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25th Jun, 2022

Smiles all round as Scouts get helping hand from Dorridge Day festival goers

Sarah Mason 26th Jan, 2021

THERE were smiles all round when a Scout Group was handed a donation thanks to Dorridge Day festival goers.

The group was given £2,000 towards the cost of resurfacing the car park at the scout hut on the edge of Dorridge Park.

The Scouts hope to make the car park safer, smoother and more usable for outdoor activities, as well as improving it for parents picking up their children.

Last year was the first since 1974 that Dorridge Day did not take place, the 2019 Cycle and Recycle event was the most successful yet, and Knowle and Dorridge Round Table, who organise Dorridge Day, donated a portion of ticket sales to the Scouts.

Dorridge Scout Group leader, Lesley Bilney, said: “It’s a very difficult time for us all, but we are delighted to have this contribution towards the costs of resurfacing of our car park.”

The Scout group has a close relationship with the Round Table, and in previous years has lent a helping hand on the Santa Sleigh runs with its Scout leaders, Beavers, Cubs, and Scouts helping to collect donations.

Mike Liddington, chairman of Knowle and Dorridge Round Table, said: “We wanted to make this donation to thank the Scouts for all the years they’ve joined us and Santa, carrying around donation buckets on the roads of Dorridge, Bentley Heath, Knowle and Hockley Heath.

“We desperately hope that Dorridge Day will return in September to bring some fun, joy and normality back to our lives – there’s every reason to hope it will.”

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