Menai Bridge Scouts Guides Latest
by Malcolm Rogers
Following a major rebuilding project costing over 350,000, Scouts & Guides in Menai Bridge are delighted with their new building in Ffordd Cambria, near Thomas Telford's suspension bridge.
The project has provided a replacement building to be used by the Scouts and Guides and to serve as a community facility for other community groups and
individuals. The new building fully complies with modern specifications for multi-use buildings, including being accessible for all.
The building was officially opened in March 2011, when Simon Weston, OBE (President Scouts Wales) and Helen Murdoch (President Girlguiding Cymru)unveiled a plaque to mark the occasion, and the Rev Angela Williams, Vicar of Menai Bridge & Llandegfan, gave a short Blessing of the Hall. Sponsors
In addition to local fundraising efforts, the project received funding through the Welsh Assembly Government Community Facilities and Activities Programme, the Rural Development Plan for Wales 2007-2013, which is funded by
the Welsh Assembly Government and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development, as well as grants from Anglesey County Council's Strategic
Development Fund, the Dale Street Trust, and The Scout Association Special Needs fund.
The local community also supported our own fund-raising activities over the last 8 years, helping to raise over £20k contribution towards the project costs. New Members
Catering for young people from 5-26, the growing numbers of members in the Scouts & Guides membership shows the continuing popularity of the groups. Young
people are attracted by the varied programmes of activities offered.
At each age level, there are many opportunities for young people to learn life skills and experience adventurous activities. As well as camping, our young people
have the opportunity to take part in many other activities.
These include first aid, cooking, hiking, climbing, hill walking, cycling, pioneering, bridge and raft building, canoeing, electronics, amateur radio, film making and photography are just some of the things they do. Adult Members
Our adult volunteers are essential to the running of the Scouting and Guiding groups. There are many roles for adults in the organisations, from leaders and
assistants, to administrators, treasurers, equipment officers, and just plain "helpers" and we welcome people who would like to become involved (subject to
normal child protection procedures).
Full training is provided for each role, and you even get the chance to join in with the activities yourself if you want to, so it's fun too!New venue
The new building is a fantastic venue for our groups to hold their regular evening meetings, but it is also available for other community groups and
individuals to book for meetings and functions, especially during the day.
It has a large hall and kitchen and flexible arrangements for smaller meetings and seminars. We have tried to encompass green issues and use green energy where possible.Contacts
People interested in joining in with Scout and Guide activities, either as young members or in one of the many adult roles should contact either Malcolm Rogers
(for Scout Groups) on 01248 717793, or Gay Jacob (Guiding groups) on 01248
Enquiries from people interested in using the hall for their own community group or activity, should contact Malcolm as above.
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