Scouts toast the final loan repayment!

Toasting the loan repayment on Goostrey’s Scout Hut and Youth Centre.

Goostrey Parish Councillors joined 1st Goostrey Scouts yesterday to celebrate the repayment of the last £50,000 of the loan on the new Scout Hut and Youth Centre.

1st Goostrey Scouts celebrating the loan repayment with parish councillors

Group Scout Leader (GSL), Neil Memmott, said: “In April, the outstanding loan stood at £50,000 but since then active fundraising by the Scouts has raised a massive £25,000 and generous match funding by the Parish Council of a further £25,000 means that the debt is now cleared. 1st Goostrey Scouts are extremely grateful to the Parish Council for its support over the past four years in bringing the new Scout Hut and Youth Centre to fruition, and this donation of £25,000 to clear the loan is the icing on the cake! We would not be standing here without the backing of Goostrey Parish Council, who had confidence that David Giles, my predecessor as GSL, and the fantastic team of professionals from Goostrey could deliver this project for the village.

Neil continued: “It is a privilege for my team of Leaders to run Scout, Cub and Beaver activities in the new building, to allow local children to enjoy the benefits of scouting in Goostrey. The outdoor play area is put to good use, including two weeks ago for a very successful Beaver and Cub Camp when activities enjoyed included archery and backwoods cooking. The hut is also home to Goostrey Guiding and Goostrey Pre-School, and the two rooms upstairs are hired regularly by a range of other community groups.”

Ken Morris, Chairman of Goostrey Parish Council said: “The Parish Council was pleased to give half of the site of the former Youth Centre to the Scouts, to support the planning application for the new building and to make the initial donation of £50,000. We have been impressed that the brand new facility opened 18 months ago is being well used by children, young people and other groups. It is a real asset to the village.”

Pictured (front row right to left) Beaver Alfie Warren, Neil Memmott, GSL and Colin Mottershead, Group Chairman of 1st Goostrey Scouts are with Ken Morris, Chairman and Ian O’Donoghue, Vice Chairman of Goostrey Parish Council, with Beaver Rose Saunders.

Pictured (back row right to left) by Beverley Giles, Group Treasurer, Rachel Boulton, Manager of Goostrey Pre-School, Cllr Terence Rathbone, Cllr Peter Godfrey, former Parish Council Chairman, Mark Nelson, Quartermaster and Robin Williamson, Assistant Scout Leader, as well as Jane Stubbs and Louise Brown from Goostrey Guiding

The £25,000 raised by the Scouts this year includes: a generous £10,000 grant from the Columbus Fellowship, more than £4,200 from the Big Bike Ride in May, and nearly £2,500 from other sporting events including another sponsored cycle challenge as well as the Simon Weston Trophy Football Matches in 2017 and 2018. More than £600 was raised from the Afternoon Tea with Mrs Kettle event held in June, a total of more than £1700 from Rose Day, nearly £700 from the Locals Night run at the Hut by a team from the Crown, and about £200 from a Quiz Night at the Crown. In addition, other kind donations have been received including a fantastic £3250 from this year’s Bluedot Festival.

Forthcoming Events:
Sunday 4 November – The Scouts’ annual Bonfire and Firework Night on the field next to the Scout Hut.    Tickets are available from The Trading Post, the Crown and Goostrey News.

10 November – Some of Goostrey’s Scouts will be participating in a special event to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War 1 – in memory of the local young men who died in this war.

11 November – Service of Remembrance at St Luke’s Church, Goostrey – when representatives from all three scouting sections will be part of the annual parade.

18 November – Presentation of Chief Scout’s Gold Award – As many as 8 Scouts from Goostrey have been put forward to receive the Chief Scout’s Gold Award this year at Parr Hall in Warrington

2 December from 5 pm onwards – Christmas Lights Switch On at the Bog Bean in Goostrey

New Scout appointments announced at summer BBQ

Scouts, Leaders, parents and friends enjoyed a Scout BBQ on Friday.  Not only did the evening celebrate the first year of operating the new Scout Hut but it also marked new Scouting appointments.  (photos at foot of post)

David Giles District Commissioner Alderley

David Giles, 1st Goostrey’s Group Scout Leader since September 2012, has been appointed District Commissioner for Scouts for the Alderley District (covering Handforth, Lindow, Wilmslow, Alderley Edge, Goostrey and Holmes Chapel).  Generations of young people in Goostrey will benefit from his imagination and drive in pushing forward the plan for the new Scout Hut and Youth Centre.

Neil Memmott has taken over as Group Scout Leader for Goostrey and has appointed Colin Mottershead, currently Assistant Group Scout Leader, as Group Chairman, we wish them all well.  In his speech David Giles described Neil as ” a truly inspirational Scout Leader who has enriched the lives of many young people during his time at Goostrey” and asked the community to give him their full support as the new GSL.

David continued, ” It has been an honour to lead the team at Goostrey Scouts for the last six years.  It is thanks to the dedication and commitment of the superb team, and the generosity and support of the community, that we have succeeded in building a new Scout Hut and Youth facility in our village.  We are hopeful that we will have raised sufficient money by the end of this year to repay our loan in full.  I am very happy that I shall be succeeded by someone so capable and with such dedication to Scouting as Neil Memmott.”

Kit Tomkinson, who has been the Group Chairman of 1st Goostrey since May 2012 is to join David as Chairman of Alderley District.

David and Kit were both presented with a framed and signed photograph of all the Scout Leaders in front of the Hut at the formal opening in May 2017.  As well as scouts, leaders, young leaders and parents the BBQ was also attended by Cllr Peter Godfrey and Cllr Terence Rathbone from the parish council.


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Great turn out for Opening Ceremony

The oldest and youngest Scouts (Terence Rathbone and young Alfie Warren) helped Fiona Bruce declare the new 1st Goostrey Scouts’ hut and youth centre open today, in front of a large gathering of villagers and supporters.

Goostrey Parish Council, having gifted the site to the Scouts originally and providing a donation of £50,000, and representative from the landfill charity WREN (which also awarded a generous grant of £50,000) also attend the opening ceremony.

Congratulations and ‘well done’ to Scout Leader David Giles who thanked everyone for their support and hard work over the last three years to provide a marvellous facility available for the young people of Goostrey saying that it will be filled with fun and laughter over the many years to come.  ( And pointed out that it also includes a meeting room that is available to hire!)

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

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All welcome: Scout Hut opening ceremony 6th May 2pm

Reminder !  Scout Hut and Youth Centre opening ceremony Saturday May 6th at 2.00pm with MP Fiona Bruce.  1st Goostrey Scouts hope that many villagers will go along to see the fantastic new building that will benefit so many young people over the years to come. All are welcome.

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) will also attend the opening ceremony.

Scout Leader David Giles “Hopefully the whole community will celebrate the opening of the new building and meet the members of the team who have worked unstintingly over the last three years to realise this project.

Opening Ceremony 6 May 2017

“The new facility will be used by all the uniformed groups in our village: Scouts, Cubs, Beavers, Guides, Brownies, Rainbows and senior sections, as well as by the Pre-school and other clubs.

Our dream of having a dedicated facility has come true and hopefully the walls we have built will sound with the echoes of children’s laughter, only made possible thanks to the generosity of so many donors.”

Fundraising continues with the 2017 Big Bike Ride on May 13th and the joint Scout/PTA Summer Ball on 15th July.

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

Goostrey Summer Ball 15th July: Scouts & School PTA

Tickets are on sale for the joint Ball between the Scouts and the PTA, with the proceeds being split evenly.
The ticket price includes reception drink, three course meal, entertainment and a live band – plus there will be a raffle, auction etc.
Tables generally seat ten but the organisers have said that they are happy to try to accommodate fewer or more if necessary!
Contact  See details below: