Our History

History of the 20th Walsall Scout Group's quest for a place to call home

The Hub is owned by 20th Walsall Scout group (St Margaret's Great Barr). Our group has been scouting at St Margaret's, Great Barr for nearly 70 years. For many years our meeting place was at St Margaret's CofE School, based on the Birmingham Road.


Over 20 years ago the late Vicar Joseph Reaney of St Margaret's Parish Church, gave the 20th Walsall the use of some out-buildings on the site of the Old Vicarage on Chapel Lane and gave us access to a large piece of land to run activities and scout craft.

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This piece of land and buildings were part of the Old Vicarage (formerly the old stables) and became affectionately known to the 20th Walsall Scout Group as 'The Land' and the group stored it's equipment in 'The Barn'. The photo on the right shows the buildings that stood on the site of where The Hub now stands.


Over the last 15 years the 20th Walsall Scout Group has campaigned and fundraised to develop community facilities in Great Barr in conjunction with a wish to build the scout group it's own headquarters.

Building The Hub

In 2003, the Scout Group was able to negotiate a lease for land from the Diocese of Lichfield in the heart of Great Barr which could not have been achieved without the help and support of the late Vicar Joseph Reaney.

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After much work by the group's volunteers, we were granted outline planning permission and through sheer determination and successful fundraising of over £140,000 through events and donations collected over some 20 years, the 20th Walsall Scout Group were able to fund the laying of foundations for the building in November 2007.


In July 2009 the 20th Walsall Scout Group was successful in obtaining a Community Building Grant of £327,000 from the Big Lottery Fund and the Great Barr Community Hub was born!