This summer 1st Solihull Scout Group (based at the mill pool, Lode Lane) are running their own version of DIY SOS, minus the film crew. In mid-July, renovation work started on one of the scout huts which is in dire need of an update.
The scout hut, known as the Simon Wilcox Building, (named after the nephew of the original site benefactor, Gordon Wilcox) is having an insulated roof and floor, toilet remodelling to create a fully accessible toilet, a rewire, new LED lighting, ramped access, new doors, new radiators, Amtico flooring and a lick of paint. The kitchen and windows will also be replaced at a later date.
Monetary donations have come in from parents, grandparents, neighbours, past and present scouters.
Chloe Kane, a Beaver, has challenged herself to walk 5 laps of Damson Park to raise money through sponsorship. Sea Scouts Ella, together with a school friend raised £213 towards the renovation fund by taking part in the Tudor Grange School £10 Enterprise Challenge. Where they were challenged to raise as much money as possible from the starting point of £10. An old group of Venture Scouts, who met at the site in the 1980’s, known as the Triton Vandycks are ambitiously hoping to raise £1,000. A range of charitable trusts including Gowling WLG (UK), Lillie C Johnson, Roger & Douglas Turner, Baron Davenport’s Charity, Edward Cadbury, IMI and the Heart of England Community Foundation have also generously donated.
Many of the materials being used have been generously donated by local and national companies. Their chosen builder, the How Are You group, gave them a list of materials and for the last few months, the phone has been in constant use. Materials that have already been donated or pledged include: Floor insulation from Jablite, roof insulation from Quinn Thermal, soffits / fascia / guttering /downpipes from Swish BP, electric circuit board and switches from Legrand, electric lighting from the Electric Centre, heat & smoke detectors / extractor fans / hand dryers from Electricbase, 80 sqm Amtico flooring, and 50 litres of masonry paint from Johnsons.
1st Solihull still needs money to get the whole job finished off so are offering the opportunity to “Buy a Brick” for the Hut renovations.
A donation of £10 or more will see your name immortalised on the Legacy Plaque that will be displayed in the foyer. Further information is available on an open Facebook page “Friends of Solihull Mill Pool” or via email at “firstname.lastname@example.org”.
The Mayor for Solihull, Councillor Stuart Davis, will be declaring the refurbished building officially open at 12.15pm on Saturday 23rd September at the annual “See Beyond the Gate” Open Day.