Wednesday 9th July 2014 was a very special night for the members of Synthonia Scout Group as the bond between Freemasonry and charity was yet again demonstrated
John Lockhart Webster, Chair of Durham Benevolence joined the Master of Eanred Lodge No. 7478, Nick Howell along with other members of the lodge to visit Synthonia Scout Group at Billingham.
They enjoyed an evening of fun and games with over 100 Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and their parents. The Group Scout Leader, Mark Anderson, Senior Warden of Indaba Lodge No. 9454 wanted to express the Group’s thanks to all the supporters of the Scout Group. They particularly wished to thank Durham Freemasons for the £1,000 grant presented on the evening as part of the non-masonic grants scheme.
This was a significant contribution to the recent purchase of the group's splendid minibus, which has become an essential part of the setup, helping to get members to camp and other outdoor activities, as transport had become a very expensive part of all of previous adventures.
Synthonia Scout Group executive members are constantly fundraising to support the active members of the group in purchasing equipment to expand the experience and lifestyle skills of the young boys and girls, whilst providing a safe environment within their headquarters.
Also attending the fun night was the manager of a local company GrowHow, the company having just successfully completed a full plant shut down and refurbishment with zero hours accident recorded, they had funds to offer local charities and Synthonia received a cheque to the sum of £300.
After the presentations everyone enjoyed the sausage sizzle. Most of the masons and parents limited themselves to having a go at the archery and eating the sausages. However, two of the members of the lodge, Nick Howell and Mark Davies, tried their hands at Water Wars: a game of catapults and balloons filled with water. Their flames of enthusiasm were quickly extinguished by the shooting accuracy of the young Scouts, much to the delight of everyone watching.
Eanred Lodge have assisted Synthonia Scout Group in the past by supporting members of the group who have attended several World Scout Jamborees, held every four years, the next being held in Japan and again Synthonia Scout Group have had a member selected to attend and represent the UK, more fundraising to follow.