Ilford scout group celebrates end of centenary year in Gants Hill

An Ilford scout group ended a year of centenary celebrations on Saturday with a fun day of scouting activities in Gants Hill.

Deputy mayor of Redbridge Cllr Elaine Norman joined the 24th Ilford Northwest Scout Group at Bates Hall, in Wycombe Road, for the festivities.

The event included a variety of activities, such as rope making and safety bracelets. There was also an exhibition of the group’s history.

Roy Sharland, who joined the group in 1948, was on hand to inform people of the past of the group, which started in 1911.

He said that in the 1960s the group bought the Wycombe Road site from the Redbridge Social Club, selling part of it some years later to those developing Limewood Court, which now surrounds much of the site.

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Mr Sharland said: “I am delighted to see the group still flourishing.”

The Ilford Northwest scout group involves beavers, cubs, scouts, and explorers, encompassing an age range from six to 18.

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If you would like to get involved, contact group scout leader, Steve Pegrum on 020 8550 1168

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