Meads councillors support local scout group

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Cllr Smart (centre of back row) with members of the 1st Meads Scout Group

Meads Ward Councillors have helped their local scout group with the setting up costs of a new Cubs and Beavers group. 

The 1st Meads Scout Group is based at Jubilee Hall in St John’s Church, St John’s Road. It is home to a Beavers section, for six to eight year olds, and a Cubs section, which takes eight to 10½ year olds.

Councillors Robert Smart, Barry Taylor and Kathy Ballard gave a £1,575 contribution from the Devolved Budget to enable the group to buy a storage unit and flags.

Councillor Smart said: “Activities for young people are so important and groups like the Cubs and Beavers teach them new life skills. It’s great news that we have these groups in the local area and we were pleased to be able to help them buy a few items earlier in the year to start them off.”

Eastbourne District Scouts has seen a steady growth in membership and has a record number of members locally. But there are still 300 children waiting to join the Beavers and more than 100 children waiting for Cubs, as more adult volunteers are needed.

Eastbourne Scouts’ District Commissioner, Ashley Whymant-Morris, said: “The 1st Meads Scout Group has been supported by a generous grant from our local councillors, which has allowed them to erect a storage facility within the church grounds and purchase new flags. We would like to open a Scout section for 10½ to 14 year olds in the New Year, once additional adult leaders have been recruited.”

If you are over the age of 18 and would like to find out what volunteering with the scouts involves, please email Ashley for further information on 

Published on November 16, 2017