Scouts St George’s Day celebrations at Salhouse Broad will look back on 1930 visit from the movement’s founder

The Salhouse Scouts Jamboree in 1930.

The Salhouse Scouts Jamboree in 1930. - Credit: Archant

As Robert Baden-Powell's train edged into Wroxham 86 years ago, excitement mounted at the nearby scout camp on the banks of Salhouse Broad.

File photo dated 01/01/1914 of Boy Scout founder Sir Robert Baden-Powell. PRESS ASSOCIATION photo. I

File photo dated 01/01/1914 of Boy Scout founder Sir Robert Baden-Powell. PRESS ASSOCIATION photo. Issue date: Wednesday August 01, 2007. The Scouting movement is celebrating its centenary today. See PA story SOCIAL Scouting Baden-Powell. Photo Credit should read: PA Photos/PA Wire - Credit: PA

There, a crowd of 1,500 youngsters awaited the arrival of the founder of the scouting movement, at the waterside jamboree. When he finally reached the camp, the sound of a thunderous 'grand howl' - a traditional cubs scout ceremony - rolled across the placid waters of the broad.

Nearly nine decades on, this event, in June 1930, is to be recreated - up to a point - later this month, at another scouting jamboree in Salhouse.

Baden-Powell's grandson, Robin Clay, will join more than 500 beavers, cubs, scouts and explorers, in the village at a celebration ahead of St George's Day, the patron saint of scouts.

Mr Clay will read excerpts from this grandfather's diary, remembering the Broads visit from 1930. The event is being hosted by 1st Salhouse Scout Group, and will be attended by fellow groups from around Norfolk.

Scouts St George's Day parade in North Walsham.PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Scouts St George's Day parade in North Walsham.PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

The festivities, held on Sunday, April 17 - the Sunday before St George's Day - will include a parade from Thieves Lane at 11am, which will wind around the village before arriving at Gorse Meadow, next to the Broad, 45 minutes later.

A salute will be taken by Paul Henriksen, north-east Norfolk district commissioner, Richard Butler MBE, north-east Norfolk president, and the High Sheriff of Norwich Major General Sir William Cubitt.

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After promises and presentations are completed, youngsters will enjoy medieval activities, including a living village with medieval cooking, crafting skills, dancing, archery, hobby horse jousting, medieval fancy dress and birds of prey. It will end with a hog roast.

For most, the readings from Mr Clay reflecting on scouting more than eight decades ago will be the highlight.

Lorraine Henriksen, secretary for the scout's north-east Norfolk district - of which the 1st Salhouse is a member - said the group still holds dear the 'wonderful photographs and memorabilia from that unique and very special time'.

The jamboree comes during the centenary of cub scouting, with a year of celebrations planned.

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An extract from the Norwich Mercury in June 1930

'Weird, penetrating notes resounded over the placid waters of Salhouse Broad late on Friday evening - notes that once, in remote parts of South Africa, summoned the native warriors around the campfire for bellicose pow-wow and preparation.

'Scarcely had the echoes died away in the distance when there was a great assembly of Scouts in readiness to greet their Chief. The occasion was a big jamboree of some thousand boy Scouts from Norfolk and about half that number from the adjoining county of Suffolk on the shores of Salhouse Broad for their Whitsuntide camp.

'The weird notes had been sounded by Capt. E. H. Coe on a replica of the famous Kudo horn that was presented to the Chief Scout, Lord Baden-Powell, by the native tribes of South Africa.

'Penetrating as the notes of the assembly horn had been, they were not to be compared with the volume of sound that greeted the Chief as his massed subjects, in perfect unison, welcomed him with the grand howl.'

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