Scouts lend a hand in the local community

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Cubs from the 1st Daviot Oldmeldrum Scout Group have been helping out in their local community in what is the group’s 100th year anniversary.

As part of working toward their “Our World Challenge” badge, the Cubs have been carrying out litter picks in Oldmeldrum and helping local volunteers in Meldrum Amenities Improvement Group (MAIG) prepare their new poly tunnel.

Around 40 Cubs participated in the litter picks during some of the more interesting spring weather at the end of April, collecting litter using equipment loaned to them by Aberdeenshire Council.

The shelving inside MAIG’s new poly tunnel benefitted from a repaint while the Cubs also helped prepare the groups many hanging baskets used to decorate the town in the summer months.

Chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s Formartine Area Committee, Councillor Rob Merson, was pleased to hear of the Cubs’ efforts.

“I am delighted that the Council were able to assist the Cub Scouts in their efforts to assist their local Community.

“It is very encouraging to see so many young people taking pride and an interest in their local area,” said Mr Merson.

MAIG’s Andrew McCartney was also very grateful for the assistance of the Cub Scouts.

He said: “We always welcome any additional volunteers when it comes to helping to improve the appearance of our town for residents and visitors alike.

“It was a pleasure to have the assistance of the Cubs and I wish them well in their efforts to attaining their Challenge Badge.”

Cub Section Leader Brian Davidson added: “We are very grateful for the assistance of both MAIG and Aberdeenshire Council in aiding our efforts to help out in the local community.

“Daviot Oldmeldrum Scout Group are proud to have strong ties within our local community and we are always keen to be more involved, particularly during our centenary year.”