Lowestoft and District Scout Association open their new campsite welfare facilities at Herringfleet

1 July 2015

Scouts, cubs and beavers from all over the Lowestoft district recently celebrated the opening of new welfare facilities at their campsite at Herringfleet.

The new building, which houses 10 individual self-contained pods each containing a toilet, sink and shower, was officially opened by Suffolk County Commissioner Jenny Mullan in front of invited guests, sponsors and an enthusiastic audience of youngsters.

Project team member Rodney Turner said “the previous toilet and shower facilities consisted of Portacabins that were donated to the Lowestoft District Scout Association 28 years ago and which had previously been used at an offshore installation. The units had suffered water ingress and the floors had been patched and propped up to keep them safe and useable. The electric powered showers were controlled from coin fed meters for each one, and were subject to regular breakdowns. 

It had long been accepted that new facilities were required and over the last three years considerable thought and planning has gone into designing new facilities that would not just replace the existing ones but would also improve upon them.

I have already had the privilege of using the new facilities and the shower is the nicest that I have ever had at Herringfleet.”

The new 10m x 5m timber framed and timber clad building has been designed to blend in with its woodland setting and the individual pods can used by both adults and children of either sex. There are also two pods that are wheelchair accessible.

District Commissioner Mel Buck said, “the new building is a testament to all the hard work that has gone into its design and construction. We are particularly grateful to the Somerleyton Estate who kindly consented to the granting of a 21-year land lease, to Wellington Construction for their support and guidance and to our main contractor Gilbert Builders for their superb workmanship. 

But without the generosity of our sponsors the £90K project would not have been possible and we owe them a big debt of gratitude. The new building is a visible presence for all of their belief in scouting and the willingness to support it.”

Mel Buck, Fred Murray (1st Blundeston Scout Leader), Steve Daines (4th Lowestoft Scout Leader) and Clint Marcel-Holmes (2nd Carlton Colville Beaver Leader) were part of a team of twelve cyclists who embarked on a four-day cycling challenge to ride 400 miles from St David’s, the most westerly point in Wales, to Lowestoft. The fundraising trip for the new welfare facilities saw the riders reach Ness Point in Lowestoft just in time to then travel to Herringfleet for the opening ceremony.

The ribbon cutting took place during the annual reunion camp at which a special award was presented to District Appointments Secretary Tricia Everitt for her exceptional services to scouting in Suffolk.

A cheque for £230 was also presented by April and Brandon Roberts of 1st Blundeston to Tod Sullivan for the ‘Help an East Coast Child‘ charity from the collection at the St Georges Day Parade and service.

Following the opening ceremony guests and sponsors were given a guided tour of the campsite and joined in with a variety of activities as well as watching scouts competing in soap-box time trials – the event being won by 1st Pakefield group. The day conclude with a BBQ and Campfire 

Mr Buck added ‘the scout movement in the Lowestoft District is very lucky to have access to such a wonderful site and we express our gratitude to Lord Somerleyton for allowing the continued use of the land.” He added “we also have brilliant leaders who assist with all the activities to ensure that all our boys and girls have a thoroughly enjoyable time.”

More pictures of the event can be found here

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