A scout group have plenty to celebrate this week including a grand re-opening and the creation of a little piece of history,
The 1st Nuthall Scout Group have appointed their first female Scout Leader since the group was formed in 1948 and a two-year makeover of the group’s headquarters in Back Lane has finally been completed.
Emma Rapley, whose son Max is part of the Scout group and was previously in the Cubs, has agreed to take on the role of Group Scout Leader.
The 39-year-old, who lives on the Mornington estate and works for a ventilation company will take up the position in September.
She said: “I will do my best to do justice to this important appointment and I will try to ensure that the future of the 1st Nuthall Scouts remains as secure as it has ever been.”
Group Chairman Paul Simpson said “ It is a very important role and we are delighted that Emma has agreed to take it on. I’m sure she will rise to the challenge and play a vital part in the continued success of the group”.
This week also saw the re-opening of the renovated headquarters by county Councillor Philip Owen who has supported the Scout Group throughout its improvement project and helped secure £10,000 of funding for the improvements.
The renovation included a new floor and the installation of toilets and a new kitchen on the premises.
Instead of a ribbon cutting ceremony, Coun. Owen was invited to unfurl the Scouts’ new colours which he did in the company of the group’s members, Chairman Paul Simpson and current Scout leader Jonathan Schofield.
Coun. Owen said: “The Scout Group in Nuthall has a long and proud history and I am delighted to see it go from strength to strength.
“Volunteers and supportive parents have used their considerable skills to play a positive role in the makeover of the premises.”
The Scouts began in 1948 and first held its meetings in a shed situated close to where the new HQ was installed in 1965 and the building has stood the test of time.
Stalwart Paul Simpson said: “ We have premises to be proud of and we hope that Scouting in Nuthall will serve the youth of the community for many years to come.”