Broughton Gifford and Holt Scouts mark centenary

Wiltshire Times: Broughton Gifford and Holt Scouts make their way through the village on Sunday Broughton Gifford and Holt Scouts make their way through the village on Sunday

A century of Scouting was marked in Broughton Gifford this weekend, as the village turned out in force to support its Beavers, Cubs and Scouts.

The 1st Broughton Gifford and Holt Scouts celebrated their centenary with two days of activities, which culminated in a traditional camp on the common.

More than 100 scouts from the troop, which also serves Shaw, Whitley and Atworth, descended on the common for archery, a four-kilometre hike and a pig roast, before parading through the village to a church service on Sunday.

Group chairman Anne Cranham said: “It was a lovely traditional campfire on the common. It was based on traditional camps, and we had the flagpole up and did all the old ceremonies.

“Then we paraded to the church, accompanied by the Corps of Drums, and the Wiltshire Youth Marching Band, who were absolutely out of this world.

“We had a really nice service, and people came from all over the place, with lots of ex-leaders.”

However, if Scouting is to continue in the village for the next hundred years, the group will need more volunteers to come forward.

Mrs Cranham said: “We could not have wished for a better camp, and the support we had from the villagers was lovely.

“Scouting for the younger members of the community is thriving, but it’s the same old story; we have dedicated older leaders, but more are always welcome.”

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