Work has started on a project to reunite Scout and Guide groups in Northallerton.
Years of planning – and some difficult setbacks – are behind plans by 1st Northallerton Scout and Guide group for our new site next to County Hall, opposite the railway station in Boroughbridge Road.
Construction work has now finally begun, to create a new access at the location.
A revised planning application has also recently been submitted, after increased costs and a reduction in available grant funding forced a re-think on the scale and design of the building, which will be home to Rainbow, Beaver, Cub, Brownie, Scout, Guide and Explorer groups.
These groups have been meeting at various separate locations across Northallerton since our former home – in dilapidated wooden former Second World War huts – was sold in 2015 to help fund the project.
We are so pleased to finally be embarking on this important next step.
Duncan Wallace, Scout leader
Scout leader Duncan Wallace said: “We are so pleased to finally be embarking on this important next step.
“We still have much to do, but we are hopeful that we could re-unite all the groups in our new base next year.
“We appreciate there will be some disruption to traffic in the coming days and weeks, so apologise in advance and ask people to bear with our contractors.
“This important development will benefit the young people of Northallerton for generations to come.”
Scouting in Northallerton is more than a century old. For 50 years children met at the repurposed wartime huts in the town’s Malpas Road.
Years of fundraising and proceeds from the sale have added to legacies, grants and generous donations from people who have benefited from the Scouting and Guiding movements across decades.
We have enough money to build a basic headquarters, but fundraising is continuing to secure money for extra elements that will enhance the finished project.
Mr Wallace added: “We really need the community’s ongoing support to help get us over the finishing line and ensure we provide facilities befitting our young people.”
As well as donations and offers of fundraising help, we also need parents, supporters and businesses to pitch in with offers to donate goods or services for the new building – get in touch via our Contact page, or check out our MyDonate site.