Buy brick to help build scouts’ HQ

Artist's impression of the new scout headquarters on Heyhouses Lane, St Annes.

Artist's impression of the new scout headquarters on Heyhouses Lane, St Annes.

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RESIDENTS are being encouraged to dig deep and back a final push to rebuild Fylde Scouts’ fire-ravaged headquarters.

Work has begun to rebuild the Heyhouses Lane site after it was destroyed in two devastating arson attack – but thousands of pounds are still needed to complete the job.

The local community has already backed the project to the tune of more than £100,000, but now Fylde Scouts are hoping supporters will ‘buy a brick’ and help raise the much-needed final £29,000.

Geoff Currie, from the fundraising committee, told The Gazette: “The new headquarters will give young people the opportunity to build great friendships, increase their confidence, feel included, valued and trusted.

“In short, these are the building blocks which help young people to grow into reputable adults.”

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For the last two months, Wrea Green company J Wareing and Son has been constructing the building’s steel framework, which will be finished off with 12,000 visible bricks.

The plan is to ask local people to donate £10 towards each brick in return for having their contribution recognised on a roll of honour, which will be displayed in the new building.

The £29,000 is needed to complete the building work, and Mr Currie added: “If £39,000 can be fundraised, then a much desired Water Harvesting System can be installed which collects rain water from the roof into a huge tank and the water will be used to flush all the toilets within the building.

“This scheme would maintain the overall focus on a modern and environmentally friendly construction which fits into the 21st Century.”

Fire destroyed the headquarters – a popular destination for Scout camping holidays – in July 2010, before a second arson attack caused a further £30,000 worth of damage in March last year.

The re-build will involve the construction of a new dormitory, which will be available not only to scouts but also to guides, brownies, boys and girls brigades and church youth groups.

It is hoped the work will be completed this summer.

To contribute to the buy a brick appeal send a cheque – payable to Fylde District Scout Council – or cash to 47 Laverton Road, St Annes, Lancashire.