Cory Environmental Trust in Britain (CETB) has awarded £39,000 towards the rejuvenation of a fantastic new HQ for the 1st Istead Rise Scout Group. The new hall was officially opened at a ceremony on 14th May 2017.
Based near Gravesend, Kent the new state-of-the-art building replaces the old 1960s hall. Although it had served the Scouts and the community well, the hall had ceased to be fit-for-purpose several years ago, as damp conditions and ageing timber led to it being increasingly unsafe.
The new structure on Downs Road in Istead Rise cost a total of £110,000. Boasting a main hall, kitchen and toilet facilities, storage space and a small office, the premises is designed to be fully accessible to disabled members of the community.
The old hall was a valuable community facility and was regularly used by Scouts, Cubs, Beavers, Guides and Brownies, as well as other organisations in the neighbourhood. Additional community groups, including a baby clinic and an exercise class, have expressed an interest in using the new hall.
CETB Trust Secretary, Angela Haymonds, said: "The Trustees are delighted to help the Scouts continue to operate from this new purpose-built facility in Istead. The Scouts offer children and young people opportunities to experience new things and learn new skills and we hope the grant will go a long way to helping more young people to take on new challenges. The hall will also provide a wonderful amenity which will benefit many other groups in the local community."
The bulk of the funds for the project came through the Landfill Communities Fund (LCF). This scheme lets landfill operators retain part of their landfill tax payment and use this to support community and environmental projects.
Cory Environmental Trust in Britain (CETB) awarded £39,000 to the project and The Veolia Environmental Trust provided additional funding of £31,000.
Kent County Council also awarded £10,000 to fund the clearance of the site and the Scouts themselves raised a very impressive £30,000 through events and activities such as Christmas fairs, sponsored events, clothing recycling and cake stalls.