We are very lucky to have our own Scout and Guide hut right in the centre of our lovely village next to a large play park. And we are running a long term project to extend and refurbish this into our Big New Hut. This will better meet our current needs for young people in Aldbourne, and ensure Scouting and Guiding can carry on in the village for many years in the future.
The existing hut was built in the 1960s and is structurally very solid, but a little tired around the edges, and too small for our modern needs with so many children now in the various Scouting and Guiding groups.
The hut is built on land leased from the Parish Council, and is run and maintained by an independent committee called the Aldbourne Scouts and Guides Supporters Committee.
We are a Registered Charity (Number 1200440).
We have been fundraising for several years, and have now been granted full planning permission to proceed and build the hut.
OCTOBER 2022 UPDATE
We have now completed PHASE 2! This is a self-build project with volunteers from within the local community, and we have had tremendous turn-outs of helpers over the summer to complete our (dreaded) groundworks and foundations. This has involved excavating over 50 tons of soil from the site, humping it by hand down the 100m path the main road, and then carting another 50 tons of blocks, stones and cement back up the pathway for the foundations. It might not look much at the moment, but we’re very proud of it. This was always going to be one of the toughest stages of the build, and we’re now in great shape to start constructing the timber walls and roof early next year. The building should shoot up, and we’re hoping to be celebrating completing the roof with a ‘topping-out’ ceremony next summer.
We first started talking about this project in 2012, and our fundraising began in earnest in 2013 with a huge Gang Show that the whole group took part in. Since then we’ve held beer festivals, ceilidhs, firework displays, race nights, and cooked more burgers at village events that you would ever dream of eating.
For several years we discussed the idea of moving the Scouts and Guides over to Palmer’s Field on the other side of the village and building a new hut from scratch. But after very careful consideration of the pros and cons, we all finally agreed that this would not be the best fit for us, and creating a Big New Hut by extending and refurbishing what we already had would be the most realistic, the most achievable, and would better serve our long term needs.
Our fundraising was slightly held back during 2020/21 (for obvious reasons), but now we have finalised our plans and been granted planning permission, we are back trying to find all possible sources of funds. We’re thrilled to now be making good progress towards our grand total of £100,000, and are extremely grateful to all the kind and wonderfully generous people in the village who have made donations to us.