Plea to save under-threat scout troop

Clock Face scouts are under threat of closure
Clock Face scouts are under threat of closure
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THE St Helens Reporter today launches a campaign to save one of the town’s oldest scout groups from extinction.

Leaders at the 14th Clock Face group fear they will not be able to last much more than a year unless more adult volunteers can be found.

John Williams, Scout leader of The 14th St Helens (Clock Face) Scouts, centre, with District Commisoner Chris Williams and St Helens District public relations officer Terry Gregson, who are appealing for more volunteers

John Williams, Scout leader of The 14th St Helens (Clock Face) Scouts, centre, with District Commisoner Chris Williams and St Helens District public relations officer Terry Gregson, who are appealing for more volunteers

The group, which has served up the fun of scouting for 54 years, has already had to give up its beaver colony – for six to eight-year-olds – due to a lack of adult volunteers.

And now, with no beavers feeding into the older cub pack and scout groups, the future of the entire scout group - based in a hut off Leach Lane - is under threat unless more adults come forward to volunteer their time.

Group scout leader John Williams said: “As it stands, we can certainly carry on for the next 12 months. But in the longer term we’ve got a problem.

“We need to have at least two adult volunteers at each scout meeting and currently only have three to choose from. Ideally, we’d like to have many more volunteers and restart the beaver section.”

Chris Williams, St Helens Scouts’ district commissioner, agreed: “It’s a very desperate situation. Across St Helens we have more than 250 young people waiting to join one of our groups. But we need more adult volunteers to allow us to take on more youngsters.

“We operate a flexible volunteering scheme which allows adults to give as much or as little time as they can. Like scouting’s most famous volunteer, the Duchess of Cambridge, people can only help out when their busy lives allow - becoming part of a bigger volunteering team who, together, make scouting work.

“Don’t worry if you don’t know anything about scouting – all you need is a desire to inspire children and have fun.”

Mrs Williams added: “The Clock Face group needs volunteers to help the existing leaders re-start the beaver colony and support the cub and scout sections by giving an hour or two of their spare time when they can. They could work directly with the children or help with fund raising and administration.”

Anyone interested in getting involved can call Chris Williams on 01744 750702 after 4.30pm or find out more online at: www.sthelensscouts.org.uk

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