30 July 2007
Scout & Guide Spirit Flame

1st Billingshurst

Spirit Flame website

County Times article

More photos




On 22 February 2007 a flame was lit at Baden-Powell's grave in Kenya. Since then it has crossed Africa and Europe. On 1 August it was at Brownsea Island for the Sunrise ceremony and then after that it went to the World Jamboree at Hylands Park near Chelmsford. You can check the spirit flame website for more information including the route of the flame.

The spirit flame procession is similar to that of the Olympic flame. On Monday 30 July the flame passed through West Sussex as ran between Henfield and Petersfield. It moved between the villages by open top double decker bus but was paraded through the streets at Billingshurst, Petworth and Midhurst. It was a great honour to be able to escort the flame and should be a special memory for those that took part.

The picture shows the Petworth & Pulborough contingent that went with the flame as it left our District and was handed over to Hampshire Scouts at Petersfield. The flame itself is being held by our District Commissioner and we have representatives from the District Explorers, District Team, 1st Wisborough Green and of course Parbrook Cubs. There are more pictures of the day in our Spirit Flame gallery.

The County Times printed our story in their 17 August 2007 edition.

District Commissioner for Petworth & Pulborough District Scouts, Loo Rosser said "I'm delighted that that the Spirit Flame has come through our District and that so many people turned out to support us. You only get one chance at doing the Centenary of Scouting and we hope it will be a year to remember. In years to come the young people who carried the flame will be able to look back and remember that they were part it."