Scouts and Guides shop serving Bury area needs a new home

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The Bury St Edmunds shop that supplies Scouts and Guides with uniforms and badges hopes someone will be prepared to give it new home.

The shop, staffed by volunteers, has been based at the Guildhall in Guildhall Street, Bury, for about 30 years but will be moving to a temporary address at Lake Avenue on Bury’s Mildenhall Road estate y at the end of April for a few weeks.

It will probably return to the Guildhall until new permanent premises can be found.

But the Guildhall — believed to be the oldest civic building in England — is applying to the Heritage Lottery Fund to create a heritage and exhibition centre.

The first floor room used for the Scouts and Guides shop will be redeveloped as part of the project and was the wartime of Royal Observer Corps control room for the area, feeding information to the fighter control at Duxford.

The Guildhall is owned by the Feoffment Trust and managed and maintained by St Edmundsbury Borough Council. The council is helping to move the shop’s stock and is providing the Lake Avenue temporary shop rent-free.

Chris Richardson, representative for the Scouts and Guides shop said: “We sell the full range of uniforms for the youngest children joining the Scouting and Guiding movements as Beavers and Rainbows, through to adult Leaders.

“Many people still prefer to come in and try on uniforms and we have a team of volunteers on hand to help.

“We are looking for a new base which is easy for people to find and has room for our stock. We are happy to share premises, but we need to be able to lock up our part of the building.”

Anyone who thinks they can help with new premises should contact Chris Richardson on 01284 768576 or email