Ribbon cut to open new Denmead Scouts HQ

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A SCOUT group had an unusual opening ceremony at their headquarters.

The Denmead Scouts spent years fundraising for the refurbishment of the Scout hut toilets, off Kidmore Lane.

And, thanks to a large donation from Denmead Co-op, they were able to make the dream a reality.

Other donors included Wickes of Waterlooville, Horndean Technical College and Covers.

The ribbon for the opening ceremony was cut by Julie Summerfield, headteacher at the college.

Fittingly, it was made out of toilet paper.

The Scouts were helped out by Adrian Alderslade, a part-time lecturer at the college who also runs his own building business.

He offered his time for free and took his students along so they could get real hands-on practical experience of building and fitting-out.

Scout leader Craig Thompson said: ‘We are very grateful to all who put in a lot of hard work on and donated to this project, including members of our executive committee.

‘This commitment coupled with strong support from local businesses shows just how much can be achieved despite these difficult financial times.’