We’re delighted to hear that the Horseman’s Green Community Group have been awarded £55,000 from the Big Lottery Fund to purchase the former 1st Hanmer Scout Hut.
The Scout Group folded several years ago due to falling numbers of young people living in the village, with the remaining youngsters offered places in the nearby 1st Overton-on-Dee group, which is flourishing and even has a satellite Cub Scout Pack in Bangor-on-Dee.
The old hut is now known as Horseman’s Green Community Hall and used by many groups in the village such as singing groups, barn dances and zumba.
District Commissioner Moz Morris said, “It’s fantastic that the building will continue to serve the community for years to come, as it did as a Scout hut for decades. While it’s sad to see the Group close, demographics do change and without the kids in the village it was inevitable. Numbers of Scouts generally are growing year on year and the neighbouring group in Overton are pretty much full.”
“With the building becoming a community hall, should more young families move into the village in the future, we would be very interested in renting out a night to restart Scouting.”
Andrea Port, secretary of the Horseman’s Green Community Group, said: “We would like to say a big thank you to all National Lottery players for the difference they have made to our project, without their support it would have been difficult to raise the purchase money, now we can concentrate on providing the services, activities and events the residents of Horseman’s Green and those in the wider community have been asking for.
“Plans are now being finalised on how to build on the existing programme of events and activities to appeal to everyone across the community, bringing the community together.
“Wrexham District Scouts gave us the opportunity to purchase the Hall, the Big Lottery Fund has made this a reality. The community is excited and ready to further develop our activities providing something for everyone.”