Markyate Scouts launch fundraising appeal for new hut

PUBLISHED: 15:00 20 June 2016




A village scout group is thriving with long waiting lists - but its headquarters is not.

Markyate Scout Group operates from an old wooden hut in Church End which is believed to date back to World War Two and it is so small that only around 22 children per group are allowed to use it at any one time.

In the meantime waiting lists are growing, particularly with several new estates having been built in the village which has boosted the numbers who want to join as beavers, cubs, scouts and explorers.

So a fundraising appeal has been set up to raise £150,000 for a new hut/HQ in the village and it is looking for help.

Because of its size, Markyate has a small catchment area so senior fundraiser Chris Morris has casting his net further out and has been collecting items that can be sold or exchanged for cash to boost the hut appeal.

He is looking for any forms of currency such as old English and Irish coins and old or new foreign coins or notes as well as CDs, DVDs, Blueray Discs and X-Box, Playstation and Wii games which people would be willing to donate.

Chris said he and several volunteers in the village were willing to come out and collect donations and the plan was to keep a record of those who donate so when the new building is complete, their names would be listed in a memorial book.

He can be contacted on or by phoning or texting 07858 193787. There is also a Markyate scout group page on Facebook.

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