The Devonshire tercentenary event Jurassic Coast Youth Adventure from Monday 21st to Friday 25th August 2017.
Parents Get Lost (PGL) is an organisation which facilitates adventure activities for young people of all abilities. As part of our Tercentenary Celebrations, sponsored by the Provincial Grand Lodge of Devonshire Benevolent Committee and match funded by UGLE we were able to send 16 disadvantaged children and 3 accompanying adults from the wider Devonshire community for a week long adventure at PGL. The week was held at the PGL residential activity centre in Dorset organised by the Province of Dorset.
We were one of 14 Provinces which sponsored over 200 children and 45 accompanying adult carers. Every child was presented on Monday’s arrival with 2 specially designed t-shirts, a matching baseball cap and £20 in pocket money. Expressions of emotion and gratitude started at that point and such wonderful comments and remarks of appreciation continued throughout the week from children and carers alike. Everyone present has declared this “holiday” such an unexpected, exciting and enjoyable experience.
During their stay in Dorset, the children enjoyed activities such as Dragon Boat Racing, Raft Building, Fencing, Rifle Shooting, Archery, Abseiling, Giant Swing, Jacob’s Ladder, Beach Walking and a Camp Fire. Three substantial meals were provided each day in the resort’s superb dining room and the resort’s shop was open throughout for snacks, drinks, ices, souvenirs etc which the children were able to purchase with their “pocket money”.
The children did more individually than they would ever have been expected of them and all went away with memories they will never forget. To end the week, the Assistant Grand Master, Sir David Hugh Wootton presented group photos and a Certificate of Achievement for each child.
R.W.Bro. Richard Merritt (PGM Dorset) wrote to our PGM saying;
"I take this opportunity to express my appreciation and gratitude to you and your Province for your demonstration of support and generosity in having joined with us in providing such a memorable experience for so many deserving and highly grateful children."
In response our PGM R.W.Bro. Ian Kingsbury replied;
"A big thank you from myself and the Province of Devonshire for thinking of such a brilliant idea to give these children many hours of joy. I am sure the experience will be something they will remember for a lifetime."
Andy Vodden MBE PAGDC