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Refurbished centre a huge boost for scouts

Mark Turner, Guy Hartopp of Market Harborough and Bowdens Charity, Neville Hall chairman of HDC, Billie-Mae Laver last year's Carnival Queen, Jackie Riddett Group Chairman and Mike Burden head of building committee with 1st Market Harborough Beavers

Mark Turner, Guy Hartopp of Market Harborough and Bowdens Charity, Neville Hall chairman of HDC, Billie-Mae Laver last year's Carnival Queen, Jackie Riddett Group Chairman and Mike Burden head of building committee with 1st Market Harborough Beavers

 

A Harborough Scouts’ centre was officially reopened at the weekend after undergoing a big refurbishment.

The 1st Market Harborough Scouting Group has been working towards its goal for more than five years and raised £135,000 towards the refurbishment project.

The centre, in Coventry Road, now has improvements throughout, including disabled facilities, new inside toilets and an upstairs meeting room.

Mark Turner, an executive member of the scouting group, said he was delighted that the work was complete.

He said: “It’s great. It has been a hard project at times and has been about five or six years in the making and it’s finally come to a conclusion which is really nice.”

He added: “The refurbishment work has allowed us to improve our facilities and our capacity and it is something that can help us look to the future.”

Mr Turner said he and colleagues realised the need for extra capacity to be created in the Harborough district due to demand.

The refurbished centre was officially opened in a special ceremony on Saturday, when a commemorative granite plaque was unveiled.

Mr Turner thanked WT Drage & Sons for donating the plaque.

He also thanked the Market Harborough & The Bowdens Charity and the Bailey Will Trust, who he said were both very generous with donations towards their project.

The Scouts, 1st Market Harborough Beavers and other community organisations, have already started using the new facilities.

Finishing touches are still needed to fully complete the project but they will be done once the weather improves.

The group is now on a hunt for people to become adult leaders with the scouts.

Mr Turner said it was essential that the group finds adults who can volunteer their time and help out at the centre. He said that more are needed before the centre can start increasing its numbers of scouts and cubs, and building for the future.

If you would like to volunteer as an adult leader or have a child that would be interested in joining the Cubs or Scouts, contact Mr Turner on 01858 446483.

 

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