Diaries of William Young: 1957
Author(s): William Young
Copyright holder(s): Mary J Price
To Mass & Comm. with Cath & children
To Raith (4) V E. Fife in afternoon then to Ma Heps. for tea & T.V.
To Mass & Comm. on Anniversary of Mum's Death.
To Pictures Afternoon 'SMILEY'
A fine film of Australian life.
Weather mild. Damp.
To Bowhill for Scout Party. Fr. Hodgson very gracious to 1st Scouters. Party a huge success. And the meal was 1st class.
Re-union Bev. Hall. Pop Byrne talks at great length. Boring, but good for a paper report. The youngsters enjoy the dancing!
Get word to stand by for visit to Hungarian Refugees at Cowdenb. Mr & Mrs S. take me up and act as interpreters. I am overwhelmed with stories. This is a real-life tragedy. My story must not mention Names. It is too dangerous. A problem here and an opportunity for practical Christians to do a Good Job.
To 12. Write stories in Afternoon. Later to Ma Heps.
Up to 17th. See new S.M. To Stan's. He is still bad with Athritis. Quite a tragedy for a young man, but he & the family are cheerfully playing cards.
Mary takes a touch of tummy upset.
Dad taking to bed early (8pm) makes evenings quiet & dull for Cath and I.
Quiet evening & learning typewriter. Feel this is a must if I am going to do anything big in this writing game.
21 Present at our first meeting of New Year. Hope this continues. T. VJ. starts 1st aid talks.
Odd jobs morning.
To Raith (0) V Partick (3) in afternoon of wind and rain.
To Jo for a visit.
Jim & I agree this is Raiths worst yet.
To 10 & Comm. No stories to write but gratified that all my stuff has a good press - especially Refugee story.
Interview SM. re Scouting in [?]press[/?] in Germany.
Good turnout at test meeting.
Stan in Ed. Infirmary
27 present. Very rushed. Home to get out for 9. Mass.
To Bowhill for Cath. Scout Rally over 100 Scouts present. Films Wide Game [?]then[/?] Campfire all very good. Ian does very well.
Fr. D. pleased.
To 8 Mass & Comm. Better Scout attendance. Ref. v. lecture in afternoon - poorly attended but well worth hearing. Hope my story is convincing.
Terrific Gales in evening.
Mr. Martin dies. Ex Dis. treasurer contact D.C. re. appreciation in F.F.P. Pass to A.D.C.
A.D.C. contacted. Tries to get Belford. Chalmers & Cath get necc. information. Belford down in evening. More tests passed tonight.
Have bad cold. To bed early. Rain all day.
26 present. B.P.'s Birthday Centenary. Troop in fine fettle.
Begin to re-felt hut roof. Get leaky part done but rain & wind force me to give up.
Scouts Cubs & Guides put on best show yet at St. M's in morning (Mass) & evening for B.P. celebrations.
Hard work doing Public Sec as well as my own reports. Scouts still turning up on Wednesday.
A rush as usual on 1st Friday. We have G.O.H.
A beautiful day and I set too & get the hut finished. Job looks all right I am sure after but it is worth it. How I enjoy working in my own back-yard!
Group Committee. We find that Camp money has not been put in Bank. Scouters Guild meeting in afternoon. Fr. Hamilton speaks & we enjoy his stuff.
Scouters meet St Andrews Church Hall Lochgelly.
R.R. (2) V Falkirk (2) at Tynecastle. A poor game.
Last day for advert for jumble sale on April 5th.
Reform. Lecture. Hayfield com. centre.
Polish Concert at P. Halls. I get an interpreter who is quite helpful.
To see Ian McClure - ill with Rheumatics. A fine old chinwag.
To Carfin. A fine morning but weather turns cold & wet afternoon.
A dull meeting.
Only bright spot is when Alec Donaldson's patent fireplace collapses during demonstration!
St Margarets Guild at Kelty. Bill Collins & I have an argument but all ends wells.
Ambulance Camp and we come in 4th in Juniors (& last!) and 6th & 8th in Seniors (12 in Camp).
To Greenlaw in Jim's car with Phem & Ian. We have a grand day. Weather fine camp-site OK. Tea in Duns, a fine place. Only regret is that Cath & bairns are not with us to enjoy the run.
Frustrating day. To 12 Mass. - then I.F. calls & stays till afternoon is nearly over. Tea. Then to Rabbit's green. Family travel home alone while I clear up camp for Patrol.
These Scouts! Time I had some help and devote more time to wife & family.
Mike Wallace & Frank Reilly off in map journey. Get chased at Balgonie Castle!
In garden most of this beautiful day. The St. M's then quiet walk with Cath Catherine & Caroline.
To Raith-Rover Camp. 6 Seniors pass Axemanship. But Frank & Mike break out of Fordell troop. Am disgusted.
A rare day at house gardening & repairing washing m/c. Finish it to Cath's satisfaction.
The lovely weather holds. Tiring but good.
To Fordell for National Patrol Pilgrimage Camp. Find things haywire but Glasgow Scouters tops. Hefty job collecting money but good story here.
A hard but enjoyable day. Mass at Fordell. Into Duns. Meet Pilgrims on Story. Back to Troop. Easy afternoon but tiring evening. Unpacking & writing.
Meeting of Scouters for Jubilee Camp. My house.
Out quiet evening.
See Patrol for W.E. Mass at 9.pm.
Tragedy strikes. We find our Marquee rotted in store. To Camp slightly worried but forget in work. Cold.
Wake early. Coll Donaldson & I get on fine though he assumes command. A Grand day alltogether & the boys do well. Visitors enjoy camp 1st prominent. Personal Triumph at Campfire.
Catherine makes her first Communion. A Happy Day.
Procession in afternoon.
To Laying found. stone evening.
St Paul's Glenrothes.
Lovely day. Stormy C.O.H. meeting. Too bad on some of the reluctant P.L.'s.
Mike Wallace passes his 1st class quest test. First in Troop and in Fife.
Cub Rally in Sports.
A grand day.
We go to the circus and it is hot.
To 10 Mass & Comm. with Catherine Mary & Caroline. Cath off to U.C.M. drive.
We make for Kingswood Burntisland for warm bathe. Get caught on return in downpour.
We arrive at Marchmont just before rain & get tents up. Cath & kids arrive in the rain. I kick myself for not being there to meet them.
This day could have been called wasted, except that we sacrificed all to get to Mass the most important thing.
A real pioneering job done on path & bridge over burn & down. We are repaid for our service yesterday.
The fun continues with athletics & adventure journeys. Cath & I out on bikes.
Not such a good day. 82nd spoil our visitors day & steal the thunder. No more joint camps.
We have a rare day at Melrose & Gala. I have an adventure with watch in baths.
A mixed day. Plenty of test passing. A 2nd class.
Down camp or most of it.
We pack up slowly & again beat rain. 82nd & ourselves at loggerheads again in run. A good camp but no more two Troop camping.
Dig out tents today. Fine thank goodness. Boys along to help.
Busy forenoon. Out afternoon. To Caths Mum & Dad.
To 12 Mass & Ma Heps afternoon. Still no buses.
& work at Rosyth. This early rising is a killer.
Better today. Lawn cut by evening.
Painting woodwork (outdoor).
Hurt my toe. Right foot. Drop weight on it at work. Bruised a little & painful.
Painting woodwork on Dormer windows. Trimming lawn root out weeds.
Toe ok. today.
To West Wemyss by bus. Thence on foot to E. Wemyss then to Caves & McDuff Castle. The youngsters love it. Cath has sore ankle but says nothing till after!
To Kinghorn. Nice trip but fresh wind a little cold for bathing.
To Carfin. A fine day - but long.
Catholic Scouters Guild Meet. Rosyth = Cancelled.
To Lochgelly for Story.
Plastering in evening
Dashing round on Forsyth trophy business.
What a turn-out for the Forsyth Trophy. We have 3 cars but the field is so far away that it is impossible to get near the place. We land them eventually then my car runs out of petrol coming home and I miss the Rangers match.
5th wins trophy again. We are 4th or 5th from 7 teams. Still better luck next time.
We really get going tonight and have a good meeting. 20 present. Another 1st class Quest!
Working today. Not much time for anything else.
To 12 Mass with Caroline then to Ma Heps in afternoon.
Group Council. We decide to have a Gang Show in January.
[NOTE: entry scored out]
Scout Rally Aberdour 3 pm.
I begin to study Speedwords (Shorthand).
Very interesting (inte)
Opening. Our Lady Lourdes - Dunfe.
A fine night - Great success.
Up Country. Good Day.
Porridge & twist at 4pm!
Low numbers at Troop
To RR. V. St Mirren. Rovers win but a poor match
M. Wallace & F. Reilly help to plaster outside walls for handyman Badge. Good show.
Only 13 present. 'Flu & bad evening rain. Good meeting though.
To RR V. Q o' South. 3-1 for Raith but they are not impressive. League Cup Final. Celtic V. Rangers!!
20 To meeting (Ref). Good practise for Shorthand. Fr. Gordon is a fine slow speaker.
FR. INCELDON ordained for Southwark in Rome last year.
To Greenock. Quite a good day. See Eds. in Glas.
Good Scouters meeting at Aberdour. I get in a statement on the Quest, expressing concern at lack of interest. D. C. backs me up, but no comment from any other Scouter.
Birthday Party. Ma & Pa Heps. Very good.
Presentation by John Malone.
Troop to party at Kelty. Good Show. But hundreds there. Every Troop in Fife represented. And Guides too!
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