Lancaster Guardian 1943
Leaving Kingsway on Sunday morning, the cycling party under District Scoutmaster A. D. Sharpe and Scoutmaster W Rutherford proceeded to Hornby where they were joined by the local Scouts and continued the run to Kirkby Lonsdale where halt was called for lunch by the river. Observation tests were carried out and the river explored as far as the Old Ford Bridge. Cycling on to Whittington, the party had to put into practice first aid etc.. when Scoutmaster Rutherford staged an imaginary accident. Divine Service was attended at Whittington Church, conducted by the Vicar, Rev. Mr. Helm, who very kindly provided hospitality to the party before they left on the run home via Arkholme and Red Well, The next cycle run will be to Ingleton on March 14th. A cordial invitation is extended to all Scout cyclists. Scout tests and games are included in the programmes on these outings.
The 27th Lancaster (Ryelands) Scout Group have now completed their efforts to raise money for the Baden Powell Memorial Fund and have sent in a total of £14 raised by four separate efforts. The Scouts and Cubs had an opportunity of making their individual contributions during a Scout Service Week at Christmas, when each boy went about his own district offering to do jobs for people and on this occasion, accepting payment which went towards the fund. Patrol-Leader ? Collins earned 12s 3d – the record for an individual effort.
The birthday party was a great success and money was raised by encouraging parents and friends to spend pennies on side shows such as darts, bagatelle, etc. One side show run by Senior Sixer Stanley Bennett made a profit of 14s. 6d. A whist drive and dance held on a very wet and dark night only made a little over £2: the second was better attended and brought the total profits for the Fund up £14.
The thanks of the group are due to all who have supported these functions and particularly to those working behind the scenes to provide refreshments and prizes and to make things run smoothly.
While all these activities have taken up a lot of time, Scout test work has not been neglected.
Four boys are ready to pass the Fireman’s badge, the patrol-leaders and seconds are making good progress towards first-class and a number are nearly ready to be tested for the Civil Defence badge. Nearly half the troop are already qualified second-class and the rest, apart from new recruits, are aiming to be second-class by Easter.
The “Open Night” at St Thomas’ School last week brought together a goodly number of interested girls. The enrolment of the foundation members was taken by Miss Taylor, after flag break. Sea shanties were sung by Rangers and Sea Scouts. Demonstrations of Rangers training and emergency service in a sketch “Rangers in the Blitz”, which dealt with First Aid and Fire Fighting, etc., were given.
Games and a comedy sketch by the Sea Scouts followed. Miss. Taylor spoke of the way Guides and Rangers were being organised to assist in emergency national defence and post-war service. She welcomed all who had attended the open night including District Commissioner J. Dodds Drummond and thanked the 21st Lancaster Sea Scouts for their help. The latter hope the Rangers will be as successful as they have been and that more boys and girls will come along to join these two branches of the Scout and Guide movements.