Posted: Sat 26th Nov 2011

Rhosnesni Scouts Enjoy Busy Night for people living in or visiting the Wrexham area
This article is old - Published: Saturday, Nov 26th, 2011

Scouts from the 1st Rhosnesni group based on Dean Road had a busy night on Friday after they were given a tour round a brewery and received a rock climbing lesson.

Due to a recent growth in numbers the group is now too big to take part in certain activities together, so over the last two weeks they have split in two, with each group doing an activity it wouldn’t be possible to do together.

This week the Wolves and Cobras patrols went indoor climbing at the Plas Power Adventure in Southsea, while the Tigers and Eagles patrols visited the Sandstone Brewery on Wrexham Industrial Estate.

The brewery visit was arranged courtesy of James Bendall, head brewer at Sandstone, who was put in touch with Scout Leader David Morris via our @wrexham Twitter feed after he asked if anyone knew of somewhere interesting to take the group.

James took the Scouts through how barley, water, sugar, hops and yeast are put together to make beer, explaining how different flavours and strengths are produced.

After the tour the Scouts were given a quiz on alcohol which made clear to them the health risks concerned with drinking.

The visit also proved popular with parents with quite a few dads attending to sample the various real ales that Sandstone produce.

Meanwhile the other half of the group, who’d been to the brewery the week before, were given a head for heights as they scaled the walls at Plas Power Adventure.

Scout Leaders Terry Bonner, John Houghton and Kris Hudson have all been trained in running climbing on indoor walls so the boys and girl had expert tuition.

David Morris said, “We’d like to thank James from Sandstone Brewery for giving up two Friday nights to show us round. It really is appreciated and the Scouts and dads found the visit very interesting.

“While some may think it’s a bit strange taking young people around a brewery, we think it’s important to explain to them the facts, including the risks.

“Brewing is also such an important part of our heritage, especially in Wrexham, so it’s important that the Scouts learn about it.”

To join the Scouts, as a young person, or to volunteer as an adult, phone 0845 300 1818 or visit

The 1st Rhosnesni Scout group can be followed on Twitter via @rhosnesniscouts

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