SCOUTS and Guides took to the streets of Billingshurst on Saturday in a show of thanks after being ‘overwhelmed’ by the support of the local community.
The future of the Billingshurst scout hut was threatened when asbestos was found in the walls and ceilings last year but a campaign which raised over £80,000 has allowed the community facility to be put back into use.
Leader and fund-raising coordinator, Glyn Pullen, said: “Last Spring we held a Show of Strength here to mark the start of our Save Our Hut! campaign.
“At the time, raising the money we needed looked a daunting prospect. However we have been overwhelmed by the support and generosity of the local community.”
Grants were secured from Horsham District Council and from the Biffa Award scheme which went a long way to providing the funds needed.
Glyn said: “We have had fantastic support from individuals, businesses and community organisations from Billingshurst and from further afield, who have made donations to our campaign, helped us with our fund-raising, or organised fund-raising events on our behalf.”
Billingshurst Scouts and Guides will be continuing their fund-raising efforts to replace the equipment lost due to the asbestos problem and to implement further improvements to the hut.
“On behalf of Billingshurst Scouts and Guides I’d like to thank everyone who helped us save our hut,” Glyn continued, “without the help and support of so many people this would not have been possible.”
For further information concerning Billingshurst Scouts and Guides and the ‘Save Our Hut!’ campaign contact Paul Starkey, publicity officer, on 01403 786350.