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January 2011


Knebworth Scout & Guide Group is delighted to announce the opening of the Jenny Thompson Roomnewly-refurbished Venture Room at the Scout and Guide Hut. In future, the room will be known as the “Jenny Thompson Room” in memory of our much-missed Cub and Scout Leader who died in 2006.

The official opening ceremony took place on 7th January, which was Jenny’s birthday, and was attended by members of the Thompson family and a large gathering of friends of Scouting and Guiding, many of whom knew Jenny during her 22 years as a leader. Jenny’s mother Phylis did the honours of cutting the ribbon and unveiling the new door plaque.

Group Scout Leader, Mike Draxler, paid tribute to Jenny’s infectious enthusiasm for Scouting and expressed his hope that the room could now be used and enjoyed by future generations of children and leaders.

The Group is grateful to all parents, leaders, committee members (past andJenny Thompson Room present) and other volunteers who have worked on the project over the last few years. Funding came from various sources including a Spring Ball organised by the Thompson Family, money raised by units and an individual Brownie Guide, donations of money and furniture from supporters and a grant to cover the cost of new flooring from the Hertfordshire Community Foundation Grassroots Fund.

We are especially pleased that the room was ready in time for the launch of the new Knebworth Explorer Scout Troop in January. This will meet weekly and is open to both girls and boys aged 14 to 18. Please contact Robin Veale on 01438 813304 to find out more.

There will be another Spring Ball in aid of Knebworth Scout & Guide Group Jenny Thompson Roomand the Willow Foundation on Saturday 5th March, 7pm for 7.30pm at Datchworth Village Hall. Hot buffet (3 course) and bar, live band, black tie and posh frocks
Tickets £27.50 from Jane Whitrow at Telephone: 07767 894502 or
Email  Jane.whitrow@dsl.pipex.com

P.S. A big thank you to everyone who supported the Scout & Guide Christmas Post which raised a record £130.25 for Group funds! Special thanks to Alfie and staff at Village News.

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