The 62nd Scout Groups journey

Below is a report from the 62nd Southport Scout Groups recent problems with their Headquarters and the enormous effort they put in to resolve the problem :-

This time 2 years ago the 62nd Scout Group were in a bit of a pickle to say the least. The lease had expired and the old lease no longer suited our needs. The building was in a very dangerous condition – the roof was beginning to collapse and needed acro-propping for safety, the floor had begun to crack and the whole building needed re-wiring and heating. The cost of putting all that right was to be 40k.
It seemed at the time to be an enormous mountain to climb however the Executive Committee felt that we ought to at least try to put things right for the sake of the children. The children have always been our motivation throughout the last 2 years and are the reason we embarked on trying to make the building fit for purpose once again. Scouting teaches them so much about life and citizenship and we wanted them to continue to learn new skills with us.
So in September 2010 we began our fundraising journey – we didn’t give ourselves a time limit but pressed on as quickly as we could.
Our project quickly gathered momentum and as well as the fundraising kitty beginning to grow, we also started to be joined by many friends and supporters.
In total in the last 21 months we have held 43 fundraising events, 6 people have held sponsored events for us, there have been 4 significant donations by well-wishers and we have received 7 significant grants. Our final fundraising total sits at £42,504.
The 62nd Scout Group Executive Committee would like to thank everyone who has helped us in any way.

In November 2011 we had raised enough money to start the work. Recently the work has been completed and we now have a new roof, new heating, a new floor, new kitchen, new bunk room, a new disabled toilet, new storerooms, new front and side doors and the whole building has been rewired.
The 62nd Executive Committee would like to thank the following contractors who have worked on our building – Premier Roofing, Addelec Electrical and Joinery, RB Property Solutions, CP Home Services, Bobby Rothwell – industrial and domestic carpet fitter, Lee Goulding – painter and decorator, Rimmers Windows and Doors.
Our intention now is to allow other Scout Groups to use our new facilities so that as many children as possible benefit from Scouting activities in a building fit for purpose.

On Sunday 1st July the 62nd were joined by over 200 friends and supporters at the Grand Opening and Blessing of their new Headquarters.
The 62nd were the winners last autumn of the Natwest Community Force initiative and won £6000. Sarah Houghton, Regional Chief Executive Officer of the Natwest came to present the Group with the official winner’s plaque.

Everyone at the 62nd is a volunteer and we were honoured that The Worshipful Mayor and Mayoress of Sefton, Kevin and Linda Cluskey were able to present 13 members of the Group with Outstanding Achievement Awards.

Southport District Network Scouts who are 18-25years old are a fairly new group but had been without a base for over a year. The 62nd are honoured to be able to give them that base at our HQ in which they can continue their Scouting career. The Reverend Janice Hill from St Cuthbert’s Church was present to bless their new flag and welcome them to their new home.

The 62nd have close links with St Cuthbert’s Church and attend parades, services and events there.
We were therefore honoured that the Reverend Janice Hill blessed the whole Group and also our newly refurbished building.

Mr Chris Scott – Group Scout Leader of the 62nd then welcomed Mr and Mrs Carl and Marjorie Kirk to perform the official Opening Ceremony.
Carl and Marjorie have been with the 62nd for many years and have over 98 years service in Scouting between them. They have been staunch supporters of our appeal and helped at many working parties. In fact Marjorie, as a young girl had officially opened the same building when it was first built many years ago!
We were therefore honoured that they cut the ribbon and revealed the plaque to declare our building officially open.
Carl and Marjorie presented us with a new Union flag which was blessed by Janice Hill. In Scouting tradition Carl then lead the salute to the flag joined by dozens of Scouting colleagues from other Groups.

Mr Chris Scott then presented Mrs Diane Chapman with several thank you gifts from the Group. Diane has lead the fundraising appeal and also been the refurbishment project co-ordinator. She was presented with flowers, a voucher for a pampering day and also a silver Scouting pin badge with the Scout logo and “with thanks” engraved on it. This is an award given for outstanding achievement to non-uniformed members of Scouting – to the best of our knowledge only one other badge of this nature has ever been presented in Southport.

After the service refreshments were served and everyone had a chance to mingle with past leaders and members of the 62nd and take a look at the transformation.

ROLL OF HONOUR

The 62nd Scout Group Executive Committee together with all Leaders and Assistant Leaders would like to sincerely and wholeheartedly thank the following for their support of our Fundraising Appeal.

The parents of all the Beaver’s, Cubs and Scouts at the 62nd
For their time and support of our Appeal and their patience throughout the refurbishment.

For their belief in our cause and the generous grants donated as a result
Natwest Community Force
Garfield Weston Foundation
Leslie Sell Trust
The Robert and Evelyn Maud Hall Charitable Trust
The Skelton Bounty
The Bernard Sunley Foundation
The Police and High Sheriff’s Fund
John Dodd at Sefton Council
The Mayor of Sefton’s Charitable Fund

For their contribution to the grant process
Colin Coleman – County Commissioner
Tony Jones – Police Inspector
Zoe Taverner – PCSO Meols and Cambridge Ward

For the very kind donation of funds for a wheelchair accessible toilet
Mrs S Scott (Scottie!)

For their very kind monetary donations
Mr Peter Dyer
Bill and Margaret Roberts
Reverend McClure
Mrs Dorothy Rimmer
Mrs Turner
Mrs Cath Cropper
Miss Delores Kirk
Mrs Hilda Thomas
Mrs Eileen Martin
St Cuthbert’s Church Men’s Supper Club

For their time, help and support in so many ways
Mr Mike Hopwood
Dr Keith Hamnett
Mr Brian Robinson

To everyone who has given their time and effort and joined our working parties
Peter Dyer, Ian Mathieson, Dave Ward, Hayley Forrester, Carl and Marjorie Kirk, Scottie, Jane Broadbent, Lee Halliday, Lee Goulding, Ian Tobin-Jones, Dan Jones, John Hipwell, Graham Russell, Andrew Tinsley, Ross Hunt, Mike Andrew.

For their support of our Appeal by organising and supporting a quiz, lunch and bingo and publicising events
Mrs Irene Evans, Ann Evans, Janet Duckworth, Margaret Askew and all the members and congregation at St Cuthbert’s Church.

For swimming, walking, running and cycling for us
Brenda Jagger, Deb Ward, Amanda Richardson and Robbie Smith.

For the very kind donation of a full kitchen
Mr and Mrs John Neale

For fitting the kitchen at no charge
Darren Peake of CP Home Services

For match funding many of our events
Places for People
Barclays Bank

Bag packs
To the staff of Morrison’s, Sainsbury’s, Asda and The Co-operative (Fylde Rd), for allowing us to bag pack at their store and to the customers for contributing so generously.

In so many other ways
To Waitrose, Formby for allowing us to be part of their Green Token Scheme.
To Haydn Preece at SFC for allowing us to have a bucket collection at the ground.
To Alan Moogan, Captain of SFC for opening our summer fun day.
To volunteers from Barclays Bank for helping at the fun day
To Laura, Lizzie and Ian – Explorer Scouts - for helping at the fun day.
To Iain Wright DJ for providing the many discos.
To Victoria Park Steam Railway for coming to the fun day.
To Green Watch at Southport Firestation for carwashing for us.
To Paul Gilchrist of Hesketh Property Services for organising an evening at the Conservative Club.
To Eric Morris and the members of Churchtown Conservative Club for their support at the event.
To Claire at The Cottage Beauty Clinic Crossens for collecting loose change from customers.
To Robin Brayshaw for the donation of monies from the sale of scrap metal.
To Southport GB for publicity
To the Southport Visiter for publicity
To Ian Conway at Roofscape for invaluable help on roofing matters.
To St Phillips School PTA for their loan of a popcorn machine
To Mrs Grundy for the loan of charity collection buckets
To Gary Jervis at Leyland Paints for the donation of paint.
To B+Q for the donation of paint.
To Rob Haigh at MKM Supplies for materials at cost price.
To Places for People Social Forum for the donation of monies from a cake sale