Scouts and Guides warm and happy in their new hut

£20,000 grant funds refurbishment

The 1st Congresbury Scout and Guides Groups has welcomed children back to weekly meetings following a major refurbishment of their hut, helped by a £20,000 donation from National Grid’s community grant fund.

The refurbishment was vital as two flat-roof extensions, added since the hut was built in the 1960s, had started to leak. They also had no insulation, which made for chilly meetings in the winter months.

“The donation supported the costs of replacing the external roof covering, fitting insulation and replacing the ceilings,” said Adam Preece, Group Executive Chair of the 1st Congresbury Scout and Guides Groups. “We’ve also been able to change an unused grass area to an outdoor classroom by levelling it, resurfacing it with bark chippings and installing a six-metre by three-metre all-season gazebo.

“Having this additional outdoor space has allowed us to welcome children back earlier than we anticipated, and it will provide a valuable resource for the future.”

James Goode, Project Director for National Grid’s Hinkley Connection Project, said: “We are carrying out construction work to the west of Congresbury to build the new overhead connection from Sandford to Avonmouth and working with Western Power Distribution to make changes to their local network.

“We appreciate that we affect local communities where we work and were delighted to be able to help the scout group.”