Having a field day!

Neil Smith, Reg Trueman, Mike Terry (District Commissioner) at the Spen Valley District Scout and Guide Field Day
Neil Smith, Reg Trueman, Mike Terry (District Commissioner) at the Spen Valley District Scout and Guide Field Day
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ATROCIOUS weather meant a last minute change of plan for the annual Spen Valley Scout and Guide Field Day – but the show did go on!

The heavy rain meant the water-logged camp site at Ferrand Lane in Gomersal could not cope with the usual parade of around 1,000 youngsters.

Instead the Scouts and Guides walked onto the site with their flags to gather in front of invited guests and visitors for an opening ceremony conducted by the Chief Guide, Gill Slocombe.

Afterwards Reg Trueman, chairman of the District Scout Council presented £5,000 to Neil Smith of the Fanwood Activity Centre Committee, on behalf of the Freemasons of Yorkshire, West Riding for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Masonic Grants.

The Scouts and Guides then welcomed the Rev Brunel James, Nick Marriott and Kenneth Tune who had walked the 18 miles to the event from Haworth.

Their Brontë walk began at 6am and they arrived in time for the Field Day opening celebrations.

Mr James, who is vicar at St John’s, Whitechapel and St Luke’s, said: “We walked the 18 miles home along the Brontë Way, dodging various overflowing streams swollen by recent record-breaking rainfalls.

“We were given a special welcome by Scout President, Mike Terry, as funds raised will help renovate church premises used by local uniformed groups.”

The day was rounded off by a variety of fund raising stalls and a display by the Spen Valley Scout and Guide Band.