George legend set a good example of faith, courage and perseverance for future generations."

If you're in Newport city today look out for the Newport District Scouts parade marching from the High Street at about 2pm.







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Saturday, 24 March 2018

GDPR update

GDPR toolkit for local Executive Committees

 

We are pleased to share with you a step by step GDPR toolkit including 'how to' videos and support materials prepared by Black Penny Consultancy to help local Scouting, and specifically local Executive Committees, to guide each Group, District and County/ Area/ Region to work towards alignment to the GDPR.

The GDPR toolkit is a self-service guide and leads Executive Committees through the data privacy life cycle in steps. In February we shared a document entitled 'What is the GDPR?' which is the first stage of step 1. 

Data privacy life cycle
Step 1 - How to assess your data
a – Read ‘What is the GDPR’ (15 minutes)  
b – Watch video guides (30 minutes)
c – Complete the GDPR framework (2 hours)
    
Step 2 - How to manage your data risks
a - Read best practice guide (30 minutes)
b - Contact third party processors (1.5 hours)
c - Distribute local response plan (45 minutes)
    
    
The toolkit also includes additional resources if you need to respond if something happens as well as a series of frequently asked questions.
The GDPR toolkit for local Scouting is now available online.


As a reminder, Scout Groups, Districts, Counties/ Areas/ Regions and Countries are separate charities and The Scout Association, as a national charity, is not accountable for the respective alignment of the GDPR of each individual charity. Responsibility to be aligned with the GDPR rests with the respective Executive Committee, and its our intention to sign-post appropriate resources to support local Scouting in fulfilling this important responsibility.
     
Tim Kidd
UK Chief Commissioner
Dr Ann Limb
Chair, Board of Trustees
The Scout Association    
                             
                                                                           
Be prepared... for life changing adventure

 

Gwent Scouts Nights Away Weekend

Nights Away Leader Training Weekend

 

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Plastic Woggle Amnesty

Do something positive for the environment

 

For the princely sum of £3.50 p&p you can swap all of your plastic woggles (if you use them) for leather ones, free of charge!

This will help reduce the Scouting environmental footprint moving into the future and our existing woggles can be recycled! 

See the following facebook page for full details:


It may take a while to receive your woggles, everyone wants them!


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Friday, 16 February 2018

Registered First Aid Course

Free for any member in Scouting aged 14-25 years

Gwent have received funding to run first aid courses specifically for any member in Scouting aged 14 - 25 years.

There will be two courses one on Saturday 10th March at Gilwern Scout HQ and the other will be run on Sunday 18th March at Rougemount School Newport.  Both courses will commence at 9.00 am

The courses are free and a sandwich lunch will be provided.  Reasonable travel expenses can also be paid.  Please draw to the attention of all young people in this age group.   Anyone wishing to attend needs to go to the Gwent Booking site;

https://booking.gwentscouts.org.uk/

Please book asap so that we know numbers at the latest the week before the course.  There will be 12 places available on each course.  

For Explorer Young Leaders this course covers module K of the young leaders scheme and for leaders covers the first aid requirements for the role.  However, it is not a prerequisite to be a Young leader or Leader to attend this course and is open to any member in the 14 - 25 age range.

Please encourage young people to book onto the course.





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Saturday, 10 February 2018

Gwent Scouts Training Weekend

Training Weekend 17-18 March 2018




Further information and booking: https://booking.gwentscouts.org.uk/Info/event/139



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