wistaston scouts headquarters

Wistaston Scouts have unveiled their new £270,000 base after completing a five-year fund-raising project to move headquarters.

The project included demolishing the old Scout Hut and replacing it with a new building which was formally opened in front of an audience which included many who helped out.

The new building cost more than £270,000 all of which was raised by the group.

Many grants and donations were received from Cheshire East Council, Wistaston Parish Council, local businesses and a number of charitable trust funds.

More than half raised came from activities of the leaders and young members of the group.

unveiling of new scouts buildingSponsored activities included a canoe journey along the River Severn from source to sea, a cross channel swim, a bicycle ride from London to Brighton using a pre war “sit up and beg” bicycle and many others.

Mixed in with these activities, Beavers, Cubs and Scouts undertook a whole host of innovative fund raising ideas, ranging from traditional bag packs at local supermarkets, car washes, pizza baking, a choir concert with afternoon tea through to selling eggs and home baked cakes.

John Bennett, Group Scout Leader 35th South West Cheshire (Wistaston) Scout Group, said: “All in all, this has been a fantastic achievement.”

John thanked everyone who had helped with the project, and cited examples of the generosity of local businesses in donating money, equipment and time to the build.

Gerald Newbrook, Group President, was the first Scout to join the group when it was founded in 1958. He also attended the unveiling.

The building was blessed by Rev Ken Sambrook, a former Venture Leader and Group Scout Leader with Wistaston Scout Group.

This was followed by a few words from Graham Phillips, County Commissioner for Cheshire Scouts.

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