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Recently the connections between freemasonry and the scouting movement were brought closer with the consecretion of Pax Hill Lodge. However, the Tom Langton Fund has also been a great supporter and the examples below give an indication of the closeness of freemasonry to scouting.
The 4th Itchen South (Netley) Sea Scout Troop was originally formed and registered in September 1908, and was adopted soon after by Sir Harry Crichton in 1909, who was the first Scout County Commissioner for Hampshire. Sir Harry, who lived in Netley Castle, was a great friend of Lord Baden Powell and his support was ultimately responsible for bringing the joys and excitement of the scouting movement on land and sea to children, teenagers and young adults of Netley Abbey and the surrounding area for over 100 years.
During the early years, Sir Harry Crichton allowed the use of his own boat house by the scouts before they moved to an old coast guard hut on Netley shore. Regrettably, for whatever reason, the troop disbanded for a number of years, but has recently been reformed and is now in desperate need of vital equipment.
Today, the scouts share an old mission hut with the Girl Guides of Netley Abbey for their land-based activities, and have recently acquired, for their sea-based activities, the use of a boat house close to the gates of the Royal Victoria Country Park, near to where the old coastguard’s hut once stood.
Provincial Grand Master, sporting his ‘Movember’ beard, with the first Worshipful Master of Pax Hill Lodge No. 9878, W.Bro. Jonathan Whitaker
With no sea-going boats and equipment to their name, the troop leaders
personally funded the purchase of a Bursledon gig for rowing
activities and future regattas, and named the vessel “Sir Harry” in memory of the troop’s original sponsor and principal supporter.
The troop is now thriving and, in June 2012, was the envy of sea scout groups throughout the country, as they were one of only TWO sea scout groups selected for the river pageant on the river Thames in front of HM The Queen. Furthermore, they managed to complete the whole course in “Sir Harry” without assistance and maintained the required 4 mph throughout the voyage, which was some feat.
This fairytale story came to the notice of Homelea Lodge, which has since resulted in the lodge purchasing a Canadian kayak. This was supplemented by a grant of £650 from the Tom Langton Fund for additional sea-going equipment.
The 1st Poulner Scouts is a very active and progressive troop led by Group Scout Leader Colin Andrews and his fund raising team. In need of funds for their new multi-activity centre, they came to the notice of the Lodge of Expatiation in Christchurch. Thanks to the lodge and the Tom Langton Fund, they have since been presented with cheques for nearly £900 for the purchase of archery and range equipment.
A few words from the Editor....
Following a request for assistance from the Broad Oak Scout Group, whose facilities are close to Botley Masonic Centre, Brook House and Thomas Bennett Langton Lodges agreed to support the scouts and £300 was immediately raised to assist the purchase of storage facilities. A further grant from the Tom Langton Fund of £550 has enabled the purchase of a security gate.
Philip Husbands and John Harwood
On behalf of the Insight Team, I would like to thank everyone who sent in comments and emails about our previous issues. Our circulation has grown to around 13,500 copies and it has been interesting to hear from our readers all across the world!
In the last issue we ran an article about organist Adrian Taylor who had recorded a CD of music to be played during Lodge meetings. So far he has raised over £100 towards the 2016 Festival. If you have a fundraising event or initiative, please send us your story. If we are unable to use all of them, we can get publicity on Social Media and the Information Service.
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