Scout groups hoping to raise £70,000 for new hutBy Becky Barnes
February 20, 2013
Scouts, Cubs and Beavers are appealing for help to raise a massive £70,000 to move their new Scout hut.
The 2nd Easthampstead Scout group were delighted when developers Persimmon Homes handed over the lease to the old community centre in Peacock Lane, Jennett’s Park, last month, but it was with the condition they move it to a new site within two years.
Mandy Edis, fundraising coordinator for the project, said: “We are a small group with a big target and this is a fantastic opportunity for the group.”
The group is embarking on 12 to 15 months of fundraising so they can move the wooden- clad building near Peacock Farm to Bracknell Town Council-owned land off Ringmead in Great Hollands.
Mandy, whose husband Mark is assistant cub leader, said: “We have been renting rooms at Easthampstead Park School since 2005, but this will make a focal point within the community so we can do longer term things.
“The new site is near the allotments, so we have a plan to get one of those.”
There are around 50 youngsters aged six to 14 in the Scout group and Mandy said being part of one of the three sections gives them a chance to achieve something.
She said: “Some children would not be able to do anything else and it gives them something to do and a sense of achievement.”
It will cost a maximum of £70,000 to move the hut and to make it fit for purpose.
Mandy said: “We need to raise as much as possible – it will be wonderful to have a permanent site. We do a lot of community work like litter picks with Cllr Mary Temperton, but would like to do more.”
Plans include reviving car washes, which had to stop because of the hosepipe ban, and bucket shaking at The Bandstand in Bracknell town centre in April.
Mandy said: “Other ideas include bag packing in Waitrose and our leaders are planning something fantastic – but we haven’t decided what yet.”
The group has received the support of Hanworth pub The Cannie Man, in Hanworth Road, which has chosen the Scout hut project as its charity of the year.
Mandy said: “We want to get the message out there that we are setting up fundraising events.”
Daytime tenants including pre-schools or clubs are also needed to rent the hut at its current site until it moves.
If you can help with fundraising or want to rent the hut contact Mandy via email@example.com.