The eagerly awaited official opening of the Scout Hut and Youth Centre was held on Saturday May 6th 2017 with MP Fiona Bruce. Link to Fundraising page
The chairman and members of Goostrey Parish Council, who gifted the site to the Scouts and provided a donation of £50,000, and representatives from the landfill charity WREN (which also awarded a generous grant of £50,000) attended.
The then Scout Leader David Giles praised the whole community at the opening of the new building including the members of the team who have worked unstintingly over the last three years to realise this project.
“I hope that the whole community which has got behind the proposal will keep contributing to our final fundraising efforts. Everyone who wishes to support the building of the new centre is invited to donate using the following links… https://mydonate.bt.com/charities/1stgoostreyscoutgroup
Planning permission approved Oct 2014.
1st Goostrey Scouts warmly welcomed the formal transfer of land on 30 March 2015 from Goostrey Parish Council to the Scouts for the construction of a new Scout Hut and Youth Facility in the heart of Goostrey on the site of the derelict youth centre.
David Giles, Group Scout Leader of 1st Goostrey Scouts, said: “I am honoured and privileged to formally accept the land given by the Council to the Scouts, on which we can build the new Scout Hut and Youth Centre. The agreement between the Parish Council and the Scouts heralds a new era for scouting in Goostrey. We have operated without a permanent home for our Scout groups for too long. We can now look forward to creating a purpose built modern youth facility, which we will also offer for use by other youth groups in the village, so that the whole community will benefit.”
“May I say a big thank everyone who has supported our planning application so far. Many talented people in the Scout group have been offering their time and skills to deliver the project. The Scouts are extremely grateful to Karlton and Barlow, owners of the Crown, for all their support and co-operation. They have generously made donations from their ‘locals night’ and have hosted the monthly Open Mic nights – as well as allowing the use of their carpark for the Car Wash and Car Boot Sale. But I am now appealing to other local companies and individuals to come forward to help to realise this exciting venture. We need to raise £200,000 to get the hut built. A great start has been made with many fundraising events, including monthly open mic nights and a sponsored “marathon” hike by our Scouts, donations instead of gifts on the occasion of our Beaver Leader’s birthday. Numerous other events are in the pipeline, and I hope that the whole community which has got behind the proposal will keep contributing to our fundraising efforts. Please contact me with any suggestions at: firstname.lastname@example.org.” David Giles, Group Scout Leader – 1st Goostrey Scouts. Pictures of the proposed Scout Hut/Youth Centre and House below.