From the middle of England - Forwarded
Bruce C Johnson (email@example.com)
Thu, 14 Aug 1997 06:54:15 -0400
This is a report of our activities at the 12th Halifax Sea Scout Group in
We must be as far from the sea as is possible but have an active group
based on the inland waterways, in our case at the junction of the Calder &
Hebble and Rochdale Canals in the small town of Sowerby Bridge, near
Halifax. Look us up on your maps.
Our very good parents and friends committee report that they had a Barn
Dance with 160 attending and raised over =A3300. Scouts took part in a
Cyclathon and raised =A3650. In September the Rushbearing Ceremony is held
and the group will run a stall when many people visit the area for the
week-end. =A3315 had been received from the local Junior Chamber of
commerce from a charity " barge pull " .
It is hoped to organise a fund raising race night in November.
It was good to hear that some parents had agreed to pay the subscriptions
by " standing orders" with their Banks bringing in =A31250 over the year.
Money raised has to be spent and it looks like our Mariner 8HP outboard
will cost =A3100 to repair and our Mercury 40HP also needs attention-costs
not yet known. We have recently purchased 3 Kayaks and a trailer for =A3
350 and new equipment will also be purchased possibly 4 climbing helmets
and ropes, 6 patrol tents,1 mess tent, football kit, four pairs of oars and
bullfinch gas lights for camping.
Our Venture Scouts are seeking extra accomodation in one of the canal
warehouses but the main issue is how to raise funds for the completion of
the Salt Warehouse which will provide a new HQ. This is a historic 3 storey
canal warehouse, once used to trans-ship salt travelling to local dye
works, and was designed by the famous british engineer John Smeaton, who
built many lighthouses, so we do have links again to the sea. It has
recently been accepted as a project supported by our Prince of Wales for
his "regeneration through heritage " initiative, only one of 6 in the UK.
After the September meeting I should have more news on what the scouts,
beavers and cubs have been up to this summer.
12th Halifax Sea Scouts