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Diaries of William Young: 1957

Author(s): William Young

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JANUARY

1 TUESDAY
To Mass & Comm. with Cath & children
To Raith (4) V E. Fife in afternoon then to Ma Heps. for tea & T.V.

2 WEDNESDAY
To Mass & Comm. on Anniversary of Mum's Death.
To Pictures Afternoon 'SMILEY'
A fine film of Australian life.

3 THURSDAY
To work
Weather mild. Damp.

8 TUESDAY
Mr. Wishart.
17th Fife.

10 THURSDAY
To Bowhill for Scout Party. Fr. Hodgson very gracious to 1st Scouters. Party a huge success. And the meal was 1st class.

11 FRIDAY
Re-union Bev. Hall. Pop Byrne talks at great length. Boring, but good for a paper report. The youngsters enjoy the dancing!

12 SATURDAY
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.

13 SUNDAY
To 12. Write stories in Afternoon. Later to Ma Heps.

14 MONDAY
To Lathalmond.

15 TUESDAY
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.

16 WEDNESDAY
Mary takes a touch of tummy upset.
Dad taking to bed early (8pm) makes evenings quiet & dull for Cath and I.

17 THURSDAY
Quiet evening & learning typewriter. Feel this is a must if I am going to do anything big in this writing game.

18 FRIDAY
21 Present at our first meeting of New Year. Hope this continues. T. VJ. starts 1st aid talks.

19 SATURDAY
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.

20 SUNDAY
To 10 & Comm. No stories to write but gratified that all my stuff has a good press - especially Refugee story.

21 MONDAY
Interview SM. re Scouting in [?]press[/?] in Germany.

26 SATURDAY
Working.

30 WEDNESDAY
Good turnout at test meeting.

31 THURSDAY
Stan in Ed. Infirmary


FEBRUARY

1 FRIDAY
27 present. Very rushed. Home to get out for 9. Mass.

2 SATURDAY
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.

3 SUNDAY
To 8 Mass & Comm. Better Scout attendance. Ref. v. lecture in afternoon - poorly attended but well worth hearing. Hope my story is convincing.

4 MONDAY
To Lathalmond.
Terrific Gales in evening.

5 TUESDAY
Mr. Martin dies. Ex Dis. treasurer contact D.C. re. appreciation in F.F.P. Pass to A.D.C.

6 WEDNESDAY
A.D.C. contacted. Tries to get Belford. Chalmers & Cath get necc. information. Belford down in evening. More tests passed tonight.

7 THURSDAY
Have bad cold. To bed early. Rain all day.

16 SATURDAY
Working

22 FRIDAY
26 present. B.P.'s Birthday Centenary. Troop in fine fettle.

23 SATURDAY
Begin to re-felt hut roof. Get leaky part done but rain & wind force me to give up.

24 SUNDAY
Scouts Cubs & Guides put on best show yet at St. M's in morning (Mass) & evening for B.P. celebrations.

27 WEDNESDAY
Hard work doing Public Sec as well as my own reports. Scouts still turning up on Wednesday.


MARCH

1 FRIDAY
A rush as usual on 1st Friday. We have G.O.H.

2 SATURDAY
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!

3 SUNDAY
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.

23 SATURDAY
Scouters meet St Andrews Church Hall Lochgelly.
R.R. (2) V Falkirk (2) at Tynecastle. A poor game.

27 WEDNESDAY
Last day for advert for jumble sale on April 5th.


APRIL

7 SUNDAY
Reform. Lecture. Hayfield com. centre.


MAY

5 SUNDAY
Polish Concert at P. Halls. I get an interpreter who is quite helpful.

6 MONDAY
To see Ian McClure - ill with Rheumatics. A fine old chinwag.

7 TUESDAY
To Carfin. A fine morning but weather turns cold & wet afternoon.

11 SATURDAY
Scouters meet.
A dull meeting.
Only bright spot is when Alec Donaldson's patent fireplace collapses during demonstration!

12 SUNDAY
St Margarets Guild at Kelty. Bill Collins & I have an argument but all ends wells.

19 SUNDAY
Ambulance Camp and we come in 4th in Juniors (& last!) and 6th & 8th in Seniors (12 in Camp).

25 SATURDAY
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.

26 SUNDAY
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.

27 MONDAY
These Scouts! Time I had some help and devote more time to wife & family.


JUNE

2 SUNDAY
Mike Wallace & Frank Reilly off in map journey. Get chased at Balgonie Castle!

8 SATURDAY
In garden most of this beautiful day. The St. M's then quiet walk with Cath Catherine & Caroline.

9 SUNDAY
To Raith-Rover Camp. 6 Seniors pass Axemanship. But Frank & Mike break out of Fordell troop. Am disgusted.

10 MONDAY
A rare day at house gardening & repairing washing m/c. Finish it to Cath's satisfaction.

11 TUESDAY
The lovely weather holds. Tiring but good.

12 WEDNESDAY
Beautiful day.

15 SATURDAY
To Fordell for National Patrol Pilgrimage Camp. Find things haywire but Glasgow Scouters tops. Hefty job collecting money but good story here.

16 SUNDAY
A hard but enjoyable day. Mass at Fordell. Into Duns. Meet Pilgrims on Story. Back to Troop. Easy afternoon but tiring evening. Unpacking & writing.

17 MONDAY
Meeting of Scouters for Jubilee Camp. My house.

18 TUESDAY
Out quiet evening.

20 THURSDAY
See Patrol for W.E. Mass at 9.pm.

21 FRIDAY
Tragedy strikes. We find our Marquee rotted in store. To Camp slightly worried but forget in work. Cold.

22 SATURDAY
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.

23 SUNDAY
Catherine makes her first Communion. A Happy Day.
Procession in afternoon.
To Laying found. stone evening.
St Paul's Glenrothes.

24 MONDAY
Writing Writing

26 WEDNESDAY
Lovely day. Stormy C.O.H. meeting. Too bad on some of the reluctant P.L.'s.

28 FRIDAY
Mike Wallace passes his 1st class quest test. First in Troop and in Fife.

29 SATURDAY
Cub Rally in Sports.
A grand day.
We go to the circus and it is hot.

30 SUNDAY
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.


JULY

13 SATURDAY
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.

14 SUNDAY
This day could have been called wasted, except that we sacrificed all to get to Mass the most important thing.

15 MONDAY
A real pioneering job done on path & bridge over burn & down. We are repaid for our service yesterday.

16 TUESDAY
The fun continues with athletics & adventure journeys. Cath & I out on bikes.

17 WEDNESDAY
Not such a good day. 82nd spoil our visitors day & steal the thunder. No more joint camps.

18 THURSDAY
We have a rare day at Melrose & Gala. I have an adventure with watch in baths.

19 FRIDAY
A mixed day. Plenty of test passing. A 2nd class.
Down camp or most of it.

20 SATURDAY
We pack up slowly & again beat rain. 82nd & ourselves at loggerheads again in run. A good camp but no more two Troop camping.

22 MONDAY
Dig out tents today. Fine thank goodness. Boys along to help.

26 FRIDAY
No Scouts.

27 SUNDAY
Busy forenoon. Out afternoon. To Caths Mum & Dad.

28 SUNDAY
To 12 Mass & Ma Heps afternoon. Still no buses.

29 MONDAY
& work at Rosyth. This early rising is a killer.

30 TUESDAY
Better today. Lawn cut by evening.

31 WEDNESDAY
To Lathalmond.
Weather wet.


AUGUST

1 THURSDAY
Painting woodwork (outdoor).
Busy evening.

2 FRIDAY
Hurt my toe. Right foot. Drop weight on it at work. Bruised a little & painful.

3 SATURDAY
Painting woodwork on Dormer windows. Trimming lawn root out weeds.
Toe ok. today.

4 SUNDAY
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!

5 MONDAY
To Kinghorn. Nice trip but fresh wind a little cold for bathing.

7 WEDNESDAY
To Carfin. A fine day - but long.

25 SUNDAY
Catholic Scouters Guild Meet. Rosyth = Cancelled.
To Lochgelly for Story.

26 MONDAY
Plastering in evening

27 TUESDAY
Dashing round on Forsyth trophy business.

28 WEDNESDAY
Same again.

31 SATURDAY
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.


SEPTEMBER

1 SUNDAY
5th wins trophy again. We are 4th or 5th from 7 teams. Still better luck next time.

6 FRIDAY
We really get going tonight and have a good meeting. 20 present. Another 1st class Quest!

7 SATURDAY
Working today. Not much time for anything else.

8 SUNDAY
To 12 Mass with Caroline then to Ma Heps in afternoon.

11 WEDNESDAY
Group Council. We decide to have a Gang Show in January.

14 SATURDAY
[NOTE: entry scored out]
Scout Rally Aberdour 3 pm.

16 MONDAY
I begin to study Speedwords (Shorthand).
Very interesting (inte)

24 TUESDAY
Opening. Our Lady Lourdes - Dunfe.
A fine night - Great success.

29 SUNDAY
Up Country. Good Day.
Porridge & twist at 4pm!


OCTOBER

4 FRIDAY
Low numbers at Troop

5 SATURDAY
To RR. V. St Mirren. Rovers win but a poor match

12 SATURDAY
M. Wallace & F. Reilly help to plaster outside walls for handyman Badge. Good show.

18 FRIDAY
Only 13 present. 'Flu & bad evening rain. Good meeting though.

19 SATURDAY
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.

31 THURSDAY
FR. INCELDON ordained for Southwark in Rome last year.


NOVEMBER

11 MONDAY
To Arbroath

19 TUESDAY
To Greenock. Quite a good day. See Eds. in Glas.

23 SATURDAY
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.

24 SUNDAY
Birthday Party. Ma & Pa Heps. Very good.


DECEMBER

8 SUNDAY
Presentation by John Malone.

14 SATURDAY
Troop to party at Kelty. Good Show. But hundreds there. Every Troop in Fife represented. And Guides too!

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Diaries of William Young: 1957

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Method of composition Handwritten
Year of composition 1957
Word count 1892

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Forenames William
Surname Young
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Decade of birth 1910
Educational attainment Civil service (technical inspector qualification)
Age left school 12
Upbringing/religious beliefs Catholicism
Occupation Civil Servant / Technical Officer
Place of birth Kirkcaldy
Region of birth Fife
Birthplace CSD dialect area Fif
Country of birth Scotland
Father's occupation Linoleum Worker
Father's place of birth Kirkcaldy
Father's region of birth Fife
Father's birthplace CSD dialect area Fif
Father's country of birth Scotland
Mother's occupation Housewife
Mother's place of birth Kirkcaldy
Mother's region of birth Fife
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