Combi boiler and central heating added to Ashworth Valley Scout Camp, thanks to £4,950 donation

The beautiful Ashworth Valley, where the scout camp has benefited from central heating. Image by Michael Ely, Creative Commons License: Some Rights Reserved.

The picturesque Ashworth Valley near Rochdale. Image by Michael Ely, Creative Commons License: Some Rights Reserved.

For people of a certain age, the Easter holidays were associated with Bob-a-Job Week. Up and down the country, Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts used to ask people if they wanted their shoes polished, or wanted to run an errand for their elderly relatives. All for the sake of a shilling (or whatever the post-1971 equivalents have been) for charitable causes. An important part of the scouting calendar is a trip to scout camp which many scouts have looked forward to each year. This month, the Ashworth Valley Scout Camp has benefited from a new central heating system.

Thanks to a £4,950 donation by the Bury Masonic Lodge, Ashworth Valley Scout Camp now benefits from a central heating system. This has been installed in the camp’s communal hall, known as The Ranch House. The system includes a combi boiler and eleven radiators. There is also an accommodation block with two dormitories.

Its main amenity block is the Janet Cotton Pack Amenity Centre. This has five dormitories and a main hall. Both The Ranch House and Janet Cotton Pack Amenity Centre have doubled as hospital wards in Granada Television’s Children’s Ward/The Ward.

The Ashworth Valley Scout Camp attracts cub scout packs from Rochdale, Heywood, Middleton, and surrounding area. Some have travelled to the camp from South Manchester. It is on the banks of Cheesden Brook, has an adventure playground, and a campfire circle. The 48 acre site is run by volunteers.

Prior to this year, The Ranch House was heated by a log fire. Commenting on the central heating system via the Rochdale Online website, John Carney, its chairman and grounds manager said: “We’re very pleased with the central heating; it’s brilliant.”

ST Heating Services, 20 April 2017.

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