New HQ for the 6th Lichfield Scouts

The 6th Lichfield Scout Group was established in 1961. The old hut was erected in 1962 and was previously used as a First World War Prisoner of War hut on Cannock Chase. It had also been used by the Electricity Board before it was donated to the Scouts.

EB name Staffordshire Environmental Fund EB number 086188
LCF funding £25,000 Total project cost £231,750
Project postcode WS13 8AU Object D

Summary

The old hut would freeze during winter, making it almost unbearable to use, birds nested in the eaves and the roof leaked as well. A new hut was therefore long overdue and with the help of Staffordshire Environmental Fund and LCF Monies (amongst others) the refurbishment of the hut could begin. The actual amount of LCF funding was 11% of the total. Many people helped with the project build, including a group of youth volunteers. The project qualified under Object D - to provide, maintain or improve a general public amenity.

Objectives

  • To have a community facility for all to enjoy;
  • To provide a safe and supportive environment for all; and
  • To refurbish the hut in an environmentally friendly way.

Outcomes

The old hut was demolished and replaced by a new single storey brick building. The new headquarters incorporates an activity hall, kitchen, three toilets (including disabled), a shower room, entrance lobby and store rooms. Lighting is provided by velux roof lights and environmentally friendly ground source heating. The new HQ is now a very well used amenity within the local community. It serves all and is not only used for scouts and guides activities, but regularly used for local events and group bookings.

Additional information

Staffordshire Environmental Fund enrolled as an ENTRUST Environmental Body (EB),  under the Landfill Communities Fund (LCF) scheme in 1997. In 2008 it became only the second EB in the U.K to gain accredited status. Staffordshire Environmental Fund’s website is: www.staffs-environmental.co.uk

For further information on the new hut build, please visit http://6thlichfield.org.uk/newhutbuild