In June, the 1st Hythe Scout Group completed the purchase of the former St. John Ambulance HQ in Albert Lane, Hythe and during the Summer moved the group’s equipment into the hall. In September the sections of the Group – the Beavers, the Cubs, the Scouts and the Explorers started meeting there regularly and the hall is also being hired out to various local community groups when the Scout Group is not using it.
Now that the scout group is fully established in the hall it has been named ‘The Burton Hall’ in honour of Mandy Burton who has been a leader for the past 54 years and continues to be closely associated with the group.
On Sunday November 2nd the hall was formally opened by Timothy Kidd OBE, the UK Chief Commissioner of Scouts, in a ceremony attended by members and leaders of the group = past and present – plus John Wren, the Group Scout Leader; John Schoner, the President of Folkestone and Hythe Scout District; Michael Lyons, the Mayor of Hythe; John Chapman, the Chairman of the 1st Hythe Scout Group Executive Committee and many other supporters and well-wishers.
This photo shows Mr. Kidd (on the right) together with Mandy Burton and youngsters (and one of the leaders) from various sections of the group standing beside the inaugural plaque.