- Why can't the scouts use the Guide Hall or one of the other halls in the village?
- Why can't the scouts continue to use the Clock School?
- Where would the new hall be located?
- How much will it all cost?
- How will you raise the money to fund it?
- How long will it all take?
- Who will look after the hall?
- Will there be parking?
- What will it look like?
- How can we help with this project?
The Guide Hall is not available at times that the scouts need to use it. We have tried using other halls such as the Churchill Hall but the space just doesn’t work for scouting. In addition none of the halls offer the storage of scouting equipment that we desperately need.
Without a new hall this would be our only option but it is far from ideal. Access has to be arranged through the school and not all times that we want to use it are available. There is also very limited storage and kitchen facilities. Currently our equipment is spread between a container in the park, a container at Drayton Beauchamp and various leader’s lofts. This means kit has to be collected, taken to meetings and then returned each week.
The proposed location is adjacent the far end of the park, almost opposite Café 108 on London Rd. The location is excellent for the scouts as it is central within the village so as many people as possible can walk to meetings. The proximity to the park is also great for activities.
Until the hall has been designed it is difficult to be sure of the total cost but initial estimates are £300-£350,000
Ollie’s fund, the scouts and Laxton Properties have already pledged funds totalling £70,000. The rest of the money required will be secured through a mixture of grants, traditional fundraising and local businesses.
We are currently trying to secure access rights to the site from Bucks County Council as well release from an old restrictive covenant. As soon as this is done we will be looking to pull together a planning application for the site. Once approved we would be looking to start construction. Overall we expect that this will take around 2 years.
It is expected that the hall will be looked after by trustees who will ensure that the income necessary is made available to maintain and run the hall. We are currently putting together a business plan to set out how this will be done.
Yes. The site that is being proposed is large enough to accommodate the hall and its associated facilities as well as around 20 car parking spaces.
We don’t know yet as it hasn’t been designed but we are in the process of developing a full design brief for the project. As part of this the Explorers, Scouts, Cubs & beavers have been holding sessions to establish what they would like to see in the building. We are keen that the building is well designed and built of materials that will last and be low maintenance.
We are looking for people to help with fund raising, business planning, planning & design and of course donations. If you think you can help with any of these please contact Nigel Pinder.