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Guildford Scouts Continue 107 Year Tradition With Good Friday Breakfast

Published on: 18 Apr, 2022
Updated on: 19 Apr, 2022

107 years ago on Good Friday, scouts from St Nicolas and 9th Guildford group who had been working in the First World War as motor cyclist couriers, drove from their HQ in Guildford to the Hurtwood Inn in Peaslake.

From left:, Explorer Scout Harry, Beaver Scout  Rufus and Cub Scout Charlie, at the top of Pitch Hill on Good Friday for the 107-year-old breakfast tradition.

And that tradition has been continued said Neil Wibberley, Surrey Scouts media manager, with the Scout group holding the 107th Good Friday breakfast on Pitch Hill this year.

It started with motorbikes and then turned to cycles, said Neil. This has now changed to a brisk and refreshing walk up Pitch Hill.

Talking about the Good Friday Breakfast, Cath Anderson, St Nicolas and 9th Guildford Beaver Scout Leader, said one of the advantages of being a leader is “I have opportunities to try new activities, things I wouldn’t otherwise be doing”.

During the pandemic, they were keen to continue the more than century-old custom and for two years, 2020 and 2021, the Good Friday Breakfasts were virtual. The group cooked breakfasts at their own homes and ate together on a zoom event.

But the rules have now changed and the children looked delighted to be back, away from the virtual, to their traditional feast on Pitch Hill.

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