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Burnley Scout troop celebrates centenery
A BURNLEY Scout group is set to celebrate its 100th anniversary with a special service and display of memorabilia.
St Andrew’s Scout Group first met in the summer of 1913, just five years after Boy Scout founder Robert Baden Powell held the ‘first camp’ in 1907.
The group was originally formed as St Andrew’s Church lads group following a game of football after a Sunday church service.
However the records dating back to the early years of the troop's existence were destroyed in a fire, so little is known about the original members, other than many were injured or killed in the Great War.
The group has gone from strength to strength and now Beaver, Cub and Scout groups meet weekly at the church hall in Colne Road.
Long-serving Cub Leader Eleanor Hartley said: “The Scout Group is a typical church sponsored group in that we get whole families of children growing up with us from a young age with quite a few eventually becoming leaders.
“We also get many adults coming back saying how much they loved their time in our Cubs and Scouts and have fond memories of the group and their friends of the day."
The Scout group is keen to invite any former members to the thanksgiving service at the church on September 18, starting at 7pm. There will also be a small buffet after the service and a display of photos and memorabilia will be held in the church hall for all to enjoy.
Canon Peter Hapgood-Strickland, vicar at St Andrew’s and a former Scout himself, regularly assists with scouting activities.
He said: “The youth groups based at the church provide youngsters in the local community with a chance to learn new skills, meet new friends and, most of all, have great fun, lets look to the next 100 years of Scouting at St Andrews.”
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