Beavers and helpers in their Trinity Road scout hut in Ventnor, where there is no heating. Picture by Peter Boam.
AFTER two years without heating, in a building in desperate need of renovation, a scout group has appealed for help.
The 3rd Ventnor Scout Group has more than 60 children and leaders but while the group is thriving its hut in Trinity Road is not.
The group spent £850 on re-wiring the building but there is no heating as they cannot afford to repair the old gas heaters. A storage room has become so damp the group had to throw away camping equipment.
Because of the single track access to the building, which is next to Trinity Church, the group is limited on what work it can carry out, but it hopes that with help from the community it will be able to refurbish the existing building.
Akela Julie Quinlan said: "We always try to help the community when we can by doing things, such as collecting at the carnival, and we are hoping this time the community might be able to help us."
She added: "It’s not just about money. We all work and none of us are trades people so can’t do things like electrics or gas."
The group has appealed for anyone who might be able help with the project, either by advising on what needs to be done or by helping to carry out work, to get in touch.
"We know there are people out there but they might not even know we exist. There are people who have lived in Ventnor all their lives and don’t even realise there is a scout hut," said Julie.
Anyone who would like to support the group can e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org