Scout hut’s push for funds

April 24 2015

A LOCAL Scouts group is making one final push to raise the remaining £55k of their target needed to build a new hut – and they are calling on the public for help.

A LOCAL Scouts group is making one final push to raise the remaining £55k of their target needed to build a new hut – and they are calling on the public for help.

The group is now on the verge of signing the contract for the build – which will be replacing the current 60-year-old hut in St Bartholomews Road in Ashley Down – to start at the beginning of June.

Over £370k is needed to replace the existing building, which has become dilapidated and suffers from a leaky roof, damp ingress, structural decay and an antiquated heating system.

Group members say that the venue – which is used by 300 different families as a base for Scouts, Beavers, Cubs, Guides, Brownies and Rainbows, as well as for community events and school activities – is an essential facility for young people in the area and that it has the potential to become a useful place for many local services.

The new building will be multi-purpose with an extended hall; additional storage, including a first floor storage mezzanine; a new group room for meetings and small activities; a kitchen and lobby, plus an improved outdoor area.

It will also have PV solar panels and a rainwater storage unit to make the hut more sustainable.

Planning was approved for the building in May 2012.

In order to raise the money, the group has hosted many events over the three years, including community BBQs, beer festivals, stamp sales, graffiti workshops and raffles, as well as offered the opportunity for members of the public to 'buy a brick' for the new hut.

Their efforts have so far raised over £312k.

Mike Evans, who is in charge of the Scouts, Cubs and Beavers, said: “We are very grateful to all those people and businesses that have already supported us in this venture.

“It is not too late to buy a brick to build the new hut and help secure the future of Scouting and Guiding in St Andrews and Ashley Down.”

The next fundraising event for the hut rebuild will be on May 9 at the hut in St Bartholomews Road.

There will be a hog roast and BBQ, plus a range of stalls, games and a grand raffle draw.

Neighbouring Sefton Park School will also have inflatables for the children to enjoy.

In addition, old photographs and copies of the plans for the new building will be available to view.

The event runs from 2-9pm.

For more information, or to make a donation, visit: www.hut6388.org.

Fingers crossed for the new Scout hut