Scout hut lowered into place after five years of fundraising

DROPPING IN Carol Jenkinson watching the delivery of the new 64th St Swithun's Scout group's hut in Portsmouth. Picture: Allan Hutchings (132262-935)
DROPPING IN Carol Jenkinson watching the delivery of the new 64th St Swithun's Scout group's hut in Portsmouth. Picture: Allan Hutchings (132262-935)

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HANGING from the end of crane, a Scout group’s hut is slowly dropped into place .

The 64th St Swithun’s Scout Group, who meet at St Swithun’s Church, in Southsea, have spent five years fundraising £60,000 for their new home.

And yesterday, the hut was delivered in two parts for it to be put together on site.

Group leader Chris Bowen said: ‘We needed a new meeting place because the old one was falling down.

‘We had identified that it was leaking badly and it was very cold in the winter.

‘It was also clear that the steel frame was not in the best of states and a nearby tree was undermining the foundations.

‘One of the positive things about this project was developing better community links with local businesses and key people within the local community.

‘The new hut will be very important in enabling Scouting to continue at St Swithun’s for many years to come.

‘Having a base for the young people to call their own and be proud of is one of the important aspects of a successful group.’

As well as fundraising for themselves, the group also received donations from other organisations.

These included the former Southsea Town Council, masonic lodges and the Southsea Castle Rotary Club.

Steve Bradbury, 48, was the project manager, and he said that the help from others made the hut possible.

He said: ‘Everyone came together to help the group and it made a real difference.

‘It has been hard to get the hut with planning permission issues and getting the initial money but everyone working together has made it possible.

‘I couldn’t sleep the night before but it is a huge relief knowing that it is finally done.’

Children and young people from the Scout group have held a number of fundraisers to help with the cost of the hut.

They took part in the Dragon Boat Race and the Great South Run, they packed bags in supermarkets and set up stalls at fairs throughout the city.

There will be an official opening ceremony for the hut at a later date.