A GROUP of Scouts is celebrating after the kitchen at its hut received a 'much-needed' and 'long overdue' makeover.

Work to renovate the kitchen at 2nd Knutsford Scouts' Manor Crescent headquarters took place over the Summer holidays.

The refurbishment at the hut, which has been the base for countless Squirrels, Beavers, Cubs and Scouts over the last 50 years, will allow for bigger and safer activities to take place.

Phil Redhead, chairman of the 2nd Knutsford Scout Group, was delighted with the finished renovation.

He said: “This work has greatly improved the facilities at 2nd Knutsford.

"I can't thank our local community enough for helping to make this fantastic enhancement to our base.

Knutsford Guardian: The main hall in 2nd Knutsford Scout hutThe main hall in 2nd Knutsford Scout hut (Image: 2nd Knutsford)

"All the funding for this was either raised by the group or donated by local businesses and for all these contributions we are extremely grateful."

After initially struggling to find a company able to carry out the work within the Scout group's budget, Phil turned to Rob Lyons, who runs a building contractors and volunteers for the 1st Knutsford Scout Group. 

Phil added: "As a volunteer for another local Scout group, Rob understands the financial pressures on our groups and ensured every hard earned penny in our budget was value for money.

"The 2nd Knutsford committee would like to publicly offer our thanks to Rob for making our vision become a reality."

Scout leader at 2nd Knutsford, Rob Walley added: “The missing piece of the refurbishment at 2nd was the kitchen.

"With hard work from the committee, regular HQ users such as Rugbytots and Lina Monti school of dance, and the amazing work of Rob Lyons to do all the work, we now have a kitchen to be proud of.

"This will allow safer and bigger activities for our members, and also makes the HQ more appealing to other external users, whether they be birthday parties or regular users.”

The renovation was carried out over the Summer to minimise disruption to the Scouts and other local businesses that hire the facility.

Anyone interested in hiring the hall, which has its own parking area and now a shiny new kitchen, or if you know children between four and 14 who are interested in Scouting, please contact david.hogg@akdistrictscouts.org.uk.