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Woodbridge Sea Scouts remember the fallen with Poppy Stones

News ArticleWoodbridge Sea Scouts remember the fallen with Poppy Stones

A Suffolk Scout group has come up with a novel way of marking Remembrance Day.

Members of 5th Woodbridge Sea Scouts would normally turn out in force for the Remembrance Day parade, but because of COVID they can’t this year. Instead Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers have been busy painting poppies on stones which will placed on the War Memorial in Woodbridge.

The names of people that have served in the armed forces or from the list of those on the memorial will be written on the back of the stone.

Poppy Stone - Sea Scouts

Photo courtesy of Nicola Tooke

The idea was found by the group’s Scout Leader Nicola Tooke and taken up by all sections of the group.

Nicola Tooke, Scout Section Leader said “With our links to the Royal Navy we felt it was important to encourage members of the group to mark Remembrance Day and show our support despite the usual parade being cancelled due to COVID restrictions.”

Barrie Hayter, Group Scout Leader said “The remembrance parade is one of the most important events in our calendar.  We usually have a great turnout, and the sections all look amazing in their uniforms.  Our Scouts and Explorers are recognized by the Royal Navy and can wear the famous pork pie tally hat.”

“We wanted to still do something for the event but due to COVID restrictions we are limited.  The stones are a way for our members to reflect on the meaning of the day and show their appreciation.”

The stones will be placed on the war memorial just before Remembrance Day.

The group has 4 sections ranging from young people aged 6 to 18. There is currently a very long waiting list for the group due to its popularity.  The group is always looking for more adult volunteers and hopes to open extra sections in the future to get more young people involved.

Mark Person, Suffolk Scouts County Commissioner said “With over 6,000 Scouts in Suffolk, groups started online programs soon after the March lockdown and some have started to return to face to face since August. The young people are really enjoying their return to face to face Scouting. Other Scout groups in the County will be doing their own activities for Remembrance Sunday too.”