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First Carnforth Troop 1911

Unknown newspaper May 26th, 1911

From R.E. Wright’s log book.




A further meeting in connection with the South Lonsdale branch of the Boy Scouts’ Association was held in the Y.M.C.A. Rooms, Lancaster, last night. The District Commissioner (Mr. W. Garnett, J.P., D.L.) was appointed to the chair, and amongst those present were the Revs. J. H. Hastings (Halton) and F. G. Tizzard, B.A. It was decided to appoint Dr. George as chairman of the executive.

A letter was read from the Town Clerk of Lancaster (Mr. T. Cann Hughes, M.A.) stating that the Coronation Committee would be glad to allow the boy scouts to join in the procession to the Parish Church on June 22nd, and that Mr. G. R. Rossall, the secretary of the William Smith Festival Committee, who had charge of the arrangements for the fete, would communicate later with regard to the question of a scouts’ display.

The hon. secretary (Mr. R. E. Wright) announced that he wanted information from scoutmasters by Monday night with respect to numbers likely to attend the King’s rally in July, and especially the number of those likely to be in camp on the evening of July 4th.

The question of the finances of the association was discussed, and it was decided to ask members to contribute a subscription of 2s. 6d. Details were arranged in respect to examinations for badges, and it was agreed to register the first Carnforth troop of 18 members, with Mr. John Robinson* as scout-master and Mr. Robt. Jackson as assistant scout-master, Mr. Beeton reporting that the troop were receiving excellent instruction. The proposal to form a troop at Galgate was left with Mr. Beeton and the hon. secretary to inquire.

* Possibly John Robinson born 17 Feb 1891. In the 1911 census living at 7 Hunter Street, Carnforth, a Railway Porter. In 1939 living at 136 Hewthwaite Terrace, Lancaster Road, Carnforth with wife Maggie – he is now a Railway Guard.

The Chairman extended an invitation to the scouts to attend the Quernmore fete on June 14th. He would be glad, he said, to entertain them to tea, and if some display could be arranged he felt quite sure it would do a great amount of good in the district.

The hon. secretary announced that Patrol Leader Dobson of the 4th Lancaster troop, had gained a King’s badge – the first scout in Lancaster to gain the distinction.