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BEER: Book plea is big hit

Thursday, 15 May 2014

BEER Scouts fundraising co-ordinator Ian Priestley outside Beer Scout Hall

BEER Scouts fundraising co-ordinator Ian Priestley outside Beer Scout Hall

THE project to publish an anthology of memories of local people of their time as a cub, scout, brownie or girl guide in order to raise funds for the 1st Beer Scouts has got off to a flying start. A leaflet drop in the village ran alongside an article in Pulman’s View last month and co-ordinator Ian Priestley said the response had been terrific. “I have had around 12 to 15 letters back, including one of eight pages, from local people with some really interesting stuff,” said Mr Priestly, “I have also received postcards and photos and people have clearly made a lot of effort.” Mr Priestly said one ex member of 1st Beer Scouts recalled camping on Beer Head during World War II and watching the Luftwaffe fly overhead on a night-time bombing raid of Exeter and seeing the horizon lit up by the glow from the flames. It will be anecdotes like that which Mr Priestley will look to include in the publication; the sales of which will go towards the £6,000 required for the refurbishment of the scout hut in Clapps Lane. In the meantime that fund-raising has received an unexpected bonus. “As well as sending us anecdotes and stories some people have been including cheques – some really sizeable – towards the refurbishment fund, which is really nice of them,” said Mr Priestley. On top of other fundraising ventures that has enabled the scouts to complete the first phase of their refurbishment with new roof installation. “We can already feel the difference in the hut after the work last weekend,” said Fiona Gage, who is an Axe Air Explorers Leader and Scout Leader. Mr Priestley has now asked for readers further afield from Beer – you needn’t have been a member of 1st Beer Scouts - to send in their memories of being a cub, scout, brownie or girl guide. “Our appeal has clearly struck a nerve in the local community and we are keen to hear from anyone who has a story to tell,” he added. Anyone who has a story to tell is asked to drop in their contribution to Beer Post Office or come along to talk to Mr Priestley at the Beer Heritage Coffee morning at the Mariners’ Hall on Saturday, May 17th.

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