A ROYAL visit has officially marked the opening of 2nd Warwick Sea Scouts’ new jetties and boatyard.
His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent recently visited the scout hut in St Nicholas Park where he was welcomed by more than 80 youngsters.
The Duke cut the ribbon on the jetties and boatyard – the first phase in the scouts ‘Building a Future’ project.
The group raised £150,000 to fund the work, with an overall goal of £800,000 for the entire initiative which will see a new headquarters built next to St Nicholas Park Leisure Centre, replacing the 50-year-old dilapidated hut. So far £570,000 has been raised.
The group – which has 130 children on its waiting list – aims to start building its new HQ in 2019, on its 60th anniversary.
Group leader Martin Stockbridge said: “It was a great honour to welcome The Duke of Kent to our group.
“Our new jetties will be a valuable resource for our group and the local community and, coupled with the new headquarters, will secure the future of 2nd Warwick Sea Scouts for many years to come.
“We would like to thank all of our valued supporters for their continued backing of our ‘Building a Future’ project. We hope we will gain even more support to help us secure the final funding we need for our new HQ.”
While visiting the HQ the duke also handed out awards to some of the scouts.
He also unveiled a ‘funders wall’ which recognised some organisations, such as Warwick Rotary Club, Kenilworth Round Table and The Deeley Group, which had supported the project.