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Rotary club helps scout group to fund new hut

Rotary club helps scout group to fund new hut

It’s taken a few years, and £180,000 worth of fundraising, but a Dorset scout group now has a new home.

Burton Scout Group in Dorset has a new home – and it’s partly thanks to Rotary.

The Mayor of Christchurch, Lesley Dedman, cut the ribbon to open the new 8th Christchurch Burton Scout Group HQ at Burton Recreation Ground.

Also present was a large gathering of people connected with the project and the Scout movement. They included Christchurch Rotarians David Crumpler, Paul Mills and Chris McClaverty representing their club which had generously given £25,000 towards the new building.

Other members of the community including local and national businesses have also provided help, time and donations towards the project.

Funds climbing to over £180,000 were raised to bring the project to fruition.

Group Scout Leader, Graham Markwick, has been a passionate driving force since at least 2010 and is absolutely delighted with what has turned out to be a superb facility for Burton Scouts, Beavers and Cubs meetings.

Graham said to the gathering: “This reminds me of a quote – ‘The climb might be tough and the journey challenging, but the view from the top will be worth it. There is a purpose for that pain, you just can’t always see it right away!’”

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