Esher Chapter supports 1st Claygate Scout Group

Towards the end of 2017 Esher Chapter became aware that 1st Claygate Scout Group had launched a project to enlarge their Scout Centre in Oaken Lane, Claygate. There had been a strong connection between the Scout Group and the late E.Comp Jeremy Salter, PAGDC, PPGReg who had worked with others to establish the existing scout premises. It therefore seemed a very appropriate way for Esher Chapter to contribute towards the new project and to acknowledge the memory of Jeremy.

Esher Chapter (C5491) supports 1st Claygate Scout Group

The scout group is very successful and provides scouting opportunities for 290 local children from Claygate, Esher and Hinchley Wood. However, an extension to their current premises would enable them to offer additional places from their waiting list – consistently standing at about 300 mostly aged 0 – 5 years. Planning permission has been granted by Elmbridge Borough Council and an initial estimate for the extension amounted to £350,000. By using their reserves the scout group have set about raising an additional £250,000 by way of grants, sponsored events and contributions from parents and other organisations – fund raising is progressing well.

On 5th February, a representative group of companions from Esher Chapter, accompanied by Mrs Rosemary Salter, attended a scout group meeting and were pleased to present a cheque for £500 towards the project. Mrs Salter formally presented the cheque on behalf of the Chapter and thereby reflected the relationship between her husband’s close involvement with the current premise and the ongoing support of Esher Chapter.

E. Comp Bruce Perry was present to represent the Province and despite his best intentions was unable to wear his original scouting shirt! Esher Chapter wishes the 1st Claygate Scout Group every success with the project and their outstanding support for local young people.

It is of particular note that for the third year running the scout group band has been chosen to take part in the Lord Mayor of London’s parade.

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