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Beer Scouts to publish book

Thursday, 03 April 2014


THE 1st Beer Scouts have come up with a novel way to boost their fundraising – by publishing a book.
The group, which boast a 50-strong membership comprising Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorer Scouts, is campaigning to find the money to refurbish their scout hut in Clapps Lane.
A jumble sale ad bag packing exercise at Tesco in Seaton last year helped take their fund to well over £1,000 towards their target of £6,000.
Fundraising co-ordinator Ian Priestley has now come up with the idea of compiling a book on the memories of local people of their time as a Cub, Scout, Brownie or Girl Guide.
“We would like to compile enough information to create a book or perhaps a magazine depending on the response we receive,” said Mr Priestley. Our aim is to sell the book to raise funds for our scout hut which desperately needs heating and insulating as it has the warmth of a garden shed at the moment.”
A circular has been distributed around homes in Beer asking for memories and anecdotes which could be used in the book – and not just from ex-members of 1st Beer Scouts.
“This is not just aimed at people who ‘scouted’ in Beer but everyone who has ever been a member of any troop or pack and who now lives in the Beer area,” added Mr Priestley.
“Have you ever met Lord Baden Powell or camped on Brownsea Island? What was your most memorable ‘bob-a-job’? Did that knot you learned ever prove useful?
“What was your favourite song sung around the camp fire – does the smell of wet canvas still stir memories in you?”
Mr Priestley is hoping this plea will tap into a rich vein of anecdotes and tales from the young and old in Beer and help to ensure that the future generations of scouts will have a home worthy of the 21st century.
Anyone who has a story to tell is asked to drop in their contribution to Beer Post Office, but if the muse fails you Mr Priestley says there are other ways in which people can help the fundraising campaign.
“If you cannot contribute to our book perhaps you would like to make a donation?” said Mr Priestley.
“Not just money but maybe your time if you are a skilled trader or if you have a great relevant story to tell one evening.”

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