A Scout group that has been using an old Army hut for more than 40 years has seen work finally start on an ambitious extension project.
Bures Scout group has been raising money to extend its current Scout hut at The Croft, in Bures St Mary.
The 100 member-strong group, which includes Explorers, Scouts, Cubs, Brownies and Rainbows, has so far raised more than £40,000 for the extension which is expected to cost around £90,000.
Work has already started on the extension, which will include toilet and shower facilities and a kitchen.
Project manager and former Scout group leader Graham Lumley said: “We are hoping to build something that will really improve the experience of camping for everyone who uses the site.
“Our current hut was originally an Army hut used during the Second World War and became a Scout hut in 1968.
“At the moment, we have no washing facilities which really restricts the groups that come camping here.
“We do a lot of activities on the river and although we have safety equipment on hand, such as life jackets, if they fall in they can’t get clean again afterwards.
“The kitchen would also mean we can do a lot more.”
Disabled facilities will also be incorporated into the build and a range of fundraising events, including regular jumble sales, have helped the group on the way to more modern meetings.
“People have been very generous,” said Mr Lumley. “I have been applying for grants and all the children and parents have put their heart and souls into the fundraising.
“However, we still have a long way to go.”
Scout leader Paul Snelling said work on the site was expected to continue for a number of months.
“All the children and helpers are pleased with the progress being made and we just can’t wait to get in,” he said.
q Anyone who can offer a donation or help with fundraising can contact the Scout treasurer, James Pepper, on 01787 227028 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.