Nantwich’s 38th South West Cheshire Scout Group has a new temporary home at Reaseheath College while the group prepares for the demolition and rebuild of its headquarters.
The scout troop and cub pack are now meeting in one of Reaseheath’s carpentry workshops while the beaver colony has been allocated a classroom within the construction department.
Reaseheath stepped in to help when it heard that the group’s current headquarters, a 1940s timber building in Davenport Avenue, was unfit for use and that other temporary arrangements were separating the 50-strong members across different locations.
The college is also hoping to involve T Level students and apprentices in site surveying and practical construction on the headquarter rebuild once funding is in place. Carpentry and joinery students may also help in set construction for the scouts’ popular Gang Show in May.
In return the scout group is offering to support Reaseheath students who are interested in gaining Queens Scouts, Duke of Edinburgh or leadership roles in the group, and it will also support the running of Reaseheath’s Family Festival on Sunday May 15.
Andy Gould, Reaseheath’s Curriculum Area Manager for Construction, said: “I am delighted that we have been able to offer the 38th Scout Group a temporary home. The Construction Department has a long history of supporting and undertaking projects in our local community. This is very much within our remit, as helping to shape the youngsters of today, both mentally and physically, is at the forefront of the values of both Reaseheath College and the scout group.
“Our much-missed former Curriculum Area Manager, the late Andrew Capper, was a great supporter of local scouting, which gives this partnership a wonderful synergy.”
Scout leader Dave Brough said: “This is an excellent two way collaboration which is benefitting both partners. The 38th South West Cheshire Scout Group is a long established and thriving youth organisation and we are very grateful that Reaseheath has offered to meet the requirements of all our scouts, cubs and beavers on one site.
“We are busy fund raising and liaising with local supporters who have offered help with the design, planning permissions and building of the new headquarters. We’re very much looking forward to returning to our own premises.”