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A Hampshire scout group can now rustle up plenty of hearty meals after Taylor Wimpey Southern Counties paid for a new kitchen to be fitted in its hut.

After teaming up with suppliers Paula Rosa Manhattan kitchens, the leading local housebuilder paid for the kitchen to be fitted into the 1st Warsash Sea Scout Group’s hut in the village.

Richard Marrington, one of the Cub Scout Leaders for the group, said: ‘The facilities in our old kitchen in the hut were very poor – we had no hot water, a poor supply of cold water and hardly any decent equipment. The new kitchen has now been fitted and the transformation is incredible. All of our young people and their parents are very impressed.

‘People have walked in and been totally shocked by the difference – we now have two boilers, one providing instant hot water for drinks and another for washing up, as well as a hob, oven, microwave, toaster, kettle, new cutlery, crockery and glasses plus new lighting, tiles and electrical circuits. It’s a massive boost to have clean, hygienic facilities and it also means we can host bigger cooking events, enter competitions and run more events for parents and other scout groups.’

Richard added: ‘Titchfield Abbey Masonic Lodge also made a substantial donation which meant that we could buy all this new equipment, which is the icing on the cake. The Masons, along with their families and friends, hold a number of fund raising events throughout the year so they can support many good causes and we at 1st Warsash Sea Scouts were one of their lucky recipients.

‘We’d really like to thank Taylor Wimpey, Paula Rosa Manhattan kitchens and Titchfield Abbey Masonic Lodge for setting this up – it makes a huge difference for us.’

Taylor Wimpey’s Strawberry Fields development in nearby Locks Heath currently offers a choice of one and two-bedroom apartments with prices starting from £170,000. Call 01489 664424 for full details.