New Scouts base a step closer

NMAC11-0027-4''Gwilym Griffith, Chairman of the MAnsfield and District Scouts, receive sthe keys to the new building at the Robin Hood Activity Centre from Carmalor Site Manager Chris Moore on Friday
NMAC11-0027-4''Gwilym Griffith, Chairman of the MAnsfield and District Scouts, receive sthe keys to the new building at the Robin Hood Activity Centre from Carmalor Site Manager Chris Moore on Friday
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PHASE one of a new activity centre for Scouts across Mansfield and Ashfield has been completed.

The new environmentally friendly site, which cost £583,526 and caters for all groups, also offers short breaks for disabled children and is equipped with fully disabled shower and toilet facilities including hoist and shower beds.

It has been developed on the site of the old scouts camp on Ricket Lane, Blidworth, and will take its first weekend group on Friday 4th March.

There will be disabled access to all activities including camping, making camp fires and there are nature trails in nearby woods and long distance walks on the Robin Hood Way and Sustrans Route which are both close to the site.

Project co-ordinator Paul Craddock said in 2007 he had launched a plan to build a new centre on the site by the end of 2010.

“Our original concept was to get children and young adults into the countryside and become more active,” he said.

“This was at a time when people were saying that children were becoming more obese so our thrust was to put something into plan giving people the opportunity to enjoy the environment,” he said.

Volunteers at the centre will work in partnership with nearby King’s Mill reservoir Mill Adventure Base with footpaths allowing wheelchair access to all the activities which include climbing, canoeing, sailing and archery.

The site will be heated using air sourced heat pumps which were provided through community project funding from companies Wren and Biffa Ward

Project bosses say the second phase building, which costs £281,337, would be complete by February.

l To listen to an exclusive audio interview with Paul Craddock on his vision for the centre visit www.chad,co.uk/news/local