Prestigious scouting awards were presented to senior members of Goostrey Scout’s Executive at 1st Goostrey Scouts’ annual general meeting held in the brand new Scout Hut in Goostrey last week.
Stephen Buckley, Alderley District Scout Commissioner, presented the Scout Association’s “Award for Merit” to Group Scout Leader, David Giles in recognition of his leadership role in the community which has led to the creation of this new Scout Hut in Goostrey.
Mr Buckley said: “The Award for Merit is a National Award from the Scout Association – which recognises the huge contribution made by David Giles in turning a dream of a new Scout Hut and Youth Centre into reality. We all recognise that without his imagination, drive and leadership, we would not be in this fantastic new building, from which many thousands of young people will benefit over future generations.”
David said: “I am honoured and privileged to receive this award on behalf of my incredible Scouting team in Goostrey – and I wish to share it with the whole community which has supported us over the past three and a half years”.
Mr Buckley also presented Commissioner Commendations to the other team members in recognition of their outstanding commitment to the Scout Hut Project – Kit Tomkinson, Group Chairman, Beverley Giles, Group Treasurer, and members of the Scout Hut Build Team: Mark Nelson, Quartermaster, Colin Mottershead, Assistant Scout Leader, and Executive Members, Robin Williamson and Adrian Rose.
In addition, the following people were recognised by Chief Scout Service Awards for their contribution over many years: Neil Memmott, Scout Leader, Kit Tomkinson, Beverley Giles and Margaret Weeks.
David continued: “I am delighted that we have come so far in creating this new building, but we continue to need the community’s full support in raising the last £50,000 to repay the loan on the new building. May I also remind local businesses and organisations that we have wonderful meeting rooms available for hire at very reasonable rates! Whilst the main hall is in use every day from this month onwards by Goostrey PreSchool, and on most weekday evenings by Scouting and Guiding sections, the Ian Godfrey Meeting room and the other upstairs meeting space are modern light facilities, which are perfect for a wide range of meetings.
Booking enquiries can be made in the first instance to Group Treasurer, Mrs Beverley Giles on: 01477 535634
Donations can be made directly to the Scout Hut and Youth Centre at: https://mydonate.bt.com/charities/1stgoostreyscoutgroup
David Giles is pictured (right) receiving his award from District Commissioner, Stephen Buckley
Pictured left to right: Mrs Margaret Weeks, David Giles, District Commissioner Stephen Buckley, Beverley Giles, Kit Tomkinson and Colin Mottershead.