Great Horkesley Beavers faces closure unless new volunteers come forward

Colin Embleton, 1st Great Horkesley Scouts group scout leader, leads the Beavers on St George's Day

Colin Embleton, 1st Great Horkesley Scouts group scout leader, leads the Beavers on St George's Day Parade in Colchester. Picture: 1ST GREAT HORKESLEY SCOUTS - Credit: Archant

A youth group in a north Essex village is facing closure due to a shortage of volunteers.

Leaders at the 1st Great Horkesley Beaver colony have warned the group will shut in September unless more adults are found to support the organisation.

The group is currently full of Beavers, who age from six to eight before moving onto Cubs, and has a waiting list.

Colin Embleton, group scout leader, said: “A regional and national shortage of adult volunteers means there will be nowhere for the Beavers to go.

“In Colchester alone there are 300 children waiting to join Scouting. All of them are missing out on the fun, challenge and adventure that Scouting offers.

“Soon, our Beavers will be missing out also.

“We are looking for adults that can attend the meetings either on a weekly basis or as part of a rota.

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“No experience is necessary as training is provided, all that is required is a willingness to work with children and a sense of fun. We will arrange for a criminal records check.”

If you, or anyone you know, can help save the colony by becoming a leader email Mr Embleton at gsl@1stgthorkesley.co.uk