About our District Badge
The design comprises a vertical gold chain, superimposed over diagonally crossed pick and hayfork in black, passing through a black diamond centre-piece with horizontal railway track in black and surmounted with a gold crown, the whole over a field or background of green.
The components of the badge represent our District in the following ways:-
- Crown (gold) – Represents the District’s historical association with King Richard III and the Battle of Bosworth Field, which took place near Market Bosworth. The District also has a connection with Henry III who gave the manor and castle of Ashby to the Zouch family. Later Mary, Queen of Scots was imprisoned in the castle.
- Pick (black) – Represents the coal mining and quarrying industry of the District.
- Hayfork (black) – Represents the farming in the rural areas of the District.
- Black Diamond – This is another name for coal, a natural resource found in many parts of the District and represents the coal mining industry, around which many communities of the District were founded.
- Railway Track (black) – Early railways were founded in the District to transport the coal from the mines and include the Swannington Incline, the Bluebell Line and the Shackerstone Line. At one time George Stephenson, the inventor of the steam whistle, lived in the District at the Altons.
- Chain (gold) – The links of the chain represent the links between the Beaver Scouts, Cub Scouts, Scouts, Explorer Scouts, Leaders, Parents and the Community.
- Background (green) – Represents Charnwood Forest, once a forest, now rocky and mainly used for farming, and Willesley our District Scout Campsite near Ashby-de-la-Zouch. The District is also at the heart of the New National Forest.
Our District Badge is rather collectable and is usually only available from the District Commissioner or badge secretary