Scouts in Northamptonshire village celebrate hut reopening

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Scouts in Hardingstone returned home to their HQ last week after four years away and a refurbishment project.

To mark the 50th anniversary of scouting in the town, group manager Becky Whiting started refurbishment of the scouts’ former HQ, which had been derelict for the past four years.

Over the past 18 months, money has been raised to fund the extensive renovations from local groups such as the Friends of Hardingstone and the parish council.

Parents and scout leaders also raised money and donated their time to carry out some DIY including one volunteer to put more than 1.5km of cladding around the building.

Builders’ merchants Travis Perkins also donated materials and a volunteer party from Nationwide came to dig out a soakaway and clear the ground.

The scouts have been using the local school for the past four years, but Becky said she wanted them to move back to their old HQ. She said: “Being in the school was good, however, we really wanted to move back to where we belong and offer more activities to our Scout group. This gives us more opportunity to be more flexible and to see our Scout group grow. We currently have 81 young people in our Scout group and are always looking for more as well as adult volunteers.”

The reopening saw a parade to the Scout hut lead by the Northampton Scout Band. Wayne Bulpitt, lead volunteer for scouting in the UK declared the building open and presented 10 Cub Scouts the Silver Chief Scout award, the highest award in the Cub Scout section.