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

Related News:

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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No Going Back Now!

Let the photos speak for themselves: And a bit of video:

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A Day to Remember

Monday 11th June 2018. That’s the date when the demolition contractors moved on to the 1st Northwood site and started taking the old hut apart. Goodbye Old Hut, you’ve served us well!

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And we’re OFF!

Phase 1 of the New Hut Project started this morning. Hillingdon Council has given us permission to extend the width of the site by 8 metres on to the Hogs Back Open Space. Our contractors have begun the process of moving some of the existing fencing and adding in extra sections to enclose our new, … Continue reading “And we’re OFF!”

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A Year Ago Today ….

….. we launched our £100k appeal! We have amazed ourselves by our own success; the total to date is £88,800 with more in the pipeline. For example, we are one of the Mayor of Hillingdon’s charities of the year and her term of office doesn’t end until May. And don’t forget our very own Quiz … Continue reading “A Year Ago Today ….”

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Father Christmas visits early!

We received two early Christmas presents in the form of donations towards the New Hut Appeal . The first was on Wednesday 20th December; Andrew Retter, a Director of Fassnidge Trust, presented a cheque for £1,000 from the Trust at the Group’s December Committee Meeting. In his address, Andrew said that most of the charitable … Continue reading “Father Christmas visits early!”

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£80k and counting ….

The Hut Appeal Fund goes from strength to stremgth – our most recent large donation was £5,000 from the Metropolitan Masonic Charity, following an earlier donation of the same amount from Middlesex Masons.  Paul Medlycott, Leo Mindel and Stephen Plume represented us at Freemasons’ Hall on 29 November, where they were shown around the very … Continue reading “£80k and counting ….”

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