Scouts celebrate centenary with outdoor area

Hartshill Scouts wanted to celebrate their 100th anniversary in a special way, so turned to Aspire’s Realise Foundation for funding to spruce up an outdoor area.

The scouts who are based in Boundary Street, Stoke-on-Trent, wanted an outdoor area to be created which literally marked 100 years in stone, with a fire pit made by PM Training’s Artworks team and a seating area complete with a commemorative bench for them to enjoy.

They wanted a safe area where they could practise lighting camp fires and cook under the supervision of qualified scout leaders.

The total cost of the project was £4,261 – the Realise charity awarded £4,000 and Hartshill Scouts paid the remaining funds.

The scouts are celebrating 100 years this year and will be holding community events in the area by inviting members past and present to share memories.

Parent Jayne Fair who supports the 21s Hartshill Scouts, said: “We are really pleased with the results – the outdoor area is a complete transformation. We’re proud of our scouting history in Hartshill and it’s great that our site will be enjoyed by generations to come.”

Will Nixon, chief executive of the Realise Foundation, said: “It’s a pleasure to see the scouts enjoying the new outdoor area, which looks fantastic. I’d like to thank our partners and colleagues for making this possible, helping to put something back into the local community.”