Date Published: 20 November 2018
Rutland County Council has given out a grant of almost £12,000 to help repair Oakham All Saints Scout Hut.
The money has been used to repair the hut roof, which was last replaced 22 years ago, and means that the building can continue to be used by the local Scout group, which currently supports close to 100 young people aged six to 14 in the Oakham area.
“We are delighted to be able to support the Oakham All Saints Scout Group to upgrade these important facilities, which were first built back in the 1970s. The funding will help to make sustainable improvements to the building, reduce their running costs and, hopefully, attract new young people to participate in their wide range of activities. As well as being crucial to the Scouts, we know the building is also used for a range of other community activities, including Girl Guides and cadet forces, who will all benefit from the improvements.”
Councillor Gordon Brown, Portfolio Holder for Planning
The grant for Oakham Scout Hut was taken from Section 106 funding, which developers are required to contribute when constructing new homes and business premises in the County. The amount of money received is proportionate to the size of the development and can then be distributed among local communities by the Council.
“The grant has been amazing. We’re so pleased with the repairs, which were really urgently needed. The grant means that we’ll be able to continue supporting young people in the area. We’re now hoping to expand to establish a new Explorer group, which will offer a range of fun and educational activities for people aged 18 years and above. Thanks to the money we received, we’ll be able to celebrate 100 years of continuous scouting in Oakham in 2019, which is a fantastic achievement.”
Leanne Wrentmore, Leader of Oakham All Saints Scout Group
Rutland County Council is always keen to hear from people who need help or support – including putting community groups in contact with potential funding sources.
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