The old hut was put up in the 1960’s. It served the Group well and was home to many happy memories. It was not designed to be accessible and was no longer really large enough to meet the needs of the Group and other potential users.
A close inspection revealed problems, including a leaking, weak roof. We were advised that it was not economic to repair.
The Scout Group Executive began drawing up plans for a new hut, engaging the services of a local architect. The Scouts were keen to offer their suggestions too.
Northumberland Council approved the new plans in 2013. Work on the new hut was being co-ordinated with the local community – including our neighbours Stocksfield Tennis Club, Stocksfield Community Association (SICA), Broomley and Stocksfield Parish Council and Northumberland County Council.
We emptied the hut, moving our equipment into temporary storage in a local farmer’s barn. After disconnecting the utilities, we were in a position to demolish the old building.
Phase 1: Demolition and new foundations
After clearing it, the site was marked out and the new foundations dug.
To complete this phase, block work walls were constructed. These keep the new hut well above potential flood waters.
Phase 2: Walls and a roof
The rest of the hut is wooden. Timber walls and the joists were added, giving us a better feel for what the new building would be like.
The roof was tiled, external doors and windows fitted and the outside of the building clad in larch, giving us a watertight building.
This allowed us to begin work on the inside. Much of this required the skills of specialist contractors.
but there were some jobs that could be completed by parents, Cubs and Scouts (under the builder’s watchful eye).
Phase 3: Extending the footprint
A large unexpected donation allowed us to begin work on Phase 3 earlier than planned. This means we can now add the kitchen, external store and disabled access ramp.
Inside, the central heating was installed. lights and sockets fitted and the final floor surface laid down.
This work has only been possible because of our fundraising activity.