It’s been a long time coming but fourteen years and £600,000 on from it’s original inception, the 31st Sutton Coldfield West Scout Group have their new headquarters.
On Saturday 27th January, HM Deputy Lieutenant for the West Midlands David Bradnock MBE JP DL FBHI and polar explorer Mark Wood, unveiled the plaque that officially opened the new facility.
There was a tremendous turnout too as the Scouts celebrated their achievement with music, awards and inspirational talks.
The audience was captivated by Mark Woods’ tales of a close encounter with a Polar Bear in the Artic and his exploits on Everest.
Congratulations were also in order for a number of the Group whose longstanding commitment was recognised with the presentation of various awards; Unsurprisingly, Mark Welch, the driving force behind the team that made the dream a reality was called to the stage for a special award.
But ultimately it was the hard work by the young people, leaders and parents along with support from The Veolia Environmental Trust, Awards for All, The Rotary Club of Aldridge, John Sewell who purchased the windows, Alvin & Edna Cox who helped pay for the plastering and various charitable trusts that has resulted in the completion of the community facility.
Mark Welch said:
“Our Scout group is really proud of what we have achieved , It goes to show that if you have a true spirit to achieve your goal, amazing things like our building can be achieved.
“Thanks to some fantastic trades people and volunteers we now have a brilliant Scout Centre that secures the future of the 31st Sutton Coldfield West Scout Group and gives us a true foot print in our Community. Our new Scout Centre will provide a new facility that the entire community will benefit from.”
If you are interested in joining the Scout Group or would like to hire the Streetly facility please call 07403 290360 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Hundred Acre Scout Centre, Aldridge Road, Streetly, Sutton Coldfield, B74 2DX