Summer fundraising boost

As the new term gets underway, 1st Goostrey Scouts are celebrating receiving a generous grant of nearly £2000 from Manchester Airport last month for furniture for the new Scout Hut and Youth Centre.

Group Scout Leader, David Giles said: “We are delighted to have been awarded a grant from the Manchester Airport Community Fund. This award of nearly £2,000 has allowed us to buy 16 tables which are now being used by young people in the main hall. The tables will be used every week by the Scouts, Cubs, Beavers and Guides, Brownies and Rainbows – and also by all the under 5s attending Goostrey Pre-School, who are moving to the Scout Hut and Youth Centre this month.”

This is the latest among a number of generous grants which have helped Goostrey Scouts to complete the new building. The other main donors include Goostrey Parish Council, the landfill funding body, WREN, Cheshire East Council and the Bernard Sunley Trust, which together have yielded £110,000 towards the £300,000 cost of building the new Scout Hut and Youth Centre. In addition, more than £150,000 has been contributed by local residents and businesses in a wide range of community fundraising events held over the last 3 years.

Summer Ball

David Giles as MC at the Summer Ball

A wonderful summer ball held this summer contributed more than £6,000 to the scout hut build fund – when the proceeds were shared equally with the PTA of Goostrey Primary School. More than 240 people attended the Ball, held on 15 July in a marquee at the idyllic location of Hollins Farm. After a delicious dinner, guests participated in a range of fundraising initiatives, including an auction, raffle and games, and then danced into the early hours to music provided by the “Joe Public” band.

David said “Goostrey Scouts and the PTA thank all the local businesses who sponsored, advertised or offered prizes for the Ball. We are also greatly endebted to the fantastic team of volunteers who worked unstintingly to organise the Ball – Richard Ashcroft, Bob Nicholson, Caroline Goodchild, Sue Mottershead and Beverley Giles.”

He continued: “We are very fortunate to have been given a loan to cover the outstanding build costs of the new Scout Hut and Youth, but we must continue our fundraising in order to repay it. If anyone can suggest other sources of grant funding, I hope they will contact me at davidernestgiles@gmail.com

Donations can be made directly to the Scout Hut and Youth Centre at: https://mydonate.bt.com/charities/1stgoostreyscoutgroup

By the way, booking enquiries for the hall, the upstairs room and the Ian Godfrey Meeting Room should be made in the first instance to Group Treasurer, Mrs Beverley Giles, on 01477 535634

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