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Saturday, February 15, 2014

Fundraising success at Tesco

February has been another excellent month of fundraising for us. At the beginning of February Consett and Blackhill scouts took part in bag packing at the new Tesco store in Consett. After seven hours of hard work by the scouts packing groceries we had raised an excellent £669. Thank you to all the scouts and adults who took part.

Just a week later we heard that we had been awarded £500 from Tesco Consett Helping Hand charity donations. Thank you to everyone who completed nomination forms for us.

With these funds going towards the new headquarters, we are now 85% of the way there and just need a further £40,000 to finish; so quite literally every little helps.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Bigger and better than ever before!!

Scouts kayaking at Ebchester
The official Scout census that we complete each year shows that 1st Consett Scout Group is the biggest it has ever been, with 80 members. The previous high was 72 members. But it is not just youth membership that has increased. We now have fourteen regular adult volunteers. When you add in the parent occasional helpers and support volunteers that number goes up to almost thirty, demonstrating that Scouting is not just for the children.
Keith Slater, Group Scout Leader, said "This achievement is even more remarkable when you consider that we are trying to complete the new headquarters and are having to meet in different places. Last year our numbers had dropped to 39. The enthusiasm of the new leaders and helpers has turned that around despite the difficulties".
The group now faces a new problem, as it does not have any more capacity in Cubs or Beavers, and both have long waiting lists. We will shortly be looking at opening a new Beaver or Cub section and would love to hear from any adults who would like to join our winning team.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

External work of new HQ almost complete

If you have been past our headquarters site on Constance Street you may have noticed that, from the outside at least, the building looks virtually finished.
The final work to drainage and landscaping are being completed, and the rendering around the front gable is finished, creating a stunning entrance.
For leaders it is another step closer, but we still have a long way to go, as we have not started on the inside yet. Work is ongoing designing the electrics and heating, and we have had offers of free labour to do the work. However, we still need around £40,000 to complete the building, which is a relatively small amount compared to what we have raised so far!
To see more photos of the new headquarters go to our website www.consettscouts.org.uk.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Thank you for your Votes

Thank you to everyone who came along to the Derwent Valley AAP Your Voice, Your Money, Your Vote event to day. There was a fantastic turn out of people, including alot of parents from 1st Consett and 1st Blackhill. It was also amazing how many of the people who we spoke to used be a scout, or know someone who is at the moment.
When all the votes were counted, Consett and Blackhill Scouts got the most votes, winning the £5,000 we applied for. This is a great boost for us, and the money will now go towards the next stage of the build, which is the electrics and plumbing. Hopefully we will be in the new headquarters by Easter!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

We need YOUR vote!

Saturday 16th November is your chance to help us win £5,000 towards our new headquarters.

Consett and Blackhill Scouts are competing for a share of the Derwent Valley Partnership's "Its Up To You" grants, to help us start on the next stage of the new headquarters build. This grant is very important for both groups, as we work to find the money to complete our amazing new building.

The grant will make a huge difference to our 100 members, who currently meet in three different locations each week, and to future generations of young people in Consett, enabling both groups to provide more activities to more young people. As well as providing a fantastic new centre for Scouting, the building will also be an amazing asset for other community groups in Consett.

Please come along to St. Patrick's Church Hall, Victoria Road, Consett DH8 5AX on Saturday 16th November between 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. and vote for us.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Spare two minutes to help us win £3,000

We have got through to the final stage of the Lloyds Bank Community Fund. We now need you to help us win £3,000 towards our the new Scout Headquarters..
All you have to do is follow the link below and vote for 1st Blackhill Scout Group, or send a SMS Text message to 61119 ‘Vote KWHC’ (network rate only; no additional charge) or preferably both! You can also vote by going in to a LLoyds branch and asking for a voting slip. Everybody can vote three times, one by each of the above methods. 
Please pass this on to as many people as possible and ask them to vote.

Voting will close online and by SMS at 11.59pm on Friday 1 November 2013 and in branches, at the close of business (times vary locally).

Our Online Profile: https://communityfund.lloydsbank.com/voting/cf_org_vote_profile.asp?GUID=45A2DF9AD4BD4CF2BD9800EDB4205091
SMS Text Code: KWHC. Voters should send the message 'Vote KWHC' to 61119
Lloyds Bank Community Fund

Friday, October 11, 2013

Coffee Morning Saturday 12th October

All members, parents and supporters are invited to join us for a coffee morning on Saturday 12th October in the Church Hall at Christ Church, Consett from 10 a.m.
As well as enjoying coffee, cakes and snacks you will also have the opportunity to take part in a tour of the new headquarters. Be amongst the first to go inside and see what a fantastic building it will be when completed.