THE SHEPHERD PARK
QUEEN'S JUBILEE APPEAL
IN THE BEGINNING...
In 1979, a potential Scout headquarters and campsite was found in the rural village of Sheldwich and after discussion it was bought for £15,000. It comprised a sizeable north field with a small wood and another smaller south field across a lane with a cow milking shed and other buildings (below left) of about 3 acres in total.
Over the following years, with the help of Venture Scouts, the site was tidied up and the Sheldwich Scouts had a hall on the side of the milking shed (see right).
Then help came from a group called SWIM; a group of young people backed by Swale Borough District Council, which helped with the cost of materials.
The building was then made more habitable with a basic toilet and shower block installed in the old shed. In 1984 the site was opened for scouts of the area.
he north field is a good campsite, but scouts wishing to visit the toilet block in the old building have to cross the field and lane and require an adult to be with them. The old building, despite cosmetic updating, remains more akin to its origins than a suitable premises for young people in 2013.
Phase One (2013-14)
This first phase of the Appeal is for funds to build a purpose-built shower/WC block in the camp field.
Phase Two (2014-16)
To create a modern and more appropriate venue, with a safe accommodation block that will bring benefits to many Scouting Groups and the villagers of rural Sheldwich.
The Appeal Target for Phase One
- Our target for just building the toilet block is £114k - and we are halfway there!! Just a one more push needed - we already have the ceremonial first dig spade presented to us from David Bellamy's Conservation Foundation
- Faversham District Scout Council has pledged £25k
- Local trusts and individuals have made pledges, awards and donations
- The latest award is from the Nineveh Charitable Trust for £8,100
- This Appeal has received the support of influential individuals we call Appeal Vice-Patrons to whom we give great thanks for their time and generosity, and they include:
Mr. Henry Bryant
Mr. Bill Cockcroft, DL
Mr. Sandys Dawes
Mr. Peter Harris
Mr. Geoffrey Hall
Mr. Kelvin Holford, DL
Reverend Mike Johnson
Sir Roger Moate
Professor John Price, MD, FRCP
Mr. A.E. Redsell, OBE
Mrs. Sally Thompson
Mrs. Elizabeth Tullberg, JP, DL