Since the decision was taken in February 2015 to buy the Methodist Church for the continued use of the 63rd Derby Scout Group and the village, we have been thinking about the best ways to raise the money for this ambitious project. Let us tell you about our fund-raising campaign, and some ways in which you can help us achieve our goal…
Over the coming years we will be holding a large number of events, including our Annual Field Day on Dean’s Field. These will be publicised in the local press and radio and at our events and also on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Derby63rdScoutGroupDarleyAbbey/
We have started our Appeal for Donations through our fund-raising site https://mydonate.bt.com/charities/63rdderbyscoutshallfund
and our campaign to “Save-a-Brick” can be found at https://mydonate.bt.com/events/63rdderbyscouts-save-a-brick/330851
For those of you who want to follow us more closely, we have a ‘blog’ on this website http://www.63derbyscouts.co.uk/news/ to record and report our achievements more widely.
Our local supporters
Many local residents have said they were Cubs or Scouts (or even Leaders) some years ago and would be pleased to help us save the Scouts Hall. As one of the longest-running local groups in the area, we hope we will have a strong and supportive body of alumni to draw upon. To find our alumni, we hope to run appeals through the social history centrefold “Bygones” in The Derby Telegraph and on Radio Derby… if you or someone in your family was a member of the 63rd Derby and you would like to help us, please get in touch by e-mail at email@example.com
We have made contact with other local (community) groups who have promised their support and we hope to gain the support of local businesses too. For example, we have had a pledge of support from the Darley Abbey Society, who are championing our cause and are helping to raise the profile of our campaign.
Our local primary school (Walter Evans C of E Aided Primary School ) has offered to help us, and has run a Non-uniform Day in aid of our appeal with great success.
Our MP (Amanda Solloway) was involved with the Guides for many years and remains a keen supporter of both Guides and Scouts. She is giving us her full support and opened our Field Day in June 2016. ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oK6Z-FrYCUI&feature=youtu.be)
Last, but not least, our grateful thanks go to Colin Mitchell and Richard Mackney, of Fish Media, who set up this web-site for us. ( http://www.fish-media.net/)
Wider Scouting supporters
We have excellent support from the Scouts at the District, County and National level. We are encouraged by the success of our colleagues at 161st Derby (Hilton ) Scout Group, who recently raised money to build their Scout Hall and by the very supportive discussions we have had with neighbouring Scout Groups, in particular the 1st Horsley and Kilburn Scout Group (http://1sthandk.ukscouts.org.uk/).
Grants and other fund-raising opportunities
We anticipate that applying for grants and other schemes will be a major part of our plan.
The National Lottery Fund is (of course) a major potential funder, but we realise we must have made some considerable progress to attract their support in any grant application. Moreover, we recognise there are very many other grant-in-aid schemes to whom we may apply for support but we cannot know them all. So, if you have any suggestions of grants that we may apply for or want to share your experience of applying for grants, then please get in touch by e-mailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Using the Hall to raise money
As well as using the Hall for our meetings and for running fund-raising events, we hope to use it to its full potential to contribute to our Scouts Hall Fund…
Parties and Events: The Scouts Hall will be available for hire for parties and other social functions in the evenings and at weekends, during the times it is not being used by the Scouts Group. The Hall has its own kitchen and a fully functional stage and we have been told by one of the local Dance Clubs that the hall has an excellent wooden floor for dancing.
If you would like to hire the hall for an event please see our Hall Hire pages for further details
Other regular users: The local WI have already returned to meeting in the Hall and have asked if they might secure bookings going forward as soon as we are able to offer them, as well as Teen Yoga who are interested in continuing their use of the hall.
We would be delighted to hear from any other local groups who may wish to rent the Hall for their activities contact-us
So how can you help?
We welcome any help you can give, such as:
- volunteering as Committee members
- running events in aid of the Scouts Hall Fund
- any ideas for events from people who need help to run them or alternatively will help the 63rd Derby run them
- offers of help from people who can help out occasionally and are willing to be put on a list for occasional requests for help at events/ cooking for events
- undertaking research into funding opportunities and /or writing letters
- offers of time to put out leaflets around the village to publicise our events
- ideas for new funding sources and/ or share experience of applying for grants
- anything-else which might help us with our fund-raising campaign
If you think you can help us with our fund-raising please do get in touch with our fund-raising team at email@example.com we would love to hear from you!