New hall in Torwood is for the community

The new 2nd Torwood Scout Group's Scout and Community Hall extension
The new 2nd Torwood Scout Group's Scout and Community Hall extension

Scouts have just completed their most ambitious project - but unlikely to receive a badge for it!

The 2nd Torwood Scout Group is celebrating the opening of a £155,000 extension to its premises at Torwoodhead near Larbert.

And community groups are to be invited to take advantage.

A year-long build has seen a two-storey annexe added to their old hall, a former barn that over the years had become expensive to heat and was neither user friendly or adaptable.

Their new home comes complete with an activity room, space for meetings and training activities, toilets and kitchen on the ground floor - and masses of storage space upstairs.

The grounds around the hall have even been landscaped to create areas for pitching tents and cooking outdoors. A bike shed is also planned.

The extension is not only good news for them - because now they have the extra space the Scouts intend to share it with their neighbours.

Cub Scout leader Gordon Niven said: “This fantastic extension is a safe, modern and accessible facility that opens up opportunities for not only Scouts but the wider community.

“We anticipate key users will include the Woodland Group and Guide Association and youth groups visiting the area.

“But we would also like to see it being available for events and activities like coffee mornings, children’s parties, mother and toddler groups and meetings, as well as local community organisations.”

Seven years of fundraising, plus financial support from the National Lottery’s Awards for All Scheme, Veolia Environmental Trust through the Landfill Communities Fund and Falkirk District Scouts Association, turned the dream into a reality.

The plan started moving forward after 2nd Torwood, which celebrated 100 years of scouting in 2013, sold its cub hall at Larbert Cross.

The cubs and scouts, their parents, local businessmen and tradesmen then worked together to see it through.