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Friday 31 October 2014

Council hands Scouts a £5,000 boost


Cheshire East Council has handed local Scouts a £5,000 boost to improve their facilities.

Councillor Les Gilbert, Cheshire East Council Cabinet member in charge of localism and enforcement, recently visited Holmes Chapel Scout Group at their HQ in the centre of Holmes Chapel to hand over a £5,000 grant cheque.

Councillor Gilbert, ward member for Dane Valley, said: “Cheshire East is pleased to be able to support Holmes Chapel Scouts – which is a particularly strong and active group.

“The Scouts movement has been going for more than 100 years and they seem to go from strength to strength. They have a great asset here in Holmes Chapel and this grant from Cheshire East will enable them to partition the upstairs of the building so that one huge room can convert in to two large rooms, thereby enabling them to make more flexible lettings of the building and so enhance the viability of the site going forward.

“The challenge for the Scouts is to demonstrate sound management of the building and maintain and present the premises to a high standard so that they are attractive to hirers and bring in the revenue stream, which is needed.”

Group Scout leader Andy Mitchell said: “We are pleased to receive this cheque from Cheshire East Council, which will cover the cost of installing the moveable partition wall in our facility.

“This is a great addition to the building, meaning that we can extend our hiring options, enabling us to offer two rooms upstairs where there was only one before. From a scouting perspective this is also an advantage, as it gives us the ability in the future to consider the possibility of having four Scout groups running in the building at the same time.

“This new flexibility for both scouting and community use is great and we look forward to seeing so many more people in this building in the future.”

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