Green light for new Scout Hut/Youth Centre thanks to £100,000 in two new pledges

News from 1st Goostrey Scouts:

Young people in Goostrey, Cheshire East will soon be enjoying a much needed new Scout Hut and Youth Centre courtesy of recent contributions, totalling £100,000, given to 1st Goostrey Scouts.  A £50,000 award has been made by grant funding body WREN and this has been matched by the £50,000 donation from Goostrey Parish Council.  Combined with the £100,000 already raised through the energetic efforts of the whole community, over the past two years, the Scout Hut fund now stands at £200,000 – a massive 80% of the £250,000 estimated build cost of the new facility.

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Cllrs Peter Godfrey and Cath McCubbin present GPC’s £50,000 to 1st Goostrey Scout leader David Giles

A £50,000 grant, awarded by WREN’s FCC Community Action Fund, will be used for the internal fit-out of the facility, including plumbing, electrics and decoration.  At its May meeting, Goostrey Parish Council decided to make a donation of £50,000 to the new facility to match the WREN grant, which will help to kick-start the commencement of work on the new building.

David Giles, Group Scout Leader of 1st Goostrey Scouts believes that the facility will make a huge difference to the lives of our young people. He says: “In just two years the Scout Group has raised over £100,000 through community fundraising events, involving so many members of our community. We are greatly indebted to WREN, which has awarded this wonderful £50,000 grant, and also to Goostrey Parish Council which has responded so generously with a £50,000 donation to help the building to materialise.”

David added: “This partnership between 1st Goostrey Scouts, WREN, Goostrey Parish Council and the whole community will allow our new Scout Hut and Youth Centre to take shape over the next 12 months. We very much hope it will be ready for use next summer by all sections of Scouts and Guides, as well as Goostrey Pre-School and other local youth groups.”

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Computer generated image of the new Scout Hut

WREN, a not-for-profit business, awards grants for community, biodiversity and heritage projects from funds donated by FCC Environment through the Landfill Communities Fund.

Richard Smith, WREN’s grant manager for Cheshire, says: “We’re delighted to be supporting the Goostrey Scout Hut and Youth Centre project and pleased our funding will make such a difference to so many groups and young people in and around Goostrey. WREN is always happy to consider grant applications for projects that benefit local communities and we’re looking forward to this one having a positive impact very soon.”

Peter Godfrey, Chairman of Goostrey Parish Council said: “At its meeting held on the 10th May, Goostrey Parish Council voted to donate a further £50,000 towards the cost of building a new Scout Hut and Youth Facility in Goostrey.

“The Parish Council appreciates the extraordinary efforts that the Scouts have put into raising funds for this community project and is delighted with the success they have had so far.

“We also appreciate that Goostrey residents have been the main contributors to the fundraising and this level of generosity and support has encouraged the Council to make this generous donation. This will both secure the WREN Grant that has been offered to the Scouts and, we hope, also act as a spur for further donations to complete the project.”David Giles went on: “The project could not have gone ahead without the generosity and support of the Parish Council. It not only gifted the land for the new building and paid for the demolition of the derelict Youth Centre but also has actively supported Goostrey Scouts throughout the project. Further land, to provide an outside play area and parking for the facility, has also been made available through a 60 year lease, thanks to the generosity of local landowners Mrs Woods and Mr Buchan.

He concluded: “We are not, however, resting on our laurels in our quest for the remaining funds. We have applied for a number of other grants, and have appealed to local organisations and businesses to make further generous donations, and are confident that local people will continue to support our active fundraising programme.”   1st Goostrey Scouts.

Donations can be made directly to the Scout Hut and Youth Centre at:

Media Information:  

For further information re: 1st Goostrey Scouts, please contact: David Giles, Group Scout Leader – tel: 01477 535634.  Email:

Marianne Tomkinson, Communications – tel: 01477 544515.  Email:

For further information re: Goostrey Parish Council, please contact: Sharon Jones, Clerk – tel: 01477 535825 Email:

For further information re: WREN, please contact: Richard Smith, Senior Grant Manager: 01953 717 165   Email:  Twitter: @WREN_news

1st Goostrey Scouts is part of the Alderley District Scout Group in Cheshire. Led by Group Scout Leader David Giles and a team of energetic leaders, it runs a very active programme of scouting activities for about 100 Scouts, Cubs and Beavers, open to local boys and girls aged 6 – 14.

In just two years the Scout Group has raised over £100,000 through community fund raising events, such as young Brownies planting seeds and then selling the plants, sponsored hikes, numerous Scouts car wash events in the car park of the Crown pub, collections and open mic nights organised by the locals of the Crown, charity bike rides, running BBQ stalls at village fetes, church events, bonfire nights, auctions, and a hugely successful Summer Ball. In addition, we have received donations from many of the local clubs and societies in Goostrey, and have also had generous donations from members of our community.

WREN is a not-for-profit business that awards grants for community, conservation and heritage projects from funds donated by FCC Environment through the Landfill Communities Fund. Since 1998, WREN has granted over £200m to more than 7,000 projects which benefit people living within 10 miles of a FCC Environment landfill site. For more information please visit

FCC Environment is the leading UK waste and resource management company and is part of a global group with a strong heritage in providing services for communities and business. Its vision is to be the environmental company of choice, delivering change for a sustainable future. It employs 2,400 people and operates more than 200 facilities across England, Scotland and Wales. FCC Environment donates the LCF tax credits that are generated by its operations to WREN, in order to add value to the environmental and social infrastructure of the communities around landfill sites.

The Landfill Communities Fund – any waste that is discarded which cannot be reused, reprocessed or recycled may ultimately be disposed of in a landfill site. To encourage the re-use, recycle and recovery of more value from waste and use more environmentally friendly methods of waste disposal, Landfill Tax is charged on each tonne of waste sent to landfill. Landfill Operators (LOs) are able to redirect a small proportion of landfill tax liability (currently 6.8%) to support a wide range of community and environmental projects in the vicinity of their landfill sites through the Landfill Communities Fund (LCF). The LCF is regulated by ENTRUST on behalf of HM Revenue & Customs, and the projects are delivered by enrolled Environmental bodies (EBs). Since its inception in 1996, over £1 billion has been spent on more than 32,000 projects across the UK. For further information, please visit or see HMRC’s general guide to Landfill Tax

Goostrey Parish Council represents the civil parish of Goostrey with a population of approximately 1900 electors. The role of Parish Councils is to be the voice of the local community and work to influence the decisions of the other tiers of government and bodies that affect community life.

The Parish Council comprises 10 councillors including the Chairman. The term of office is normally 4 years and the current councillors’ term of office expires in May 2019.

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