Headquarters Replacement

Picture of the HQ Building

Scout & Guides HQ


This page is to bring together all the posts relating to the current project to replace the Headquarters building used by 1st Ben Rhydding Scouts and 2nd Ilkley Guides, collectively known as Ben Rhydding Scout and Guide Group.


Grand Opening Ceremony

Grand Opening Ceremony Goes Off with a Bang!

The evening of Thurs 29th August  saw the Grand Opening Event for the long awaited Ben Rhydding Scout and Guide Headquarters building.
The weather gods smiled on the group, after many days of cold wet weather Thursday evening brought clear skies and warmer temperatures. This helped boost a fantastic turnout as hundreds enjoyed a celebrity opening ceremony followed by hog roast, a bar by The Wheatley Hotel with beer from Ilkley Brewery, a disco for the children and a local blues band for the adults. The evening came to a close with a spectacular firework display.
The evening was boosted by the presence of one hundred visiting scouts, guides and leaders from the linked Dutch De Mohicanen Group, who had spent the previous week on summer camp with the group and were being hosted by local families.
Jack Carroll , local comedian and previous runner up on Britain’s Got Talent was present to help cut the ribbon, along with Senior District representatives from Scouts and Guides.
Colin Williams the Group Executive Chairman gave a speech outlining the history of the project and thanking the many individuals and organisations that had given their time, efforts and money so generously to make the project a reality.
Robin Beaumont the Scout Group Leader said ‘ Thank you to all the people who joined us tonight to make this event such a success, we hope they all enjoyed it as much as we have. We are delighted with the new building and trust it will serve the group’s needs for many years to come, as well as being a valuable resource for the wider community’


HQ Opening Ceremony


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The new Ben Rhydding Scout and Guide Group is nearing completion and the opening ceremony is almost upon us. The date for your diaries is 28th August.

If you would like to attend and have a link to the group please email benrhyddinghq@gmail.com with your details and and explanation of your link to the group.  You will then be sent a link where you can provide numbers attending for catering purposes.



Fellsman Challenge

Colin Williams (the Exec Committee chair) is undertaking the Fellsman Challenge and raising funds for the new Scout HQ in the process.  If you would like to sponsor Colin please read the details below and follow the link at the bottom of the page.

The Fellsman Challenge is a high level traverse covering more than 60 miles over very hard rugged moorland. The event climbs over 11,000 feet in its path from Ingleton to Threshfield in the Yorkshire Dales.

Most of the route is over privately owned land, the use of which is secured by the organisers for the weekend only. This being the case, the route does not follow well defined footpaths, so the entrants’ navigational skills with a map and compass are tested as well as their physical fitness. Because of this, only fit and experienced walkers or runners should enter.

Event date:

26-April-2014 08:30  –
27-April-2014 08:30


Rising Up

Like a phoenix from the ashes the new Scout and Guide HQ in Ben Rhydding starts to rise.

The first photos of the early stages of the new hut going up.  Progress over the next couple of weeks should be rapid and more photos will be forthcoming.


Online Donations

Ben Rhydding Scout & Guide Group are still raising money for the HQ Replacement project.  After setting up an online giving presence that didn’t work out we finally found a site that didn’t charge the charity a monthly fee for using their service.

So, if you still haven’t donated but would like to please click the link below and follow the instructions.  This website is backed by BT so is considered reliable.

Ben Rhydding Scout & Guide Hut – Going, Going, Gone!

The Ben Rhydding Scout & Guide Hut on Wheatley Lane has been demolished.

The long awaited moment has arrived.  If we weren’t commited to the rebuilding of the Scout & Guide Hut on Wheatley Lane before, we are now.

The demolition of the old, beloved hut has taken place early this week and all that is now left is a pile of rubble & a concrete base.

Many thanks to Lucinda Warnes for the photos.

Good News!

The following article is appearing in the Ilkley Gazette next week :

Pam’s HQ Delight

Pam Clarke, MBE Ilkley’s longest serving guide leader has spoken of her delight when she heard the news that the Ben Rhydding Scout and Guide group’s appeal to rebuild their crumbling headquarters has received a massive £50,000 boost.

The group have recently found out they have been successful in their grant application to WREN. WREN is a not for profit business that awards grants to community, environmental and heritage projects across the UK from funds donated by FCC Environment to the Landfill

Communities Fund.

Peter Cox, managing director of WREN, said: “WREN makes a difference to people’s lives by awarding grants to community, environmental and heritage projects across the UK. We’re delighted to support Ben Rhydding Scout and Guide Group and their valuable work.”


The group are now waiting to hear on a number of other applications and are hoping for more good news in the near future.

Pam said ‘I would like to thank the various groups and individuals and who have leant their support to the project so far. We have received many generous donations and letters of support that have helped us be successful with this application.’

She added ‘It feels like we are really building some momentum and are hopeful we can start the rebuild in Spring 2014 if we continue to have success like this with our grant applications and fundraising. The headquarters is used by 280 children and young people each week and once re-developed would be available to the wider community throughout the day and at weekends.’

The group would be very grateful of any donations local people, parents and supporters  feel able to make to the project that will benefit our children and young people and provide improved facilities to the wider community.


Further details of the plans are available here :

HQ Plans

Information on how to donate to the Headquarter’s Building Fund can be found in the document below or contact either Robin Beaumont or Colin Williams

Information on donating

Colin Williams, Group Chairman, colinr.williams@dhl.com

Robin Beaumont, Assistant Group Scout Leader, robin.beaumont@talktalk.net

Funding The New HQ

The following letter is being circulated to all those connected with Ben Rhydding Scout and Guide Group.

PDF version – ‘Wall of Honour’

MS Word version – ‘Wall of Honour’

The text of the letter is included below.  Also on the documents linked above is a form for those wishing to donate towards the cost of the planned development of the Headquarters.


Dear Parents and Supporters,

Thanks to all of you who found time to give us your thoughts, ideas and feedback in the recent consultation process. The responses were overwhelmingly positive with over 98% expressing support!

Now for the tricky bit of making it a reality. As previously mentioned we are in the process of applying for charitable grants to help meet the costs of the project. We were delighted to recently receive a grant of £5,000 from the Sir George Martin Trust and now Ilkley and District Round Table have kindly promised £7,500 to meet the costs of fitting out the new kitchen facilities, when the building is completed.

During the consultation a number of people enquired if we would be asking for donations, we have considered this and have decided to ask for donations and to create a ‘Wall of Honour’ in the new building.  The ‘Wall of Honour’ will be used to record the support of any individual or business supporters, who make a significant donation and would like to this to be commemorated, equally we recognise that some people may wish to donate anonymously.

For smaller, but equally welcome donations, we plan to record these donations and dedications on a permanent page on our group website.

The Group is eligible for the Gift Aid Scheme which can further boost the value of any donation by an additional 25%.

Bob Gomersall – until recently the Group Executive Chairman, has kindly agreed to make a donation of £1000 and will get the Wall started. We plan to publicise the idea more widely with a further article in the Ilkley Gazette.

We are conscious that we are living through tough economic times but we have managed to get this long running project to a point where it can happen, and your donations could help make that possibility becomes a reality.

We hope you can help support us and benefit our children and young people today and for generations to come.

Many thanks for considering our request.

Kind regards,


Colin Williams, Group Chairman, colinr.williams@dhl.com

Robin Beaumont, Assistant Group Scout Leader, robin.beaumont@talktalk.net