Freemasons Help the Scouts

scouts-logoThe Bishop of Chester in his address to members of the congregation on Sunday 25 September referred to “Freemasons as Adult Scouts”. It was part of a special Service of Thanksgiving at St. Andrews Church, Crewe, where the First South West Cheshire St Andrew’s Bishop of Chester’s own Scout Group received a new flag from Cheshire Freemasons.

Members of Crewe and South Cheshire Lodge financed the purchase of a new flag to mark their 100th Anniversary. The Flag was paraded around the Church by WBro Phil Broadhurst with an escort from members of Crewe and South Cheshire Lodges followed by APGM WBro George Mann who asked Rt. Revd Dr Peter Foster to bless and dedicate the flag to mark the centenary of St. Andrew’s Scouts. In the congregation and Choir were many Freemasons from Crewe, Nantwich and Sandbach all very proud to see Freemasons taking part in a service and helping the community in the way and manner we know best.

Earlier the Bishop had been pulled to church in his ancient Bentley Car by a team of Cubs and Scouts who enacted a scene way back in 1924 when the Bishops car “broke down” and Scouts in the pouring rain rushed to the Bishops assistance and pulled his car to church. As a result of that kindness and willingness to “Be Prepared” the 1924 Bishop Henry Paget of Chester adopted the group and permitted them to wear his personal emblem on their uniform hence the tag, Bishop of Chester’s Own. Now Cheshire Freemasons have assisted by buying the Troop a new Flag to mark their centenary of existence. The new flag will be carried with great pride at all Scouting events including future Sunday Services at St. Andrews Church. We all know the Bishop was correct in his statement, adults Scouts make First Class Freemasons, particularly since there is so much in common between our two organisations.

In the coming months you will hear more about the growing bond between Cheshire Freemason’s and the Scouts.

members-holding-the-new-flagCharles Bailey Crewe Lodge; Phil Broadhurst; George Mann APGM; Jim Trafford Master South Cheshire Lodge with the new Flag.

the-bishop-is-pulled-to-church-in-his-ancient-bentleyThe Bishop is pulled to Church in his ancient Bentley enacting a scene from 1924.

a-little-hand-from-behindA little hand from behind to push the heavy Bentley

bishop-rt-revd-dr-peter-foster-arrives-at-the-churchBishop Rt. Revd Dr Peter Foster arrives at the Church to refer to “Freemasons as Adult Scouts”.