Our vision is for a building which will embrace the requirements of the whole community of South Petherton and the surrounding area of South Somerset, not just the Scouts themselves. Their present Headquarters is already home to the local Out-of-School Club and considerable interest is being shown in the project by other youth groups and organisations who can see how they could take advantage of the modern, disabled-friendly facilities envisaged. The inclusion of an indoor climbing wall will attract both adults and young people from a far wider catchment, and the fact that the building stands at one side of a large recreation ground makes it an ideal and safe venue for events involving younger children in particular.
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The construction of a purpose-built, permanent meeting place will provide the community with facilities suitable for a wide range of meetings, events and activities. It will also offer significant advantages to the Scout Group, not least of which will be a reduction in running costs, together with improved storage and provision for drying wet tents without adversely affecting the availability of the main hall as at present. The design will take full account of the requirement for disabled access, including low-level work surfaces in the kitchen. The project is seen as a wonderful opportunity to benefit not only the Scout Group but also the whole of the local community by the provision of practical and available accommodation. The significant increase in the usage of the building will open up a source of regular income to the Scout Group, thereby enabling them to bring the aims of the Scout Movement ‚Äì to encourage moral, spiritual and physical development ‚Äì to a much greater number of young people, male and female. Cost breakdown Access, preparation of site ¬£ 35,000 Materials ¬£ 120,000 Labour ¬£ 65,000 Kitchen ¬£ 8,000 Gas, electricity, heating ¬£ 17,000 TOTAL ¬£ 250,000
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