Lancaster Guardian 01 May 1953
CENTENARY Congregational Church was filled on Sunday afternoon with nearly 400 Lancaster Scouts and Guides, celebrating their annual St. George’s Day service.
Taking a cheerful interest in the service from his wheelchair was Sam Cooke, of the 4th Lancaster Troop. Sam, who was awarded the Cornwall (sic) Medal for Fortitude in 1937, still keeps up with Scouting. Fellow Scouts visit him once a week to keep him “in the news.”
The service was taken by the Rev. G. A. Abbott, minister, who received the Troop and Company Colours. Passages from the Bible were read by J. Turnbull (4th Lancaster) and Brenda Thompson (14th Lancaster). Readings of the Scout and Guide were given by Joseph Cookson (13th Lancaster), and Barbara Fidler (17th Lancaster).
Renewal of Scout and Guide Promises were made by District Commissioner H. Todd and District Commissioner Mrs. E. S. Smart.
Lancaster’s Cubs too had their own service, when on Sunday afternoon 150 of them held a parade and service at St. George’s Church, Marsh, which was taken by the Rev. E. J. Houghton.
Two Cubs took an active part David Cairns reading a lesson and Malcolm Bolland the Cub Law. In charge of the Cubs was Mrs. J. V. Beck, assistant District Commissioner for the South Lonsdale area. Also present was the District Commissioner, Mrs. Davies.
Packs who took part in the service were, 4th Sulyard Street Methodist; 12th St. George’s; 16th St. Paul’s; 23rd Christ Church; 24th St. Chad’s; 28th Cross Hill; 30th St. Luke’s; 21st Congregational.
A collection was taken for Roland House, one of the Boy Scout homes.