Our previous stock of badges has come to an end, we have comissioned a new set of four badges, all with the same design, but with separate edge binding colours.
These are larger than the previous circular badges, and available to buy in the tuck shop on site.
For the avid badge collectors amongst you, they are available for only £1 each, or buy a set of the four coloured edgings for £3.50 - a real bargain! Get yours now while stocks last...
The gas ovens in the hostels have a hard life, cooking for all the guests that stay at the centre. The main oven in Hebden Hey hostel has been removed and replaced with a brand new six-burner catering oven.
This oven only has one main compartment but can take larger trays than the previous one, and the larger burners will bring your healthy vegetables to a boil much quicker - whilst frying sausages and baking pizza at the same time!
Whatever your menu, we hope this new addition to the Hebden Hey kitchen makes your catering easier during your stay.
STOP PRESS... We are also to update the cooker in Tom Bell hostel to an identical model in late 2009/early 2010.
The Hebden Hey Scout Centre has joined the National Trust's Education Group Membership Scheme. This gives people staying in the hostels free entrance to Gibson Mill and access to activities on the estate.
If you are wanting to use Gibson Mill, or other activities in Hardcastle Crags, such as their Orienteering course or Geocaching.
Contact the national Trust warden or education officer - details will be in the pack you receive when booking your stay at Hebden Hey.
The group of people that look after the centre and keep everyting in working order, as well as the new developments around the estate have the luxury of their own wooden hut in which to sit & have a warm drink during the weekends, this has remained largely unchanged since being built in the early 1970's.
During early summer this year, we managed to acquire some newer kitchen units, and the hut now hosts a more modern coffee bar area.
If you want to come and try out the new coffee/tea facilities, the crew are around most weekends and would be delighted to see a new face and/or helping hands.
Both Male & Female showers, toilets and fittings have been removed, re-tiled and replaced.
Anyone who has stayed in our larger capacity hostel in the last few years will not fail to remember the vivid orange bathrooms. These have lasted well and the Service crew have kept them clean and in working condition, but there are limits to what even we can do.
The layout remains the same, but the new flooring, full wall tiling, cubicles & fittings make the toilet facilities not only brighter and easier to clean, but more modern looking and functional.
Members of the Service Team now have their own sweatshirts with the Hebden Hey logo embroidered onto them.
These will help them to keep warm during the winter months, but also identifies them should anyone visiting the centre have questions to ask.
Keep a look out for them the next time you are at Hebden Hey... As for getting one for yourself they're quite easy really, come along on a weekend and lend a hand, there are a wide range of sizes to choose from.
The overgrown area to the west of the Service Hut has been replaced with new shrubbery planting and should grow into pleasant area by next spring.
The existing conifer trees were in danger of damaging the hut, unable to be trimmed, they were dug-out and recycled as firewood for the day centre fire. The soil was in very poor condition, so after digging out & removing most of the stones, a layer of manure was dug-in followed by a layer of leaf-mould.
The various of shrubs were supplied by a local nursery - our thanks go to Beardsworths Nurseries, and we hope they will grow well during this next season.