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Double Celebration for The 11th Southgate Scout Group

Published Monday, 30 September 2013

A Cockfosters Scout Hall has been substantially improved thanks to a cash injection of £27,143 from the Enfield Residents Priority Fund (ERPF).

scout hut

The Headquaters, based in Chalk Lane, Cockfosters needed thousands of pounds to be spent to bring the toilets and heating up to the required standards including providing disabled toilet facilities. The 11th Southgate Scout Group spent money raised through various fundraising activities to start making improvements but needed more money for the urgent major works.

Supported by over 500 local people and businesses, Christ Church parishioners and the general public, an application was made to Enfield Council’s ERPF.

This was successful and saw building works take place to replace heating and toilet facilities, and also to improve disabled access.

The facilities opened last weekend with a double celebration as the Group Scout Leader Peter (Jumbo) Davis M.B.E. also received an award for 60 years of service to scouting at the same time as the building’s reopening.

The new facilities and work of the Scout Group were blessed by the Rev Dr Richard James, Vicar of Christ Church, and officially opened by Roger Colebrook, County Commissioner for Greater London North Scout County.

Jumbo Davis, Group Scout Leader of the 11th Scout Leader Group said “It is a great day for us to see this building refurbished as it allows us to widen the membership of our group to more boys and girls, especially those with disabilities. It also allows all sections of the community to use the area more easily and makes the whole place more attractive for community groups to use.”

Cllr Bambos Charalambous, Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure, Culture Youth and Localism said “This project is an inspiration and exactly what the ERPF was set up to do. Mr Davis is himself a role model to young people as he has just been awarded an accolade for 60 dedicated years of service to the movement.

“He has marked this achievement by renovating this building for future generations and making it fit for the future to attract more boys and girls to the scouts. It is a fantastic achievement.”

For all enquiries for boys and girls to join the beavers, cubs and scouts, and to use the new hall contact Jumbo on 01923 854507.

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