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Thank You All

8 December 2015
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At the Scout Group AGM in 2013, our Akela Jenny McCarron asked if we could do something about the awful state of the Scout Hut.  It had holes in the roof, the toilets were unmentionable and the windows were looking as if they might fall out.  So the Committee said they would see what could be done.  After two years of hard work and an awful lot of support, the Scout Hut has been refurbished and we’re sure you will agree looks absolutely fantastic. At time of writing, we still have some decorating and fitting out to complete, but it’s been worth the wait.

As one Scout commented “it’s brilliant – there are sinks in the toilets, the roof hasn’t got any holes in it and you should see the kitchen!”  High praise indeed.

There is a long, long list of people who have contributed in a minor or major way in helping us reach our goal. We hope we have remembered everyone. Please forgive us if our tired brains have omitted anyone.

In no particular order, our sincere thanks to:

The Rotherfield Trust – without your generous grant we would be fundraising for another 5 years at least!; The Sussex Community Foundation for their generous grant; Rotherfield Parish Council our landlord, for getting behind the project,  their generous funding and manpower;  Les Pike – who became quality control manager for the project free of charge and has been a great supporter of Scouting for a long long time; Alison Loxton-Read, our former treasurer for getting the project off the ground and doing so much in the early stages of the project; Inca Developments – Jim and Steve especially who completed the job and ran a tight ship; MTG for solar panels; BBS Ltd; Dave Hiles – for wise words and support; Howdens Kitchens- who donated the entire kitchen; Rotherfield Pre-school for outstanding patience,  understanding and making tea for contractors; Jo Evans and the RSM for support, stall space and great funding advice; Amy Murphy and Tesco for fundraising support; Reverend Nigel Mason; Chris & Julie Jefferies; Roz Malkin; John & Jean Dolwin; The Rotherfield & Mark Cross Bonfire Society; The Thursday Club; Ashdown District Scouts; The Kennedy family; Susan Cooke; Farmer Lamplugh; Nicola Glynn; Sarah Cooper; Lindsay Holmwood; Tracey Napier; Juliette Martin; Katya Flatman; Catherine Wakelin; Yvonne Hopkins; Jess Hardy; all at Horsegrove Farm; Richard & Roz Hardwick;  Drummond Abrams; Karen Clarke; The Memorial Institute, Jim & Lee Taylor for loaning a van and moving all the kit; the Evans and Wilkinson-Golley Families for storing everything while the build took place.

Also huge thanks to Akela Jenny McCarron, Beavers Leader Trish Boddey and all the Beavers, Cubs and Scouts who have completed sponsored ladder climbs, walks, cycles runs, bag packing, run tombolas and a barn dance. Also to their parents and supporters who have given donations, match funded and ferried children to and from the Group’s various events.

Thank you to the Parish Council project team members – Robert Harris, David Thomas Les Pike, Trevor Thorpe for their considerable time, advice, support, funding, processes, underwriting and cheerleading.

And from Scouts – Chris Wilkinson and Sarah Jones who gave their free time to this project, filling in grant forms, drawing up Heads of Terms, advising on legal matters, gaining support from key stakeholders, attending endless meetings and generally holding things together when it all looked hopeless!  If they’d known quite how much work we’re not sure they would have done it!

Finally, we would particularly like to recognise Scout Leader Mark Wakelin and his family for their unending support and commitment to this project.  When Jenny said she wanted a new building, it was Mark (thankfully an architectural designer) who surveyed the building, drew up refurbishment plans, obtained planning consent, wrote and costed the project specification, wrote all the tender documents and aided the Parish Council with selecting an appropriate contractor. All in his free time and free of charge.  He then, as contract administrator, brought the project in under budget.  All whilst working full time and running our Scout Section meetings.  Mark, you have more than earned your community badge – well done!  You can go back to trekking and camping now!

1st Rotherfield Scout Group.