Scout Community Centre Appeal

Exterior view of the proposed new Scout Community Centre

Night view of the proposed new Scout Community Centre

In Memory of Andrew Chesterman



The 43rd Bristol Scout Group has been based at its current site just off Kewstoke Road for over 60 years. In that time it has seen many hundreds, if not thousands, of local Stoke Bishop and Sneyd Park children come through its doors. Maybe you were one of them! 
For many, scouting changed their lives, giving them the tools and confidence to face the challenges of the world.
Our aim has always been to actively engage and support young people in their personal development, empowering them to make a positive contribution to society.
Our Group is run by a dedicated team of local volunteers who give up their precious free time week in and week out. We now have over 100 registered Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and volunteer helpers using the Hut over 4 different evenings each week with an ever growing waiting list.


The Current Scout Hut
The Current Scout Hut

Our Problem

Sadly, after 60 years of use our wooden Hut has been professionally assessed as being beyond repair, not fit for purpose and has reached the end of its operational life.
With no other suitable venues available locally, the Group has decided to take action else we could face closure. We are keen to prevent this by the creation of a new modern building that meets the needs of the Group but also serves as facility that can be used by the local community.


Our Challenge

To raise £250,000 to build and equip a new sustainable Scout Community Centre on our existing site off Kewstoke Road, Stoke Bishop, Bristol BS9 for use by the Scouts and other local groups and organisations.


Project Benefits

  1. The creation of more space with the provision of modern facilities with proper heating, insulation and disability access, and a far safer environment for children.
  2. Allow us to further expand the Group with new additional Sections allowing us to take on more children aged between 6 and 14.
  3. Be able to provide a far wider range of scouting activities.
  4. To provide a building which would be available for use by other local charitable, educational and community groups.
  5. A new and improved community facility which is an asset to Stoke Bishop and the children of the area.



We have already raised funds exceeding £80,000 from numerous sources and ongoing including:
Group Events: Christmas Tree Sale, Quiz & Curry Night, Manure Sale, Beer Festival, 24hr Bikeathon, Barn Dance, monthly Cubaccino Café, Summer Tea Party
Individual Challenges: 50 mile hike, Bristol-Bath Marathon, Swimathon, Sponsored Silence
Grant Making Bodies: Neighbourhood Partnership, Waitrose, Rolls Royce
Local Businesses: Richard Harding Estate Agents, BE Serviced Offices
Community Groups: BS9 Arts Trail, Stoke Bishop Garden Society, Cabot Scouts
Local Residents: Individuals, former Scouts and general supporters


How Can You Help?

  • Were you a former Scout or parent of a child who attended the 43rd Scout Group? Do you know about the Group’s history?
  • Maybe you run a local business and can offer some sponsorship?
  • Perhaps you know of a charitable fund at work we could tap into?
  • Would you make us a legacy?
  • Could you help us to raise some money through a sponsored event?
If you are able to offer us any sponsorship, funding, advice or your time we would love to hear from you.
Our fundraising plan comprises numerous future events and approaches to the larger funders and foundations. However, we need your help and support in order to reach our £250,000 target.



For further information about this community project, please contact
Charles Elderton, Chairman,
Andy Judd, Group Scout Leader,
or contact us through our online form
To donate, please see our Donations page for more details


Fund Raising News

Bristol Scout Group’s Christmas Tree Sale Brings Local Community Together

A cold Saturday morning didn’t stop the local Stoke Bishop community from flocking to the 43rd Bristol Scout Group’s Annual ...
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Local Bridge Club raises £150 for 43rd Bristol Scout Group

A big thank you to Maureen Watkinson for organising a one-off Bridge Drive at St Marys Church, Stoke Bishop, Bristol ...
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43rd Bristol Scout Group Receives Charity Cheque from Local Co-op

The Beavers, Cubs and Scouts of the 43rd Bristol Scout Group were presented with a cheque for £1804.68 from the ...
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43rd Bristol Scout Group to Celebrate Winning Co-op Local Community Fund

Thank you to all Co-op Members who nominated our Scout Group as their chosen local charity. We are to receive ...
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Sell out Quiz & Curry Night for 43rd Bristol Scout Group

Wow. What a night. With 110 guests and 14 teams this was our largest ever Quiz & Curry evening held ...
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Secondhand Clothes Sale and Cubbaccino Cafe on 4th November

We are hosting our regular Cubbaccino Cafe at the Scout Hut on the 4th November. This month, as well as ...
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Cubaccino Cafe, Manure and Bike Sale raise over £500 for the New Scout Hut

Thanks to everyone who supported the Cubaccino Cafe this week, its was another great success raising over £550 towards out ...
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Sleuthing Night a Huge Success

Many thanks to all who attended the Sleuthing night fund raising event last week. It was a fun and sociable ...
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Bike and Manure Sale at Cubbacino Cafe This Saturday

This month, alongside our regular Cubbacino Cafe, we are holding our autumn manure sale and, for the first time, a ...
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Save the date. Our famous Quiz & Curry Night Returns on Sat 18 November 2017

Tickets will be on sale soon so please start to create your teams of up to 8 people. Last year ...
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Easy Fundraising Appeal

We are now registered as a cause on the Easy Fundraising website. Please sign up and support our fundraising for ...
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The Best Thing Since Sliced Bread  – Thank You St Mary’s Church

During August a series of sandwich lunches were held by members of St Mary's Church Stoke Bishop and it was ...
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Sainsbury’s Active Kids Vouchers – Excitement Is Mounting…

43rd Bristol Beavers Cubs and Scouts are starting to plan how to spend their 2017 Sainsbury's Active Kids Vouchers. Thanks ...
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Funding Awarded to 43rd Bristol Scout Group

We are delighted to announce that the Group has been awarded £1610 to purchase new table and chair equipment for ...
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Cubs Tea Party Breaks All Records

On Saturday 6 May, the 43rd Bristol Scout Group held a Cub Tea Party at their site off Kewstoke Road ...
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Co-op Local Community Fund Supports 43rd Bristol Scout Group

We are delighted to have been selected by the Co-op as a local charity it wishes to support over the ...
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Live Radio Interview for 43rd Bristol Scouts

On 13 March our Chairman, Scout Leader and two of our Scouts were in the studios of Bristol Community Radio ...
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Cubs Speechless with the Success of their Sponsored Silence

This week cubs raised funds in the region of £400 through a Sponsored Silence to help endangered animals in the ...
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43rd Bristol Scout Group Achieves New Fundraising Milestone…!

In recent weeks the Group's cumulative 'Hut Fund' total has broken through the £50,000 barrier with funds raised so far ...
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Please Check Your Christmas Trees…

The Christmas tree sale was so successful, that we ran out, but we do appear to have mis-placed some Scouts ...
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Another Fantastic Christmas Tree Sale

Thank you to the large number of our local community residents who turned out in force for our annual tree ...
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Cubbaccino Cafe

Another Successful Cubbaccino Cafe

Thanks to everyone who attended our December Cubbaccino Cafe helping us to raise £130 towards our new Scout Community Centre ...
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Guess the Pumpkin – Winner Announced!

In May the Beavers planted pumpkin seeds in our new 43rd scout vegetable garden. We ran a stall at the ...
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Bid to Stay in a Cornish Cottage over New Year

Raise Your Best Bid - Use of a Coastal Cottage with Fantastic Views, Sea Glimpses and Wood Burner over New ...
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43rd Bristol Scouts in The Messenger

Look out for our flier in the Winter edition of The Messenger ...
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Manure Sale

Manure Sale a Hit

Well done to our team of exceptional volunteers for organising and selling all 116 bags of smelly and steaming manure ...
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Quiz and Curry Night Success

We had a packed Stoke Bishop Village Hall with 100 people and 13 teams battling it out to be this ...
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