Project information

Replacement of our old wooden hut - Rugby Scouts

Our current wooden building started life as a workman's hut at Draycote Water and has been on our site since 1973. Despite regular maintenance it is beyond repair: the roof bows inwards and leaks badly. It is draughty and cold. We have no facilities for those with special needs. It has become unsafe

May 2014 - September 2014

Charity information: 22nd Rugby Scout Group

22nd Rugby Scout Group logo
  • Need


    Our old wooden hut causes us many problems: we do not believe that the roof will withstand another winter. Heavy snowfall could bring it down completely. Rain causes several leaks which make our floor slippery and dangerous to the children who use the hut for active games. The ingress of rain also makes our essential camping equipment damp and the electrics regularly trip out. Our hut used to be used by many community groups but they now say it is unsafe. We have no disabled facilities.


    We are a group of volunteers who love what we do: providing a Scouting group for our community, bringing out the best in children and teenagers. all we want to do is to continue with our work. We are unable to find an alternative hall locally with plenty of open space for the activities which we do. A new hut would ensure a Scouting presence in East Rugby for generations to come and would provide a much-needed community venue. We already have interest from manyvgroups wishing to use the new hut.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To provide accommodation for our Scout Group.


    » Our children, young leaders, helpers, parents, leaders, friends, community and committee have been actively fundraising for two and a half years.

    What success will look like

    Our success will be demonstrated by the continuance of the 22nd Rugby Scout Group.

    Aim 2

    To provide a venue for Scouting activities in East and South Rugby for generations to come.


    » Please see our website for an up to date value of the money which we have raised so far (63% at end Feb 2014)

    What success will look like

    Our new hut will be used by our Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers but also by other Scouting groups as a location for camps, hikes and sleepover events.

    Aim 3

    To build a venue for use by other charities, groups and our local community.


    » We already have letters expressing an interest in using our new hut from four other community groups.

    What success will look like

    We intend our building to be used for as many hours as possible each week and will use an online booking system to organise this use.

  • Impact


    Our project will enable our Scouting group to survive, Without a new hut there is a strong chance that our group would have to close. We will be able to bring the benefits of Scouting to at least 120 youngsters per year. We have long waiting lists and a new hut would enable us to expand our groups. Our neighbours are looking forward to our unsightly hut being replaced and our community welcomes the new venue. Our children will be safe and we will be able to provide facilities for the disabled.


    There is a risk that we will not have enough money to begin the build in May 2014. To deal with this we have sought financial assistance from many charitable trusts and foundations, and are currently waiting to hear if they will be able to help. Adverse weather is the biggest threat to our project. High winds, heavy rain or snow could render our hut unusable at any time. We have reinforced the walls as much as possible but regrettably are unable to do much more with the roof.


    We use our website to communicate with those who have been kind enough to help us out, plus regular newsletters. Our work is always available to view and we welcome people to come along and see us and get involved with our friendly group.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £130,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £9,500 Ground-works/Survey/Permission Topographical Survey, planning permission, excavation and demolition
      £18,000 Floor-slab & Flooring Floor slab including Under-floor Heating plus flooring
      £55,000 Panels Structural Insulated Panels
      £21,000 Cladding/Fencing Exterior Wall and Roof Cladding plus fencing
      £11,500 Kitchen/Toilets Kitchen and Toilets including Disabled Features
      £8,000 Doors/Windows/Electrics Doors and Windows, including Roof Lights plus electrics
      £7,000 Boarding/Timber/Paint Plasterboard and Timber including Skirting Boards, plus paint

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Garfield Weston Foundation £15,000 Guaranteed
    29th May 1961 Charitable Trust £7,500 Guaranteed
    Bernard Sunley Foundation £5,000 Conditional
    Anonymous Donor £5,000 Guaranteed
    Rugby Town East WCC Councillors Fund £3,000 Guaranteed
    Network Rail £2,000 Guaranteed
    Bruce Wake Charitable Trust £2,000 Guaranteed
    Rugby Rokeby Lions Club £2,000 Guaranteed
    Hillmorton Charities Trust £2,000 Guaranteed
    Lawrence Sheriff School £1,500 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Our project is located on The Kent in Hillmorton, Rugby. We serve the Rugby Town area, plus Paddox, Hillmorton, Eastlands, Clifton, and Newton. Rugby is located in Warwickshire in the West Midlands.


    We work with children aged 6 to 19 years from a wide variety of backgrounds. The children who benefit most from attending our group are those who are compromised in some way. We are an all-inclusive organisation which encourages integration. We work with youngsters with physical disabilities and other special needs such as behavioural problems. Some of our children have experienced social issues such as bullying or low self-esteem. Many of our families struggle with low income.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are all experienced volunteers who have enjoyed many years of Scouting: we love what we do. In a study which we recently carried out (this is available to view upon request) all of the former members who responded told us that they believed that they had benefited from attending Scouts as a child. 80% of the former members said that Scouts had helped them to work better with other people; to help people; to learn new skills; become more independent and be more confident.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    David Glover - Volunteer

    David is a recently retired local builder who is using his experience to project manage our build and his contacts to drive down costs

    Andrea Clark - Volunteer

    Andrea is the Treasurer of our organisation. She has years of experience in finance, from working in a bank to running her own successful business

    Andy Geddes - Volunteer

    Andy is a Scout Leader and is chief fundraiser for our rebuild. Andy has been involved in organising events and applying to charitable trusts

    Rob Cunningham - Volunteer

    Rob is an experienced engineer, project manager and Scout Leader. Rob has worked hard on the design of the hut and is involved in project management

Our Existing Scout Hut

Our Existing Scout Hut