1st Crowborough Scout Group’s Headquarters is now watertight thanks to a grant of £6,000 from Wealden District Council.
The troublesome concrete finlock guttering on the building on Whitehill Road retained water and allowed penetration into the hall. Thanks to the grant this has now been replaced with purpose made aluminium guttering, that has added protection against tree pines and other debris.
The £6,000 from Wealden District Council’s Community Grants Programme has been used towards a wider refurbishment program that has seen the hall much improved over recent months.
Group Scout Leader Robin Carmichael said:
The Hall is central to our activities; there are at least ten sessions held here every week. The new gutters mean that all the hard work and provision for the young people of the town that goes on here can continue way into the future.
1st Crowborough are one of the largest and oldest scout groups in the country with links back to the founder Lord Baden Powell who began the movement in nearby Wadhurst. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was the secretary of the Group Executive when he lived in the town. There are currently 228 young members who enjoy the facility provided by a dedicated team of 48 adult volunteers and 38 occasional helpers.
Anyone interested in volunteering or supporting scouting in Crowborough, can get in touch via their website www.1stcrowborough.org.uk.