Coulsdon West councillors give £550 to scouts for kit
15/05/2016 12:17:00......Posted by Luke Clancy
Using their community ward budget, Coulsdon West’s local councillors recently funded equipment for 1st Coulsdon Scout Group.
The kit comprised outdoor security lighting to enable the scout’s headquarters to be lit safely at night and a large tent that is used for the purposes of catering for large numbers of scouts and cubs at camping events.
The intrepid youngsters got to use the marquee at Frylands Wood Scout Outdoor Centre in Featherbed Lane where the scouting movement gathered during the bank holiday weekend at the end of April to celebrate 100 years of cubbing. The weekend saw 487 cubs and 250 leaders participate.
1st Coulsdon Scouts says the marquee accommodates 60 people easily. Its Group Group Section Leader Rod Bavin said: “On behalf of 1st Coulsdon Scout Group we would like to thank Croydon Council most sincerely for the grant of £546.50 in November 2015.
“It has enabled us to purchase a much needed 20' by 40' marquee which is invaluable at camps for dining and recreation facilities. We also now have superb safety lighting around our HQ. These purchases will enable us to facilitate scouting in Coulsdon for many years to come.”
Coulsdon West Cllr Luke Clancy said: “Together with Cllr Bains and Cllr Creatura I attended the campsite to see the many exciting and healthy outdoor activities the scout leaders had organised for the kids and it was a sight to behold. We were very pleased to have been able to assist with the huge effort involved by being able to fund some much-needed equipment for them. I am sure it will get plenty of use in the future.”
Other examples of how the Coulsdon West councillors have used their community budget include funding Christmas lights for the Cousldon and organising tuition for students at Woodcote Primary School to learn computer programming.
Anyone interested in getting involved with 1st Cousldon Scouts can find them online at http://coulsdonscouts.org.uk.
Pictured left to right: Cllr Luke Clancy, Akela Emma Freeman, Cllr Jeet Bains, Beaver Leader Rachel Warner and Cllr Mario Creatura.