Our new home for Scouts and Guides in Northallerton is open

A project to reunite Scout and Guide groups in Northallerton has finally come to fruition, resulting in a major new community facility in North Yorkshire’s county town.

After many years of fundraising, a lengthy search for an appropriate site and delays inflicted by the coronavirus pandemic, Northallerton Scout and Guide Group formally opens its new headquarters on Saturday 4 September.

The opening honours will be performed by North Yorkshire Scouts’ County President Jo Ropner, who is also Lord-Lieutenant for North Yorkshire, as well as Peter Stephenson, founder and Executive Chairman of key supporter Able UK.

Built on a site next to County Hall, opposite Northallerton railway station in Boroughbridge Road, Peter Stephenson House is providing a new home for several groups which had been scattered around various venues for several years.

The smart new facility is also proving popular as a venue and meeting place for various community groups, businesses and other organisations.

Scouting and Guiding in Northallerton is more than a century old. For 50 years children met at wooden wartime huts in the town’s Malpas Road. Since they were sold in 2015 to help fund the project for a new base the various sections, including Rainbows, Beavers, Brownies, Cubs, Guides, Scouts and Explorers, have had to meet at separate locations in the area.

Teesside company the Able Group played an important role in raising funds for the project and has contributed more than £240,000.

Able Group Executive Chairman Peter Stephenson said: “The Scouts and Guides have a long and proud history in the Northallerton and surrounding area and many thousands of young people have benefitted over the years.

”Northallerton Scout and Guide Group had been working hard over a number of years to find a suitable site and raise the funds for the project and, when we were approached, we were delighted to provide the support to move into a brand new home.”

Group Scout Leader Duncan Wallace said: “We are extremely grateful to the Able Group for this very generous funding – it helped us to complete the project and to include additional environmentally-friendly features such as air source heating.

“We always hoped this great new facility would benefit as many members of the community as possible – not just those in the Scouting and Guiding families – and that’s exactly what has happened since work was finished last summer.

“Although the pandemic has delayed some activities, including our formal opening, we are so pleased to now finally be able to show it off and welcome more people in, including everyone who has supported the project and given so generously over the years.”

After a low-key formal opening ceremony on Saturday morning, an open event will be held from 1-5pm enabling everyone to take a look at the new facility. Refreshments will be available, and appropriate COVID-19 safety measures will be taken.

Please don’t try and park on the site – visitors are asked to use the County Hall car park and make their way along the new path beside the playing field.

Groups and individuals interested in hiring the new facility can check availability and find out more via the online booking calendar page.

Construction’s underway!

Building has started on a new home for scouts and guides in Northallerton.

Local firm Moody Construction has been selected to carry out the work for 1st Northallerton Scout and Guide Group, at its new site next to County Hall, opposite the railway station in Boroughbridge Road.

The new building will reunite Rainbow, Beaver, Cub, Brownie, Scout, Guide and Explorer groups on a single site once more. Work to enhance the entrance was completed late last year.

Group Scout Leader Duncan Wallace said: “I know that many people in the town and beyond will be as excited as we are that work on this longed-for project is finally underway.

“We are very pleased to be working with a trusted local firm such as Moody and are grateful for the support we’ve had for this project from so many other organisations and individuals over the years.”

“We are committed to working pro-actively with the group to ensure these new headquarters provide the facilities it needs and deserves.” – James Moody

Moody Construction Director James Moody said: “As one of the largest privately-owned construction organisations in the region, we believe our core values were instrumental in our selection to work alongside the dedicated Northallerton Scout and Guide team to create their new home.

“For the best part of 100 years we have tried to support the local community, local charities, local sport and recreational groups and local businesses and we are committed to working pro-actively with the group to ensure these new headquarters provide the facilities it needs and deserves.”Scout Hut 6 email
Many years of fundraising and proceeds from the sale have added to legacies, grants and generous donations.

But increased costs and a reduction in available grant funding have in recent years forced a re-think of the scale and design of the building.

“It’s fantastic to have got this far, but now more than ever we need the support of those who value the fantastic opportunities that the Scouting and Guiding movements offer our young people.” – Mark Linthwaite

Scout and Guide Group Chairman Mark Linthwaite stressed that there was still some key fundraising to be done.

He said: “We have enough money for a basic headquarters, but the fundraising goes on, to pay for extras to enhance the finished project.

“It’s fantastic to have got this far, but now more than ever we need the support of those who value the fantastic opportunities that the Scouting and Guiding movements offer our young people.

“We really need the community’s ongoing support for this, the home straight.”

As well as donations and offers of fundraising help, parents, supporters and businesses are also being asked to pitch in with offers to donate goods or services for the new building.

The various sections have been meeting at various separate locations across Northallerton since the group’s former home – in dilapidated wooden former Second World War huts – was sold in 2015 to help fund the project.

Scouting in Northallerton is more than a century old. For 50 years children met at the repurposed wooden wartime huts in the town’s Malpas Road.

The main work on the new building is expected to be complete before Christmas.

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(With special thanks to photographer Nigel Whitfield)

Work starts on our new site!

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.