1st Northwood New Scout Centre


An enlarged and modern facility for Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers

Fundraising contact: email: fundraising@1stnorthwoodscouts.org.uk

APPEAL LAUNCHED. On the 1st of March at Fairfield Church in Northwood Hills, the 1st Northwood Scout Group launched its £100,000 appeal to replace the existing Scout Hut with an enlarged Scouting Centre. The launch was attended by the Mayor of Hillingdon Cllr John Hensley, and the Deputy Mayor Cllr Carol Melvin; there were also several other important guests present including all three Northwood Hills Councillors, Chief Inspector Rob Bryan and some of his staff, and several members of the REN District senior team. The hall was filled to capacity with guests and many young members and their parents.

At the end of the meeting, Nigel Stone, the Bursar of St John’s School, presented a jumbo cheque to the Group for £1,000, kick starting the fundraising appeal.

We are fortunate to have as our Patrons for the appeal Nick Hurd MP and Councillor Carol Melvin. Nick Hurd was unable to attend, but addressed the meeting via a pre-recorded video.

The current Hut in Northwood Way was built in 1956; after 60 years of hard use it is no longer economical to maintain and repair. Building the new centre is planned to commence in the summer of 2018.

Whilst Scouting is better known for its challenging outdoor activities and adventures, many skills taught by the Scout Leaders take place inside the Hut. These include cooking, IT skills including computers and smartphones, map reading including use of GPS, first aid, bicycle maintenance and DIY. The existing hut is in use five days a week throughout the year.

DOING THE SUMS. The budget for the new building has been set at £170,000. We already have a considerable sum of money set aside in reserves from the last 10 years of Jumble Sales, and we shall be getting a Capital Grant from our Scout District. We have set ourselves the challenging target to raise the remaining £100,000 in the next 12 months, so that we can place orders for the building during the Spring of 2018.

YOU CAN HELP TOO! We are appealing to all current and past scouts and their parents and grandparents to make contributions, either by donating personally or organising their own fund-raising activities with the slogan “Raise £274 per day for a year.” Were YOU a scout? Would you like to give something back in return for the great times you had?

We are also asking local businesses, clubs and organisations to support the Campaign, in the spirit of “Supporting the Young People of Northwood”. Major donations will be recognised on a Donations Wall when the new building is finished.

If you would like to find out more please contact Richard Plume on 01923 827409 or email: fundraising@1stnorthwoodscouts.org.uk

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Told You!

We’ve kept saying that the plan showed we would have the roof on the new Scouting Centre by Christmas. Well, guess what? We did it with 3 days to spare! The roofers finished at 9.15 this morning – they made a 7.30am start so they could get an “early go”. Well, it is the shortest … Continue reading “Told You!”

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Phase 1 Completed on Schedule

Geostructures completed the foundations on target on Friday 16th November, and then spent three days in our “contingency” week tidying up the site. Passmores came to site on Monday 26th, erected all the walls and partitions, glazed them all, and left site again on Tuesday afternoon. Wow, how fast was that! Next week we have … Continue reading “Phase 1 Completed on Schedule”

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Thanks to The Posse

Remember we reported on the local bikers’ Fun Day back in August? Well, on Friday 26th October they invited us to meet them at The Gate pub to receive their donation to our New Scouting Centre fund. In the photo you see Doug Horgan and Richard Plume being presented with a cheque for £1,643 by … Continue reading “Thanks to The Posse”

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At last, we can see what’s going on!

They have now completed all the brickwork and blockwork to bring the foundations for the new Scouting Centre up to a single level. This picture shows the view from the road; if you look carefully you can see the porch entrance at the right-hand side. Next week we will see the concrete beams lifted into … Continue reading “At last, we can see what’s going on!”

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Mayor’s Charity Boosts Hut Fund

On 22nd October 2018, Paul Akers, Richard Plume and Leo Mindel were delighted to accept a cheque for £30,000 on behalf of 1st Northwood Scouts. This was our share of the funds raised by Cllr Carol Melvin for her three charities during her term of office as Mayor of Hillingdon 2017/2018. Thank you, Carol  – … Continue reading “Mayor’s Charity Boosts Hut Fund”

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Visitors to our Building Site

Northwood Hills Councillors Jonathan Bianco and Duncan Flynn were given a guided tour recently by Scout Project Manager Richard Plume. The foundations are on track to be completed by mid-November and the shell of the new building should be in place by  Christmas.       The Councillors have a very strong interest in the project, as … Continue reading “Visitors to our Building Site”

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A FUNd-raising Day

A group of Bikers called “The Posse” meets regularly at The Gate pub in Northwood. They held their 13th Annual Bike Show on Saturday 11th August at The Gate, and all the proceeds from their Fun Day are being donated to our New Scouting Centre Fund, around £1500. As well as lots of interesting motor … Continue reading “A FUNd-raising Day”

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A Simple Guide to Pile-driving

What better way to pass a hot summer’s afternoon than watching men at work on the New Hut! This is what I learned about the craft of pile-driving, the stages are: A 1m screw is attached to the machine, cage door closed Screw lowered, displaced clay shovelled away Repeat above steps until a total of … Continue reading “A Simple Guide to Pile-driving”

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Building Begins

Once the old hut had been demolished, the site was cleared and pegs put in the ground to mark out the footprint of the New Hut. The foundations will be built on piles – 30 altogether. For each pile, the clever machine in the photo screws out the soil leaving a vertical hole about 25cm … Continue reading “Building Begins”

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