Settle Drill Hall – Making Scouting Accessible to All
The exhibition
 11 – 18 January 2020
The Gallery wss delighted to provide a venue for the 1st Castleberg Scout Group to present their plans to improve the access and facilities for their base at Settle Drill Hall.  The plans were on show for a week from 11 January 2020. A member of the project team was at the gallery on several days during the exhibition to explain in detail how the scouts aim to modernise the 155 year old building that sits at the foot of Castleberg Crag by the gate to the wooded area above the town.
The project includes a new entrance with a lift for the disabled to make scouting inclusive to all and the relocation of the gate to Castleberg Crag.  Improving access to the building will enable local groups to make use of the building during the day too.  The exhibition included information about the sort of activities that might be organised in the hall provided by Settle Community Hub.
Giving young people Skills for Life is a core value of the scouting movement.  To complement this work the scouts  need to regenerate the drill hall so it can continue to support the scouts and their community through to the building’s 175th anniversary in 2040.
The date 2040 refers to an award-winning documentary about regeneration by Damon Gameau.  The message of the film is that we already have all we need, knowledge and technology to build a thriving and sustainable world for our children in 2040 (  The revamped drill hall aims to provide a suitable venue for that development.