Church service held to mark Scouts centenary

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A golden arrow was the central message at a 100th birthday service of thanks in St Helen’s Church in Bonnybridge which welcomed around 100 past and present members of the 27th Scout Group along with family and friends to celebrate the centenary of the movement.

And a special presentation of a golden arrow was made to commemorate the event.

Scout leader Colin Riddell told the story of the decision made by Lord Baden Powell to adopt the arrow as a symbol of peace when he held the third world scouting jamboree in Arrowe Park, Merseyside, England, in 1929.

A wheel with 21 spokes made from golden arrows was laid out and a hatchet buried in the centre.

He then sent the golden arrows as peace symbols across the world. And following that tradition a presentation was made to Reverend George MacDonald on behalf of St Helen’s.