It’s our Group’s 70th birthday this year. Well, sort of, as it depends exactly when you think we started. We were registered with the Scout Association in 1948, but we know we were meeting the year before that. So, is our birthday 1947 or 1948? And does it really matter? So, it was with that uncertainty that we decided to celebrate this occasion at the brilliant Cherry Hinton Festival. With a new flag ordered, display boards collected, old photos collated, cakes made, we descended on the festival early on Saturday morning. Pitching the event shelter was the usual challenge (why are there always more poles than there should be in the bag?) but we got there in the end. The Scouts set up some pioneering structures, we prepared the rope making and plate spinner making activities and were all set to go. And then it rained. Very heavily! But did it put us off? No of course not.
The mayor of Cambridge came to visit our stall and cut the cake and spent a good time chatting with the Scouts which was fabulous. Photographers from local newspapers took photos and a couple of them appeared in the paper the next day. The District Commissioner came to present our Group Scout Leader with her 30 year service award. And, being the first shelter on the rec as people arrived, we hosted many of them looking to keep dry! The rope making activity was very popular (it’s quick and you get something to take away) and we had many enquiries about joining Beavers/Cubs/Scouts.
We also like to give something back to the community and for the last few years have volunteered to litter pick round the festival site all day, which we did again this time. Cherry Hinton Festival has loads of great activities going on, and it was great to see so many people there despite the rain. So, all in all a great day, and we look forward to next year’s event.