Scouts celebrate their new training and activity HQ
PUBLISHED: 08:00 10 October 2015
Delighted scouts, cubs and beavers cut the ribbon to officially open their new headquarters in Nailsea.
First Nailsea Scouts has been raising money for four years to improve its training and activity centre in Clevedon Road.
The grand unveiling coincided with the 95th anniversary of the scouting movement in the town and members celebrated with a parade led by the scout band, a church service and a ribbon cutting ceremony.
John Buss from First Nailsea Scouts said: “Everyone involved with the group is delighted with our new headquarters and the extra space it now offers.
“The children have been amazed with the amount of room they have to run around and undertake all their activities and have certainly been making full use of it.
“We could not have achieved any of this without the support of the Nailsea community who have been incredibly supportive of all our fundraising efforts especially the Nailsea Carnival.
“We would like to thank our fundraising group the Friends of First Nailsea who have worked extremely hard to put on the carnival and run our fundraising activities, along with the parents, children and members who have put on other events including sponsored activities, pamper evenings and cardboard caving to name just a few.
“We also thank the building committee for their work and commitment in managing the construction process and securing grants and other funding and also our executive committee, leaders, members and parents for helping with everything such as planning, painting, clearing and sorting everything out ready for use.
“We would also like to thank all the local businesses who have supported the group with donations.
“It was a huge combined effort and now we have our wonderful new headquarters to enjoy for many years to come.
“We hope that our new headquarters will encourage new children to join the exciting world of scouting and if any parents would like to come and see what we get up to then they are welcome to come and visit.
“We hope that our new headquarters will attract more community use outside of scouting and if anyone would like to consider the use of the building for their group then please do get in touch.”
The group, which is made up of 60 beavers, 90 cubs and 50 scouts, has raised almost £90,000 in four years to put towards the £180,000 project.
Leaders borrowed the rest from the Scouts Association and will be continuing to fundraise to pay back the amount.
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