From Our Own Correspondent
Over 36 years ago, among the 100,000 Boy Scouts who rallied in Windsor Park for the great celebrations in honour of the Coronation of KingEllis.George V, father of our present King, was a boy called Edward
Last week the former Boy Scout, now Mgr. Ellis, Bishop of Nottingham, in receiving a medal of thanks from Scout Commissioner II. R. I.indley, acting on behalf of Lord Rowallan, spoke of the movement in which he had taken part in his
you`th. " The movement," said
the Bishop. " has the blessing and full support of the Church. because it fits admirably ito our way of life.
" Fear God. Honour the King. Scouts put God first and from that source springs the spirit of true patriotism. That is a thoroughly Catholic outlook f)n life. Boys are helped to develop on right lines by such a movement as this."
The presentation took place and Mgr. Ellis' speech was delivered at the annual meeting of St. Augustine's Scout Troop, Nottingham's 116th, at which the Bishop presided. Two of the members of this troop took up studies for the priesthood this year. One of tho great virtues of the scout movement, said the Bishop, was that it was independent of the State. One of the first things that Dictators did, when they obtained power, was to suppress the Boy Scouts.
This was because these groups, seemingly so frail and small, reprerented a great principle of liberty, and stood for the free moulding of character, instead of boys being pressed ittto one State mould.
He was delighted to see, when he visited Germany last year. that one of the first things that had been revived had been the Boy Scouts and the Girl Guides.
Group Scoutmaster W. F. Hunt and Scoutmaster W. Pykett, in their annual report stated that SL Augustine's Scouts now possessed their own hall, had a considerable amount of camping equipment and £101 cash in hand. They were hoping to start a band and to develop their gymnasium.