New scout HQ rises from the ashes


FYLDE Scouts, left devastated by two arson attacks which destroyed their headquarters, celebrated an historic day as they unveiled the foundation stone of their new building.

Almost two years after the first blaze ripped through the HQ on Heyhouses Lane in St Annes, Scouts, their leaders and borough dignitaries gathered to see how the new district headquarters has risen from the ashes.

A foundation stone, inscribed with the name of Fylde Scouts’ president, Tom Westwall, was unveiled on Saturday.

Fylde MP Mark Menzies, who gave a speech at the unveiling, said: “This is a very proud day for scouting in Fylde.

“When the building burnt down it was a great tragedy but today is testimony to the hard work and dedication of Fylde Scouts.”

A fundraising appeal, which includes a ‘buy a brick’ opportunity, has been launched by Fylde Scouts.

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Mr Menzies is also backing Scout Community Week, formerly known as “bob-a-job week” this year.

Scouts in Fylde will be taking part in the week, which is taking place from 14-20 May this year across the UK.

Mr Menzies said: ”I am proud to support Scout Community Week, particularly as scout groups in the Fylde area are heavily involved.”

Scout Community Week will see Scouts from across the UK taking part in an array of tasks and projects to make a positive impact on the lives of local people. The Scout Association want your help in bringing these benefits to our community.

The Scout Association wants your suggestions for projects you think Scouts in our area could do to make a difference.

This could be creating a garden for a hospital or care home, litter picking in a local park or making useful individual items such bird boxes or bike racks.

To submit your ideas please email or visit for further information.

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