1st Sid Vale Scouts: ‘Our chance to thank everyone’ at new HQ opening

PUBLISHED: 11:40 02 August 2016

Sidmouth Scout Centre in March, before its completion. Ref shs 13-16TI 8122. Picture: Terry Ife

Sidmouth Scout Centre in March, before its completion. Ref shs 13-16TI 8122. Picture: Terry Ife

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Past and present members and supporters are all invited to attend an historic day for the 1st Sid Vale Scouts – as they formally open their new HQ.

Scouts leaders Gareth Hughes and Brian Manwaring at one of the many fundraisers over the years. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref shb 3717-22-14AW. To order your copy of this photograph go to www.sidmouthherald.co.uk and click on Photo OrdersScouts leaders Gareth Hughes and Brian Manwaring at one of the many fundraisers over the years. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref shb 3717-22-14AW. To order your copy of this photograph go to www.sidmouthherald.co.uk and click on Photo Orders

Broadcaster Jeremy Vine will be cutting the ribbon at midday on Saturday, August 20, before a day of family fun to make the most of the new facilities in the Salcombe Recreational Field.

The centre’s creation has been a true community effort, with events around the town raising thousands, a Herald campaign and a jackpot auction all contributing to the costs.

Group chairman Gareth Hughes said:“Scouting in Sidmouth began in 1913 and its first and only other ‘home’ was the wooden scout headquarters next to the Manor Pavilion, which was built in 1914.

“The new centre has been created from the sale of our previous home, the sale of land previously bequeathed to the group, and, very importantly, by the fundraising within the local community.

“We would like our event to be a celebration and a massive thank you to everyone who has been able to support us through the Sidmouth Herald campaign.

“We have appreciated the tremendous support from many local groups, including darts, dance groups, the Lions, the rotary clubs, the Keith Owen Fund, Sidmouth Rugby Club, the bowling club and very many individual people. This is our opportunity to thank everyone.”

Activities on the day will include archery, traditional scout camping and cooking and climbing on the new indoor wall. There will also be an obstacle course, donkeys from the Donkey Sanctuary and refreshments.

For more information on the opening, contact Gareth on 01395 515552 or hughes.gareth@btinternet.com


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