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 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.

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 cycles to see, there were
games and competitions for all the family, a Hog
Roast, music and lots more.

A rota of volunteers manned the 1st Northwood Scout Group stall, chatting to visitors about progress with the new buidlding and encouraging all to play the Buzzer Game. Thanks to all who attended and special thanks to The Posse for making us their charity of the event.

 

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 12 screws have been used
  • Reverse the motor to raise the screws one at a time taking care not to allow those remaining to fall back down the hole
    We counted them in, and we counted them out
    Finished hole
    Hole + readymix + steel = finished pile

    Now see the action for yourself:

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 in diameter and 11.5m deep. Then the holes are filled with concrete.

Thanks to the amazing dry weather, our contractors have made rapid progress and have completed 20 piles already.

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, larger compound.

Over this coming weekend, a team of volunteers will be starting the task of moving some of our equipment from the hut to storage locations around the neighbourhood. We aim to have most of our equipment moved off site by Jumble time, so that we can start major works immediately after.

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 Night this coming Saturday, 3rd March which will add more to the coffers.

Keep  on fund-raisng!

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 work done by the Trust is directed towards the elderly, but they also reserve some of their funds for especially deserving Youth Projects. Andrew has a long association with 1st Northwood Scouts.

Then on Saturday 23rd December, One Stop, the grocery store in the centre of Northwood, presented a cheque for £2,000 as part of the Carriers for Causes scheme. The cheque was presented by Karishma Mehta on behalf of the store, and was accepted by Mike Bennett, Group Scout Leader.

£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 impressive art-deco building .   We are very grateful to their members for the donation.

Paul, Stephen and Leo at Freemasons’ Hall

Other recent donations which have helped boost the fund to an amazing £80,000 are: Aviva (£1k), Tesco Bags of Help (£2k) plus smaller amounts from Phoenix Ladies’ Club, Holy Trinity Church Autumn Fair, Nisa Local, MK Charitable Trust and Northwood Hills Residents’ Association Big Switch On event. Thank you everyone!