Ahoy There! Pictured from left are Tony Donoghue, Lodge of Amity charity steward; Robert Young from Wharfedale Scout Sailing Centre; Roger Newhouse, Assistant Provisional Grand Master of the Freemasons Province of Yorkshire West Riding; Derek Cahill and Bob Allitt, both from Lodge of Amity
A Yorkshire scouting group has held a ceremony to launch a new craft named after a masonic magazine.
Wharfedale Scout Sailing Centre was able to purchase four boats and a trailer, thanks to a £12,000 grant from the Freemasons Province of Yorkshire West Riding.
And, to thank the organisation for its financial support, the scouts named one of their boats, White Rose, after the twice-yearly provincial publication.
The centre is a Royal Yachting Association recognised teaching establishment and activity centre administered primarily by the 3rd Bingley Sea Scouts, who are recognised by The Royal Navy.
The centre, located at Reva Reservoir, near Menston, is visited by scouts from all over the country who use the boats for their activities and courses.
The road trailer now enables young students completing their Duke of Edinburgh qualifications to take boats away on expeditions.
Roger Newhouse, Assistant Provisional Grand Master of the Freemasons Province of Yorkshire West Riding, said: “We are delighted to be able to support the Wharfedale Scout Sailing Centre with this grant, which has enabled them to purchase four boats and a trailer
“Each year, the Province of Yorkshire West Riding gives grants totalling £200,000, to organisations across the region, including youth groups, charities, churches and schools.
“It was a pleasure to attend the launch of ‘White Rose’ and see the equipment that the grant has helped purchase and we wish the sailing centre every success for the future.”
The grant was sponsored by the Lodge of Amity 4148, which meets in Baildon.