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National Grid’s grant promise

A scout group that’s shaped the lives of thousands of young people since its launch 116 years ago has been given a National Grid grant to mend its leaking roof

The 1st Connah’s Quay group moved to its current HQ in the north Wales town in the 60s, but time has taken its toll on the ageing hut.

Despite spending on new central heating system, a new kitchen and floors over the last few years, the group’s chairman of fundraising David Rowlands said the holy roof soon became a priority.

“We started to fundraise but were some way off until we approached National Grid for a grant and they approved it and stepped in to help,” he said.

Ist Connah's Quay Scouts after Snowdon challenge
Some of the 1st Connah’s Quay Scouts after conquering Mount Snowdon

The group’s renovation plan dream became reality with a £20,000 Bringing Energy to Life grant from National Grid, which is working on two major projects in the area that will secure future energy supplies.

The new substation, due in 2018, is longer than a football pitch

The grant helped to complete a five-year renovation project which will ensure any future fundraising goes towards equipment for the Scouts rather than building maintenance.

National Grid is currently replacing equipment at Connah’s Quay substation so it is able to connect new sources of electricity into its network, including the Western Link project which will bring renewable energy from Scotland to homes and businesses in England and Wales.

“Many applications for help were made but the only organisation that listened was National Grid.  We are so grateful for the grant. It means so much to us and will add 50 years to the life of the building and make the hut more energy efficient,” David added.

The group is the oldest scout group in Wales and caters for Beaver, Cubs, Scouts and Explorer sections with over 200 boys and girls aged six to 18 attending every week. The local community also uses the hut for coffee mornings, bingo and other social events and parties.

David Tyrer, Project Manager of work at the substation, explained, “Bringing Energy to Life is a wonderful grant scheme aimed to help communities and charities by funding projects that benefit the community in the areas where we are carrying out work.

“This project particularly deserved the grant because it will keep a vital community service running for many years to come, as well as improving efficiency and minimising heat loss.”