A new home at last for Rugby Scout group

22nd (Hillmorton) Rugby Scouts
22nd (Hillmorton) Rugby Scouts

Work starts next week on the building of a new headquarters for the 22nd (Hillmorton) Rugby Scout Group following years of fundraising.

The new building will have a main hall, two meeting rooms, a kitchen, mezzanine storage space, and toilets, including ones for disabled users. It is expected to be complete by November.

As well as it being used for Scouting activities, it will be available for others to use for meetings, clubs and events.

Project manager David Glover said: “It has been clear for some time that our old hut needed to be replaced with a building that provides a welcoming, flexible and spacious home to be proud of, and one that will serve Scouting and the local community for many years to come.

“This new HQ will do this, and more.”

The building will be on the same site of the Scouts’ old hut on The Kent, Hillmorton. Many of the Scouts’ parents, as well as some of the Scouts, recently helped demolish the old hut.

The new building will cost in the region of £165,000 and funding is coming from a number of sources. These include The Veolia Environmental Trust, which has awarded a grant of £39,500, The Garfield Weston Foundation, which awarded £15,000, The Rugby Benevolent Fund, which awarded £15,000, The 1961 Charitable Trust, which has awarded £7,500, and Warwickshire County Council, which has awarded £3,000.

Network Rail, the GJW Turner Trust and the Bruce Wake Charity have all awarded grants of £2,000 and one of £1,500 has come from Lawrence Sheriff School.

The Hillmorton Charities, the Rank Foundation and the Dawat-E-Hadiyah Trust have each awarded £1,000.

The Scouts themselves have also raised £54,000 through private donations and their own fundraising activities such as bag packing at local stores, fetes, collections, clothing collections, music nights, car washes and much more.

Mr Glover added: “It is great that work is starting next Monday.

“We are really pleased that, after over four years of planning and fundraising, we will eventually see our new building take shape over the coming months.

“It will be pleasing that we will be able to get our groups back into a new building before the winter.”

Paul Taylor of Veolia added: “I look forward to seeing the new building take shape.”