Members of Peel Moat Lodge No 7633 arranged a meeting with two scouting groups in the Heaton’s area of Stockport. There was a small deputation of Peel Moat members, comprising of the WM Brian Cross, accompanied by Peter Beswick and Nigel Paton who went along to meet them. Having rendezvoused at the headquarters of the 1st Heaton Norris Scout Group, on behalf of the lodge members, Brian made the very generous presentations of two cheques, the first made out in favour of the 1st Heaton Norris Scouts for the value of £500 and a second cheque for a further £500 made out in favour of the 1st Heaton Vale Sea Scouts.
The assembled scouts were enthusiastic in their show of gratitude. Ian Haskell the Sea Scout section leader, in an appropriately nautical style, pronounced himself, ‘gob smacked’ at such generosity of the lodge and thanked Brian and asked him to pass on their grateful thanks to the lodge members.
As in keeping with the Heaton Norris Scout Group, Heaton Vale Sea Scouts is a scout group based near Stockport, Manchester that specialises in water sports and activities. Their scouts will frequently take part in sailing, kayaking, canoeing, white water rafting, water skiing and many more. The group are not however, just water based, they also have a strong tradition in land based activities and teaching young people skills that are at the heart of scouting such as camping, cooking, pioneering and many more
The amounts given would go a long way to assist the running and improvements of both the respective local scouting groups.
At the Peel Moat Lodge installation meeting, the lodge also presented charitable donations by way of cheques made out to West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity for £500 and to the ABC Fund for Disadvantaged Families for further £500. The lodge members also made another donation of £60 to the Friends of Ecclesholme, a total of £2,060 towards charitable causes.
On another note, the WM Brian had another rather special, but this time non-Masonic engagement to attend. Brian and his wife Carol had the honour of being presented to Her Majesty the Queen and Prince Philip at a reception held at Buckingham Palace in order to mark the 50 year anniversary of the formation of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust of which the Queen is the Patron.
The trust was formed in 1965 in memory of Sir Winston Churchill to provide travelling fellowships to applicants from all walks of life enabling them to pursue various projects throughout the world and impart the knowledge gained to the wider community. The trust still provides these same opportunities on a yearly basis with changing categories each year.
Brian was awarded a fellowship in 1971 when he undertook a study of various aspects of the American plumbing industry, in particular the use of plastics in the industry and the impact of the early DIY trend on the much more regulated way that the trade was organised in the USA.