First News, April 2018, Issue 93

Here it is, YOUR latest newsletter bringing you up to date with YOUR Scout Group. You will find a Jumble Sale poster on the last page – if you have a printer, please print a copy and post it in your window or on any notice board to which you have access. Thanks.

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And we’re OFF!

Phase 1 of the New Hut Project started this morning. Hillingdon Council has given us permission to extend the width of the site by 8 metres on to the Hogs Back Open Space. Our contractors have begun the process of moving some of the existing fencing and adding in extra sections to enclose our new, larger compound.

Over this coming weekend, a team of volunteers will be starting the task of moving some of our equipment from the hut to storage locations around the neighbourhood. We aim to have most of our equipment moved off site by Jumble time, so that we can start major works immediately after.

A Year Ago Today ….

….. we launched our £100k appeal!

We have amazed ourselves by our own success; the total to date is £88,800 with more in the pipeline. For example, we are one of the Mayor of Hillingdon’s charities of the year and her term of office doesn’t end until May. And don’t forget our very own Quiz Night this coming Saturday, 3rd March which will add more to the coffers.

Keep  on fund-raisng!

Father Christmas visits early!

We received two early Christmas presents in the form of donations towards the New Hut Appeal . The first was on Wednesday 20th December; Andrew Retter, a Director of Fassnidge Trust, presented a cheque for £1,000 from the Trust at the Group’s December Committee Meeting. In his address, Andrew said that most of the charitable work done by the Trust is directed towards the elderly, but they also reserve some of their funds for especially deserving Youth Projects. Andrew has a long association with 1st Northwood Scouts.

Then on Saturday 23rd December, One Stop, the grocery store in the centre of Northwood, presented a cheque for £2,000 as part of the Carriers for Causes scheme. The cheque was presented by Karishma Mehta on behalf of the store, and was accepted by Mike Bennett, Group Scout Leader.

£80k and counting ….

The Hut Appeal Fund goes from strength to stremgth – our most recent large donation was £5,000 from the Metropolitan Masonic Charity, following an earlier donation of the same amount from Middlesex Masons.  Paul Medlycott, Leo Mindel and Stephen Plume represented us at Freemasons’ Hall on 29 November, where they were shown around the very impressive art-deco building .   We are very grateful to their members for the donation.

Paul, Stephen and Leo at Freemasons’ Hall

Other recent donations which have helped boost the fund to an amazing £80,000 are: Aviva (£1k), Tesco Bags of Help (£2k) plus smaller amounts from Phoenix Ladies’ Club, Holy Trinity Church Autumn Fair, Nisa Local, MK Charitable Trust and Northwood Hills Residents’ Association Big Switch On event. Thank you everyone!