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Scouts Great Day at Springfield

Morecambe Guardian 02 September 1932



There were many helpers to lighten the work at the Garden Fete held at Springfield Hall (by the kindness of Lady Helme), by the 4th Lancaster (Sulyard Street Wesley) boy scouts on Saturday, in aid of the funds to secure a new hut for the group, and for general Scouting purposes on special occasions.

Miss Whalley (Richmond House), who opened the Fete, spoke of the spirit of the scout movement.  If, she said, there was any word to represent the ideal of Scouting, it was “service.” Scouting had a very wide international significance and would tend to produce peace.

The Mayor of Lancaster (Coun. W. Procter) presided, and Mr. T. Helme, M.A., C.C., (District Commissioner for the South Lonsdale area) seconding a vote of thanks to the opener and the chairman, proposed by Mrs. Wolfenden (Morecambe Girl Guide Commissioner), said that Miss Whalley was very happy in her selection of the word “service”, because that was the motto of Rover Scouts. They had done their bit locally to further international scouting by entertaining two Czecho-Slovakian Scouts.

Amongst others present were: Lady Helme, Lady Ashton, the Mayoress of Lancaster (Mrs. Procter), Ald.  J. T. Travis- Clegg (President of the Lancaster Scouts’ Association), Ald. E. G. Smith, Captain and Miss Daniels, Mr. Sydney Daniels, Inspector Bennett (N.S.P.C.C.), Mr. R. E. Wright (Assistant District Commissioner), Mr. W. Tyson (District Scout Master and 4th Lancaster Scout Master), Mr. J. Stirzaker (Chairman of the 4th Lancaster parents’ committee).

Mr. T. H. Porter, the secretary and treasurer of the fete, was assisted by Messrs.  J. Naylor and J. Bishop.

There were various sideshows, and refreshment stalls.  Tea was saved by the Ladies’ Committee, and during the afternoon members of the 1st and 7th Lancaster Rangers gave exhibitions of country dancing on the lawn.  They had been trained by Miss Taylor of the 1st Lancaster Rangers.

The winners in the comic dog show were: –

Best ratter, Mrs Pedley, Claughton.

Likeliest ratter, Miss M. Buckley, Lancaster.

Best trick dog, Mrs. Parker, Lancaster.

Fattest dog, Mrs Green, Lancaster and Mrs. Timmins, Lancaster.

In the last event the judges were equally divided in their decisions, with the result that two prizes were awarded.  The best trick dog event was decided by the judges, Mrs Paley (Caton) and Mrs. G. W. Sharpe (Halton), without difficulty, and Inspector Bennett of the R.S.P.C.A. pronounced the winner as the cleverest dog he had seen.

Much interest was created by the innovation of a Baby Show.  Drs. Tomb, Rankin, M. Cliff and F. Cliff were the judges.  The results were: –

Boys and girls under one year: 1 Anne McCree, Dorrington Road, Lancaster, aged 7 months, weight 18 lbs. 11 ozs.); 2 Allan Scott, Lancaster, 8 months, 21 lbs. 12 ozs.); 3 John W. Newby, Lancaster, 9 months 24 lbs. 12 ozs.

Boys and girls for a one year and under two years:1 David Walker, West Street, Lancaster; 2 Geoffrey Parker, Lancaster; 3 Frank Tomlinson, Lancaster.