New scout hut finally taking shape

August 28 2015

AFTER years of hard work and fundraising, Bishopston’s new Scout hut is finally taking shape – and it is set to re-open at the end of October.

AFTER years of hard work and fundraising, Bishopston’s new Scout hut is finally taking shape – and it is set to re-open at the end of October.

The new hut, costing around £370k, is being built by South West Contractors and will meet the needs of Scouting, Guiding and the local community in nearby Ashley Down and St Andrews.

The dream to replace the existing 60-year-old hut, which had become dilapidated and suffered from a leaky roof, damp and structural decay, began in 2011.

Planning was approved for Hut 6388, located in St Bartholomews Road, in May the following year.

Since the development was given the go ahead, the local community has been working hard to raise the funds to replace the hut.

But £40k is still needed in order to reach their target by the end of October.

Mike Evans, who is in charge of the Scouts, Beavers and Cubs that use the facility, says that – besides the challenge of having to uproot the giant Sycamore tree stump – the building work is going well.  

“I am delighted with the progress so far, and along with the hundreds of young people that use the facility weekly, can’t wait to get into their new hut.

“We are very grateful to St Bartholomew's church who are allowing us to use the church hall for meetings while the new hut is being built. The church has been very supportive of the project from the very start.”

Mike was also surprised to discover that while the builders were digging into the ground to lay the new foundations for the hut, they came across, what they believe to be, the remains of air raid shelters.

The new hut will see all of the meetings rooms moved to the front of the building, with the kitchen, toilets and large hall space at the back. Further storage is also being created on a second level.

The improved hut will have three roof lights and large windows running down one side of the building.

Once completed, Mike hopes neighbouring Sefton Park School will be able to make greater use of the venue during the day, along with local clubs and societies.

Donations towards the project are still welcome through the ‘buy a brick’ scheme. The group is particularly looking for local businesses that would like to support the build and have their name on the memorial wall.

The group does have loans available to help them reach their target, but would ideally like to raise the money themselves.

To find out more, or to donate towards the Hut 6388 development, visit: www.hut6388.org. For enquiries regarding hall hire or Scouting sessions, contact Mike on: mikeevans3@virginmedia.com

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