The Fuengirola British Scout group is looking for a new meeting place after 20 years at the Ark Christian Fellowship hall. The Scouts and Guides will be unable to follow the church to new premises later this year and hope to find a suitable place to call their headquarters from September.
“This does not imply a closure of the units,” Robert Troost, the Group Scout Leader stressed. “We see this as a chance to help the Scout and Girlguiding movements grow and we have a dream of eventually having our own dedicated meeting place.”
Lynne Armitage, Brown Owl for the Brownie Unit in Fuengirola and also Commissioner for Girlguiding in Spain said: “We are appealing to the local community to help us in our quest for a suitable venue.”
She explained that the groups are looking for a sizeable space, that is child-friendly with a strong roof and reasonable access for parents to drop off and collect children, as well as access to a toilet and running water.
“In total, the units only meet for around eight hours a week on two nights so we are not in a position to rent premises on a monthly basis, but would prefer any rental to be at an hourly rate,” Lynne added.
The group leaders are now busy approaching town halls as well as business and community leaders for help to find a suitable venue and parents and members of the local community have been invited to make suggestions.
Carol Wright, District Commissioner for France and Iberia, said: “Here in Fuengirola the children are lucky, because we have a team of dedicated leaders who turn up every week to offer the children a chance to expand their own horizons and personal development, empowering them to make a positive contribution to society.”
Suggestions to help the Scouts find a new home can be sent to email@example.com or lynneBGIFC@gmail.com