The Group are pleased that our new climbing wall was officially opened last Saturday (28th January)to a crowded hall of members, parents and guests

The event was chaired by David Clipperton, Chairman of the Scout Group, who thanked all the trusts who had donated to the new wall. Irene Orford, County Commissioner for Scouts in West Sussex, drew attention to the increase in the number of members since the opening of the new headquarters two years ago. Brian Quinn, Deputy Mayor for Crawley, congratulated the Group on the amount of funds raised to enable the wall to be built.

Members representing all sections of the Group then climbed the wall and let off balloons to celebrate the opening.

The wall forms the end wall of the main hall of the new scout headquarters in Friston Walk Ifield. The wall has cost £30,000 with £23,000 has been raised for a variety of donors including West Sussex County Council, Hall and Woodhouse, Sussex Community Foundation, the lottery fund.

The wall has been built by King Kong from Keswick in the Lake District

James Wright, County Climbing adviser for West Sussex and a leader in Ifield Scouts, said “This is a mile stone for the Group and gives us the facility to expand the opportunities we can offer the young people and to train more climbing instructors across West Sussex”