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The 2018 Sponsored Walk will be organised by The Haugfoot Laode No. 1824
Sponsored Walk 2017
15th April 2017 saw the PGL Borders Youth Support Scheme Annual
Sponsored Walk which was hosted by Lodge St. Ronan's No. 856. The
route took the walkers along the side of the River Tweed to Cardrona
and back again where there were well deserved refreshments provided by
the Lodge. £1, 600 was collected on the day with at least another
£200 to follow.
On conclusion the Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master, Bro. John W. Blackie, thanked all the participants and
all the sponsors and concluded by thanking No. 856 for hosting the walk.
Next year the walk will be organised by The Haughfoot Lodge No. 1824.
Sponsored Walk 2016The
annual Borders Youth Support Scheme sponsored walk took place on
Saturday 16th April 2016 which was ably hosted by the Hawick Lodge No.
424 BURA, it was great to see that there was a good number of Brethren
taking part with most of the Lodges in the Province being represented
and it was good to see that there was a number of guests (and some
dogs) on the day giving their support. The walk its self was a
comfortable distance offering some great views of Hawick and the
surrounding area. and although there was some change during the day the
weather remained fair. Back at the Lodge there was food amd
refreshments and on conclusion the Right Worshipful Provincial Grand
Master Bro. John W. Blackie gave a vote of thanks to everyone who made
the day such a success. On the day, the region of £1,400 was
raised with some more donations to come, it is estimated that this
year we will generate approx. £1, 600 which can be put to good causes.
Next year the the walk will be organised and hosed by Lodge St.
Ronan's No. 856.Sponsored Walk 2015The
2015 Annual BYSS Sponsored Walk which was organised and hosted by The
Galashiels Lodge No. 262 was held on Saturday 18th April.
day was presented with some good weather, the walkers left the Lodge
and were offered some great views of the surrounding area of
Galashiels. The route was pleasant and was not too taxing for the
"heavier" brethren among us. Sarah provided a couple of welcomed
refreshemnts stops along the way and on the return to the Lodge there
was plenty of fine food and drinks as a reward for our efforts.
Initial calculations indicate that £1, 300 was raised so far with some more to come!! This is a fantastic amount.
done and thanks must go The Galashiels Lodge No. 262, the ladies for
providing the refreshments, all the walkers who attended on the day and
more importantly every one who gave sponsorship or a donation - Well
Done & Thanks!!
This will allow the continuation of the good work that the BYSS offers.
Sponsored Walk 2014
Saturday 26th April 2014 saw the PGL Annual Borders Youth Support Scheme (BYSS) Sponsored Walk which was organised by Lodge St. John Stow No. 216.It
tried very hard on the day to rain but we were spared from getting
wet which was a weclome releif as the long uphill walk was
challeging enough as a few aches and pains developed on the way.
The walkers headed from Stow Bowling Club up the challenging
climb to Allanshaws where they were presented with some breathtaking
deserved refreshments were made available to the walkers on their
return to the Bowling Club where Bro. Victor, Lord Denovan RWM and Provincial Grand Treasurer announced
that over £1, 400 had been collected on the day with some more cash to come in.This
is a fantastic result, especially in these difficult economic
conditions. Many thanks to all the walkers, everyone who
sponsored or made a donation, Stow Bowling Club and the team from Lodge
St. John Stow No. 216 for their organisation.
Sponsored Walk 2013
The Borders Youth Support Scheme Annual Sponsored Walk was hosted by the Hawick Lodge No. 111 on Saturday 27th April 2013.
walkers left the Lodge at approx 11am and enjoyed a walk through the
park in favourable weather with no hills, which was an added bonus!!.
There were welcomed refreshements provided at the half way point
and as the walkers headed back to the Lodge they were treated to food
and refreshments which the ladies had kindly prepared. Initial
calculations indicate that the money taken on the day was £1, 500 with some more to come. The Hawick Lodge sponsored a raffle which raised another £60.
Right Worshipful Provincal Grand Master, Bro. John Ferguson Lamb,
thanked everyone for their support in this important annual event and
thanked the Hawick Lodge No. 111 for organising & hosting the
event and thanked the ladies very much for providing the excellent
Sponsored Walk 2012
weather was unsure what it wanted to be, however, the rain stayed away
and the sun was not too far away on Staurday 28th April 2012 for the
BYSS Annual Sponsored Walk. The eager walkers, which included
Masons, Ladies and Friends, left the Lodge at 11am and headed off for a
pleasureable walk in the countryside overlooking Jedburgh.
On return the ladies from Jedburgh laid on feast of hot and cold
snacks along with some refreshing drinks. The Right Worshipful
Provincial Grand Master, Bro. John F. Lamb thanked everyone for their
attendance and continued support for the BYSS followed by a thank you
to the ladies for their excellent buffet.
Early indications show
that just over £1, 000 had been collected on the day but it is
estimated that wth money that still needs to come in the total should
be about £1, 400 which is great, especially in these tough economic
The 2013 Sponsored Walk will be arranged by the Hawick Lodge No. 111.
Sponsored Walk 2011
The sun was shining over
Kelso for the The Annual Borders Youth
Support Scheme Sponsored Walk which was hosted by The Lodge of
58 on Saturday 30 April 2011. The walkers left the Lodge at 11am
to make a start on the route which was just over 6 miles taking in the
beautiful countryside and views of the River Tweed that surrounds
Kelso. A well earned rest along with plenty of refreshments was
provided by the Immediate Past Provincial Grand Master and Mrs Marshall
at Sprouston, then it was the home straight after that back to the
Lodge in Kelso where more food and refreshments were available.
Early indications show that about £1,300 had been raised with
some sponsorship still to be collected.. The Right Worshipful
Provincial Grand Master, Bro. John F. Lamb, thanked everyone for their
support and thanked those who gave sponsorship.
Next year the Sponsored Walk will be hosted by Lodge St. John Jedburgh
No. 104. The Sponsored Walk
is open to everyone who wants to support this worthwhile cause, all
Lodges, Family & Friends.
BYSS Summary (PDF)
Brethren - Your
Continued support is very much appreciated - Thank You!!
BYSS Grant Application Forms are available from the Provincial Grand Secretary
in April 1992 the Borders Youth Support Scheme was set up to assist, in
small way, the young people from the counties of Roxburghshire,
and Selkirkshire, whether as part of a team, a group, or working for an
committee was set up by the Provincial Grand Lodge of Roxburgh, Peebles
Selkirk Shires to operate the scheme and
manage the funds raised by the earlier events. They
considered the first of a number of applications for financial
have since included requests from such diverse sources as a group of
wishing to partake in a British Forces Route March in Holland,
Football Clubs looking for strips or assistance with training
to purchase equipment, a Boxing Club, Girl Guides,
a talented young musician, a handicapped swimmer to take his place in a National finals event, a local
Town Band for
uniforms, and an Accordion Band— the
list is growing still.
have been made to practically everyone who has applied,
provided that the money will go to help those in the 11 to 18 age
Exceptions have occasionally been made in the age category if the funds
used as part of a project which would be of benefit the entire
strings are attached to applications, and every penny
raised is disbursed in grants, as there are no charges or overheads
from the funds.
Grand Lodge has taken great pleasure from quietly
having made a positive contribution to the quality of life of some of
people of the Borders.
have no objection if the organisations or
have benefited wish to make known that we have
assisted them, but there is no pressure on any beneficiary to publicise
to May 2010 we have disbursed funds of almost £40,000
since the scheme began and continue to make awards at the rate of
wishing to apply for assistance only need
approach any Lodge Member that is in good standing and ask for an
Application Form (which are available from the Provincial Grand
Secretary), fill it in
return it. The committee will then consider each application on its
award a grant as appropriate; it’s as simple as that.