Hamble Sea Scouts serve up fresh new kitchen

Date: Monday 23 October 2017

A Sea Scout group based in Hamble, Hampshire, is bringing its kitchen facilities into the 21st century.

Our Southern Counties team, currently building high-quality new homes at the Kingfisher Grange development nearby in Bursledon, has donated £250 to the 6th Itchen Hamble Sea Scouts to help with the cost of refurbishing the kitchen at the group’s headquarters.

With around 25 Beavers, 30 Cubs, 70 Scouts and 40 Explorers, the group is one of the largest and most active of its kind in the area, and its passion for sailing has endured for more than a century.

“I’ve been involved in Scouting since I was a youngster and took over leadership of the group from my father,” explains Group Scout Leader Sharon Hoey.

“We have a great bunch of children taking part in what we do and we are hopeful that Taylor Wimpey’s new Kingfisher Grange development will bring even more youngsters who want to join the group.

“An important issue for us at the moment is updating the facilities that we have available, including our kitchen. It is actually my old kitchen from about 20 years ago and is in real need of a makeover.

“There are lots of people using the kitchen, not just to cook but as a social space as well. In order to handle the level of demand, we have to bring the facilities into the 21st century.”

Sea Scouting aims to develop personal skills and social engagement within young people, while encouraging them to explore the natural world. Scouts participate in regular trips and activities that bring them closer together and allow them to learn more about themselves.

“We receive very little financial support, so we are always on the lookout for help,” Sharon continues.

“With this in mind, we are extremely grateful to Taylor Wimpey for their donation and are excited by the prospect of inviting more members to the group.”