Work starts as Fareham scout hut plan gets funding

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EXCITED youngsters are celebrating after their scout group won a grant of nearly £30,000 to fix up their old hut.

The 1st Catisfield Scouts group meet off Blackbrook Road in Fareham in a Second World War era building.

Patchy repairs have been carried out over the years but the new cash from Fareham Borough Council means the group can improve their hut for good.

Beaver Alfie Sillence, seven, said: ‘I personally think it’s quite good because we got all new tiling and it will be brand new.

‘The floor, some of it’s coming up and there are all the cobwebs.’

Scaffolding was put up on Monday and the external work is due to be finished by May for an opening ceremony.

Roof repairs, cladding, new windows and doors and drainage are all to be sorted in the former Longmoor Army Camp hut.

The external refit has been paid for by the cash from the council, which was match-funding for money already raised by the group.

Once that work is complete leaders hope an internal refit will also be completed.

In total the work will cost £80,000, meaning some more fundraising is needed.

Cub Jayce Starkey, seven, added: ‘It’s going to be brilliant.

‘The hut’s going to be clean and tidy, there will be more rooms and it will get a bit bigger.’

The new facilities will also see toilets fitted in the hut.

Group chairman Andrew Prescott said earlier ambitious plans in 2006 and 2007 had not come to fruition due to a lack of funds.

Mr Prescott said: ‘It’s been a long time coming for the group.

‘The building has got shabbier and shabbier.

‘It’s not really fit for purpose for what we need.’

And once renovated the hut will be open for others to use.

Group scout leader Rose Fogwill said: ‘In the summer we’ll be able to get other scout groups to come and visit us.’