It’s been a long time since we updated you on progress with the New Scouting Centre, a busy couple of months. As we reported in the April Newsletter the landscaping has been done including a hedge, the walls and ceilings have been fitted and painted, the floors are down in the kitchen and toilets, and most of the plumbing has been done. Continue reading “Almost there …”
Congratulations to Ian and Ruth Stapleton who organised a fund-raising event with a difference on 27th April. An audience of over 100 was entertained and enthralled by Paul Newton’s magic show at Fairfield church. The event raised a little over £1,000 to add to the New Scouting Centre fund.
Since New Year, there has been lots of progress:
- Floor has been screeded
- Passmores have finished their work, fitting internal doors etc
- Ceilings have all been fitted by a contractor
- 40% of the 100 or so panels of plasterboard have been fitted by us, at three all-day working parties – it’s got a lot of walls, especially when you have to fit to both sides of the internal partitions!
Imminent works include rainwater drainage and landscaping starting on Friday 1st March; flooring has been ordered and will be fitted to kitchen and toilets week beginning 11th March – we have to finish painting walls and ceilings in those rooms by then. The electricity will be reconnected on 6/7th March. Lots to do!
Thanks to the large band of volunteers who gave up some of their Christmas break, the new building has insulation fitted in the walls and roof.
The next major milestone will be the floor screed, starting on Monday 7th January. We will have to leave the screed for at least 2 weeks to set before we can walk on it. After that Passmores will return to finish doors, windows and other bits and pieces. Then we can start cladding the walls, installing electrics and plumbing etc – there’s still a great deal to do!
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 day of the year.
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 a scaffolder coming on site to put scaffold all round the structure, so that Passmores can put the roof trusses on. And we should have a roof on by Christmas. But don’t expect a Christmas Party in there, lots of work still to be done.
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 Nick.
In addition, one of the Posse members, Jackie (far left), passed on a donation for £500 from her employer GSK. Thank you everyone!
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 place by a crane
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 – a great result!
L to R: Paul, Richard, Carol, Leo and Andrew Melvin
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 Hillingdon Council has awarded the Group a substantial contribution to the costs. 1st Northwood Scouts is one of the first Groups to receive money from the Council’s newly-created capital fund to support capital projects for youth organisations.