“Battle’s Over” Beacon Lighting Event

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“Battle’s Over” Beacon Lighting Event

17 October 2018
Dear Leaders & Scouters
 
Firstly an apology that information has not been forthcoming faster,  nor has it been a little more substantial.   However this event is so important and those attending will have a memory for their life time and we are Scouts.   If anyone can pull together we can, because we are Barnet Scouts!   In light of this very unique and special historic occasion I ask you wherever possible to give up your evening to be at the “Battle’s Over” Beacon Lighting at Frith Grange with your Group in force,  please.
 
As you know from the DC’s letter we are abandoning the walk to Frith, with everyone making their own way to the site from 17:30 when the gates open.  Like all large events we have extremely limited parking on site and this will be restricted.   If for any reason you have someone with a need to park onsite (primarily blue badge holders)  please let me know.  We will mirror the parking offer we have at Fireworks which is a small area at Savera Foods at the bottom of Frith Lane and local roads.
 
We will pre-make clay poppies which we’re going to ask members to dedicate to a loved one they wish to remember from the Great War (in many cases it will be Great, Great Grandpa etc).  For those that don’t know of anyone,  they can write a message of thanks (eg “Thank you for bringing us peace – from Joe”).  This should be totally personal and up to the individual but to help pre-empt the idea a note to parents asking them to have a think would be really useful.
 
The aim is to lay these poppies on a large fleur de lys mapped out on the ground where everyone can see them.  We’ll have outside lighting to show them off.   The hope is that this event becomes personal to us all as we remember.   Refreshments will be served and we will ask Groups to form up on the field in time for one or two readings, speeches and the beacon being lit and once formalities have been concluded we will be dismissed when many will (I suspect) want to walk past the display of poppies on their way home.
 
Parents, families and friends are welcome to attend but please let your members know that the display of poppies will not be removed on 11th November.  We want to leave the display in situ for a little while but we will return the poppies to Groups before the end of term.   We will be asking for some young people to do readings,  and we will ask for adults (possibly the District team, Exec and SAS) to help with the poppy dedications with a number of waterproof pens ready to help our young people to dedicate their poppy and to help with other tasks.
 
A “pretty” order of service / programme will be produced and handed out on the evening so parents and visitors understand what is happening.   A little like St George’s Day Parade, instructions and info for Groups will be published and circulated on Sunday 4th November.
 
The single most important message from me to stress now,  is that despite the notice we need you,  and we need your young people!   Please, please help us all shine and remember those who fell for us,  at our Battle Is Over Beacon Lighting at Frith Grange.
 
Thank you for your time reading this letter,  and thank you in advance for supporting us on 11th November from 17:30.
 
Mike Proctor
Deputy District Commissioner