But help still needed to finish decorating
Local MP John Hayes cut the ribbon to open new toilet and kitchen facilities at Holbeach Guide and Scout Hut on Friday.
It is hoped that with some financial help the decorating can take place during October half termPaul Goodchild, Group Scout Leader and Chairman of the Guide and Scout Hut Management Committee
The hut is home to Holbeach Guiding and Scout Groups which include Beavers, Rainbows, Brownies, Cubs, Scouts and Guides and has been on the site for over 30 years.
The building was donated to the groups in desperate need of renovation. Paul Goodchild, Group Scout Leader and Chairman of the Guide and Scout Hut Management Committee, said: “We had no hot water in the building, the toilets were old and rather smelly, while the kitchen was unsafe for young people to use as to enter it you had to squeeze past the cooker.
“Also the only power point was for the cooker, so if you wanted to boil a kettle you had to put it on the hob, which resulted in a few melted kettles.”
During the summer, after three years of fundraising and a grant from the Grange Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund, the hut was closed and the refurbishment started.
“The plan was to modernise the toilet area and to take some room from it to give to the kitchen, allowing the cooker to be moved away from the door. This meant taking down some internal partition walls, which we had discovered contained asbestos,” explained Paul.
“So the first part of the process was to safely dispose of the asbestos and go round the building encapsulating any exposed asbestos and putting
warning signs up to ensure the safety of our young people.”
“Unfortunately when the demolition work started this uncovered other unforeseen problems which meant that the project overran and unavoidably exceeded the budget.
“All the contractors who participated in this project were extremely helpful and I have to publicly thank JT Ward Kitchens and Bedrooms who supplied and installed the kitchen and toilets, WEAAR Ltd, who removed the asbestos, Long Sutton Flooring, who did the floor and SH Everitt Ltd who did all the electrical work.
“Their patience and professionalism enabled this project to succeed but I also have to thank Mary Lane, Holbeach Guide Leader, who managed the project on behalf of the committee. She was on site virtually every day, letting contractors in, making phone calls and cleaning up. We could not have completed this project without her.”
MP John Hayes agreed to open the building and told of his pleasure in doing so: “It is fantastic to see the hard work that has gone into this project; you now have a fantastic facility that will enable you to continue to help and support young people in our community. I hope you are successful in finding the extra funding that you need to complete the project.”
Due to the budget overrun the walls and ceiling in the toilets and kitchen remain unpainted and the ceiling needing dire attention. It is hoped that with some financial help the decorating can take place during October half term. Paul said: “We have been very fortunate that Jewson’s in Holbeach have agreed to donate paint to make this happen and I thank them for that. To really complete the project the whole hut needs to be repainted with new blinds to replace the dated curtains. If anyone can help us with this please contact me.”
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