MEMBERS of a beaver group have said an emotional goodbye to their former home of 27 years ahead of a move to new premises.
The 17th Hartlepool (St Aidan’s) beaver group has met in the school hall at St Aidan’s Primary School, in Loyalty Road, since 1986 but they are now on the move because there is no longer any feeder groups for the youngsters to move up into.
The scouts and cubs groups – which had been using the school hall since 1925 – left St. Aidan’s last December and now the beaver group are moving to headquarters in Brierton Lane as a result.
The group, which are aimed at boys and girls aged between six and eight, will now be known as 18th Hartlepool (St Paul’s).
Youngsters enjoy a range of craft activities and work towards their badges at the sessions, which will be held every Wednesday between 6.15pm and 7.45pm.
Barbara Jones, 51, beaver leader of 18th Hartlepool (St Paul’s), said: “We have always had this long connection with St Aidan’s Primary School and it was sad to say our goodbyes.
“The last session was quite emotional and the school has always been very supportive.
“I’d like to thank them for their help.”
Mrs Jones added: “Beavers need a feeder group to move in to and because the scouts and cubs were no longer around at the school we had to move.
“We are all really looking forward to our new adventures with the 18th Hartlepool (St Paul’s).”
There is currently 10 members within the beavers group and the aim is to also boost the membership.
Mrs Jones had been assistant leader for 10 years before taking on the reigns of leader for the past three.
Her mother, Margaret Hogg, 70, was the first beaver leader at the group back in 1986 and Margaret’s husband Keith Hogg, 71, a retired school caretaker, is an assistant beaver leader.
For more information about the 18th Hartlepool (St Paul’s) group email: email@example.com