Golfers get in the swing of scout hut fundraisingBy Julie Spencer
October 09, 2012
Golfers have teed off a campaign to give a Bracknell Scout group a permanent home of its own.
The annual South Berks Scouts golf gala raised £3,000 towards the £50,000 needed for a project to build a scout centre in Great Hollands.
The match between 14 teams at the East Berkshire Golf Club in Crowthorne was the first fundraiser for the ambitious project to move the old temporary community centre in Jennett’s Park to Great Hollands.
The Scouts have up to two years to raise the cash needed to dismantle the portable building, transport it to Great Hollands, construct it again and connect it up to main services.
It will then become the permanent home of the 2nd Easthampstead Scout Group, whose 60 members currently meet at Easthampstead Park School.
Howard de Silva, organiser of the annual golf gala and deputy district chairman of South Berks District Scouts, said: “We have two years but if we can raise the money earlier we will do it.
“It will cost £17,000 just for the footings and then we have to pay for it be unbolted into its eight modules and transported on a low loader.
“It is a lovely building in a lovely condition and we will need to connect it to services and build pathways to it.
“Even though £50,000 is a big target it is a third to a quarter of the cost of building a new home.
“We need to get planning permission so I won’t say exactly where it is going to go in Great Hollands, but in the meantime we will be raising money by letting it out.”
The gala was the ninth annual golf competition in aid of the Scouts and was originally scheduled for June.
However, torrential rain meant that the match had to be postponed until Friday, September 14.
Howard added: “The East Berkshire Golf Club looked after us wonderfully, as they always do.”
n To contribute to the new Scout hut, send a cheque to Richard Price, South Berks District Scout Council, 21 Goldsmith Way, Crowthorne RG45 6QP, made out to South Berks District Scout Council.