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KANDERSTEG INTERNATIONAL SCOUT CENTRE – FIREWORKS

KANDERSTEG INTERNATIONAL SCOUT CENTRE – FIREWORKS

Every year here at Epic Fireworks, we supply literally hundreds of Scout Groups with their consumer display to raise much-needed money for the running of this incredible organisation. The Scout movement has essentially been moulding the youth of the World for almost a century now ensuring that they stay healthy, strong and are prepared to be adults with something to give to the World.

The Scout movement was started in the UK by Lord Baden-Powell in 1907 when having left the Army, he decided that all men and boys needed to be more aware of woodcraft skills which he learned during his campaign in Zimbabwe. He wanted to encourage the physical, psychological and emotional development of the young to encourage ‘lifeskills’ which prove useful for the remainder of their lives.

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He also brought together the youth of the nation as one, without creed, class or sexuality. His first-ever camp was held on Brownsea Island, positioned just off the coast of Poole in Dorset. So successful was it that the modern movement has upwards of 38 million worldwide and continues to follow the same principles:

  • BASIC OUTDOOR SKILLS
  • FIRST AID
  • CITIZENSHIP SKILLS
  • LEADERSHIP SKILLS/GROUP WORKING

Once the Scout group started to show promise, there were calls from across the world who shared Baden Powell’s vision of a youth, who could adopt the guiding principles of the scout ethos of helping others, doing their duty to God and the Queen thus ensuring that all youth, regardless of their colour, creed, etc.

They joined in droves in ages from 8 to 18 creating a worldwide scouting association which was to stand the test of time. At this point, massive groups sprang up across Europe and the West, especially in Canada and the USA where like-minded individuals also wanted to learn some of the woodcraft and survival training which Baden-Powell had received from Ernest Thompson Seton, a wildlife specialist and woodcraft enthusiast who wanted to pass on survival skills and even cosmology, gleaned from his time in the woods close to his home in Canada as a young man. These skills formed an important part of the Scouting for Boys handbook which went on to be the foundation of the Scouting movement.

The first-ever International Jamboree was held on 30th July 1920, just after the end of WW1, in the Olympic Arena in London, where 8000 scouts from 34 countries attended. Today, the scout organisation holds events across the globe, including Switzerland’s Kandersteg International Scouting Centre which plays host annually to a HUGE jamboree, bringing together Scout Groups from around the world in a truly stunning setting.

The Kandersteg Centre only exists because of the creation of the Lotschberg Tunnel. This is a passage which travels THROUGH the Swiss Alps taking what was a journey time of 2 ½ hours to just 35 minutes.

During the construction of the tunnel, in order to ensure the education and safety of the worker’s children, a Chalet was built close to the banks of the River Kander. After completing the tunnel, the Chalet was left empty and abandoned. Some 9 years on, the Chief Scout of Switzerland, Walter con Bonstetten came across the empty property and suggested it be re-purposed as a permanent structure and an international home for Scouts. Lord Baden Powell visited and agreed that it would be a truly magical outdoor retreat with plenty to do and see around and about, set at the foot of the mountain. Use was on and off for some years thanks to WW2 (when it was used for training and reconnaissance) but since the post-war years, it has been in continual use as an International Scout Centre.

Today, hundreds of thrill-seeking Scouts spend the week in this stunning location and once a year, on Switzerland’s National Day, a firework spectacular is held before the gathered jamboree. Last year, a group from Kent spent the week there making connections around the globe with like-minded people in a healthy and altogether beautiful area.

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The Fireworks are provided by the incredible team from SuGYP who have an awards shelf groaning under the weight of the incredible number of trophies this team has picked up from Hannover (Germany), Szczecin (Poland) and they even competed against the UK’s Pyro 2000 in Macao in 2016.

So, beautiful fireworks, an incredible mountain setting and close by, the picturesque town of Schaffhausen which has illuminated the nearby 25m high Rhine waterfall in celebration of the country’s National Day on 1st August.

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LONDON WELCOMES IN 2020 WITH A BANG

Three barges, the iconic Big Ben and the incredible London Eye were all packed with pyrotechnics as midnight struck on 31st December, welcoming in the new decade in traditional style.

On what was probably one of the clearest night skies since September (we all recall how dreadful the weather was over the Bonfire Night season and beyond) it was set to be an outstanding night of pyrotechnics across the UK. However, despite the clear night, there had been a little shower earlier and it was very windy which added to the smoke issues.

They used the same ‘London is Open’ as for the Olympic 2012 event to welcome in the forthcoming EURO 2020 which the UK will be hosting. They even had some single shots spelling out the same. The finale was absolutely gorgeous.

Whilst it was lovely, you should check out the event at the Champs Elysee:

The use of lasers, coloured lighting and pyrotechnics were gorgeous and given the bad press about pollution, particularly following the Aussie PM’s decision to go ahead with the display in spite of a huge number of calls to cancel it. They decided that it should proceed thanks to the amount of investment and planning which had already taken place.

Well done to all the professional teams around the world who helped to ring in the New Decade.

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE

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NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATIONS MANCHESTER

WHAT: NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATIONS MANCHESTER
WHY: NEW YEARS EVE FIREWORK EVENT
WHEN: 31ST DECEMBER 2019
WHERE: DEANSGATE, MANCHESTER (IN THE FOREGROUND OF THE CATHEDRAL)
COST: FREE

It’s BACK!! – Once again this year the delightful City of Manchester will be ringing in the New Year in style, with another superb firework display; this family-friendly event has music from 10.30pm onwards and a countdown at midnight before a spectacular firework display is launched from the back of the iconic Manchester Cathedral. As it is a family-friendly event, there will be no alcohol, no bar, and no drinks allowed.

Generally, the event is well supported with thousands in attendance but having moved from Albert Square to Piccadilly Gardens and now onto Deansgate, you can be forgiven for getting a little dizzy! Pat Carney, Councillor, has confirmed that this move is only temporary whilst the refurbishments take place to the Town Hall and surrounding buildings.

You can eat out according to your budget and taste all over the City and beyond. For Gin lovers, there is a beautiful 18th-century coaching house that has 1300 different gin’s (yeeha) The Old Bell Inn at Delph (just outside Oldham). You can eat in the brasserie (less formal with a selection of ‘bar meals’) or in the main restaurant where traditional fayre awaits whilst you make your way through the gin list!  This place is still a little outside of the City but being only 30-mins away, it wouldn’t be much of a stretch. If you want to stay put, the New Year’s eve (festive menu) is packed with delicious morsels like a starter of ham and black pudding spring rolls with pea puree and a fried duck egg or how about delicious hot smoked salmon with baby beetroots, a goats cheese bon-bon and dressed mixed leaves.

Head into the City for choices galore whether you want a traditional Steak (get to Hawksmoor – reviews have this beating the usual Gauchos etc) or a delicious Pizza (Cibo – pronounced Cheebo) three courses on New Year’s Eve is just £40 per person which I think is exceptional value for money and they are even offering entertainment.

Whether you are planning to stay over in one of the huge numbers of hotels in the City (which I have to say are very reasonably priced) or live around Manchester, get along and show your support.

If you would much rather stay at home and entertain family and friends, fireworks will be the perfect close to the occasion and we have single ignition barrages (firework cakes which you light once and then get to a safe distance to enjoy) starting from around £10 to a huge suitcase-sized compound cake (several smaller cakes fused together to give a show lasting anything from 1 ½ – almost 3 minutes) at £332.50. We can deliver to ANY UK MAINLAND address – we can even get fireworks to freight forwarders in Glasgow to get them over to the Islands off Scotland.

Check out the cakes and barrages for yourself.

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