Bexhill Rotary Club gave the ‘glad eye’ to Senlac District Scouts’ Kiteye Wood Development Plan by presenting a cheque for £2,000 to Senlac District Commissioner Cliff Wilson at a meeting held at the Cooden Beach Golf Club.
Guest speaker Mike Clark gave a power point talk all about Kiteye Wood in Freezeland Lane, a designated campsite for Senlac District which currently numbers 700 scouts from eight Scout groups.
Kiteye Woods is 9 acres of woodland donated to the Scout District in 1974. It’s used every week of the year by Scouts, other youth organisations and schools. Much work has been completed over the years with Bexhill Rotary Club supporting the building of a toilet block in 2007. The next big project is the development of a single storey building designed by Scouts for which planning consent has been granted. Estimated costs are £116,000- £130,000. Along with build costs this includes the installation of kitchen units, gas cooker, sink, electric heaters, security shutters for windows and doors, and a generator. The £2,000 presented by Bexhill Rotary will help cover the cost of the development. Mike Clark ended his talk by quoting the virtues of Scouting which he said most definitely changes lives by “providing the skills for life” which can lead members to a better job and better prospects for life. He also spoke of the history of scouting, founded in 1907 by Lord Baden-Powell. As at 2007 there were 38 million Scouts and Girl Guides worldwide in 216 countries with over a million Scouts in the UK.