Morpeth Scouts hit the bullseye with The Banks Group

October 13, 2017 | Brenkley News

Members and leaders of the 6th Morpeth Scouts, along with (back left) Jeannie Kielty of The Banks Group

A Northumberland scout group has hit the bullseye with a regional employer after winning funding for new archery equipment.

Members of the 6th Morpeth Scout Group has tried their hand at the sport during a visit to an archery centre and at one of their camps, and their enthusiasm and aptitude for the sport had led group leaders to look at how they might source their own equipment.

After receiving a £2,776 grant from The Banks Group’s Banks Community Fund for support, the group has now bought three sets of archery equipment, which they are also making available to other local scout groups as well as taking along to community events around the area to try to give as many people as possible the chance to try the sport for themselves.

Group leaders are also making themselves available to manage these outside sessions if the other groups don’t have anyone available with the training required to run them safely.

The Banks Community Fund grant has also funded the purchase of three new tents which, as well as using them at camps, the scouts can store the archery equipment when they’re attending events and shelter in if the weather turns bad.

The 6th Morpeth Scouts run beavers, cubs and scouts groups with a membership of around 130 boys and girls aged between six and 14 years old.

It’s run by a 18-strong team of volunteer leaders, and meets twice a week at the Morpeth Methodist Church on Howard Road.

Peter Holloway, former leader and committee member at the 6th Morpeth Scout Group, says: “We try to give all our members the opportunity to try as many different new activities as possible, so they have the best chance of finding things that they really like.

“Archery proved to be a real hit, both in terms of everyone’s enthusiasm for it and the skill levels that many of our scouts quickly demonstrated, and we felt it was something that we wanted to offer more often if we could find a way to fund the necessary equipment.

“As well as using it regularly ourselves, there’s been lots of interest from other local scout groups and community groups in having a go, and we’ll be trying to share both the archery equipment and the expertise we’re developing as widely as we can in the future.

“We wouldn’t have been able to buy either the archery equipment or our new tents without The Banks Group’s backing, and we’re very grateful for their support.”

Jeannie Kielty, community relations manager at the Banks Group, says: “Scouting opens up so many new windows of opportunities for young people, mostly thanks to the commitment of their leaders, and it’s great to see how well this new equipment is being used already by the 6th Morpeth group and their local peers.”

The Banks Community Fund provides grants for community groups and voluntary organisations in the vicinity of Banks Group projects.

Anyone interested in applying for funding should contact James Eaglesham at the Banks Community Fund on 0191 378 6342 to check if their group or project is eligible.

As well as using it regularly ourselves, there's been lots of interest from other local scout groups and community groups in having a go

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