Ground-breaking Scouting scheme

Forth West Lothian Scouts open their new hall and grounds (Avonbank Scout Camp Site)''Pictured: Lord Provost Tom Kerr, Thom Pollock (Linlithgow and Bo'ness Rotary Club, and Paul Charlton (Group Scout Leader).''Image by: Malcolm McCurrach
Forth West Lothian Scouts open their new hall and grounds (Avonbank Scout Camp Site)''Pictured: Lord Provost Tom Kerr, Thom Pollock (Linlithgow and Bo'ness Rotary Club, and Paul Charlton (Group Scout Leader).''Image by: Malcolm McCurrach

Pitching tents and crowding round campfires are just some of the things that Scouts are famous for.

And after £10,000 of investment, Scouts around Linlithgow will be able to do even more outdoor activities as the grounds around the Scout Hall on Mill Road have been given a makeover.

Last Saturday Provost Tom Kerr cut the ribbon at the Linlithgow Bridge base, officially declaring it re-opened after the ground was cleared, levelled, and a path formed. The Scout Hall was also reroofed as the 4th West Lothian Scouts who meet there, made it fit for purpose. The group 
comprises around 100 youngsters in Beavers, Cubs and Scouts.

Andy Cunningham, chairman of the Scouts’ fundraising committee, said: “The grounds were all overgrown and it was a really big job but we were able to get some lottery funding, we received a donation from the Rotary Club of Linlithgow and Bo’ness, and we did some local fundraising.”

Various groups of Scouts and Guides were invited to the reopening as the whole Scouting community use the grounds.

Andy added: “The grounds can be used by the Beavers, who can pitch tents in the area, and have space to run about.

‘‘Cubs can do their camp fires and build their firepits and it can be an area where all sections can practise their Scouting skills.

“The 2nd West Lothian Scouts have no outside space, but now, they can come here, rather than travelling to Beecraigs or to Torphichen.

“Long term we want to 
upgrade the hut as a camp 
setting for other Scouts 
outside the area as well.”

The Scouts also thanked Sainsbury’s who provided catering. The group will continue to fundraise for the project with events such as the Advent Fayre, a Christmas Fayre and the Scout Post.