SCOUTS LAUNCH £100K BID FOR NEW CEN­TRE

CUR­RENT HOME NO LONGER FIT FOR PUR­POSE SAYS GROUP

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - by ALEXAN­DER BALLINGER alexan­der.ballinger@trin­i­tymir­ror.com Twit­ter: @amb­hack

NORTH­WOOD Scouts have launched an ap­peal to raise £100,000 for a new cen­tre as their cur­rent base is no longer fit for pur­pose.

The am­bi­tious project will cost around £170,000 in to­tal and the 1st North­wood Scout group has set it­self the chal­lenge of rais­ing £100,000 of that in the next 12 months.

North­wood Scout’s cur­rent hut was built more than 60 years ago and the group says it is no longer eco­nom­i­cal to main­tain and re­pair.

The fundrais­ing ap­peal was launched at an event held at Fair­field Church, in North­wood Hills, on March 1. Back­ing the ap­peal is the Ruis­lip, North­wood and Pin­ner MP Nick Hurd, who recorded a video mes­sage to the scouts.

Mr Hurd said: “As the lo­cal MP and as a for­mer min­is­ter for char­i­ties, I’m a huge ad­mirer of the work scouts do both in North­wood and in com­mu­ni­ties around the coun­try.

“The 1st North­wood Scout Group has been around since 1914 – a hugely im­por­tant part of the com­mu­nity – and the scout­ing cen­tre needs to be re­built.

“I’m go­ing to con­trib­ute to this cam­paign and I hope you can too.”

The cur­rent hut in North­wood Way was built in 1956 and is in need of re­build­ing.

Work on the new hut is ex­pected to start in spring 2018.

At the of­fi­cial launch of the ap­peal, St John’s School, in North­wood, pre­sented a cheque for £1,000 to kick­start the fundrais­ing.

The group is now ap­peal­ing to cur­rent and for­mer scouts and their par­ents and grand­par­ents to help with the ap­peal.

Ma­jor do­na­tions will be high­lighted on a ‘ do­na­tions wall’ when the build­ing is fin­ished.

An artist’s im­pres­sion of the new cen­tre; (above left) the ex­ist­ing scout hut was built more than 60 years ago

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