The 4th Braid Scout Group and the Greenbank Explorer Scout Unit run an annual Jumble Sale – a rare event now in Edinburgh. This year’s Sale, on Saturday 15 April, broke all records, raising over £12,000 for the Unit and Group funds.
They’re based at Greenbank Parish Church and work very closely together throughout the year, sharing equipment and a flexible leadership team. At Jumble Sale time, they take over the entire premises, except the church itself. So the Sale has four halls, crammed with jumble ranging from toys and games in the Upper Hall, through bric-a-brac, jewellery, electricals and pictures In the Main Hall and books, CDs/DVDs and home baking in the Lower Hall, to clothes and soft furnishings in the Centenary Hall. The stalls spill out into the church garden and forecourt, which accommodate bikes, gardening equipment and plants and luggage. It’s an amazing sight!
The Jumble Sale is a lot of work, involving over 80 adult helpers and about the same number of young people. But it’s great fun, bringing the different sections and different generations together. It attracts a lot of customers too – over 800 paying adults, plus children who come free. The proceeds are used to keep equipment in good condition and to reduce the cost to families of membership and of activities such as the many camps organised by the Unit and Group the year.