'We're needing bottles of cash for a new HQ'.
money please Fund-raising Crosland Moor Cubs and their plastic pint cartons with (back, from left) scouts Alex Sadler, Lucy Roebuck and Dawn Seddon, who are representing the group at the 100th World Jamboree in Chelmsford, Essex, this year, along with fellow scout Joshua Brown. Also pictured are (back from third right) leaders Jen Mosley and Janet Haigh and group scout leader Tina Haigh
Group has a year to raise pounds 165,000
A SCOUT group has a fund- raising mountain to climb to get enough money to build a new headquarters.
Crosland Moor Scouts already have a pounds 300,000 grant from the Big Lottery Fund to build a community building.
But it will only get the money if it raises pounds 185,000 towards the project.
Fund-raising is under way, but the group still needs to raise about pounds 165,000 by next July to make the dream come true.
One of the group leaders, Geoff Ellis, said: "We have sent applications to charitable foundations and other organisations which may be able to provide money.
"We are also busy fund-raising ourselves."
Their efforts have included selling bricks for the new building at pounds 20 each and a 100 club lottery with a monthly draw which will raise pounds 3,000.
Also, all the cubs and scouts have been given pint milk cartons to fill with loose change.
The wider community is also urged to get involved with the fund-raising as the building will benefit different groups.
The new building - to replace the crumbling scout headquarters on Moorside Avenue - will be ideal for community and disabled groups.
The old scout headquarters was built 50 years ago for under pounds 2,000 by scouts, parents, friends and tradesmen in the area who rallied round.
The new facilities will include a large hall, a resource room, plenty of storage space and a meeting room, so two groups will be able to use the building at the same time.
The centre will be fully accessible for wheelchair users and it is also hoped there will be a play area suitable for people with disabilities.
* Colne Valley Masons recently presented Crosland Hill Scouts with pounds 500 for new equipment, not Crosland Moor Scouts, as reported in the Examiner.