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WINDER WALL: Opening ceremony coming up for Abbots Scouts’ new climbing wall

 Published on: 26th October 2021   |   By: Jake Levison   |   Category: Uncategorized

The 1st Abbots Langley Scouts will be officially unveiling their new climbing wall during a ceremony next month.

The Scout group will hold the ceremony for the Clive Winder Climbing Wall on Sunday, November 28.

The wall is named after late Group Scout Leader and Scout Leader, Clive Winder, who sadly passed away in March 2020 after an unexpected cardiac arrest due to complications caused by Coronavirus.

Clive, who was approaching 60, had a Chief Scouts Commendation for Good Service to Scouting, Award for Merit for outstanding service, the Chief Scouts 20-year Service Award for his time spent as a leader, and was due to receive a Silver Acorn in recognition of his especially distinguished service.

In 2019, Clive spoke with his assistant Scout Leader, Alison Redmond, to discuss the possibility of building an indoor climbing wall in the Group’s headquarters, so the group’s trustees felt building it after he passed away would be a fitting tribute, while also being beneficial to the community.

They began fundraising for the wall in November 2020 by initiating a Scout Christmas post system for the first time, before holding a virtual race night during lockdown earlier this year.

Thanks to this and other local clubs and organisations’ donations, more than £15,000 was raised for the wall, which was installed in August.

There are around 177 members of the Scout Group and seven other Scout Groups in the district who will be able to use the climbing wall, as well as local Guide Groups, schools, youth groups and the local community.

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