New Scout hut opens after long wait

November 27 2015

A DREAM has finally been realised for a local Scout and Guides group as its new hut officially opens to the public.

A DREAM has finally been realised for a local Scout and Guides group as its new hut officially opens to the public.  

The local community gathered on November 21 to celebrate the opening of Hut6388 which cost around £380k to build.

It was constructed by South West Contractors and will be used by around 300 families from nearby Ashley Down and St Andrews as a base for Scouts, Beavers, Cubs, Guides, Brownies, and Rainbows.

The building will also be used by many local people for meetings, parties, community events, and school activities.

The ambition to replace the 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 Hut6388, 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 old hut.

Initiatives have included a ‘Buy a Brick’ scheme, monthly prize draws, fundraising events, stamp collections, recycling old CDs, DVDs and mobile phones, as well as receiving monetary donations from the public.

Paul Tinkler, chair of Hut6388’s sub-committee, paid tribute at the grand opening to the hard work that had gone into making the hut become a reality.

Special thanks went to Mike Evans, who is in charge of the Scouts, Beavers and Cubs that use the facility, for working “tirelessly”, fundraising for the project.

Paul said: “There were times when it looked like the hut wasn’t going to happen. But the committee has worked so hard to raise money for the project, despite leading incredibly busy lives.

“Our totally dedicated, determined community should be proud of this amazing accomplishment which will mean so much for the youth of Ashley Down for decades to come.”

Mike said that he was delighted with the new hut, and was heartened by the overwhelming turn-out and support from the local community.

Doors were open to the public from midday, with a ribbon cutting ceremony, involving the High Sheriff Dr Rosalind Kennedy, taking place at 3.30pm.

The High Sheriff congratulated the team for their dedication to the project and described them as “absolutely inspirational” for their work.

She added: “All of my three sons were Scouts – it’s a great movement to be a part of.”

All meeting rooms have been moved to the front of the building, with the kitchen, toilets and large hall space located at the back. A second level has also created space for further storage.

In addition, a large window runs down one side of the building, providing natural light for the hut. 

To find out more about Hut6388, visit: www.hut6388.org. For enquiries regarding hall hire or Scouting sessions, contact Mike on:mikeevans3@virginmedia.com

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