Friday, 26 November 2010
Lads of the Village
On Wednesday evening together with the Mayor, the Leader and Chief Exec I was pleased to be invited to a ceremony at which the Lads of the Village were formally dissolved. It was a sad event as the Lads have been in existence for over 80 years having been established originally on the invitation of a former Mayor of Aldershot Borough Council to help[ raise funds in support of the Aldershot Cottage Hospital. They had continued since those days with a maximum membership at any one time of 40 and has raised many hundreds and thousands of pounds for local charities. The decision to end was not taken lightly but they had found it harder to maintain interest in membership and they had reduced to only 12 members. The Chief Lad formerly handed back to the Mayor their symbols of office. We will see whether they can be displayed in the Aldershot Museum together with a wide variety of scrapbooks that have already been handed over. I am very proud of the fact I served a few happy years with them when I lived in Aldershot.