Scout hut reopening goes off with a bang

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A bonfire and fireworks display helped the official reopening of 1st Chapel-en-le-Frith Scout Group’s headquarters go with a bang following a £50,000 refurbishment.

The project, which aimed to make the Thornbrook Road scout hut more accessible, modern and fit-for-purpose, includes a new toilet and washing facility for people with disabilities, improvements to the kitchen and the installation of an external-access door.

The building’s electrical system and hot water heater have also been upgraded.

Chairman of 1st Chapel-en-le-Frith Scout Group, Ian Hill, said: “The new and improved facilities will make the building more versatile and user friendly, not only for the scout group, but also for the wider community of Chapel-en-le-Frith and surrounding areas.”

Last Wednesday’s ceremony was attended by County Commissioner Tom Stoddart and Assistant County Commissioner for Scouts Dave MacAlister.

Funding for the improvements came from the scout group’s own fundraising and The Veolia Environmental Trust, who awarded a grant of £29,600 through the Landfill Communities Fund.