Scouts get cash boost for new hut

HENFIELD cheque for  Scout Hut fund. L-r Benjamin Jennings, young leader, Eric Williams, chairman of Clarkes Mead Trust, Paula Flower,group scout leader, and Nick Cryer, of Gardens and Arts. Pic Mike Beardall SUS-140729-102111001
HENFIELD cheque for Scout Hut fund. L-r Benjamin Jennings, young leader, Eric Williams, chairman of Clarkes Mead Trust, Paula Flower,group scout leader, and Nick Cryer, of Gardens and Arts. Pic Mike Beardall SUS-140729-102111001
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Henfield is famous for its Scout Group – the oldest in the world – but the hut built in the Fifties is in a poor state and must be replaced to provide a meeting place and village headquarters.

On Tuesday July 22 they received a massive boost towards their target of £130,000 - a cheque for more than £4,000 from Henfield Gardens and Arts.

Eric Williams, chairman of Clarkes Mead Trust - who own the Scout Hut site - received the cheque from Nick Cryer, treasurer of Gardens and Arts (an annual weekend event in June).

At the presentation were Paula Flower, group scout leader, and Benjamin Jennings, a young leader. Mike Morgan, Scout Hut fund treasurer, said: “This was an outstanding contribution to our funds, which now stand at over £25,000.”

The Gardens and Arts cheque, for £4,490, was the result of a weekend of open gardens, concerts and art displays.

Said Nick Cryer: “We are delighted to support this very worrthwhile project for the village.”

On the evening of August 4, the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War - in which former Henfield Scouts died - villagers and scouts will gather at the war memorial to hold a candlight vigil. At 10pm the candles will be put out and the Last Post will be played by a bugler to mark the point at which the 1914 Foreign Secretary Edward Grey said: “The lamps are going out all over Europe”.

Report and pictures by Mike Beardall, Oakfield Media.