OVER the Bank Holiday Weekend, 1st Bude Scout Group held an Exhibition and an Open Weekend at The Parkhouse Centre, Bude, as one of their centenary celebrations.

There was a fascinating display of old photos showing not just Scouts but Guides and Brownies who used to use the Scout hut.

All sections, from the Beavers to the Explorer Scouts put on a display of there recent work. Parents with existing children came to view and take part in several activities that were laid on. Lots of interest was shown by new parents with the potential of more children coming into the group.

Some of the activities put on were circus skills demonstrated by Wesley Swain, a Sea Scout Leader from Torpoint. A chocolate fountain was run by one of the parents for the entire time of the exhibition.

One of the biggest attractions over the weekend was a huge selection of Lego and Lego models, supplied by George Nex, which was very popular. He was also very helpful to a number of the children who were asking him questions and hopefully they will go home with added enthusiasm about when they can make with their Lego.

A mock up camp was set up occupied by Kevin O'Reilly, Brendan O'Reilly (his father) and Wesley Swain for the weekend. Their camp was set up on the green opposite the Parkhouse Centre. Refreshments were supplied and a raffle was run with lots of raffle prizes kindly donated.

It was lovely to see some familiar faces from the past including Elizabeth James who was a Bude Akela (Cub Leader) 30 years ago. She remembered the hut when it was first opened and even when they picked the curtains for the windows and the tiles for the floor.

Lynn Carr also an Ex Akela from Bude came to look over the past and shared some of her memories. Several ex scouts and cubs attended to relive there past.

On Saturday afternoon Peter Carvell, who has temporarily filled in as County Commissioner and his wife Maureen Carvell, a Cub Leader from Saltash came to the event. The District Commissioner David Illsley and his wife Lynn Illsley, a Scout Leader from Bodmin came on Sunday to support the event. Cllrs Kevin Harris, Lesley Moores, Frank Partridge, Dan Rogerson, Nathan Bale and the Mayor Peter Moore visited on the Monday of the event.

Mike Hammond, the District Chairman was unable to visit with his wife Anne Hammond over the weekend, however the cake was taken to Mike's house, in fact bedroom, in order for it to be cut. Mike, who used to be a Scout Leader at Bude and has since had his children and now his grandchildren in the group, is still to this day very much involved.

A spokesman said: "A huge thank you must go out to all those who has loaned equipment, memorabilia, raffle prizes, time and effort into making this event happen. Also a huge thank you to the community of Bude for supporting 1st Bude Scout Group in their last 100 years and hopefully look forward to their support in the future."