A scout group from Thornbury is looking forward to pursuing new adventures after receiving a new trailer.

1st Thornbury Scout Group has been able to purchase the new trailer after funding from Thornbury Round Table, the Magnox socio-economic fund and Thornbury Lions Club.

The group, with 160 members aged between six and 18, has already made use of the trailer since it was purchased earlier this year.

1st Thornbury Scouts teaches traditional scouting skills such as pioneering, maps, camping, and cooking, as well as more modern activities such as geocaching.

Many of these require equipment transportation and a trailer makes a difference.

The group camps in particular make heavy use of the trailer to transport kit and bulky equipment.

On a typical camp around 100 children attend, requiring 10 patrol tents, three marquees, a dozen trestle tables and benches, and lots of cooking and catering equipment.

Rob Mills, group scout leader, said: "The trailer has already made a big impact on the group, who used it to take part in a huge district jamboree in the spring.

"For any scout group, equipment remains an expensive resource.

"We would like to thank our generous funders for their support.”

Rocco Cerullo, chairman of Thornbury Round Table said: "The knowledge that this new trailer will allow the Scout leaders to continue to provide the opportunities for young beavers, cubs and scouts alike to pursue adventures and develop life skills makes it all worthwhile”.

Malcolm Lynden, Magnox’s Oldbury site stakeholder group chairman, said: “It’s wonderful that Magnox is able to offer this kind of sponsorship to local projects, you can see the immediate benefit it has had for these children.

"The Magnox socio-economic fund is intended to mitigate against the impacts of decommissioning the site at Oldbury and by helping groups like the Scouts we are hopefully helping to build a sustainable future long after the power station is gone."