Carlton Colville Scouts lend a helping hand at the Seagull Theatre

6 September 2014

Whilst many youngsters head to the Seagull Theatre to learn or develop acting or singing talents, Scouts from the 2nd Carlton Colville Group have recently spent a day there learning and applying some very different skills.

The team of nine boys and girls aged 10 – 13 years and their leader were at the theatre to give practical help by using their ‘do-it–yourself’ skills to decorate the ladies and gents toilet facilities., 

They also spent time helping other theatre volunteers to weed around the whole site and to tidy up the herbaceous borders.

Scout Leader Chris Challiss said “the project was made possible by the help we were given by the B&Q DIY and home improvement company who with their paint supplier not only covered the cost of materials but also provided members of staff to show our scouts how to carry out the work correctly.

We had developed a relationship with one of the B&Q managers Andy Smith when some of our Scouts went along to the store to learn how to paint, plaster and apply tiling as part of their DIY activity badge. So when we were looking for a project to belatedly tackle as part of the national ‘Scout Community Week’ we approached Andy again and he was only too pleased to help out. 

Mr Challiss added “as a fellow member of the TestostaTones acapella singing group, I knew the Seagull Theatre manager Paul Amer and that he was needing help to renovate both sets of toilet facilities and to tidy up the exterior of the site and the garden – so that seemed an ideal project for our group to tackle.”

As some of the work was in a confined space the team of nine Scouts worked in two shifts so that they didn’t overcrowd the place.

B&Q manager Andy Smith said “we were pleased to support this initiative as it fits in well with our company’s ‘Do One Thing for the Community’ scheme where we engage with projects by helping with material or with people. The Scouts did a really excellent job, especially as many of them had never done any painting or tiling before. The spirit of trying to get things done for other people was something that you do not see very often.” 

Chis Challiss added ‘this was a real showcase of how the Scout Association in Lowestoft is forging strong links with local charitable organisations and local companies. We couldn’t have done this without B&Q as having their staff here to help us was invaluable.”

More pictures under the ‘Photos’ tab in the gallery ‘Community Week’.