Young scouters urge Rasen community to help save hut

Out of bounds: Market Rasen Scout Hut is a no go area EMN-150405-170758001
Out of bounds: Market Rasen Scout Hut is a no go area EMN-150405-170758001

The future of scouting in 
Market Rasen is in jeopardy after the store-room floor of the meeting hut collapsed making the building unsafe.

The cost of repair currently stands at around £4,000, but this could rise as work may be needed on the main hall floor of the Kilnwell Road venue as well.

Now the group is looking for a temporary home and has also set up a fundraising campaign to raise the money for the repairs.

“When we heard the problem, we picked up the fundraising baton and ran with it,” said Maria Pemberton, one of the parents leading the fundraising campaign.

“We have set up a Facebook page and already have some events planned.

“One local charitable group has already come forward and we really hope the community gets behind us as there is not a terrible amount for kids to do and we don’t want to lose this valuable facility.”

It was over the Easter break the floor of the equipment room started to collapse.

There was no option but to move all the items into the main hall - which meant there was now nowhere for the youngsters to hold their weekly meetings.

“Damp is coming up from the soil and the floor collapsed when we were taking a look after noticing a small hole had appeared,” said scout group chairman Chris Oxtoby.

“The assessor has been out and told us we have to get the main hall checked over too as the problem with the store room may have spread into the hall,”

“We have recently had the roof repaired - at a cost of £4,000 - so our funds are completely depleted.

“We are getting some sheds for the equipment - so that has taken even more money from funds - and then once the hall is clear we can look and see the real extent of the problem.

“Scouting is a really important thing for local kids.

“It is somewhere for youngsters to go to and have some fun - and it gets them away from the TV and computer games.

“The kids we have here just love it.”

Plans are already in hand to do some of the scouting badge work at various venues and outdoors if the weather allows, but offers of a temporary home - ideally free of charge or on ‘payback’ will be welcome.

It is hoped the money will be raised by the time the summer break comes and the first event is a car wash and camp at The Salutation Inn at Nettleton on May 30.

And future plans include a family fun day at the White Swan in Market Rasen and a music and wine evening at The March Hare, as well as a bike night and a cycle night.

“We would welcome any other ideas as well as help planning and running these events,” added Maria. “And Babbit web design has offered to set up a website for us too, so if anyone wants to sponsor a link get in touch please.”

Anyone with any offers of financial help or venues can message through the Facebook page, email mrsaveourscouthut@gmail.com or call Akela direct on 07980 644184.