8th Worthing Sea Scout Group
New Minibus Launch

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Press Release

His Worship the Mayor of Worthing, Councillor James Doyle, formally launched 8th Worthing Sea Scout Group’s new minibus on Sunday 14 March 2004. A short ceremony took place at the Group’s HQ (S.S.S. Osprey) in the grounds of Thomas A’Becket Middle School. The Mayor was accompanied by the Mayoress Mrs Melanie Doyle. The Deputy District Commissioner of Worthing Scout District, Mrs Judy Marshallsay, was also present as well as many members of the Group and their families.

The Group is one of the largest Scout Groups in the UK. They have 36 Beaver Scouts (6-8), 93 Cub Scouts (8-10½), 62 Scouts (10½-14), 26 Explorer Scouts (14-18), 33 Leaders and 12 Helpers. They also run their own Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Unit (14-25). They were formed in 1928 and have now been providing exciting opportunities to young people in the local community for over 75 years including camping, hiking, canoeing and climbing trips. A minibus is pivotal in enabling the Group to provide these opportunities.

At the start of last year, the Group had saved up and put aside £10,000 in anticipation for replacing it’s existing aging minibus. The remaining £12,000 required was all raised within 12 months. This was coordinated by a fundraising committee of parents. All the money was raised by hard work and without receiving any grants. Fundraising events included: running barbecues at rugby club events, a sponsored swim, a Group activity Camp, an Autumn Fayre, bag packing at Sainsburys over Christmas, sponsored sleep-overs and individual donations. The Group sincerely thanks everyone who helped out and donated on these events.

The new minibus is a 15 seater Ford transit minibus. It has all the latest safety features including ABS, air bags, 3 point seatbelts and headrests for all passengers.