Dame Mary Fagan, Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire and President of Hampshire Scouts formally opened the Diamond Scout Centre in Tadley.
Located in Southdown Road, the Scout Centre was formerly on the Boundary Hall site, which had to be vacated to allow new housing development to take place. The new centre was built at a cost of some £350,000 by Bellway, as part of the planning consent for development at Boundary Hall.
Present at the opening was The Worthshipful Mayor and Mayoress of Basingstoke, Cllr and Mrs Martin Bierman, the local MP Sir George Young, County Councillor Marilyn Tucker, Jo Slimin, the Chairman of Tadley Town Council and local Councillor David Leeks. The Scouts County Commissioner, Adam Hollans, opened the formal proceedings, explaining the work that had gone into the project, and he spoke about the community service projects which were part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations. There was a formal presentation to Brian Spray for the work which he did in the planning and commissioning of the new building, and Group Scout Leader Norman Godfrey presented a commemorative album to Dame Mary, outlining the projects that had been undertaken during the Jubilee year. Speaking at the event, Dame Mary said that she was proud that Hampshire had the largest number of scouts of any county - some 19,000 - and she commended the work that the volunteers did in keeping the scouts such a vibrant organisation.
There was a short gap between May 2012, when the Boundary Hall headquarters were vacated and December last year when they moved into the new building.