1st Balderton Scout and Guide Band leads last year’s St George’s Day parade along Kirkgate, Newark. This year’s parade takes place on Sunday. 230417TV5-5
1st Balderton Scout and Guide Band leads last year’s St George’s Day parade along Kirkgate, Newark. This year’s parade takes place on Sunday. 230417TV5-5

Hundreds of members of the Scouting and Guiding organisations will take part in St George’s Day parades in Southwell and Newark this weekend.

The Southwell parade will be on Saturday starting on the Burgage with an inspection at 2pm.

They will then leave for a service, which will include a renewal of promises, at the minster at 3pm.

There will be about 750 Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers from Central Nottinghamshire Scouts, plus Brownies, Guides and senior sections of the Southwell and Westdale Guide divisions.

There will be a street collection to help eight Scouts from Central Notts who will be attending the World Scout Jamboree in the United States next year. Each has to raise £3,600 to fund themselves and part-fund an overseas Scout. 

The Newark parade will be on Sunday, starting at the playground of the Mount Church of England Primary School at 2.30pm.

Hundreds of youngsters are expected to parade through the town along Mount Street, right into Kirkgate, along Middlegate, into the Market Place and  across to the parish church for a service, which is due to finish at about 3.45pm.

Afterwards there will be a parade in the Market Place, finishing in front of the Town Hall at about 4pm.

A St George’s Day dinner will be held in the Town Hall today (Friday) hosted by the Mayor of Newark, Mrs Rita Crowe.

Guests will include the chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council, Mr John Handley.

He will also be at the Southwell parade and at a charity choir concert organised by Newark and Sherwood District Council in Rainworth Village Hall that evening.

On Sunday Mr Handley will be at Nottingham Forest Football Ground for a St George’s Day Service and Parade for Rushcliffe District Scouts starting at 2.30pm.