Members of 1st Radstock Scout Group were delighted to have been chosen as one of the recipients of a Community Charity Award by Radstock Co-operative Society. The presentation of a cheque for £1,100 was made at the Scouts’ headquarters in Wells Road by Angela Wilson a director of the Society, and received on behalf of the Scouts by some of the young members.
The Scouts occupy the site of a former limestone quarry, which was donated to them in 1933. Recently, they have been fund-raising for a special project to stabilise the former quarry face and to re-surface their eighty metre entrance drive. A spokesman for the Scouts said, “The generous donation by members of Radstock Co-operative Society is a most welcome boost for this project, and will help us to complete it during the school summer holiday.” Over seventy young members enjoy the adventure of Scouting in Radstock, and the Group is run by a team of fourteen volunteer leaders and a committee of parents and friends. The Scout Hall is also home to the Mercury Explorer Scout Unit and 1st Radstock Guide Company.
A spokesperson for the Radstock Co-operative said, “We saw an increase in the number of applications this year compared to previous years. Applications were received from a variety of different causes covering a wide geographical area. Being a member-owned organisation, members get to have a say in the way we operate and that includes voting on the causes they wish to support for the year. As well as the financial support provided by the Society, we hope that we can develop relationships with the First Radstock Scout Group to help raise awareness of their work and the benefits to young people and the local community.”