Scouts celebrate 40th birthday

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A VILLAGE Scout group celebrated its 40th anniversary with a range of fun-filled activities.

The Great Barton Group marked the milestone with a garden party with the Mayor of St Edmundsbury, a curry night and summer barbecue.

With the help of volunteers, they also renovated their hut, which was bought secondhand four decades ago.

The £6,000 project was completed following a wealth of fund-raising including jumble sales and quiz nights.

They also received grants from Great Barton Parish, St Edmundsbury borough and Suffolk county councils.

The group is expanding and is hoping to add an additional Beaver colony followed by a Cub pack and Scout troop over the next 12 months.

For the plan to succeed, they urgently need a group Scout leader and additional adult support.

Robert Possnett, chairman of the group, said: “Scouting is hugely popular and we have some 80 children attending weekly but with volunteers we believe we could double this number.

“It’s hugely important that we get some more adult help.”

Anyone who would like to offer their support to the Scouts, should contact (01284) 787322.