Steve Salisbury presents the cheque for £7600

Members of the Dover, Deal and Sandwich group 7 of East Kent Freemasons’ have given the new 20th Deal (Aylesham) Cornwallis Scout Group a generous financial gift which will make a long-lasting impact on the lives of the young people


It was Dave Pearson who suggested the idea to the group7, saying “it would be a nice community subject to support as part of the 300 year celebrations”.

Guests were welcomed by Alan Noake, District Commissioner for Deal, Walmer, Sandwich & District Scouts gave a brief presentation about the new group and Scouting in general.      Alan then told the guests:

“The money will make an incredible difference to the group ensuring that the young people get to participate in life-changing activities which contribute towards their personal development”.

In the main hall, some members of the new cub pack then gave a demonstration of different hobbies including martial arts, tap dancing and pom-pom making. Steve Salisbury representing East Kent Freemasons’ presented the cub pack with a donation cheque for £7600 and he thanked all the adults who had worked hard behind the scenes to launch the new group for Aylesham.

As a token of appreciation, he was given some of the group’s newly designed neckerchiefs – orange (for the pit workers overalls) with a black stipe (seam of coal) and a green stripe (representing the countryside and the future). To close the meeting all the new cubs carried out a traditional “Grand Howl” ceremony.


The name ‘Cornwallis’ has been added to the official name of the group to formally recognise this kind sponsorship from the Cornwallis East Kent Freemasons’ Charity.  Meetings take place every Thursday evening during school term time. Beavers (6-8-year-olds) runs from 5.15pm to 6.30pm and cubs (8 – 11-year-olds) is from 6.45pm – 8.15pm. The meetings are held at the Bechange Community Hub Ackholt Road, Aylesham, Kent CT3 3AJ. The plan now is to launch a Scout in September 2018.

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