• 1st Claygate Scouts

  • Christmas 2023

    December is always the band’s busiest time of the year, and this year was no exception.  But the Christmas season actually began in mid-November when the band supported the Christmas Fair at the Claygate Day Centre.  A couple of weeks later, the band entertained the crowds at the Christmas Lights switch-on event in the Parade. 

    The following Sunday the band split in half to support two important events that were taking part at the same time. 

    As usually, the Band led the carol singing on the Village Green in collaboration with Holy Trinity Church – in the pouring rain!   The band were also privileged to be asked to provide the music for Princess Alice Hospice’s “Light up a Life Service of Remembrance” – a moving and memorable event for all involved and where the band delivered excellent musical support. 

    The last formal Scouting event of the year was the Carols Round the Campfire event at the Scout Centre – a lovely evening attended by many members of the Group and their families.  After carol singing alongside a roaring campfire, the event moves indoors.  After some much needed refreshments, the Scout Centre reverberated to the sound of the audience singing along to some fabulous Christmas tunes including “12 Days of Christmas” – always the favourite!

    But that isn’t the end of the Band.  On the Friday and Saturday evenings before Christmas, the band play carols around the village.  This is always an enjoyable event, and it is fabulous when families come out onto the streets to sing along and enjoy the occasion.  What’s more, the Band raised an amazing £1,400 for Group funds – an excellent achievement.


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