East Lancashire Freemasons have donated £2,500 to the Bury Scout Group to help with vital work needed to upgrade their Scout Hut
The Scout Group approached the East Lancashire Masonic Charity (ELMC) to ask for help in funding the work and the ELMC were happy to contribute £2,500 to the total cost of about £7,500 of developing the toilet facilities.
The donation by the ELMC has kick started the funding for the remainder of the work, and the majority of the funding for the work to the toilets has now been secured. The work will be carried out in August 2019 when the Scout Hut is not in use.
Work needs to be done to bring the toilets and cloak room to modern standards including accessible toilets and widening of doors to accommodate a wheelchair. It was realised that there were several thousand pounds worth of development needed to bring that area to the right standards. This includes moving walls, resurfacing the flooring in the toilet area and re-designing the toilets from what, at one time, was a 'boys' organisation, to one where there are as many girls who involved in scouting as there are boys.
The ROBOT (Rector of Bury’s Own Troop) Scout Group which is based at Bury Parish Church was founded almost one hundred years ago in 1924 and it has been one of the largest and most prominent scout groups in the area. This is in no small part due to its location adjacent to the Parish Church in the centre of Bury. The youth membership is drawn from a wide range of areas from across the borough when compared with other groups in the Borough, and it is blessed that the young people also represent a diverse range of economic, social and ethnic backgrounds.
Scouting is the UK’s biggest mixed youth organisation. Its volunteers change lives by offering 6 to 25 years old (5½ to 14½ year olds at 44th Bury plus an ‘Explorer’ group for older teenagers and young adults) a mix of fun and challenging activities, unique experiences, every day adventure and the chance to help others so that they make a positive impact in our communities. There are groups for both boys and girls throughout the age ranges, and the Scout Hut is in use every day from Monday to Saturday and one Sunday every month. It is used every week by one hundred young people.
The formal handover of the cheque took place on 9th June 2019 during the main service at the Parish Church with Steve Clark, the Provincial Charity Steward, handing over the cheque to some of the youngsters who will benefit from the work.