Lancaster Guardian 06 May 1949:-
SCOUTING NEWS AND NOTES
St. George’s Day Services
SCOUTS of Lancaster marked the fortieth Anniversary of the founding of the movement in the City when, on Sunday, they invited the Guides to take an equal part with them in a St. George’s Day Service at the Priory and Parish Church, commemorating their Founder, Lord Baden Powell.
The nave of the church was filled by Troops and Companies from all sections of both movements, and their colours were received into the Sanctuary by the Lord Bishop, (Rt. Rev. B. Pollard), who also led the closing prayers and pronounced the Blessing.
Rev. A. F. Clark took the service, and the Rev. Canon H. G. Moss gave the address. Taking his text from Ezekial Ch. 1 .v 20, – “The spirit of the living creature was in the wings” – the Canon likened Scouting to a machine, in the wheels of which the Spirit had remained always.
“The memory of St. George” he said, teaches us that efficiency is not enough; we need the Spirit of God as well.” That the movement had lived and grown through 40 years was due to this Spirit having always been present in the hearts of the Founder, officers and leaders.
To Cubs, Brownies, Scouts and Guides his message was, “You stand for the Spirit as well as the active and outward part of Scouting and Guiding.”
Guider Ann Ridge and Scout and David Williams read the lessons and Cub Harold Walton and Frank Holden recited the Cub and Scout Law. District Commissioners of Scouts and Guides, Dr. C. V. Stevenson and Miss P. M. B. Taylor led the re-affirmation of the Promises.
Simultaneous with the service at Lancaster was the service at Windsor which King’s Scouts from all over the country annually attend.
King’s Scout Raymond Marrison was present representing the Lancaster Association and with him were King’s Scouts Hudson and Williams who were there to receive their certificates at the hands of the Chief Scout.
In the absence of the King, the Chief Scout took the salute as scouts marched past Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh. The Dean of Windsor preached the sermon.