A Remembrance to remember

The Annual Remembrance Parade took place as usual from Hambledon Village Hall to the War Memorial lead by the marching band and British Legion Branch members.  Following on were Scouts, Cubs and Beavers from the Village Scout Group as well as Brownies and Guides from Denmead, all looking smart and proud of their flags and uniforms.  It was a great turnout of young people and leaders all there to show their respects to the casualties of war.  After laying wreaths and observing two minutes silence everyone moved into the church for a special Remembrance Service.  It was a great privilege for the Scout Group to be asked to contribute further to the service as the Scouts prepared and delivered the talk to the assembled congregation of over 300.  Three Scouts had taken on the challenge to research their families and write accounts relating to personal stories of bravery and courage which they then shared with everyone from the lectern in Church.  Cameron opened the talk with an account of his Great Grandfather Jack, who had begun the war as an Able Seaman but risen to the rank of Chief Petty Officer, surviving the sinking of his ship when she was torpedoed in the Mediterranean.  Matthew then read a touching letter to his family about the death of his relative  Harold Webb, a company Sergeant Major killed after landing at Arromanche in 1944.  Finally Christopher concluded with a personal tribute to his Great Uncle, Fred Cole, an army despatch rider with the Desert Rats.  All three Scouts rose to the challenge of speaking in public with great credit, and many members of the congregation spoke afterwards to say how much they had appreciated and enjoyed hearing their stories.  They also set a great example to all the younger cubs, beavers and brownies present and made the service so much more relevant to them.  The parade then returned to the Village Hall after the service where the kind ladies of the British Legion had refreshments ready for everyone, and there was a display of pictures and further information about the three heroes we had heard about earlier prepared by the Scouts.  Being part of occasions like Remembrance places the young people of the Scout Group firmly within the community and they should be very proud of what they achieved – their leaders certainly were.

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