Comet country scout group opens in Bedfordshire for first time in 34 years

The 1st Fairfield Park Scout group are the first to be set up in Comet country in 34 years

The 1st Fairfield Park Scout group are the first to be set up in Comet country in 34 years - Credit: Archant

A new scout group has opened in Comet country for the first time in 34 years.

After two years in the making, the 1st Fairfield Park Scout Group has opened for beavers, cubs and scouts.

The group, part of the 1,200 strong Biggleswade Scout District which is the biggest in Bedfordshire, marked its opening with a formal investiture of the 51 members.

Scout leader Keith Downing said: “There were 101 things to do. Premises to find, scarves to design, new leaders to train and all the time the youngsters kept coming.

“The enthusiasm was catching but for several months I never had a day when some question had to be answered. What a challenge.”


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The last newly created group was in Arlesey in 1980, something which deputy county commissioner Ken Brooker recalls.

At the investiture he said: “The World Scout Movement has just got bigger. It now has 29,000,051 members and it’s all thanks to you.”

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The group meets at Fairfield Park Community Hall in Kipling Crescent on Mondays at 6pm for beavers, 6.30pm for cubs and 7.30pm for scouts.

For more information email fairfieldparkscoutgroup@gmail.com

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