Reward for scout group

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HOLBEACH Explorer Scouts have been rewarded for their community work with a £50 donation from the parish council.

A group of 16 Scouts and five leaders went to work at Carter’s Park where they painted swings, seesaws and other play equipment during Scout Community Week in May.

They also had time to paint benches and do a litter pick around the park before moving on to the bowls clubhouse to paint its windows and Holbeach Scout and Guide Hut where the group painted a fence and gates.

Mark Dennis, South Holland Explorer Scouts leader, said: “The parish council agreed to allow the group to come into Carter’s park to do some repainting and maintenance work.

“The Scouts enjoyed it quite a lot and got a lot of satisfaction out of it because they knew it was a way of putting something back into the community.

“They also appreciated the work because some of them have used Carter’s Park themselves.”

The group plans to use the cash for new equipment to help members complete their Duke of Edinburgh Award work.

Mark said: “Because we’re a charity, we rely on donations to pay for the use of Holbeach Youth Centre as our location.

“We’re quite heavily into our Duke of Edinburgh Award work at the moment and all of our funding has gone on that, so the parish council’s donation will help us a lot with buying new equipment.”

Parish council chairman Peter Savory said: “We were very pleased with the work done by the Explorer Scouts and they deserve something for it.”