Portsmouth scouts celebrate new hut’s arrival

HAPPY DAY The 64th Portsmouth Scout group outside the new hut
HAPPY DAY The 64th Portsmouth Scout group outside the new hut
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SCOUTS gathered outside their new headquarters to celebrate its official opening.

Members of the 64th Portsmouth Scout group were joined by past members, along with their families, to see the ribbon being cut.

The group have been based at St Swithun’s Church for almost 80 years but their old hut was no longer viable and so five years of fundraising took place to secure a new building.

Hampshire County Commissioner Adam Jollans was assisted in the cutting of the ribbon by one of the youngest members of the group, Conrad, aged six.

Steve Bradbury, group chairman who led the project, said: ‘The future of Scouting in Southsea is secured.

‘This has been a wonderful achievement for the group but we couldn’t have done it without the support of many people.

‘This shows what can be done when people get together to do something for the good of the community.

‘It is a very proud day.’

Steve also thanked those who had helped with the fundraising activities, put money towards sponsorship and given time and expertise.

Special mention was also made of Andy Featherstonehaugh, former owner of Proptech UK who had been very generous throughout the five years.

Steve added: ‘There are lots of people to say thank to including Southsea Castle Rotary Club, whose members had assisted with fundraising and also in providing expertise in the build process.’

After the opening ceremony, the Scouts had a party to celebrate.