TBM gets scout centre on right track

10 November 2017


This month saw TBM celebrating with the Wistaston 35th Scout Troop who have nearly completed their new scout centre and community facility.

TBM regularly helps local organisations as part of our commitment to supporting the community where our staff live and work.

Over the last year, we have donated washroom and toilet equipment, expertise and transport to help the scouts get their fantastic building up and running.

The new-build, located on the edge of Crewe in Cheshire, has been constructed to replace the old building that became outdated and unsafe.

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Neil Smith, TBM director, has enjoyed working with the group for over twelve months, offering help on several fronts.

He said: “My lad is part of the scouts, so I know how important these organisations are to the community. They are run by dedicated volunteers and parents. They can always do with a hand.

“TBM supplies a range of products and services to transport operators, and that includes washroom facilities for trains and coaches. So donating a few toilets, sinks, dryers and some facilities for people with disabilities was the least we could do.

“We also move some large engineering items for our customers, so we have vans and lorries available to help the scouts get the job done.”

Gerald Newbrook, Honorary Group President, has been involved with the scout group for nearly sixty years.

He said: “I was the first scout here when this unit was formed in 1958. There have been a lot of changes since then but we have always stuck together and ensured there’s a facility here.

“The original hut burnt down in 1969, but we soon had a new building up and running. That served us well, but in recent times it wasn’t suitable and didn’t meet the high standards expected of community buildings.

“The time was right to plan for the next sixty years. We now have a super community centrepiece.”

The new centre has taken nearly two years to build, costing around £265,000 in total. This has been achieved by generous donations of cash, time and materials by individuals and Cheshire companies.

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John Bennett, Group Scout Leader, added: “It’s been a tremendous effort by so many people to get this far.

“There are a few final jobs to complete, some joinery and then gaining the necessary health and safety certificates.

“We are confident that the new centre will be fully open before Christmas, and we’re planning a special official opening ceremony to coincide with the 60th anniversary of the Wistaston Scout Group in June 2018.”

For more information about the Wistaston 35th Scout Troop visit their website: www.wistastonscoutgroup.org.uk.

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