Scouting about in Hillside for another 25 years

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Scouts in Hillside are celebrating the official opening of their brand new, state-of-the-art hall.

The building, which has been named The Adam Scout Hall after John Adam who donated a six figure sum towards the construction of the hall, opened last week.

An event marking its opening was attended by local dignitaries and representatives of the local community, Arbroath and Montrose scouting district, east scouting region and their own leaders and group committee.

The facility was formally opened by Brian Findlay, a member of the District Scouting Active Support team who also sits on the District Scouting executive committee.

As well as the donation from Mr Adam, the 1st Hillside Scout Group has been fundraising for the last few years to realise the funds for the hall.

As part of their drive, tickets were sold for a ‘golden brick’ - the winners of this were local couple, Rick and Mary Calcott.

Their names are now recorded on a plaque inside the hall.

Scout leader John Campbell said: “We are very grateful to Mr John Adam who generously donated a six figure sum which allowed us to go ahead with the work at this time.

“This donation combined with the fantastic amount of fundraising that has been carried out locally by our young people, committee, parents and leaders will allow us to promote scouting and serve the group for decades to come.

“We are delighted that the building has been produced on time, to an excellent standard and without any major financial surprises.”

The new hall, which incorporates a leaders’ office, kitchen, disabled toilet/shower room and ample storage space, as well as a main hall, replaces an old wooden hut that had served as the scout hall for 50 years and had been part of the former airfield at Montrose prior to that.

The former timber hut was roughly 21 by 5.5 metres, but the new building, made of wet dash and timber cladding, is 30 by eight metres.

The 1st Hillside Scout Group have been on the same site since 1908 and have worked in close liaison with The Fairbairn Trust and Angus Council to secure a lease allowing them to continue scouting in this location for at least another 25 years.

The new hall, designed by architect Andrew Kenny of Montrose Project Planning Limited and constructed by local building company MCK Construction, was the culmination of several years of hard work by a sub-committee set up for the purpose.