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1st Catisfield Scouts celebrate following the re-furbishment of their scout hut in Blackbrook Road.'Pictures: Ian Hargreaves  (150827-4) PPP-150205-181400003
1st Catisfield Scouts celebrate following the re-furbishment of their scout hut in Blackbrook Road.'Pictures: Ian Hargreaves (150827-4) PPP-150205-181400003
From left, Terence Rierkert, Matt Chapman, Steve Kramer, Dan Deeks, Theresa Newstead, Simon Freeman and Josh Roux
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IT WAS a perfect day for the unveiling of years of hard work by a Scout group.

The refurbishment of the exterior of the 1st Catisfield Scouts hut is now complete after some hard work from supporters and the generosity of the community.

Andrew Prescott, chairman of the group, welcomed guests to the former army barracks hut, in Blackbrook Road, Fareham, on Saturday to see the new roof, windows and cladding.

So far the work has cost in the region of £50,000 – with half of that donated by Fareham Borough Council.

Mr Prescott said: ‘It was a really great day for us. The weather was in our favour.

‘The unveiling coincided with our annual general meeting and barbecue so it worked perfectly.’

The group has 70 members, which include Cubs, Beavers and Scouts, from across Fareham who have all been busy fundraising for the works which are expected to cost around £100,000 in total.

Mr Prescott added: ‘The next step is to focus on the interior.

‘The building has a lot of history. It used to be an army barracks in the 1930s and it was commandeered by the Scouts and given a lick of paint in the 1960s.

‘And it hasn’t been touched since then. We toyed with building a new hut but the cheaper option was to refurbish.

‘This is not the end of the road though. We still need to raise a lot of money. But what would really help is if people donated their time to pop by – even just an hour a week of practical help.’

To give the group a hand go to 1stcatisfieldscoutgroup.org.uk.