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Warwick Sea Scouts have brand new home


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2nd Warwick Sea Scouts are proud to announce that their new HQ and community building has now been completed in St Nicholas Park, following the receipt of a £225k grant from the Norton Foundation to fund the final building works.


The work has been fully funded after extensive fundraising by the Sea Scouts over many years and has delivered an excellent new resource for both their youngsters and the general public. This has been possible through the generosity of many grant providers, with large grants being secured from:


  • The Norton Foundation;
  • Warwick District Council;
  • HS2 Community and Environment Fund;
  • 29th May 1961Charitable Trust; 
  • King Henry VIII Endowed Trust.


Alan Bailey – Chairman of the Norton Capital Grants Committee 2020, commented: “Young people, through scouting, now have a great place in which to learn and grow through the opportunities created by this enthusiastic group of scouting volunteers. The Norton Foundation recognises that investing in the “Training Ship Norton” is one of the best investments it can make locally to help develop the leaders of tomorrow.” 


At the Gala opening on 18th September, the Sea Scouts’ new HQ will be opened by Scout Adventurer Sal Montgomery and named ‘TS Norton’ (Training Ship Norton) to recognise the generous £225k grant the Norton Foundation made to complete the building.


There will be an Open House at TS Norton from 1 pm – 4 pm when members of the community are invited to come along for a tour of the building, and also enjoy a BBQ, refreshments and stalls from the RNLI, Royal British Legion, and Royal Navy set up outside at the rear of the building. The Coventry Festival Band will also perform until 1:30 pm. 


This presents a wonderful opportunity to see their outstanding new facilities, which is available for hire for local groups, and find out more about what the group does. Inside will be displays from each of their sections and a collection of photos from this year’s Scout camp at Lake Windermere. They also hope to create a wall of memories from any former members that attend the opening.


Neale Murphy, Chair of Warwick District Council, added: “I was lucky to get a sneak preview of the new HQ ahead of its formal gala opening, and it was fantastic to see the amazing new community facilities. It was great to chat with some youngsters too and hear all about their adventures. 


“It brought home why such facilities are so important for the district’s young people, who really benefit from the life-long skills and experiences on offer with 2nd Warwick Sea Scouts, whilst also establishing a great new community venue in the heart of Warwick.” 


For more information, don’t hesitate to get in touch with [email protected] or visit www.2wk.org.uk/new-hq or follow on Facebook www.facebook.com/2wkseascouts.


Written by: David Watkins

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