The annual dinner and boxing evening organised by the Furness and South Lakeland Group raises significant funds for distribution to charities and good causes. Amongst the beneficiaries in 2014 was the 17th Barrow-in-Furness (St Perran’s) Scout Group.
The scout hut in Yarlside Road is home to beavers, cubs and scouts who all share the facilities.
An application had been received on behalf of St Perran’s for a donation towards the cost of refurbishing the kitchen in the hut. As a result some of the money raised by the boxing event was sent their way. After a great deal of work from volunteers and generous support from local businesses the work has now been completed.
Boxing committee chairman Gary Rogerson was invited along to witness the official opening of the splendid new catering facilities. Andy Pollock, chairman of St Perrans welcomed Gary and showed him what use the money had been put to.
The opening ceremony was conducted by retired scout leader Ray Purchase together with six year old beaver Ryan Gibson representing the other end of the age spectrum. Afterwards Gary commented: “It is great to be able to witness our money in action. There are many volunteer scout leaders and helpers giving of their time to ensure that scouting in its various guises flourishes and the fact that we have been able to give them some financial assistance is very satisfying. A lot of young boys and girls will benefit from the new facilities.”
St Perran is a saint normally associated with Cornwall and he is the patron saint of tin miners. The Roose village area of Barrow-in-Furness, where the church of St Perran’s originally stood, saw a huge increase in population in the 19th century due to an influx of miners to work in the recently discovered iron ore mines. Many of these miners were former tin miners from Cornwall. Hence the name of a saint from the far south west of the country being found in the distant north west of the country.