After almost ten years of fundraising and hard work, a Scout group finally opened its new headquarters last Saturday.
The Brownsover-based 12th Rugby (Christ Church) Scout Group first unveiled plans to build its own headquarters in 2004. But when it was announced the scout group’s former base at Brownsover Community Centre was to close, the group started fund-raising to turn the plans into a reality.
Trevor Pook, treasurer, said: “The Scouts’ new home is a dream come true and we’re delighted with the building. We’ve already had a new influx of Beavers because they’ve seen the building and want to use it. They’re also pleased they have a permanent new home and it’s also great news for Brownsover because there aren’t many community venues in this part of Rugby.”
To help pay for their new home, the group’s Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorer Scouts embarked on a series of fund-raising events, including bag packing at supermarkets, barbecues, and stalls at community fetes and fairs. In addition, the group secured donations from a host of businesses - including DHL, Cemex, and GE Energy - and was awarded a £10,000 grant from Rugby Borough Council’s Capital Partnership Fund. The new headquarters has been built in the grounds of Boughton Leigh Junior School, in Wetherell Way. The school plans to use the building for activities during the day.
Cllr Leigh Hunt, Rugby borough council’s portfolio holder for sustainable inclusive communities, said the authority was delighted to support the group,
She said: “We know finding funding has become increasingly tough, but the council remains committed to supporting organisations which bring great benefits to our communities. We have committed just over £220,000 in grants to community and voluntary organisations this year, and it’s money which makes a real difference. I’m delighted the council could help the Scouts realise their plans to build a new headquarters, which not only benefits the Scouts, but the wider Brownsover community.”
The headquarters has also provided a new home for the Rugby Amateur Transmitter Society. The Mayor of Rugby, Cllr Tony Gillias, opened the new headquarters on Saturday.