THE ANNUAL Scout and Guide Fete was lent a hand by the Brownies as they celebrated their 100th anniversary.
Thousands of people took advantage of the good weather to visit the 61st fete – helping to boost funds
needed by scout and guide groups within Barry and the surrounding districts.
The fete opened with the traditional march past of the Rainbows, Beavers, Brownies, Cubs, Guides, Scouts, Rangers and Explorers, led by the only scout band in Wales – the 1st Rogerstone Scout Band.
The theme, this year, was 100 Years of Brownies.
Division Guiding commissioner, Jayne Newcombe, formally opened the fete, sharing some of the movement’s history and reported that the search for the oldest Brownies in Barry had been successful with two ladies called Betty found in Orchard House residential home, in Barry.
Jayne and some Brownies will take the fete to them as they were unable to attend.
Deputy Area Commissioner for Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan Scouts, David Gerrard, presented a variety of awards. Lynda Fraser (Mayo to the Cubs in 1st Barry Sea Scouts) received a Chief Scout’s Bar to the Silver Acorn an award for distinguished service within Scouting of 25 years or more; Nick Cox (Assistant Scout Leader at 1st Barry Sea Scouts) received a Chief Scout’s Award for 20 years of service; Chris Parr (Bison to the Beavers in 1st Barry Sea Scouts) received a Chief Scout’s Award for 15 years of service; and Mark Borges (Kaa to the Cubs in 11th Barry Sea Scouts) received his Wood Badge.
Rainbows, Beavers, Brownies, and Cubs took part in wet games in the arena, and the Guides, Scouts, Rangers and Explorers competed in a human table top football tournament.
Both arena activities were a huge hit with the Scout and Guide sections demonstrating that Scouting and Guiding is fun.