Last Sunday over 400 Scouts and Leaders, from the 12 Scout Groups in Caterham, paraded through Caterham Valley to the United Reformed Church for the annual St Georges Day Service. The Parade was led by members of the Warlingham B.P. Scout Guild band and as they passed the Soper Hall, Cllr Sakina Bradbury chairman of Tandridge Council took the salute.
During the service, the Revd Stephanie Nadarajah from St Mary's Church, Caterham gave a very entertaining address about St George. Music for the occasion was provided by the Free Spirit Music Group from local Caterham Churches. A collection raised £320 for the Surrey Air Ambulance. David Dobson who is now the Beaver Scout Leader at the 4th Caterham Group and attached to the Caterham Christian Centre, was presented with the Medal of Merit for Scouting in recognition of his determination in starting a new Scout Group that has now been running almost 10 years and where numbers are still rising On Tuesday 23rd April, St George's day, over 700 children attended local schools wearing their Scout or Guide uniforms for the day. The initiative, started by Caterham Scouts 11 years ago, is slowly spreading across Surrey and Croydon. Tim Evans, District Commissioner said 'this is a great event and the children all enjoy it. To see so many at our parade last Sunday, then being proud to be able to go to school in their uniforms was brilliant'.