Future use of Avondyke

3rd March 2016

Following receipt of a recent independent survey to provide advice to the Regional Executive Committee about the condition of the building at Avondyke, it was clear that the building was no longer safe for use. Therefore, with great regret, in January the Executive had no choice but to temporarily close the site for safety reasons and currently bookings are not being accepted.

We're now discussing how the site may be used in the future and would appreciate it if you could take a couple of minutes of time to complete this short survey to inform any plans that will be discussed.


Author: Gary Bainbridge


NO! This is an invaluable place for children to explore and learn!! I can't believe this decision ... very, very saddened o hear tat it will be no more :(

Maddy - 13th March 2016 at 9:53pm

Thanks to everyone for their comments and memories of Avondyke. The decision to close and demolish the current building is not one that was taken lightly and is based on professional advice and our responsibilities for the delivery of safe Scouting activities for our young people. The Executive Committee is committed to consulting with the users of the centre and the wider Scouting membership about how Avondyke will be used to support the Scout programme in the future. The consultation that is running will inform discussions about how the site is used in the future alongside what will need to be a robust business case for any developments that might be considered. We will update everyone further when the consultation has closed and the options have been fully looked at.

Clyde Scouts - 13th March 2016 at 10:33am

My children have enjoyed camping at Avondyke - indoor and outdoor.

Kim Prentice - 12th March 2016 at 10:52pm

This is very upsetting to hear and I would like it to remain as an outdoor facility for Beavers, Cubs and Scouts to get the opportunity to camp, build tents and generally have outdoor fun otherwise there is nowhere else in the local area to do this. Please save Avondyke!

Reaper - 12th March 2016 at 8:31pm

Please have a scout building

Jacqueline McLean - 12th March 2016 at 4:17pm

It is a brilliant site for first time camps as the kids, especially beavers, are not too far from home. It gives the kids a chance to get used to camping before going to bigger sites.

Michael Barry - 12th March 2016 at 1:38pm

New build on same site.

Joanne Carroll - 12th March 2016 at 1:16pm

I think it should be refurbished or demolished and replaced with a new build.

Louise Douglas - 12th March 2016 at 10:38am

Have used Avondyke for over 30 years and feel it would be a great loss to the area. Having been involved with the running of the centre over a period I hope that it will not be lost to Scouting and can be retained in some form.

Robert Tweed - 11th March 2016 at 3:08pm

Have used Avondyke for over 30 years and feel it would be a great loss to the area. Having been involved with the running of the centre over a period I hope that it will not be lost to Scouting and can be retained in some form.

Robert Tweed - 11th March 2016 at 3:07pm

Should be refurbished!

Claire McDonald - 10th March 2016 at 11:05pm

Lots of great times spent at Avondyke with the Scouts.

Jim Meikle - 10th March 2016 at 10:02pm

this place needs to be rebuilt or kept up it was honestly like a second home to me, every time we had a camp at it, it was the best weekend of my life, would always so much fun, please don't knock it down please

Ruth - 10th March 2016 at 9:55pm

Need a new building. Avondyke has been our second home. Fantastic facility, not too far from home. Rebuild please!!

Christine Turpie - 10th March 2016 at 9:51pm

Many happy memories of weekend spent here over the years. Shame it might not be there any longer. Centre may not have been five star but served its purpose for us.

William Lannigan - 09th March 2016 at 8:37pm

We have been going to Avondyke for over 4 years and the guides have always had a ball . This is their indoor weekend but because we have the use the field all our activites are outdoors .Its a great way to teach the girls outdoor skills .

Christine Mailley - 09th March 2016 at 8:20pm

Avondyke is an excellent resource for Scouting in this area. Our group has used Avondyke many times over the years, particularly over the past few years we have used the facility for Beaver sleepovers. It would be a real shame if this resource was lost.

Ian Lindsay - 09th March 2016 at 6:46pm

Wonderful resource for Scouting would be a disgrace for it to not be utilised.

Karen Easson - 09th March 2016 at 1:46pm

The closure of Avondyke would be a massive loss to the area for a local outward bound centre. Hundreds of thousands of pounds can be found for artworks next to motorways etc that nobody wants, but a place like Avondyke that lives in the hearts of so many people (Boys' Brigade here) is left to suffer. Will try and get some attention raised locally, I hope Avondyke can be saved!!! :O

Graham Smith - 09th March 2016 at 12:22pm

Avondyke was a camp or indoor site which suited all needs for all sections in 112th, 16 years of memories are held in our hearts. Sad sad times without it.

Mandy Boland - 09th March 2016 at 12:16pm

After all the effort and hard work by so many, supporting in so many ways to renovate the building, it shows how much this venue and facility is needed and wanted. This is a recognised deprived area and a good value low cost facility where fun is provided though the creativity of leaders is highly needed. Not many groups can afford to travel or to cover cost of high quality amenity venues. The loss of this facility will discriminate many local groups if it is not replaced.

Pamela Mcmorran - 08th March 2016 at 5:21pm

Would love to see Avondyke rebuilt. I'm sure lots of local builder Who have kids in one of the organisations would gladly lend a hand. At the very least there has to be a campsite. Not greenfield.

Jon Grant - 08th March 2016 at 1:36pm

Avondyke has been the place of many happy memories for me from the age of 7 and the building has been the place of some of the best times in my life

Nathan Boland - 08th March 2016 at 12:04pm

Avondyke should be restored and refurbished to continue providing camping facilities to the local and wider are. I believe it should be developed into more than a camp site with ? possibly an assualt course. Obvviously the more facilities that are outside will have an impact on any "others" hanging about but I feel we have a good opportunity to really develop this area. With regards to the cost and project management involved - we are scout leaders, with a vast range of skills among not only the kids and the leaders, but the parents and the wider community as well. I know that the Stonehouse Community are very willing to help in any way they can to keep this site. It is such a shame that Scouts are back in Stonehouse and they are about to loose the local campsite. :-(

Elaine Davidson - 08th March 2016 at 7:39am

If there was anyway to have a building of some sort it would be good but if not a campsite would be great as it would be a shame to lose such a valuable campsite in the local area

Gillian Frame - 08th March 2016 at 6:38am

Spent many happy nights under canvas at Avondyke.

Munro Reid - 07th March 2016 at 11:03pm

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