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Coronation plans for the Scouts in Cambridgeshire

Date: 28th Apr 2023 Author: David Briston

Celebrating the Coronation of

HM King Charles III

The Coronation of HM The King will be an incredibly special moment for people across the UK, including in Cambridgeshire, and a time of great celebration and unity.

It will also be an opportunity for us to reflect on ‘service’ and giving to others, which is important to The King and central to our Scouts’ values.


Around Cambridgeshire

Coronation badge

Some 6,500 young people and 2,000 adult volunteers will be proud to wear our recently issued Coronation Badge during the weekend and for the remainder of 2023.

We also have developed specific programme material for all age ranges to support our young people, helping them to celebrate and appreciate this moment in history.

The Scout’s national webpage gives more information on the badge and programme. Follow this link for more information: The Coronation of HM King Charles III | Scouts.

Coronation Big Lunch and other events


Many of our 100 Scout Groups across Cambridgeshire will be taking part in Coronation events within their own communities over the weekend.

On Sunday 07 May, many of our Scouts  will be supporting the Big Lunch.


  • Shelford and Stapleford Scouts are running the Duck Race at the villages’ family afternoon, having fun whilst raising funds for local community organisations
  • 1st Hunts Hartford have been making Coronation Crowns for the civic festivities in Huntingdon
  • 1st Fenstanton and Hilton will also be fund-raising at the village Big Lunch, to be held on the school playing field
  • 1st Sutton are supporting the Sutton Feast and their street party. The Group has also produced bunting designed by each of their young people. Each piece is completely different and something the Group can hold onto for years to come!
  • 1st Hemingfords are running the Tuck Shop at A Right Royal Occasion on Saturday 6th at Hemingford Pavillion
  • 2nd St Ives have cut the grass ready for the Coronation
  • 57th Cambridge (Fulbourn) Scouts are providing tentage for Fulbourn village event on the recreation ground on Sunday and will have a pitch to promote Scouts in the village.

The Big Help Out


The Scouts are participating in The Big Help Out, which is a national day of volunteering happening on Bank Holiday Monday, 08 May. The day is about inspiring people to try volunteering for the first time and will help us recruit more volunteers into the movement. The Big Help Out will put volunteering centre stage for a day and give people who want to volunteer easy ways to join in.

Developed by Scouts and the Royal Voluntary Service, and organised by the Together Coalition, we want to inspire a new generation of community volunteering. One of the key aims is to make volunteering easy and accessible. Around 1 in 5 people have never been asked to volunteer, and many don’t know where to begin.

Scout Groups participating in this include:

  • 28th Cambridge Scouts are hosting a community fair organised jointly with local community organisations
  • 10th Cambridge (Girton), our newest group in Cambridge District will join Girton village organisations for a community event on 08 May.
  • 1st Doddington will be supporting their village Big Help Out event, to be followed by a celebration for the Scout Group’s 70th birthday, opening their HQ to current and past members and the local community. There will be activities, a campfire and cake!
  • George Devine is looking for volunteers to join the Big Help Out on Monday, revamping Fen Ditton Village Hall.
  • Glen Vincent, GSL 3rd Nene is inviting volunteers to Spring Clean their Scout Centre in Peterborough on Monday for the Big Help Out

This article will be updated as we hear more about local scouting’s involvement with the celebrations.

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