Over the past few months we have been concentrating on raising as much money as possible to reach our target of £2.2m. We have received donations from trusts, local businesses and businessmen and from individuals, both past and present Scouts. We have held several fundraising events so far with more on the calendar for December and February.
As building works have now started, money is being
spent very quickly and therefore we need to step up our efforts to raise the
remaining amount we still need to complete the hall.
After over two and a half years of planning, the bulldozers have moved in and our new Scout Hall project is underway.
Work on the Jubilee Scout Hall commenced on the
21st October with an estimated 45-week delivery programme enabling
our Scouts to return to the new hall in September 2020.
With the hall finally being cleared of all Scout equipment in September, the handover of keys was made to Armfield Construction who were appointed as the principal contractor for the re-development works.
The new premises will consist of two halls and shared facilities – one smaller hall and a large hall that can be divided into two which will potentially enable three activities to run simultaneously. A large car park will be available to avoid the need to park on the road, with improved wider and less steep access (if you have driven past recently you will have already seen the reshaped entrance).
Inside the new premises there will be modern catering facilities, safer access to storage facilities for the Scout Camp equipment and toilet and washing facilities for the field.
We are hoping to incorporate a purpose-built indoor climbing wall into
the structure to expand our activities for the Scouts.
The building will embrace modern energy-efficient heating and lighting
whilst improving its green credentials with improved installations.
As a final farewell to our old hall, we finished with our annual Group Camp on our field adjacent to the hall. Over 130 Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorer Scouts camped overnight in tents and hammocks. After completing a new and old town wide scavenger hunt in the afternoon, the Scouts held a traditional campfire with the roasting of marshmallows.
With Sunday morning finishing off with a game of Tug of War, we gave the hall a sending off to be proud of.