The new Goostrey Scout Hut and Youth Centre is a step closer now that ground has been broken by the local MP for the Congleton constituency, Fiona Bruce, and Goostrey Parish Councillors at the site of the old Youth Centre on Main Road, Goostrey, opposite the Crown Inn on Saturday 11th June.
At the event, attended by many members of 1st Goostrey Scouts, Goostrey Guiding and their families, Mrs Bruce dug the first hole at the site using a specially engraved spade, and unveiled a large commemorative plaque. She was accompanied by Peter Godfrey, Chairman and Catherine McCubbin, Vice Chairman, of Goostrey Parish Council and David Giles, Group Scout Leader of 1st Goostrey Scouts.
The project, supported by a £50,000 grant from WREN’S FCC Community Action Fund, will provide a much needed place to meet for uniformed organisations and other youth groups, once it is open next year. Wren’s grant was matched by a generous £50,000 donation from Goostrey Parish Council in addition to £100,000 raised by energetic community fundraising in the last two years.
David Giles, Group Scout Leader of 1st Goostrey Scouts is excited that the project is starting to take shape. He said: “It’s fantastic to see our vision for this vital community facility moving closer to reality. We are extremely grateful for the funding both WREN and Goostrey Parish Council have given to us and we’re looking forward to having the building open for use next summer. I am delighted to announce that we have appointed local building firm, Knutsford Construction, to build the facility, and work will start in earnest next month.”
Mrs Bruce said: “I am delighted to help 1st Goostrey Scouts to break ground today and wish to congratulate the Scouts and the local community in Goostrey for having raised more than £100,000 in only two years towards this new Scout Hut and Youth Centre. I commend WREN for their generous £50,000 grant and pay tribute to the foresight of Goostrey Parish Council in making a further matching £50,000 donation out of the proceeds of sale for the adjacent building plot.”
Peter Godfrey said: “After valiant efforts by a number of groups over the years to create a new youth facility in the village, the Parish Council is delighted to have been able to support the Scouts to bring this project to fruition both by gifting the land to them and by this additional donation towards the building cost. I am sure that when it is completed, the new Scout Hut and Youth Centre will benefit the whole community and will be widely used by Goostrey residents for many years to come. The Parish Council congratulates the Scouts on their effective and energetic fundraising campaign and thanks all sections of the community for their involvement and generosity.”