Buxton and Lamas Scouts celebrate new headquarters opening

Scouts young and old saluted a new youth building which marks four years of busy fund-raising.

The headquarters at Buxton near Aylsham is the latest addition to a youth project that sees young footballers, Scouts and Guides sharing a site on the edge of the village.

Back in 1992 the original plan was for a youth building, and saw the creation of Balay Park - Buxton and Lamas Youth - with a collection of pitches and a football cabin with changing rooms.

But the Balay committee folded in 2006 after running out a steam - and saw the 1st Buxton Lamas Sea Scout Group take up the reins the following year, aiming to create a camp site and HQ on part of the site.

Boosted by two large anonymous donations which covered half the �75,000 cost they busied themselves with auctions, jumble sales, barn dances and race nights to raise the rest.

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There has also been a �3,000 grant from the Norfolk Community Foundation which helped build the inside walls.

The result was a new building opened on Saturday by former Scout leader Dick Smithson, who led the group in 1953, and youngest, six-year-old Dylan Halls.

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They cut a tape secured by a blue and white commemorative woggle in front of 100 people, after the building was blessed by the Rev Peter Hansell.

Acting Group Scout Leader Vereen Marcer, who has been involved with the Buxton Scouts since 1979, said: 'It has been a fantastic achievement for a small group over just four years.'

Volunteers had also helped with preparation of the site, and finishing off the interior of the building, which will be used by the 50-strong Scout group and a Guides company - with the aim of starting a Rainbow Guide unit in January.

As well as the afternoon opening ceremony there was also a weekend camp on the site, with songs around the campfire.

On Sunday children, leaders and supporters paid to decorate tiles marking the event which will be used to complete the toilet areas.

Anyone interested in joining the group - youngsters or volunteer helpers - should contact Mrs Marcer on 01603 279457 or email vereen.marcer@btinternet.com

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